Deaths

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Ralph Peters, 76

Ralph Henry Peters, 76, farmer, died May 15 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

The funeral was May 18 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in rural Goessel with pastor Ron Krehbiel officiating. Burial was at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery.

He was born April 11, 1926, to Peter J. and Marie (Peters) Peters in Marion County. In 1948, he was married to Martha Bartel, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Rodney Peters and wife Linda and Delbert Peters and wife Janine, all of rural Hillsboro; one daughter, Norma Duerksen and husband Phil of Orrville, Ohio; one brother, Harvey Peters of Hillsboro; two sisters, Elsie Friday and Verna Funk, both of Hillsboro; and five grandchildren.

Memorials were established with Bethesda Home and the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church board of education.

Mary Eberle, 88

Mary Sophia Ollenburger Eberle, 88, retired production worker for Associated Milk Producers Inc., died May 18 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro with pastor John A. Ryding officiating. The burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hillsboro.

She was born Nov. 22, 1913, to Herman and Fredricka (Teetzen) Bolte Sr. near Elmo in Dickinson County.

On Sept. 16, 1934, she was married to Arthur Ollenburger, who predeceased her in 1955. On Dec. 15, 1972, she was married to Lawrence Eberle, who predeceased her in 1983.

She is survived by one son, Robert Ollenburger and wife Doris of Hutchinson; three daughters, Delores Johnston and husband Ray of Topeka, Marilyn Cox and husband Jim of Peabody and Karen Buchanan and husband David of Wichita; one brother, George Bolte of Houston; one sister, Elsie VanSant of Santa Rosa, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Zion Lutheran Church and HCMC Long Term Care Unit.

Pete F. Nickel, 89

Pete F. Nickel, 89, farmer, died May 16 at Moundridge Manor.

The funeral was May 19 at Gospel Mennonite Church in Moundridge with pastors Dale Koehn and Richard Mininger officiating. Burial was at Alexanderfeld Church Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born July 21, 1912, to John M. and Sarah (Friesen) Nickel in Hillsboro. On August 22, 1937, he was married to Berniece Dyck, who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, Jerry Nickel of Burns, Harvey Nickel of Macon, Miss., and Llewellyn Nickel of Brooksville, Miss.; two daughters, Joan Litwiller of Hillsboro and Laverna Giesbrecht of Sun City West, Ariz.; one sister, Justina Ensz of Linden, Alberta; 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Moundridge Manor.

Edward Rittel, 61

Edward Richard Rittel, 61, newspaper deliverer for the Wichita Eagle, died May 12 at Marion Manor Nursing Home.

The funeral was May 17 at Zeiner Funeral Home with pastor Kennedy Mukwindidza officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born March 25, 1941, to Edward and Nettie Irene (Rempel) Rittel in Hillsboro.

He is survived by sister Patricia Linder, niece Tracy Lynn Linder and nephew Ora Lee Linder, all of Lamar, Colo.

A memorial has been established with the Marion City Library.

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