Obituaries

Tue
20
Jun

Carl Reece

Carl Lee Reece passed away peacefully the early morning of June 16, 2017, at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. Born August 27, 1944 in Concordia, Kansas, he was son of Jack and Alice Belle Reece. He grew up in Scandia, Kansas, where he created fond memories with friends and family. He married Gloria Lamia, August 20, 1967 in Ellsworth, Kansas. Carl received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Hays University in Hays, Kansas. He worked for Baxter Laboratories for two years, then, to fulfill his desire to teach business education, he left the world of business to accept a teaching position at Porterville High School in Porterville, California. As Department Chairperson, he was instrumental in the creation of the Porterville Academy of Business and especially enjoyed teaching the entrepreneurial program and accounting. He was known as a go-getter, who always thought of his students first! He also coached golf, basketball and football.

Tue
20
Jun

Max Scofield

Max Albert Scofield, son of Julia Belle Weaver and Percy Floyd Scofield was born February 21, 1920, on the family farmstead north of Belleville and died in Belleville Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the age of 97 years. He attended Willowdale rural grade school and Belleville High School graduating in 1937. He worked as a mechanic and driver for Ferguson Oil Company in Belleville before moving to Wichita where he worked for Boeing Aircraft. On October 8, 1939 he was united in marriage to June Elyea, and to this union four children Steven, Susan, Samuel, and Sidney were born. In 1943 he was called into military service serving in the Army Air Corp, Pacific Theater, through the end of World War II. The B-29 in which he was a turret gunner flew 23 missions from the island of Tinian to Japan. Following this service he and June moved to their farm home south of Rydal where he farmed and raised his family. Max was a good steward of the land and took pride in his livestock and crops.

Tue
20
Jun

Marion Annette Walker

Marion Annette Walker, 89, of Salina, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, June 13th, at Holiday Resort. Marion was born in Jefferson County, Ohio on February 6, 1928, a daughter of the late Evangeline (Fanton) and Byron M Gilchrist. She was president of the Lions Club in Hunter, Kansas; in 1963, helped establish the North Central Kansas Association of Artists; Courtland School board member from 1975 to 1980; Governor's Art Award as an outstanding artist and art educator. Marion owned and operated Atelje Gallery and Art Supplies in Scandia, Kansas and was a United Methodist Pastor from 1993 to 2009. She was a member of Salina Heights Christian Church, Salina, Kansas. Survivors include daughters, Susan Trost and husband Bruce, of Concordia, Kansas, Joanne C. Wilson and husband Bruce, of New Cambria, Kansas, Robin R. Hedge and husband Bill, of Republic, Kansas. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jodi L.

Tue
20
Jun

Barbara Kasl

Barbara Lou Kasl, daughter of Ervin H. and Rozelle (Howell) Kleveland was born on April 6, 1940 in Belleville, Kans. and died June 16, 2017 at the age of 77 years at the Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron, Nebr. She graduated from Chester High School in 1958 and then from Lincoln School of Commerce in 1959. On March 10, 1960 she was united in marriage to Donald L. Kasl. She was baptized in the Church of Christ, where she was a member for many years. She was a current member of the Chester United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the LEO Club, Chester Woman’s Club, Bridge Clubs, an officer of the Chester Cemetery Board and served as the treasurer of the CHB Alumni for 25 years. She is survived by her five daughters: Dawn (Raymond) Wit of Chester, Sheila (Stan) Wissel of Bennet, Lisa (Bob) Davis of Beatrice, Audra Kasl of Courtland, Kans.

Tue
20
Jun

Bernadine Swiercinsky

Bernadine Lillian Swiercinsky, the youngest child of Alcid Edward Breault and Marcella Melvina Melancon, was born on January 24, 1928, in Clyde, Kans. and died on June 12, 2017, at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kan. She grew up in Clyde and Concordia. On June 17, 1944, she married Bert O. Lane and they had two children, James Leland and Julie Ann. He died in 1961. She married Gerald T. Swiercinsky on April 4, 1964, in Belleville, Kans. They farmed in the Belleville area, and later moved to Beloit, Kans. He died in 2006. She moved to Mount Joseph in Concordia in 2014. She worked 43 years in the medical field as a certified nurse’s aide and a medication aide. She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, siblings Emma Rose Desilet, Leroy and Laurence. Survivors include her children, James (Cindy) of Beloit, and Julie (Guy) Steier of Clyde; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 17 at St.

Tue
13
Jun

Charlene Novak

Charlene Rae Novak, 74, died June 7, 2017 at her home in Hesston, Kans. She was born September 9, 1942 in Republic County, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Doris Walter Kathrineberg. She was a graduate of Republic High School and had taken some bookkeeping courses through Hutchinson Community College. She was a bookkeeper and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was a member of Hesston United Methodist Church. On June 5, 1960, she married Raymond Novak in Republic, Kansas. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Jeff (Dawn) Novak, Smith Center; 2 daughters, Debra (Kent) Yoder, Hesston and Becky (John) Strubhar, Hesston; a brother, Paul Kathrineberg, Phoenix, AZ; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Arlene Marty; a brother, Kenny Kathrineberg; and a grandson, Lemuel Strubhar. Funeral services were held June 12 at Hesston United Methodist Church, with Pastor Keith Schadel presiding.

Tue
13
Jun

Brandie J. Taylor

Brandie J. Taylor, 46, of Kearney went to be with Jesus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at CHI Health – Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Berean Church in Kearney. Pastor Kelly Larsen officiated and burial was be at Kearney Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family to establish an educational fund for her daughters. Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements. Brandie was born on February 11, 1971 in Emporia, KS to Ron and Janet (Wilkes) Mallam. She attended Kearney High School and graduated with the class of 1989. She then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated with a teaching degree in 1993.

Tue
13
Jun

Joan Frew

Joan Frew, 83, of Republic, KS, formerly of Canton Illinois, passed away on Feb. 9, 2017 at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, KS. Memorial services for will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, Canton, Ill. Family inurnment graveside services will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Ill. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

Tue
13
Jun

DeLore Patton

DeLore Patton, 89, Chapman, Kans., died June 7, 2017 at Chapman. He was born May 21, 1928 in Cloud County, Kans, son of Stanley and Bessie (Mikulecky) Patton. He was raised in the Clifton community and graduated from Clifton High School in 1946. He married Virginia Veesart on August 17, 1949. He graduated from Emporia State University in 1960 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and earned his Master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1982. He taught five years in rural schools, one year in Clifton, one year in California and 33 years in Belleville. He also coached Jr. High football and track while at Belleville. The couple retired to Osage City. He was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Kansas NEA Retired Teachers. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean and Larry Patton.

Tue
13
Jun

Stacy Saip

Stacy Lee Saip was born May 4, 1987 in Belleville, Kans. to Sid Saip and Lynett Frenzen Saip. He died Friday, June 9, 2017 at his home in Belleville. He was 30. He attended Belleville public schools graduating with the Class of 2006. He attended NCKVT at Beloit, Kans. specializing in auto mechanics. He worked for Reinke Manufacturing as a welder, Belleville Motor Sports as a welder, as an auto mechanic for Melton Motor Company and most recently at Rockin Oz Tires as a mechanic. He was involved with the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame and was to be President of the Board in the coming year.He also assisted with the Crossroads Car Festival. He is survived by his father, Sid Saip (Donna Francis); his mother Lynett Frenzen Percell (Jerry); grandmother Maxine Frenzen, Longmont, Colo. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Jude Saip and Jack Frenzen; grandmother Betty McCollum (Frank); brothers Matt and Trinity Saip; Funeral services will be 10 a.m.

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