Deaths (Nov. 30, 2011)


• BARBARA ELOUISE ABBOTT, 67,

a secretary and homemaker of Marion, died Nov. 24 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. Burial will be at Marion Cemetery.

She was born July 11, 1944, to Clifford and Helen Butts in Wichita. She was married to Caleb Abbott, who survives.

Other survivors include sister Beverly Roseberry of Tecumseh; daughter Tara Abbott of Wichita; son Carl and Debbie Abbott of Mexico, Mo., and two granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to Eastmoor United Methodist Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861, in charge of arrangements. • SANDRA L. ETHEM, 65, a retired secretary of Florence, died Nov. 20.

No funeral services are planned.

She was born Feb. 25, 1946, to Jessie and Hester Middleton Holthouser in Louisville, Ky. On Jan. 29, 2004, she was married to Henry Ethem, who survives.

Other survivors include her mother and sister Janie, both of Louisville.

• LELAND KAISER, 93,

retired farmer, died Nov. 26, in Hills­boro.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Durham Baptist Church with pastor Curtis Wiens officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Durham Park Cemetery in rural Durham.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro.

He was born June 15, 1918, to Charles and Mary Knaak Kaiser in Durham. On Oct. 28, 1943, he was married to Virginia Lorenz, who predeceased him in 1991.

Survivors include daughter Priscilla and Bob Unruh of Durham; sister Arlene Armstrong of Tonganoxie; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Durham Baptist Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Condolences may be sent via: jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

• RALPH E. POPP, 89,

past manager of the Mack Welling Lumber Co. in Marion, died Nov. 23, at Marion.

Services were Nov. 26 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion, with a military rites burial at the Marion Cemetery.

He was born July 26, 1922, near Durham, the son of Edward and Anna Ehrlich Popp. On Aug. 19, 1949, he was married to T. Luella Regier, who survives.

He also is survived by daughter Joanne and husband David Loewen of Hillsboro; a son, John of Wichita; and two grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established for Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

• LEO D. SCHARENBERG, 90,

a dairy farmer, died Nov. 26, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at Florence Christian Church, 335 W. Fifth St., Florence. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.

He was born July 19, 1921, to Joe and Fay Scharenberg in Marion. On Jan. 11, 1943, he was married to Dorothy Lewis, who survives.

Other survivors include children Clarice (Charli) and Tom Alexander of Lincoln, Neb., Millcine (Micki) and Jerry Siebert of Cedar Point; Dennis and Phyllis Scharenberg of Wichita and Leon Scharenberg of Newton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Fern Jost of Kearney, Neb., and brother Orville Scharenberg of Mapleton.

Memorials may be made to Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church, 315 S. Main St., Hillsboro, KS 67063; VFW, 420 W. Santa Fe, Marion, KS 66861; or the American Legion, 401 Main St., Florence, KS 66851.

• HELMUT WITUK, 63,

of Pilsen, employed in sales and maintenance, died Nov. 25 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita.

All services will be held at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, with Rosary at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Burial will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 17, 1947, to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk in Wels, Austria. On Aug. 8, 1970, he was married to Carol Vinduska, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Jason Wituk of Wichita and Scott and Joy Wituk, all of Wichita; five grandchildren and siblings Mark Wituk of Batavia, Ill., Judy Woods of Montgomery, Ill., Fran Joyner of Elburn, Ill., Kathy McIlnay of New Bedford, Ill., and Betty Wituk and Heidi Jakubaitis, both of Batavia.

Memorials may be made to the Father Emil Kapaun Building Fund or the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.


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