Wallace Leavitt, 83, Mound City, KS, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Country View Nursing Home, Prescott, KS. He was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Bates County, MO, the son of William A. and Gretchen Tietze Leavitt.
He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1950. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta fraternity, Missouri University Alumni Association, the United Methodist church and Hewitt-New American Legion of Mound City. He was a WWII veteran serving with the United States Air Force. He was self-employed as a dairyman.
Wallace was preceded in death by one daughter, Judith Christine Leavitt, who died in 1969, and by three sisters-Helen Leavitt, Gwendolyn Jackson and Beulah Leavitt. Survivors include his wife, Agnes, of Mound City, KS; two sons, Charles Leavitt and Bill Leavitt, both of Mound City, KS; one daughter, Katherine Leavitt, Decatur, IL; six grandchildren and one step-granddaughter.
Services were held Sunday, Feb. 24, at the United Methodist Church, Mound City, KS. The family suggests contributions to the United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Woodland Cemetery, Mound City, KS, under the direction of the Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home.
MING YA LOH
Ming Ya Loh, 87, father of Alice Hacker, passed away on Feb. 18, 2002, in Torrance, CA. He was the former vice-president of Bank of China where he served 42 years in various posts throughout Southeast Asia. He retired from BOC branch in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1981 and settled in Torrance, CA.
He started his banking career in Calcutta, India, in 1939. Later in 1947, he established the BOC branch in Saigon, South Vietnam.
During his retirement in the New Horizons South Bay community, he was recognized as the top bridge player and an avid golfer. In 1999, he returned to Shanghai, China, for the first time since he left in 1941.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Tu Hien; and his five children: daughter-Mary Mauterstock-Glastonbury, CT; son, Jean Loh-Shanghai, China; son-Robert Loh-Cayenne, French Guyana; daughter, Alice Hacker-El Dorado Springs; son, Philip Loh-Paris, France. In addition, he boasted nine grandchildren throughout the world.
He was laid to rest in Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the presence of his entire family.
He will be forever remembered for his kindness, generosity, intellect and gentle manner.
MARLISSE E. OGDEN
Marlisse E. Ogden, 90, was born on April 14, 1911, in Duluth, MN, the daughter of Fredrick William and Theressa Dusette Strehlan. She passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Christian Health are in Nevada.
She was united in marriage to Frank Ogden on Feb. 1, 1929. Mrs. Ogden had resided in California before moving to El Dorado Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents, Fredrick and Teresa Strehlan; one son, Jerry Ogden; and a brother, Fred Strehlan. Survivors include her children, Jack Ogden and his wife, Ellis-Sacramento and their children, Willoughby, Jason and Brannen; Joel Ogden and his wife, Linda-Los Angela and their son, Chris; Michelle White and her husband, Bill-Sacramento and their son, Christopher; and Marlisse Snodgrass and her husband, Leonard-El Dorado Springs and their children, Tony, Richard and Tim. Also surviving are three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services with visitation were held on Friday evening, Feb. 22, 2002, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Dana Taylor officiating. Musical selections were provided by Donna Chism and Joanne Alexander. Interment was in the Oroville, CA, Memorial Cemetery.
IVA MAXINE SHANER
Iva Maxine Shaner, 81, formerly of Hartford, KS, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the Community Springs Nursing Home, El Dorado Springs.
She was born Feb. 14, 1921, at Grainfield, KS, the daughter of James Earl and Laura Marie Dillet McCormick. She was the oldest of three children. She moved to Hartford, KS, and graduated from Hartford High School.
Mrs. Shaner was a member of the Christian Church at Hartford, KS.
She was married to Willie Samuel Shaner on April 19, 1941, at Hartford, KS. They lived around Hartford before moving to a farm near El Dorado Springs. They moved back to Kansas and she returned to El Dorado Springs in 1998 to be near her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; a brother, Francis Earl “Pete” McCormick; a sister, Joyce Downs; and one grandson, Merlin Douglas Shaner.
Survivors include her children-Merlin Shaner and his wife, Jo, Ben Shaner and Iva Drake and her husband, Donnie, all of El Dorado Springs; seven grandchildren-Debie and David Donica, DeAnna and Russ McCowan, Brian Dale and Kim Shaner, Donnie Barker, Doyle and Shannon Barker, Carolyn and Shawn Loane and Kris and Tom Glomsky; and 14 great-grandchildren-Christopher Shaner, Rachael, Trenton and Kirtis McCowan, Marisa and Moriah Donica, Sam, George and Joseph Shaner, Monica, Nicholas and Adriana Barker and Colton and Shelby Loane; and one sister-in-law, Edie McCormick, CA; one brother-in-law, Marion and Nyla Shaner, Lebo, KS; and several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Services were held Sunday, Feb. 24, at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo, KS. Rev. Tom Miller conducted the service. Interment followed at Lincoln Cemetery in Lebo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Christian Church and sent in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 43, Lebo, KS, 66856.
GEORGE ANDREW SIEGISMUND
George Andrew Siegismund, 71, son of George Edward and Julia Elsie (Garrison) Siegismund, was born in Rockville on Dec. 25, 1930. He passed away at his home in Rockville, on Feb. 18, 2002.
Andrew spent nearly all his life in the Rockville area with the exception of the two years he spent in the Marine Corps from 1952-1954. Andrew raised cattle and farmed to provide for his family.
Andrew was a member of the Rockville Methodist Church where he had served as chairman of the administrative board. He also served on the Rockville Cemetery board and taught wood working classes in 4-H.
He was united in marriage to Margie Kern at the Rockville Methodist Church on May 27, 1956. To this union, five children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Margie Lou, of the home; son, Darrell Siegismund, and wife, Sandra; daughters, Cinday, and husband, Marlon Seider, Tammy and husband, Mike Rapp; son, Craig Siegismund, and wife, Debbie, all of Rockville; and a daughter, Julia, and husband, Kurt Davis-Appleton City; four sisters-Georgia and husband, Raymond Williams-El Dorado Springs, Sara Hearting-Rockville and Dorothy and husband, Howard Heiserman-Appleton City and Emma Cassity-Lockwood; a brother, Aaron, and wife, Mabel-Rockville; grandchildren-Anthony, April and Andrew Siegismund, Heather and husband, Jayson Davis, Valerie, Shelley and Marriah Seider, Tyler and Ashleigh Rapp, Brooklyn, Rebecca and George Siegismund and Trevor, Lyndsi and Kennon Davis.
Andrew was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved the time he spent with all of them and enjoyed working in his wood shop. He loved farming and was always able to fix anything that needed repair. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Services were held at the Rockville Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 21, with Rev. Bill Kenagy. Music was by Kurt Davis, special music pianist; Rebecca Mott, pianist; Jason and Rebecca Mott, vocalists; “Wings of A Dove,” “Farther Along” and “Daddy's Hands”. The congregational hymn was “Surely the Presence.”
Casketbearers were Darrel Siegismund, Mike Rapp, Marlon Seider, Craig Siegismund, Kurt Davis and Anthony Siegismund. Honorary casketbearers were Tyler Rapp, Kennon Davis, Andrew Siegismund, Trevor Davis, Jayson Davis and George Siegismund. Military grave side services were conducted by the Missouri Honor Guard.
Interment was in the Rockville Cemetery.
ONA MAE MAXWELL
Ona Mae Maxwell, 75, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday morning, Dec. 24, 2001, at Resthaven. She was born on May 28, 1926, in Huggins, MO, the daughter of William David Maxwell and Della Edith Worsham Maxwell.
A lab tech, Mae had worked both in hospitals and nursing homes.
She is survived by her sister, Lorene Bott-Kansas City; three brothers-James Maxwell-Independence and Kermit and Farris Maxwell-both of El Dorado Springs; nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Friday morning, Dec. 28, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Dennis Maxwell officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were nephews.
Pauline Young, 93, daughter of John and Eva May (Eddlemon) Smith, was born in St. Paul, KS Aug. 11, 1908. She passed away at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home Dec. 28, 2001.
Pauline was united in marriage to Harold J. Young on March 13, 1925, in Ft. Scott, KS. To this union one son was born.
Mrs. Young attended the Rockville Baptist Church. She was employed as a nurse's aid and was a loving, kind person who liked helping others. She was known to her family as “Aunt Pody.”
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; her son, Billy Bob Young; her twin brother; and two sisters, Gladys Rich and Eunice Heiman. Survivors include her sister, Inis Merryfield-El Dorado Springs; a nephew, Glenn Merryfield-Butler; two nieces, Shirley Simmons-Laughlin, NV and Vicktoria Clouse of Lambertville, MN and three grandchildren.
Services were held on Sunday, Dec. 30, with Rev. Gene Gray officiating. Music was by Paula Gray, vocalist, “Serenaded By Angels” and “Thinking About Home.” Casketbearers were Ronnie Dains, Francis Lesmeister, Darrell Dains, Louis Lewellen, David Merryfield and Pete Shouse. Interment was in the Rockville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Rockville Baptist Church or Rockville Cemetery.