Vicki Jean Hay (1957-2016)

Vicki Jean Hay, 58 of Lyons, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 in Salina.  She was born July 8, 1957 in Tabor, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Twyla Lawrence; her sister, Carla Biessene; and her brother, Robin Lawrence.
Survivors include her father, Robert E. Lawrence of Lyons; her loving husband of 37 years, Thomas Hay; children; Ginger Brunning of Ellsworth, Thomas (Gabrielle) of Shelbyville, Ky., Jason (Christie) Hay of Ellsworth, Janet (Aaron) Blagg of Udall and Heather (Chris) Larson of Kanapolis; a foster child, Tony Heenan Erittanie of Ottawa; a brother, Billy (Stephanie) Waters of Hooper, Neb.; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
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Rosie F. Peschka (1924-2016)

Rosie F. Peschka, 92, passed away May 27, 2016 at Heartland Haven in Inman.
Born Jan. 12, 1924 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary T. (Schreiber) Pelz. She grew up in rural Barton County and attended country grade school and then graduated from Hoisington High School. She moved to her farmstead south of Wilson in 1951. In her later years, Rosie was a dedicated employee of Eschbaugh Advertising in Wilson.
She was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and Altar Society in Wilson. Rosie’s life was about her family. She was the caretaker and peacemaker of her sisters, children, and grandchildren. Although she wore many hats, farm woman, mom, and grandma were the ones that brought her the most joy.


Janice V. Bieberle (1942-2016)

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Janice V. Bieberle

Janice V. (Litzenberger) Bieberle, 74, died May 27, 2016, at Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 2, 1942, in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Conrad and Grace (Doebbeling) Litzenberger. Janice graduated from Claflin High School in 1959. A longtime resident of Claflin, she was a homemaker. Janice was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar Society.
On June 15, 1960, she married Lee C. Bieberle, Sr. at the Holy Name Catholic Church, Bushton. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2006.


Henry St. Clair O’Donnell (1953-2016)

A graveside memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Ellsworth Cemetery for Henry St. Clair O’Donnell.
Mr. O’Donnell died May 21, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan., following a brief illness.


Robert A. Whitmer

Robert A. Whitmer, 62, Wilson, passed away May 24, 2015. Services are pending with Foster Mortuary in Wilson.


Edward Leon Vessey (1943-2016)

Edward Leon Vessey, 72, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Kanopolis. He was born Aug. 3, 1943 in Wichita to Glenn Rae Vessey, Sr. and Evelyn Joyce (Chambers) Vessey.
  Edward is survived by brothers, Glenn, Jr. (Estella) of Kanopolis and John (Jane) of Chickloon, Alaska; sister, Joyce Strait (Ray) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Dean, Dwaine, Dwight, Charles, and Robert.
  Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
  Funeral service is at 10 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home with burial following in Kanopolis Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions to Smoky Hill Baptist Church, Ellsworth, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.
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Ronda Sue Kasiska (1963-2016)

Ronda Sue Kasiska, 52, passed away May 18, 2016.
She was born May 26, 1963, to Mary “Pat” Patricia (Markham) and Ronald F. Lloyd in Pryor, Okla.
Ronda married Ernst Kasiska on Oct. 17, 1981 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. She was an administrator at the Ellsworth County Health Department.
Ronda is survived by her husband, Ernie Kasiska of Kanopolis; daughter, Lynsey Schultz (Andy) of Ellsworth; son, Joshua Kasiska (Lindsay) of Shawnee; sister, Karen Israel of Norman, Okla.; grandchildren, Jazlynn and Owen Schultz of Ellsworth; and aunt, Susan Metzger of Hot Springs, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Sidney “Butch” and Timothy Lloyd.
A memorial service will at 2 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.


Joaquina Gutierrez (1919-2016)

Joaquina Gutiérrez, 96, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 in Albuquerque, N.M.
She was born Aug. 17, 1919 in Fresnillo Zacatecas, Mexico to Creciencio and Felicitas (Coronado) Martinez.
Joaquina married Charles Joseph Gutiérrez June 16, 1937, in Lyons, Kan. She was a member of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church of Kanopolis, as well as, the church’s Altar Society.
Joaquina was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
Joaquina is survived by her son, Richard of Wichita; daughter, Alice Boese (Jim) of Lyons; son, Danny (Delia) of Wichita; son, Larry of Kanopolis; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Angelita Moreno of Albuquerque, Mary Rodriguez (Joe) of Ellsworth, Rachel Martinez (Angel) of McPherson, and Ramona Martinez of Wichita.


Henry St. Clair O'Donnell (1953-2016)

Henry St. Clair O’Donnell died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan., following a brief illness.
He was born May 2, 1953 in Ellsworth, Kan., the son of Carolyn (Cooney) and Henry St. Clair O’Donnell, Sr. After graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1971, Henry St. Clair attended Fort Hays State University, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and did additional graduate work at Fort Hays.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Floyd Kasiska; sister Deanne Carr; and nephew Michael Sutton.
He is survived by his son Patrick O’Donnell (Elizabeth) and two granddaughters, Lillian and Irene. He is also survived by his sister, Christina Simmonds, nieces and nephews and many loyal friends.  
Services are pending.


William M. 'Abe' Siefers (1936-2016)

William M. ‘Abe’ Siefers, 80, of Wilson, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Ellsworth.
Mr. Siefers was born April 11, 1936 in Wilson to John and Sarah (Pierano) Siefers. He married Barbara Martin Aug. 17, 1957 in Dubuque. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; five brothers, John Jr, Orval, Milton, Merrill and Kenneth; a sister, Berniece Zorn; and infant grandson, Lyle Ptacek.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Wilson; son, William ‘Bill’ Siefers, Jr of Wilson; daughters, Rene (Stan) Ptacek of Dorrance, Denise (Mike) Slavens of Overland Park, Rosemary Dietz of Wilson and Stephanie (Todd) Brown of Russell; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 3 p.m. until Vigil with family present to receive friends from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 24. Vigil service/Rosary is at 7 p.m., all at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson.


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