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Miscellaneous Reno County, Kansas Deaths
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Father John P. Kowal
ULYSSES - Father John P. Kowal, 69, died Jan. 1, 2002, at his home in rural Ulysses.

He was born Sept. 16, 1932, at Boston, Mass., the son of John Walter and Katherine Mary Powers Kowal. He was the former pastor of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ulysses, and St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Johnson. He received a bachelor of arts in philosophy at St. Fidelis College, Herman, Pa., and a master's degree in religious education from Fordham University, New York. He was ordained for the Capuchin order on Oct. 28, 1957, at Falls Church, Va., by the Most Rev. Joseph H. Hodges of the Diocese of Wheeling. He first served in western Kansas as a teacher at St. Francis High School, Victoria, from 1959 to 1965. He was assistant at St. Joseph's, Hays, from 1965 to 1966, and then at St. Mary's, Ellis, from 1966 to 1967. He served as military chaplain from 1968 to 1981. He also served as chaplain at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Greeley, Alaska, Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and at an American base in Germany. He received two Meritorious Service Awards, two Bronze Stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and an Air Medal Civic Action in Vietnam. He was incardinated as a member of the clergy of the Diocese of Dodge City in 1971. He returned to the diocese from his military chaplaincies in 1981, and served as diocesan vicar for religious education and later chaplain at St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City. He served the following parishes as pastor: St. Rose of Lima, Great Bend, Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses, and St. Bernadette, Johnson. He served the diocese in the following additional positions: moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in the Great Bend Deanery, coadjutor dean for the Garden City Deanery, and as a member of the Commission for Continuing Education of Priests.

Survivors include: a close family friend, Dottie Stenstrom and her husband John, Staughton, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Vigil service and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ulysses. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore and other clergy of the Dodge City Diocese presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday, at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, all at Garnand Funeral Home, Ulysses. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Ulysses American Legion.

Memorials may be sent to the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church Scholarship Fund, to the St. Bernadette Catholic Church Scholarship Fund, or to the Cathedral Building Fund, all in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Mabel R. Cobb
LARNED - Mabel R. Cobb, 96, died Dec. 31, 2001, at the Manor Care Nursing Home, Wichita.

She was born Feb. 3, 1905, in Pawnee County, the daughter of Oliver Lupfer and Maggie Amelia McGee Rhea. A resident of Larned since 1918, she was a retired chief telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone.

She was belonged to United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Fort Larned Belles, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Larned Historical Society, and BPW all at Larned, and Southwestern Bell Pioneers.

On Aug. 28, 1928, she married Leslie Cobb at Larned. He died Aug. 10, 1981.

Survivors include: two sons, William L., Wichita, and Rhea O., North Bergen, N.J.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Alvin Rhea.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with the Rev. Joe Cobb and Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery, Larned.

Memorials may be sent to the church or to the TV Ministry of the United Methodist Church, Wichita, both in care of the mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. 
 

James W. Stewart
LARNED - James W. Stewart, 93, died Jan. 2, 2002, at Halsey Hall, Fort Dodge.
Arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home, Larned. 
 
 

Manuel Garcia
COPELAND - Manuel Garcia, 88, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Bethel Home, Montezuma.

He was born May 21, 1913, at Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Cruz and Cayethana Olivas Garcia. A resident of Montezuma since 1998, formerly of Copeland, he was a rancher and cowboy, retiring in 1991.

On June 9, 1945, he married Guadalupe Marquez at Col. Albaro Obregon Chihuahua, Mexico. She survives.

Other survivors include: five sons, Jesus, Spearman, Texas, Mario, Chihuahua, Mexico, Cruz, Columbus, N.M., Guadalupe, El Mirage, Ariz., and Miguel Garcia, Eden, Texas; four daughters, Consepcion Garcia and Diva Withers, both of Copeland, Cayetana Antillon, Albuquerque, N.M., and Lourdes Mendoza, Los Lunas, N.M.; a brother, Cruz, Chihuahua, Mexico; 36 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: a son, Juan Ramon Garcia; a sister, Librada Garcia; a brother, Encarnacion Garcia; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Salem Mennonite Church, Copeland, with Ministers Sam Unruh Jr., Steve Unruh and Verle Yost presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Montezuma Funeral Home, Montezuma. Burial will be in Salem Church Cemetery, Copeland.

Memorials may be sent to the Bethel Home, Montezuma, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Herman A. Ehmke
LEOTI - Herman A. Ehmke, 90, died Jan. 2, 2002, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City.

He was born Feb. 12, 1911, at Amy, the son of Henry and Dorothy Schierenbeck Ehmke. A resident of Leoti since 1990, formerly of Dighton, he was a Lane County farmer, retiring in 1990.

He belonged to Christ The King Lutheran Church, Dighton.

In 1945, he married Neva Thomas at Dighton. She died in October 1976. On Sept. 3, 1977, he married Cleta Smith at Leoti. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Calvin, Dighton; two stepsons, Jesse Smith, Leoti, and Guido Smith, Torrington, Wyo.; three daughters, Patricia Miller, Raeford, N.C., Carolyn Turner, Dighton, and Francene Bertram, Wichita; a stepdaughter, Cloris Case, Leoti; two brothers, Charles, Lake Charles, La., and Raymond, Coffeyville; a sister, Alice Reifschneider, Wichita; six grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Scott City, with the Rev. Richard Kaczor and Pastor John Riebhoff presiding. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti. Burial will be in Dighton Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Atkinson Senior Citizens Center, Leoti, or the JOY Center, Dighton, in care of the funeral home. 
 

Guy Marvin Ellis
ROZEL - Guy Marvin Ellis, 94, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Larned Health Care and Living Center, Larned.

He was born July 28, 1907, at La Crosse, the son of Elmer and Oro Watts Ellis. A lifetime Rozel resident, he was a farmer, and in earlier years operated a grocery and meat market at Rozel.

He belonged to First Baptist Church, Rozel.

On Sept. 29, 1930, he married Lula May Stilts at Sioux Falls, S.D. She survives.

Other survivors include: two brothers, Louis, Blossom, Texas, and Raymond, La Crosse, Wis.; a sister, Helen Gilbert, Topeka; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard, Harry and Edward; and three sisters, Mildred Bruntzel, Edna Routh and Dorothy Spreier.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, with the Rev. John Hester presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery, Larned.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church in care of the mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. 
 
 

Oma Jane Lappin
HUGOTON - Oma Jane Lappin, 98, died Jan. 2, 2002, at Stevens County Hospital, Hugoton.

She was born Feb. 9, 1903, at Licking, Mo., the daughter of August and Celia Friend. A resident of Hugoton, formerly of Jetmore and Larned, she was a homemaker and cooked in restaurants.

She belonged to the Baptist Church in Missouri.

In 1923, she married James Preston Hamblin at Houston, Mo. He died in October in 1948. In October of 1957 she married George Lappin at Clayton, N.M. He died in July of 1964.

Survivors include: two sons, Russell Hamblin; Hugoton, and James A. Hamblin, Laverne, Okla.; a daughter, Evelyn Florence Hauf, Hugoton; two sisters, Minnie Renick, Licking, Mo., and Mandy Venable, Houston, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, James Leland Hamblin, and Everett Dean Hamblin; four brothers, John, Henry, Charlie and Sherman; a sister, Goldie Friend; and three grandsons.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Paul's Funeral Home, Hugoton, with Minister Gaylon Cox presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at 4 p.m. in Fairmont Cemetery, Jetmore.

Memorials may be sent to the donors choice, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

T.J. Ross
LYONS - T.J. Ross, 79, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Lyons District Hospital, Lyons.
 
 

Edwin T. Koehn
MOUNDRIDGE - Edwin T. Koehn, 76, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Moundridge Manor.

He was born Nov. 11, 1925, in rural Galva, the son of Tobe T. and Eva Unruh Koehn. A lifetime area resident, he retired from Hay and Forage Manufacturing after 27 years.

He belonged to Lone Tree Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, rural Galva.

On Jan. 14, 1951, he married Myrtle M. Becker at Galva. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Arnie L. and Arlis L., both of Galva; a daughter, Darla Gustafson, Galva; two brothers, Lloyd, Moundridge, and Marvin, Galva; four sisters, Violet Boese, Canton, Margaret Koehn, Scott City, and Irene Unruh and Linda Koehn, both of Moundridge; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lone Tree Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, rural Galva, with Ministers Roger Unruh, Gary Nightingale and Darrell Becker presiding. Friends may visit from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Moundridge Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lone Tree Church Cemetery, rural Galva.

Memorials may be sent to Moundridge Manor, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Bertha F. Akers
KINSLEY - A memorial service for Bertha F. Akers will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Offerle Methodist Church, Offerle.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of McKillip Memorial Funeral Home, Kinsley. 
 

Fidel Saiz
HOLCOMB - Fidel Saiz, 93, died Jan. 2, 2002, at his home, in Holcomb.

He was born June 18, 1908, at St. Augustine, N.M., the son of Domingo and Petra Gonzales Saiz. He attended school at St. Augustine, N.M. A resident of Holcomb since 1945, he worked for Herb Clutter for 12 years and later was a janitor at Holcomb High School. After retiring from the school district, he worked at Gottsch Feed Yard at Deerfield.

He belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Garden City.

On Jan. 18, 1929, he married Josephine Baros at St. Augustine, N.M. She died Oct. 3, 2000.

Survivors include: a son, Benny, Vernal, Utah; six daughters, Rosie Miller and Fidelia Munoz, both of Wichita, Becky Kellogg, Liberal, Edwina Neese, Dora Saiz and Paula Herrell, all of Garden City; a half-brother, Ines Saiz, Wichita; a half-sister, Grace Avila, Hutchinson; 23 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Isidoro and Purdy; a sister, Victoria Gonzales; two half-brothers, Louis Saiz and Pete Saiz; a half-sister, Mary Mora; and two grandchildren.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. today with rosary to follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Garden City. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Father James E. Baker presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.

Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Elsie 'Billye' Finlay
KENDALL - Elsie "Billye" Louk Finlay, 84, died Jan. 2, 2002, at her home,in rural Kendall.

She was born Feb. 18, 1917, at Quincy, the daughter of Charles and Hattie Naylor Louk. A resident of Hamilton County since 1939, she attended school in eastern Kansas and was a homemaker.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Syracuse.

On May 15, 1940, she married Millard Finlay at Garden City. He died Dec. 28, 1998.

Survivors include: two sons, Larry and Ronald, both of Kendall; two daughters, Llynde, Trenton, Neb., and Sheree Finlay, Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Bea Cummrine, Yates Center; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vern and John Louk; three sisters, Hazel Urton, Elizabeth Darland and Grace Puckett; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. MST Saturday at First Christian Church, Syracuse. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. MST today at Greene-Fellers Funeral Home, Syracuse. Graveside service will be in Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Madison Danielle Cunningham
ENSIGN - Madison Danielle Cunningham, 13 days, died Jan. 2, 2001, at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born Dec. 20, 2001, at Dodge City, the daughter of Ike and Teresa Stinemetz Cunningham.

Survivors include: her parents, Ensign; her grandparents, Dale and Marjorie Cunningham, Dodge City, and Alan and Donna Stinemetz, Hanston; her great-grandparents, Leonard and Emily Woods, Kalvesta, Lois Danse, Jetmore, Elmer and Mary Stinemetz, Hanston, and Dorothy Davison, Dodge City.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cimarron Cemetery, Cimarron, with the Rev. James E. Hossier officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City.

Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Martha Mildred Rutledge
OZARK, Mo. - Martha Mildred Rutledge, 76, died Jan. 1, 2002, at her home, in Ozark, Mo.

She was born Oct. 30, 1925, at Elkhart, the daughter of Ernest and Mina Pate Lavielle.

She married Ellis Rutledge. He died in 1997.

Survivors include: a son; two daughters, including Cindy Gillespie, Elkhart; two sister-in-laws; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at Harrell Funeral Home, Elkhart. Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Harrell Funeral Home, Elkhart. 
 
 

Ruth Churchill
LA CROSSE - Ruth Churchill, 89, died Jan. 2, 2002, at Hillcrest Health Plaza, Bellevue, Neb.

She was born June 25, 1912, at Russell, the daughter of August and Esther Moore Milberger. A lifelong resident of Rush County until moving to Bellevue in 1999, she was a retired business manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company at La Crosse.

On Jan. 7, 1933, she married De Churchill at La Crosse. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: a daughter; a sister; two grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Janousek Funeral Home Chapel, La Crosse, with the Rev. Marilyn Christmore presiding. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in La Crosse City Cemetery, La Crosse. 
 
 

Charles F. 'Charlie' Emler
VALLEY CENTER - Charles F. "Charlie" Emler, 82, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Valley Center.

He was born Oct. 26, 1919, to Charles Franklin and Faye Anderson Emler in Geneseo. He retired from being Arkansas Valley State Bank President. He was an All-State Basketball and Football player for the Geneseo Dragons.

He was a member of the Moose, Lions, American Legion, Masonic Lodge No. 364 and Shrine. Charlie served as City Councilman and also was on the Planning Commission for the City of Valley Center for several years.

He proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Charlie married Wanda Lee Moll on July 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tenn. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Wanda, who died in Sept. 2000.

Survivors include: two sons, Charles and Janet Emler, Valley Center, and Randy and Carrie Emler, Topeka; two daughters, Barbara and David Foreman, Wichita, and Pattie Dickter, Valley Center; and eight grandchildren, Payton Emler, Topeka, Brecken, Quinn, and Chase Emler, Natalie and Carly Dickter, all of Valley Center, Jennifer Foreman, Overland Park, and Tanner Foreman, Manhattan.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at First United Methodist Church, Valley Center.

Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, Sun-flower Chapter, 347 Laura, Wichita 67211, in care of Hillside Funeral Home 'East', Wichita.


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