DEATHS

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN

Robert G. Ewert, 57

Robert G. Ewert, 57, supervisor for Liberty Homes of Yoder, died Feb. 3 at Hospice House in Hutchinson.
The funeral was Feb. 6 at Canton United Methodist Church with pastor Wayne Stephens officiating. Burial with military rites was at Canton Township Cemetery.
He was born April 15, 1946, to Harley J. and Evelyn R. (Plenert) Ewert in Goessel. On July 7, 1999, he was married to Jackie L. Sommerfeld, who survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Jami Lawless of Canton and Jill Ewert of Kansas City; one brother, Dwight Ewert of Canton; one sister, Karen Thomas of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Memorials have been established with the Canton American Legion Post 192 and Hospice of Reno County.

Marjorie Nienstedt, 91

Marjorie I. Nienstedt, 91, homemaker, assistant postmaster, bookkeeper and store clerk, died Feb. 2 at her home in Antelope.
The funeral was Feb. 7 at Marion Christian Church with pastor Carl Helm officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.
She was born March 30, 1912, to John Wesley and Lucena (Stebbins) Ford in rural Antelope. On Nov. 2, 1932, she was married to Alvin F. Nienstedt, who predeceased her in 1988.
She is survived by one son, Kenneth D. Nienstedt and wife Margie of Marion; one daughter, Joyce E. Sangwin and husband Allen “Buck” of White City; son-in-law Charles “Sonny” Nesser of Peabody; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with Marion Christian Church.

Marie H. Slater, 100

Marie H. Slater, 100, retired school teacher, died Feb. 1 in Emporia.
The funeral was Feb. 6 at Florence Christian Church with pastor Larry Timm officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.
She was born Jan. 8, 1904, to Charles Alfred and Matilda “Tillie” (Blumenshine) Whittaker in Clearwater. On Aug. 25, 1934, she was married to H. Floyd Slater, who predeceased her in 1984.
She is survived by one son, Harold Slater of Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Karen Pruitt and husband Gene of Emporia; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with Florence Christian Church.

Shirley M. Smith, 69

Shirley Marie Smith, 69, homemaker, died Feb. 6 in Marion.
The funeral was Feb. 9 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion with pastor Larry Timm officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 24, 1934, to Charles Roy Smith and Frieda (Rittgers) Smith in Hillsboro. On Nov. 4, 1951, she was married to Robert E. Smith, who survives.
She is also survived by one son, Terry Smith of Sterling, Va.; two brothers, Harold Smith of Independence, Mo., and Charles Smith of Wichita; and one half-sister, Leona Harrell of Sautee, Calif.
Memorials have been established with St. Luke Living Center and Marion High School Athletic Department, both in care of Zeiner Funeral Home.

Lawrence E. Ulsh, 78

Lawrence E. Ulsh, 78, employed at Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro, died Feb. 8 at Hutchinson Hospital.
The funeral was Feb. 10 at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel with pastors Don Hasty and Chris Tiger officiating. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.
He was born Nov. 5, 1925, to Roy G. and Frances G. (Slater) Ulsh in Newton. On Oct. 7, 1956, he was married to Alice Ann Klassen, who survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Anita Muhs of McPherson and Lois Cox of Hutchinson; one brother, Irvin Ulsh of Newton; two sisters, Irene Campbell of Wichita and Maxine Ulsh of Newton; and five grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with the Boy Scouts.
Condolences may be sent to the family at hillsboromemchapel@
hotmail.com.

Edna Vajnar, 92

Edna (Schmidt) Vajnar, 92, homemaker and former restaurant operator, died Feb. 4 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.

The funeral was Feb. 7 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tampa with pastor Clark Davis officiating. Burial was at Tampa Lutheran Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 26, 1912, to Reinhardt and Julia (Nuss) Schmidt in rural Durham. In 1939, she was married to Joseph Vajnar, who predeceased her.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Vajnar of Tampa and Warren Vajnar of Topeka; one sister, Evelyn Hensley of Winfield; two grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Hillsboro Community Medical Center and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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