Obituaries

Tue
11
Oct

Darlene Ann Mattas

     Darlene Ann Mattas, 81, Wilson, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 in Salina, Kan.
     Mattas was born July 19, 1935 in Gorham, Kan., to Alfonse and Silverina (Quint) Hammersmith.
     Mattas first husband, Francis John Befort, passed away in 1961. Her second husband, Ernest J. Mattas, Jr., passed away in 2007.
     Mattas was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Francis and Ernest Jr., two infant brothers, Marvin and Martin, and an infant sister, Mary.
     Survivors include three daughters, Rosemary Anne Befort (Andre Zane) Shiever of Salina, Kan., Margaret Mae Befort Heart of Hays, Kan., and Bernadette (Jeff) Mattas Franks of Russell, Kan.; a brother, Al Hammersmith of Hutchinson, Kan.; a sister, Virginia Rathbun of Natoma, Kan., and five grandchildren.
     Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Foster’s Mortuary, Wilson. A vigil service with a Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 7 p.m.

Wed
05
Oct

Rachel L. Janssen (1942-2016)


Rachel L. Janssen, 74 passed away Oct. 2, 2016 at Salina Regional Health Center.
She was born on June 22, 1942 in Ellsworth to Herschel and Marian (Craig) Janssen. Rachel worked in medical records at the Ellsworth County Hospital. She was a member of Red Hats, enjoyed numerous Bible studies, and was very fond of helping with “Bible Alive” at her church. The things Rachel most enjoyed in life were spending time with her children and grandchildren, reading, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents.

Tue
04
Oct

Harold E. Koch

     Harold E. Koch, 87, Holyrood, Kan., passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Salina. He was born May 31, 1929, in the telephone office in Bushton, Kan., to Edward and Grace (Flannery) Koch.
     Harold married Betty Kemmerer, Feb. 19, 1950, in Great Bend, Kan. She survives him. Shortly after serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Harold and Betty returned to Kansas to work at his family’s business, The Bushton Telephone Co. Soon after that, they purchased the Holyrood Telephone Co. which they later incorporated into H&B Communications of Holyrood. Harold then served as co-owner and general manager of H&B Communications for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Holyrood American Legion Post 200 and the Seventh Day Adventist church of Hutchinson. He also formerly served as the mayor of Holyrood for 20 years.

Wed
28
Sep

Richard D. ‘Dick’ Schreiber (1932-2016)

Richard D. “Dick” Schreiber, 84, Osborne, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Osborne County Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 26, 1932, to Fred and Edna Mowery Schreiber. Dick was a graduate of Osborne High School in the Class of 1950. He was called into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean Conflict of 1951 through 1953. On his return, he went back to work beside his father in the welding shop.
On Jan. 7, 1965, he and Marvelene Lund Thornburg were married and made a home for her daughter, Donetta, and their son, Gary.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Lance Burch.
He is survived by is wife, Marvelene; daughter, Donetta; son, Gary and wife, Cecilia; grandsons, Ted Anderson, and wife Kari, of Halstead, and Cole and Lane Schreiber of Osborne; great-grandchildren, Malik, Lance and Kasody Anderson of Halstead and a host of friends.

Mon
26
Sep

Lonnie A. Kruse (1948-2016)

Lonnie A. Kruse, 67, died Sept. 23, 2016 in rural Ellsworth, Kan.  
He was born Dec. 28, 1948 in Ellsworth, Kan., the son of Arthur E. and Helen Louise Hurd Kruse. Lonnie has resided in Sterling since 1981, formerly of Lorraine, Norton, and Kiowa.  He graduated from Holyrood High School with the class of 1967. Lonnie received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sterling College in 1971 and Master’s degree from Wichita State University in 1972.  He taught at Norton and Kiowa in the public school system from 1972-1981. He was  Professor of Physical Education, former Athletic Director and head Women’s Basketball Coach at Sterling College from 1981-2014. Lonnie was also a lifelong farmer and rancher.  

Fri
23
Sep

Georgia Marie Rodriguez (1940-2016)

 Georgia Marie Rodriguez, 76, passed away Sept. 20, 2016 in Ellsworth.
She was born February 22, 1940 in Kanopolis, Kan. to Isabelle “Mike” Perez and Carrie (Grise) Perez. Georgia married Marcus “Marc” Rodriguez, Sr. in Kanopolis on June 11, 1962. She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, St. Bernard’s Catholic Council of Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Ellsworth. She worked for the Green Thumb Program at Ellsworth Correctional Facility doing clerical work and working in the mailroom. She was also a homemaker. What Georgia loved the most was fixing Mexican food for her family and the community.

Mon
19
Sep

David L. Sheridan (1946-2016)

David L. Sheridan, 70, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 in Ellsworth, Kan.
He was born Jan. 30, 1946 in Ellsworth to William J. and June (Brady) Sheridan. A longtime resident of Ellsworth, David worked for the City of Ellsworth Water Department for several years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, and served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy.
David is survived by sons, Dustin Sheridan (Melinda) of Georgia and Scott Sheridan (Susan) of Salina; four grandchildren; sisters, Carol Schwemmer (Gene) of Ellsworth and Janet Noe of Mesa, Ariz.; and brothers, Bill Sheridan of Edna, Kan., Fred Sheridan (Kathy) of Hartsburg, Mo., Larry Sheridan (Janean) of Holyrood, Phil Sheridan (Stacy) of Ellsworth, and Mark Sheridan (Stacy) of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by parents; sister, Grace Holland; nephew, Jack Sheridan; and niece, Billy Jo Heiser.

Mon
19
Sep

Donald G. Dumler (1939-2016)


Donald G. Dumler, 77, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in Ellsworth, Kan.
He was born April 13, 1939, in Great Bend, Kan. to Adolph and Florence (Ochs) Dumler. Don married Marilyn Kruger, Jan. 20, 1957 in Ellsworth. She survives him.

Mon
19
Sep

O.E. ‘Brownie’ Blanke (1919-2016)

O.E. “Brownie” Blanke, 96, died Sept. 16, 2016 in Beloit.
He was born Oct. 5, 1919 in Nowata, Okla. to Edward and Dessie (Brown) Blanke. He was a retired technician for H & B Communications in Holyrood and had also worked for Boeing as a radio technician. He was a U.S. Army-Air Force Veteran and member of the Church of God, A Worldwide  Association, Salina.
Survivors include his daughter, Charlotte Hutton and husband, Don, of Nowata; step-daughter, Gale Clifton of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-son, Jim Franklin of Kingman, Kan.; niece, Betty Koch of Holyrood; nephews, Kennth Blanke of Russell, Kan., Dan Blanke of Shell Knob, Mo. and Terry Kemmerer of Yuma, Colo.; grandchildren, Ray, Dwayne and Robert Blanke, Kristine Estes and Richard Hutton, 10 great- grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren.

Fri
16
Sep

Arlene Milberger Mitchell

     Arlene Milberger Mitchell, 80, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at her home.
     Arlene Milberger Mitchell was born Sept. 2, 1936 in Wilson Kan. She was the daughter of Henry and Edna Milberger. After graduating from high school in Wilson, she moved to Kansas City where she attended St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. She received her R.N. diploma in 1958. She worked in the specialty of urology for over 20 years. Later, she worked for Hospice Care of Mid-America. She was involved in many volunteer services. She was a member of St. Luke’s Medical Wives Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association. She was a member of the Village Presbyterian Chancel Choir for many years.
     Arlene married Dr. Andrew D. Mitchell in 1970.
     Arlene is preceded in death by her husband, niece Patty, her parents, sister, Delores, and brother, Richard.

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