DEATHS

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN

Georgia Bezdek, 84

Georgia E. Bezdek, 84, a retired clerk from Gessler’s Drug Store in Wichita, died July 14 at Marion Manor in Marion.

Funeral Mass was held July 17 at St. Mark’s Church, Holy Family Parish of Marion, with fathers Andy Seller and Paul Oborny as celebrants. Interment was at Pilsen Cemetery.

She was born March 14, 1919, to Frank and Mary (Hajek) Bezdek in rural Marion.

She is survived by two sisters, Elsi Bezdek of Marion and Vivian Wood of Tonkawa, Okla., and nieces and nephews.

Ralph Johnston, 78

Ralph “Johnny” R. Johnston Jr., 78, retired Phillips 66 employee, died July 16 in Marion.

The funeral was held Saturday, July 19, at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion, with pastor Carl Helm officiating. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 18, 1925, to Ralph and Dorothea Johnston in Marion. In 1947, he was married to Wanda Wright, who predeceased him.

He is also survived by a son, Mike and Vicki Johnston of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Patricia “Pat” Walters of Kansas City; three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Hans R. Hansen, 85

Hans “Ray” R. Hansen, 85, retired employee of Hallett Quarries, died July 17 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita.

The funeral was held July 20 at Zeiner Funeral Home with pastor Al Stahlecker officiating. A burial with military rites followed at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 7, 1917, to Hans Louden and Henrietta (Suffield) Hansen near Marion. His first wife, Doris Wangerin, preceded him in death in 1978. In 1983, he was married to Marie Rosenberg, who survives.

He is also survived a daughter, Susan Stannard of Mission Woods; a step-daughter, Valerie Schmacher of Hays; and a grandson.

Edith Mae Smith, 93

Edith Mae (Keazer) Smith, 93, homemaker, died July 20 at Lexington Park Nursing Facility in Topeka.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 23, at Marion Cemetery with pastor John Goering officiating.

She was born Aug. 14, 1909, to George and Rosa (Kerns) Keazer in Marion. On Sept. 14, 1934, she was married to Arlie G. Smith, who survives.

She also is survived by a son, Donald S. Smith of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Marilyn Ives of Leesburg, Fla.; a brother, Harold Keazer of Marion; a sister, Lois Patton of Topeka; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial contribution in lieu of flowers can be made to Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion or Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka.

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