Ronda Sue Kasiska (1963-2016)

Ronda Sue Kasiska, 52, of Kanopolis, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 23, at First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation or First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.


W. Thomas French (1955-2016)

Mr. French

Tom French, 60, of Bloomington, Ill. passed away at 10:58 a.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill.
A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1706 RT Dunn Dr., Bloomington, Ill. 61701. Interment will be in Wilson, Kan. at a later date.  
Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.  
Memorials may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
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Tom was born Oct. 27, 1955 in Bloomington, the son of Raymond Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Vaughan French. He married Tamera Foran on June 4, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.


Melvin M. Svaty Sr. (1932-2016)

Melvin M. Svaty Sr. 83, Lucas, died Saturday, May 14, 2016. He was born June 19, 1932, in rural Lincoln County. He was a retired farmer/stockman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Ramona Echer in 2016.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Shirley Mettlen Svaty, of Lucas; son, Michael (Stephanie) Svaty, Lucas; daughters Lori Ward, Lucas and Lynne (Gene) Angel, Paradise; brother, Norman (Verna) Svaty, La Grade, Ore.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the Lucas United Methodist Church with visitation 1-hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in the Lucas Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Lucas United Methodist Church.

Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, Lucas, was in charge of arrangements.


Vona Emma (Steinhaus) Schmoekel (1924-2016)

Mrs. Schmoekel

Vona Emma (Steinhaus) Schmoekel, 92, passed away on May 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Kan.
She was born to Henry and Pauline (Trapp) Steinhaus on Jan. 25, 1924 in Lincoln, Kan. On Nov. 7, 1943, she married John M. Schmoekel at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln. To this union, two daughters were born, Marjorie Carol and Ruth Ellen.
For most of their married life, they lived on the family farm north of Ellsworth, while John farmed and Vona brought in extra income working at Stuckey’s. After selling the farm and moving to Ellsworth, she worked several different jobs, one being at Town and Country clothing store for many years. Along with working, she also volunteered at various places. One of her most treasured activities was belonging to the Lady’s Aid and quilting with the ladies at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of North Ellsworth, where she was a long-time member.


Peter B. 'Pete' Dlabal (1915-2016)

Peter B. “Pete” Dlabal, 100, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 1, 2016 at his home. He was born June 28, 1915 in Wilson, Kan. to Mary (Wanasek) and John Dlabal.
Pete was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, where he was the general manager of the Ellsworth County Farmers Co-op Union for 24 years. He graduated from Wilson High School and Wichita Business College. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II achieving rank of Staff Sergeant. He served overseas in the SW Pacific Area for 2 ½ years.  He was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, American Legion Post 174, Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 and Knights of Columbus. He was elected to the Kansas Farmers Service Board for 27 years and the County Commissioner Board for 12 years. He also served on many other local and state boards.


Felecia Anne Bosquez (1938-2016)

 Felecia Anne Bosquez, 77, passed away April 7, 2016, at her home in Kanopolis, Kan.
She was born June 24, 1938 in Kanopolis to Felix and Mabel (Boyer) Perez. She married Raymond A. Bosquez July 21, 1955, in Pontiac, Mich.
  Felecia was the owner of Main Street Deli in Ellsworth and Kanopolis Lunch Box. She was a member of the Sunflower Civic Club and the St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kanopolis.
Felecia is survived by her son, Raymond Bosquez (Cindy) of Michigan; son, Thomas Bosquez (Debra) of Kanopolis; daughter, Rebecca Bowie (Jim) of Kanopolis; son, Kenneth Bosquez (Danita) of Salina; daughter, Monica Pernicano (Mark) of Michigan; daughter, Alanna Bosquez of Kanopolis; son, Christopher Bosquez (Amanda) of Kanopolis; brother, Louis Perez; brother, Dave Perez of Michigan; sister, Linda Muise of Canada; and 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Elaine F. Shaw (1933-2016)

Elaine F. Shaw, 82, passed away April 20, 2016 in Salina. She was born Sept. 19, 1933 in Lincoln County to Victor and Theresa (Farney) Peterka.

She married Roy ‘Malcom’ Shaw Feb. 8, 1956, in Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include husband, Malcolm Shaw, Wilson; sons, Mark (Doris) Shaw and Jan Shaw, both of Wilson, and Lee (Janelle) of Abilene; daughter, ViAnn (Ken) Schweitzer of Lenexa; brothers, Eugene Peterka and Donald (Alice) Peterka, both of Wilson; sisters, JoAnn Steinle and Loyola (Daniel) Anschutz, both of Wilson and Kathleen (Dr. Earl) Merkel of Russell; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation is from 1-7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at Foster Mortuary, Wilson, with family present from 6-7 p.m. Vigil service with rosary is at 7 p.m.

A Memorial Mass is 10 a.m., Friday, April 29 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson. The inurnment will be private.


Rita Gail Decker (1947-2016)

Rita Gail Decker, 68, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at 6:03 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Burlington Care Center.

Born April 24, 1947, in Colgate, Okla., she was the daughter of J.W. McMillen and Violet Verita Beaty. She married James Clifford Musgove in 1954; they were married 17 years and later divorced. Following her divorce, she was married to Kenny Garrison until his death.

She enjoyed spending her time outdoors in her yard and tending to her garden; she also enjoyed bird watching, particularly hummingbirds. She enjoyed garage sales, was an excellent artist and had a great sense of humor.

She loved the holidays, especially Christmas; but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.


Kenneth R. Bender

Kenneth R. Bender, 89, Ballwin, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was born and raised in Ellsworth, Kan. He served in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II, training as an aviation cadet when the war ended. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from his beloved Kansas State University.

Ken married the love of his life, Evlyn Imogene Rindt, in 1950. Life was never the same after her passing in 1997 from ovarian cancer. Ken credited Evlyn for being the stabilizer for the family’s many moves and turning new houses into loving, Christian homes. His children give them both that credit.


Viola Katherine Besthorn

Viola Katherine Besthorn, 94, Holyrood, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson, Kan. She was born June 3, 1921 to Joseph Henry Ross and Clara Mae (Ruby), who had eight other children (Edith Irene Weeks, Ethel Marie Bechtel, Florence I. Meharg, Clara Mae McCabe, the twins, Lee and Leo, Kelly and Joseph Jr.) all deceased.

Viola was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and the Women’s Guild, American Legion Auxiliary and the Holyrood Eastern Star.

After Arthur’s death, she enjoyed being with friends, drinking coffee at C & V’s, dining at the Senior Center, driving her car and traveling with her sister, Clara Mae.


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