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.


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.


Patsy Kanak

     Patsy Kanak, 67, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 in Grant City, Mo.
     Patsy leaves behind her husband, Norman Kanak; sons Shawn and wife, Tiffany, Jason and wife, Jen, and Matthew; daughter Kim Sherwood and husband, Nathan; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 4,  2016, at the Christian Church of Grant City, Mo.


Michael J. Watrak

     Michael J. Watrak, Lenexa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at age 75. Michael was born Friday, Sept. 13, 1940 to Patricia (Lattin) and Ted Watrak at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. His identical twin brother was born 8 minutes later.                                                              Michael attended St. Benedict’s Catholic School in Kansas City through eighth grade and graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1958. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1968 and was a Vietnam veteran.
     He married Rosemary (Hlaus) on Aug. 1, 1970 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson.


Robert Stroede

     Robert Stroede, 70, of Kemp, Texas, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1945 in Ellsworth, Kan. the son of George John William Stroede and Minnie Anna Wacker Stroede. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1986 after many years of faithful service to his country and was a member of the VFW Posts of both Seven Points and Trinidad, Texas. Robert was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, riding horses and watching football.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harlan.
     He is survived by his wife, Stacy of Kemp, Texas; two children, Jennifer Lynn Stroede of Clarksboro, N.J. and Robert Stroede Jr. of Mer Rouge, La.; step-daughter, Donna Force and children, Reagan Pogue of Hobbs, N.M. and Randy Force of Malakoff, Texas; one sister, Wanda Stroede of Salina; and one brother, Gary Stroede and his wife, Sarah, of Salina; and grandchildren Katelyn and Jayden Stroede of Mer Rouge, La.


Charles E. Sipes

     Charles E. Sipes, 77, Canton, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Wichita. He was born Nov. 16, 1938 in Elkhart, to Evelyn (Hale) and William Edward Sipes.
     Charles is survived by his son, Gerald Sipes (Kris) of Ellsworth; daughter, Mary Rathbun (Matt Munoz) of Kanopolis; son, Steve Sipes (Kathy) of Stafford; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Myrna Sipes of Bethany, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Billy Sipes.
     A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o, the funeral home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
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Keith Alan Baker (1955-2016)

Keith Alan Baker, 60, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at his home in Holyrood, Kan.
He was born Oct. 15, 1955 in Salina, Kan. to Lyle and Janice (Shanahan) Baker.
Keith is survived by daughters, Megan Blackwood of Holyrood, Nikki Krier (Corey) of Great Bend, and Katie Graf (Buddy) of Great Bend; 10 grandchildren; mother, Janice Smith of Ellsworth; and three brothers and one sister.
He was preceded in death by his father Lyle; brother, Leroy Baker; and son-in-law, Dusty Blackwood.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday Jan. 8, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present 6-8 p.m.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Parsons Funeral Home with burial following in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Cancer Center, Great Bend, c/o Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
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Vivian A. (Doubrava) Corrigan

Mrs. Corrigan

Vivian A. (Doubrava) Corrigan, 93, RN, beloved wife of John and mother of John III, Mary, and Sue (Malik).
Born July 31, 1922 in Ellsworth County, Kan., and died Jan. 2, 2016 in her Wichita, Kan. home, surrounded by family engaging in one of her favorite past times: playing Family Feud on the iPhone. We think Mom was so frustrated that we couldn’t get the right answers that she said to herself, “I’m out of here.”
She was preceded in death by our father, John; her parents, Tobias and Anna Doubrava; her sister, Mary Anderson; and brothers, Joseph, Victor, and Ray Doubrava.
She is survived by her son, John James III and his family (wife, Suzanne, and children, Nicole Garrett, Danielle Beachler, John Corrigan IV); daughter, Mary Colleen; daughter, Sue Erin Malik and her family (husband, Dev, and children, Ian and Chase Malik); two and a half great-grandchildren (Luke Douglas and Clare Vivian Garrett, and baby to be Beachler); and numerous nieces and nephews.


Dale E. Novotny (1946-2016)

Dale E. Novotny, 69, died Jan. 1, 2016, in Hutchinson.
He was born March 24, 1946 in Ellsworth to Winslow and Marie Novotny. Dale worked in the Lawn and Garden Center at Wal-Mart in Hutchinson and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
On Sept. 25, 1992, he married Glenna Montgomery. She survives along with his step-sons, Trong Allen Pinkston and Taoro Cono Pinkston, both of Wichita; step-daughters, Toryo Francis Hall and Tarrah Glenna Harris, both of Hutchinson; a brother, Roy Novotny, St. John, Kan.; and sisters, Betty Ann Holmes, Marjorie A. Reed and Dorothy M. Eisiminger, all of Hutchinson.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with inurnment and military honors following at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood.


Elizabeth E. ‘Betty’ Heitschmidt (1924-2015)

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Heitschmidt, 91, Holyrood, passed away Dec. 30, 2015.
She was born Jan. 24, 1924 on a farm near Geneseo, Kan. to William and Lillian Allen Bailey. Elizabeth graduated from Ellsworth High School and then attended Fort Hays State. She began a teaching career in a one-room school north of Holyrood. She taught many years as a teacher and substitute in the Holyrood school system.
Elizabeth married Marvin Heitschmidt in Ellsworth on Aug. 2, 1945. He passed away Oct. 9, 1991.
For 19 years, Elizabeth owned and operated Betty’s dry goods store in Holyrood. She was a 4-H leader in Ellsworth County for 20 years. She was also a charter member of the Ellsworth County Health Care Foundation. She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holyrood.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Martin Luther Bailey, of Ellsworth.


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