Doris Marie (Cermak) Ptacek (1923-2019)

Doris Marie (Cermak) Ptacek, 95, formerly of Wilson, passed away Jan. 12, 2019 at the Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living Cneter in Shawnee, Kan. She was born May 11, 1923 to James and Amelia (Bouska) Cermak in Bee, Neb.
She married John Ptacek in 1947 in Wilson, Kan. He preceded her in death.
Doris is survived by son, Darell Ptacek and wife Linda, of Lenexa, Kan.; brother-in law, Frank Sisel of Raytown, Mo.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two infant sons who died at birth; and sister, Rosalyn Sisel.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Wilson. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.
A Rosary/Vigil is set for 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Interment will be in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.


Arnette K. Peterman (1946-2019)

Arnette K. Peterman, 72, passed away Jan. 8, 2019 in Ellsworth, Kan. She was born in Wichita, Kan. on April 5, 1946 to Clifford and Edith Thomas. She married Gerald Peterman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, in 1964. Arnette was an avid reader, gaining much of her knowledge from books. She also loved gardening and raising flowers.
Arnette is survived by her husband, Gerald Peterman of Ellsworth; sister, Toni Howell of Hutchinson; brother, Ron Thomas of Wichita; brother, Don Thomas of El Dorado; and brother, Jim Thomas of Hutchinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Gene Thomas.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salina Animal Shelter, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439
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Arvin Arnold Meier (1933-2019)

Arvin Arnold Meier, 85, passed away Jan. 5, 2019, in Osborne. He was born March 28, 1933 on the family farm on Elkhorn Creek in southeast Lincoln County to Johann Frederick August Meier and Valeria Ernestine Wacker.
Arvin was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he attended school through the eighth grade. Upon graduation, he worked at various jobs including building elevators in Salina and fixing tires at Atwood’s in Lincoln.
He married Leana Pearl Bird, April 5, 1953, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln. After their marriage, Arvin was accepted into the Army and stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., until his honorable discharge in May 1955.
He is survived by his sister, Arlene Choitz (Emil) of Ellsworth; son, Randy Meier (Mary) of Lincoln; daughters, Sherry Novak (Dave) of Medoc, and Marci Rogers (Doug) of Concordia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Debra A. Hoien (1955-2018)

Debra A. Hoien, 63, of Wilson, passed away Dec. 22, 2018. She was born Jan. 17, 1955 in Denver, Colo. to Bill and Shirley Crum.
She married Butch Hoien in September, 1970 in Juarez Mexico. He died Dec. 18, 2000.
Debbie worked at the Interstate House, Wilson, waiting tables, at Prather’s Market in Fairplay, Colo. and at the ski resort at Breckenridge, Colo. She loved being out on the farm with her horse, Beauty, and with her kids. She loved being outside and in the mountains with the love of her life, Butch.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley Crum; children David Hoien of Wilson, Kandy (Hoien) Gower and husband Jeff, Ozawkie, Kan.; Wendy (Hoien) Herl and husband Damon, Newton Kan; Harold Hoien, Wichita, Kan.. Other family includes Fred and Judy Fuller; brother, Billy Crum of Colorado; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her father; step-dad, Charles Ball; husband; and sister, Sharl Crum.


Helen O. Gregory (1922-2018)

Helen O. Gregory, 96, lifelong resident of Rice County, Kan., passed away Dec. 31, 2018 at Country Living of Lyons. She was born on March 24, 1922 in rural Rice County, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Edna Updegrove Seybert. She was a farmwife.
On July 18, 1939, Helen was united in marriage with Sheldon Gregory, and lived the rest of her life in or near Frederick, Kan. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2000.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Daryl Gregory; and nine brothers and sisters.  
She is survived by her two sons, Arlen Gregory and wife Valerie of South Prince George, Va., and Loren Gregory and wife Deanna of Beatrice, Neb.; daughter, Bonnie Housley and husband Bob of Van Buren, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present.


Maxine Vivian Clifton (1920-2018)

Maxine Vivian Clifton, 98, of Lyons, passed away Dec. 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth, Kan. She was born April 4, 1920 in rural Ellsworth County, Kan., the daughter of Dick and Ella Hoffman Rathbun. She graduated from Lorraine High School with the class of 1938.  Maxine grew up in rural Ellsworth County, moving to Lyons in 1940. She was a homemaker.
Maxine was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons; Lutheran Women’s Missionary League; and she volunteered at the Lyons Thrift Shop.  
On June 24, 1940, Maxine was united in marriage with A.D. Clifton in Ellsworth, Kan. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2010.  
She is also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Delbert, Donald, Meryl and Clyde Rathbun; and sister, Ethel Rizor.


Libbie A. Sebesta (1929-2018)

Libbie A. Sebesta, 89, died Dec. 24, 2018, in Wilson, Kan. She was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Palacky Township in Ellsworth County, Kan., the daughter of John and Marie (Janda) Borecky. She married Joseph Sebesta May 12, 1954 in Wilson. He died Aug. 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Lester Borecky; and sisters Vivian Kratzer and Vi Jiricek. Libbie is survived by son, Mark J. (Susan) Sebesta of Wilson; daughter, Diane M. (Tom) Deaver of Manhattan; sisters, Mildred Hynes, Sylvan Grove, and Myrene Soukup of Wilson; and four grandchildren. Visitation is at 2-8 p.m. Dec. 27, at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Wilson. Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the funeral home. Interment is at Wilson City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wilson Heritage Museum or Lang Memorial Library, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490. Condolences may be left at


Herbert A. Hoff (1937-2018)

Herbert A. Hoff, died Dec. 24, 2018, at Clara Barton Hospital. He was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Hays, Kan., the son of Herbert W. and Rose Marie (Leiker) Hoff. Herbert graduated from Claflin High School in 1956.
A resident of Claflin since 1953, he was a bulk tank agent for Standard Oil for over 40 years. He was also a bus driver for USD 112 for 15 years.
Herbert was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was active in his community, serving on the city council, as a volunteer fire fighter, and an auxiliary deputy. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
On Aug. 17, 1967, he married Rhoda Marie Selness in Claflin, Kan. After two short years of marriage she died Aug. 3, 1969. He then married Mary Richardson, with which he adopted a daughter Kim. He and Mary later divorced. Then on June 28, 1975, he married Jane C. Weber in Coldwater, Kan. They were married for 42 years when she died Nov. 12, 2017.


Jesus (Jesse) Magaña (1931-2018

Jesus (Jesse) Magaña, 86, passed away Dec. 17, 2018, at his home in rural Ellsworth County surrounded by family. He was born Dec. 25, 1931 in Kanopolis.   
Jesse’s initiative and leadership potential was recognized at early age. A local cattleman, George Andrews, employed the teen and taught him to be a cowboy. The purchase of his first horse in 1949 launched his lifelong ownership of equines and cattle. Sometimes his cowboy antics got him into trouble.  After high school, he worked for the Independent Salt Co. and the Union Pacific Railroad. With an enterprising penchant for hard work and adventure, Jesse left Kansas with friends in 1951 to explore Mexico, with no plans to return. All changed upon his receipt of a telegram. His old employer, Eddie Schneider, a local farmer/rancher, had unexpectedly died and his widow asked Jesse to return to assist with the business operation. Working for Mrs. Schneider, he honed his farming and ranching skills.  


Stacey L. Mannel (1957-2018)

Stacey L. Mannel, age 61 years, of Great Bend, Kan. and formerly of Holyrood, Hutchinson, and Burton, Kan., peacefully entered into the presence of Jesus, along with friends and family that have gone on before on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2018 at her home in Great Bend.


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