Obituaries

Thu
28
Jan

LaVerne P. Jacobs

     LaVerne P. Jacobs, known by his friends as Vern — husband, father, grandfather, and special uncle to many nephews and nieces — died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Sun City, Ariz.. He was 81.
     Vern was born June 13, 1934 in Loretto, Kan. to George and Veronica Jacobs.
     His childhood in Lacrosse is where his love of hunting and fishing began; throughout his life he would spend many weekends hunting in the fields of Kansas with lifelong friends and family.

Wed
27
Jan

Elrene Helen Stowe

     Elrene Helen Stowe, 94, of McPherson, Kan., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River, Kan.
     Elrene was born in rural Ellsworth, Kan. on Nov. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Helen Libby (Doubrava) and Ferdinand “Fred”  Barta.
     Elrene attended the Cass Ridge country school in Ellsworth County, Golden Bell country school in Lincoln County, and graduated in 1939 from Ellsworth High School.
     Elrene was a 71-year member of First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. Through the years Elrene served her church in many capacities. Elrene was a homemaker, she worked as a stenographer for Rice County Extension Office and later for Farmers Alliance Insurance Company and she was a local artist. Elrene was a member of the McPherson Opera House, McPherson Art’s Council, and Ladies Reading Circle.

Mon
25
Jan

Osythe M. Wallert

     Osythe M. Wallert, 91, passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation in Great Bend, Kan. Osythe was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Wilson, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Viglini) Kuch.
     Osythe grew up in Wilson and was a graduate of Wilson High School. She moved to Great Bend in 1960 and worked at the Central Kansas Medical Center as a switchboard operator then as a surgery scheduler. She went on to work as a medical coder for Dr. David Gillenwater for 22 years, retiring in 2013. She was meticulous in her work and enjoyed working in her yard and traveling with her family.

Mon
25
Jan

Ramona M. Echer (1934-2016)


Ramona M. Echer, 81, Lucas, died Jan. 22, 2016.
She was born Ramona M. Svaty on Feb. 5, 1934, in rural Lincoln County, Kan. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Echer of Lucas; two daughters, Jill Vinson of Salina, and Joy Echer of New York, N.Y.; two brothers, Norman Svaty of Oregon and Melvin Svaty of Lucas.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rodrick & Minear Lucas Chapel with family present.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Lucas United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Lucas Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Lucas Area Community Theater.

Mon
25
Jan

Constance Diane ‘Connie’ Lill (1946-2016)


 Constance Diane “Connie” Lill, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at her Brookville home.
Connie was born Jan. 16, 1946, in Salina. She was a lifetime member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Brookville. Connie graduated from Brookville High School, Marymount College of Salina, with a bachelor of arts in theater and English, and Betty Bonn Modeling School, Kansas City.
Connie raised her four children in Brookville, Melissa Lill, of Brookville, John Langer, of Kansas City, Kan., Chad Langer, of Lawrence, and Jarrod (Pam) Langer, of Salina.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nell Lill, of Brookville, and an infant brother, in Rockaway Beach, Calif.
 She is survived by her brother, Jack Lill; her four children; and eight grandchildren.
Connie worked at Salina Regional Health Center as an environmental sanitarian and at Braum’s as a cashier.

Mon
25
Jan

Jeanne Reinking Baker Anschutz (1919-2015)

Jeanne Reinking Baker Anschutz, 96, died Dec. 29, 2015 at Villa Ventura assisted living in Kansas City.
She was born Sept. 21, 1919, on a farm in Ottawa County, Kan. to Leona Percival Reinking and H.H. Reinking. She graduated in 1936 at age 16 from Hays High School. She enrolled at Fort Hays State College, where she met Herb Baker. They were married in 1938.
Herb and Jeanne were married 44 years, had four daughters and lived in Dorrance, Simpson, Silver Lake, Long Island and Wilson, where Herb coached and/or taught high school. Herb died in 1982. Jeanne married Leo Anschutz, a farmer and rancher from Wilson, in 1987. Leo died in 2000.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, Jeanne was preceded in death by three daughters, Carol Jeanne Baker, Christine Ann Baker and Eileen Baker Grauer.

Fri
22
Jan

Fred F. Vondra (1923-2016)


Fred F. Vondra, 92, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Ellsworth, Kan.
He was born, June 16, 1923 in Ellsworth County to Frank G. and Mary Elizabeth (Svara) Vondra. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, Fred was a farmer and rancher, manager and co-owner of Ellsworth Truck and Tractor, 50-plus-year member of the Ellsworth American Legion, Post 174, a member of Ellsworth VFW, Post 6485, and former president of the Ellsworth County Farm Bureau Association. He also served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy.
  Fred is survived by his brother, Charlie Vondra of Ellsworth, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and a host of good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Frank Vondra.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-8 p.m.

Tue
19
Jan

Keith Duane Suelter

     Keith Duane Suelter, 80, of Westfall, Kan., died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ellsworth, Kan. Keith was born Dec. 10, 1935, in Lincoln, Kan. to Edmund and Louise (Aufdemberge) Suelter.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James.
     Left to celebrate his life include his wife, Clara (Wacker) Suelter of the home; daughters, Linda Suelter (Bryan Perry) and Janet Suelter (Randy Moore), both of Westfall; sister, Carol (Arlie) Haymond, of Ellsworth.
     Visitation is from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Hall Chapel in Lincoln, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
     Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Westfall, with interment following in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to the Church.
     Keith is in the care of Hall Funeral Home, Lincoln, Kan.
     Online condolences to www.postrockfs.com
 
 

Mon
18
Jan

Bonnie Elaine Fuller

     Bonnie Elaine Fuller, 81, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Good Samaritan Village, Ellsworth, Kan.
     She was born Feb. 13, 1934 in Galt Township in rural Geneseo to Richard and Velma (Orm) Crane. She graduated in 1951 from Geneseo High School. She was a longtime resident of El Dorado, and also resided in Great Bend and Ellsworth. She was a school bus driver for Circle USD 375, retiring after 25 years.
     She married Clarence H. Fuller Feb. 7, 1959, in Wichita. He passed away Sept. 26, 1997.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Velma Crane.

Thu
14
Jan

Louanna Ellis Robinson

     Louanna Ellis Robinson, 85, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Salina, Kan. following a short illness.  
     She was the fourth child to Clyde and Charlotta (Piepmeier) Ellis and was born Aug. 1, 1930, on the family farm south of Appleton City, Mo.
     She attended Appleton City Schools first through 12th grade. She met her future husband, Marlin Robinson, after he returned home from World War II, while he was living in Appleton City helping his brother run the weekly newspaper. They later married on May 15, 1948, in Clinton, Mo. This union was blessed with three children: Roger, Marlena and Creighton.

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