Lorraine M. Phelan

     Lorraine M. Phelan, 95, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Ellinwood, Kan. She was born Sept. 26, 1920, in rural Ellinwood to Mary (Luebbers) and Andy Robl.
     Lorraine married Virgil Phelan at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ellinwood Nov. 11, 1946. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holyrood, St. Mary’s Altar Society and Red Hats. She worked as a secretary for the Holyrood and Quivira Heights Schools.
     Lorraine is survived by her son, Pat Phelan (Barbara) of Meeker, Colo.; daughter, Rita McCarthy of Manhattan; son, Tom Phelan of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Dennis Phelan (Jacque) of Holyrood; son, Mark Phelan of Holyrood; son, John Phelan (Carolyn) of Holyrood; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Rita Robl of Wichita.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; son-in-law, Michael McCarthy; daughter-in-law, Gladys Phelan; and brothers, Orville, Leonard and John Robl.


Lloyd Dale Schultz (1931-2015)

Mr. Schultz

  Lloyd Dale Schultz, 84, passed away, Sept. 10, 2015, in California.
  He was born April 7, 1931, in rural Ellsworth to Walter and Lilly (Kohls) Schultz and attended school in Ellsworth. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth, where he was baptized and later confirmed and became a member of  the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
  Lloyd graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1949, and proudly joined the U.S. Navy in November of 1950, where he served as a diesel mechanic aboard the USS Natchaug, preparing ships for the Korean War. He received an honorable discharged Aug. 18, 1954.
  On Dec. 7, 1954, Lloyd met the love of his life, Sandra Gayle Paull, daughter of Clint and Bernice Paull of Ellsworth. They were married Sept. 1, 1955 and celebrated 60 years of marriage just nine days prior to his death.


Sylvia S. Dlabal (1916-2015)

  Sylvia S. Dlabal, 99, Wilson, died Oct. 22, 2015, at Wilson.
  Mrs. Dlabal was born April 21, 1916, on the family farm in Ellsworth County to Mary (Svoboda) and John Jiricek.
  She married Dr. Frank A. Dlabal Oct. 29, 1936, at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson. He passed away July 9, 1982.
  She also was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Carl, Alfred and Stephen; five sisters, Agnes Jiricek, Georgie Matoush, Anna Skalicky-Talsky, Gertrude Kepka and Marie Montgomery; and a son-in-law, Bob D. Vanek.
  Survivors include a son, Frank (Helen) Dlabal Jr. of Olathe; three daughters, Vanita Vanek of Sylvan Grove, Julia (Roger) Woodmansee of Wilson and Christita Weber of Shawnee; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
  The funeral was Monday at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Burial was at the church cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Wilson Senior Center.


Darlene M. Schultz (1954-2015)

  Darlene M. Schultz, 61, Ellsworth, died Oct. 24, 2015 in Salina.
  She was born Jan. 16, 1954 in Ellsworth to Alfred and Madonna (Lyne) Schultz. She retired from housekeeping at the Good Samaritan Society after 35 ½ years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.
  She is survived by her brother, Wayne Schultz and his wife, Diann, of Wilson; sister, Lois Warren of Anacoco, La.; twin sister, Dianne of Ellsworth; nephew, Dale Warren; niece, Pamela Ames; and great-nieces and nephews.
  The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in the Fredrick, Kan. cemetery.
  Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m.  Monday, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Parsons Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the church, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
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Shirley R. Holtmann-Charlton (1934-2015)

  Shirley R. Holtmann-Charlton, 81, died Oct. 8, 2015, at Wichita.
  She was born and grew up in Ellsworth, where she attended school and graduated from high school in 1951. After graduation, she enrolled in the school of nursing at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, graduating as a registered nurse in 1955.
  She married Dean Charlton soon after and they moved to Manhattan. While there, Shirley worked as a nurse at a local hospital and later as a surgical nurse for a local doctor. Their son, Michael, was born in 1959, at which time she stopped working to care for him. The family moved to Wichita in 1964, where they have lived since. Shirley worked as a nurse in a nursing home for 15 years before retiring.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ella Holtmann.


Nellie Peggy Graham (1938-2015)

 Nellie Peggy Graham, 77, died Oct. 24, 2015 in Kanopolis.
 She was born April 8, 1938 in Bedford, Va., the daughter of Jack and Reba (Vaughn) Watson. She was a member of the Kanopolis United Methodist Church and a former employee of El-Kan in Ellsworth.
 She married Albert Graham June 7, 1958 in Chesterfield, S.C. He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2009.
 Survivors include her son, Ernest of Hutchinson; daughters, Teresa Davis of Pueblo, Colo., and Iris Small of Wilson, Kan.; step-daughter, Sharon Drayer of Salina; and many grandchildren and  great-grandchildren.
 The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Parsons Funeral Home.
 Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
 Memorials may be given to the Kanopolis Methodist Church, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
 Online condolences may be made at


Sharon Lee Sanchez

Sharon Lee Sanchez, 67, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood, Oct. 15, 2015.

She was born Nov. 14, 1947 to Lewis Richard and Lily Mae (Lowery) Harden in Bremerton, Wash. She was a Washington resident for most of her life. Later in life she moved to Kansas where she worked locally as a paraeducator for the school in Chase. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Bushton, and an organizer for the Rice Co. Center on Aging. She loved to craft, crochet and spend time with her pets.

She is survived by sons, Lewis Young, Lee Young, Michael Young, William Young, Alex Young; daughters, Angie Default and Sarah Delp; and a brother Richard Harden. Other survivors include 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Sharon Suzanne Lindenmeyer

Sharon Suzanne Lindenmeyer, 73, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Salina. She was born, April 5, 1942, in Kingman to Francis and Bernice (Wyssenbach) Smysor.

Sharon was a longtime resident of Ellsworth where she was an educator and a homemaker. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church and active with the United Methodist Women. She married Duane L. Lindenmeyer, June 6, 1965, in Ellsworth. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Sharon is survived by daughter, Karen (Mark) Hunter of Fairhope, Ala.; sons, Dan (Julie) Lindenmeyer of Newton, and Scott (Audrey) Lindenmeyer of Hays; grandchildren, Jacob, Addison, Sofia, Maggi, and Cooper; and brother, Francis Smysor of Lawrence.

Funeral service is 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at United Methodist Church, Ellsworth. Burial is 3 p.m., Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.


Jared Paul Langston

     Jared Paul Langston, 35, Holyrood, Kan., returned to his heavenly home Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, passing away in Weld County, Colo.
     Jared was born Oct. 29, 1979 at Great Bend, Kan. to Roger and Joyce (Bauvso) Langston. A resident of Holyrood, he was a self-employed pilot, attending school at Kansas State University in Salina, studying to become a commercial pilot. He served in the United States Air Force for 12 years. He was a member of the LDS Church in Great Bend, Alpha Eta Rho, a fraternity for pilots; and the Holyrood Fire Department. He also served as an assitant scout master for Great Bend Troop 7111, and a motorcycle safety instructor.
     Jared married Allison Baird April 20, 2002, at Woods Cross, Utah. She survives of the home.


Marlin Ball Robinson

     Former editor of the Wilson World, Marlin Ball Robinson, 90, quietly passed away Oct. 14, 2015 at his home in Wilson, where he printed the weekly paper from 1954 until 1974.
     He was born the third child to Robert E. and Elsie Robinson in Tonganoxie, Kan. on Sept. 12, 1925.  Marlin attended Tonganoxie schools First through 12th grades. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving in World War II in the European Theatre. When he returned home he took up residence in Appleton City, Mo., helping his brother run a weekly newspaper.  He continued to work in the printing business in Sedalia, Missouri and Topeka, Kan. before moving to Wilson.  
     While in Appleton City he met and married Louanna Ellis on May 15, 1948. Together they purchased the Wilson World and brought their three children to Wilson, Kan.  


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