Adrienne Brown, 53

Adrienne Grace Ellen Lautt Brown, 53, music teacher and secretary, died Oct. 7 in McPherson.

The funeral was Oct. 11 at First Baptist Church of McPherson with pastor Les Cantrell officiating. Burial was at Gnadenau Cemetery in Hillsboro.

She was born Sept. 26, 1951, to Benjamin and Ellen (Witt) Lautt in St. Paul, Minn.

She is survived by her mother of McPherson; one daughter, Michelle Angela Brown of Paradise, Calif.; and four brothers, Paul Lautt of Nikiski, Alaska, Mark Lautt of Amarillo, Texas, Jonathan Lautt of Kansas City and Aaron Lautt of Overland Park.

Mariah Chestnut, 28

Mariah Lee (Jantz) Chestnut, 28, veterinarian technician and floral designer, died Sept. 30.

The funeral was Oct. 5 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East in Wichita.

She was born April 18, 1976, in Osage County. On Sept. 17, 2000, she was married to Brian Chestnut, who survives.

She is also survived by her father, Michael Jantz and wife Cheryl of Arkansas City; mother Julie (Brosemer) Jantz and Troy Moore of Florence; brother Tyler Jantz and wife Lindsey and son James, all of Marion; and grandmother Helen Jantz of Marion.

A memorial has been established with PALS Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 47342, Wichita, KS 67201.

Florence E. Gibbs, 77

Florence E. Gibbs, 77, retired nurse aide and medication aide, died Oct. 8 at Friendly Acres Retirement Community in Newton.

The funeral was Oct. 12 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Peabody with pastor Robert Kloth officiating. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

She was born Oct. 10, 1926, to James and Mathilda (Ratzlaff) Chapple in Peabody. On June 25, 1950, she was married to Charles Gibbs, who predeceased her in 2001.

She is survived by her mother; two daughters, Louise Mathews of Harrisville, R.I., and Cynthia Gibbs of Peabody; one sister, Debbie Brandor of Wichita; one aunt, Eva Ratzlaff of Newton; and one step- granddaughter.

A memorial has been established with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Helen E. Krehbiel, 91

Helen E. Krehbiel, 91, homemaker, died Oct. 3 at Prairie Sunset Home in Pretty Prairie.

The funeral was Oct. 7 at First Mennonite Church in rural Pretty Prairie with pastor Lester Zook officiating. Burial was at First Mennonite Church Cemetery in rural Pretty Prairie.

She was born Aug. 10, 1913, to Christian P. and Anna (Albright) Graber in Arlington. On Aug. 6, 1933, she was married to Robert T. Krehbiel, who predeceased her in 1986.

She is survived by one son, Alvin Krehbiel of Pretty Prairie; five daughters, Janet Epp of Mount Prospect, Ill., Joan Jost of Hillsboro, Jane Kaufman of Pretty Prairie, Mary Ann Boschmann of North Newton and Karen Kaufman of Moundridge; 16 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials, in care of Livingston Funeral Home in Kingman, have been established with Prairie Sunset Home and the Mennonite Central Committee.

Blanche K. Lyon, 84

Blanche K. Lyon, 84, retired church custodian and homemaker, died Oct. 7 at Newton Medical Center.

The funeral was Oct. 11 at First Christian Church of Newton with pastor Gary Bell officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

She was born Jan. 7, 1920, to Victor A. and Clara (Newman) Medlin, in Booneville, Ark. On Nov. 5, 1937, she was married to Jesse Lyon, who predeceased her in 1989.

She is survived by four sons, Freddie Lyon and wife Jenny of Newton, Bob Lyon of Hutchinson, Dick Lyon and wife Rita of Olathe and Bill Lyon and wife Eva of Conway, Ark.; four daughters, Becky Voth and Darlene Watkins and husband Mike, all of Newton, Elaine Lyon of Marcellus, N.Y., and Donna Duerksen and husband Wes of Goessel; sister Reba Thomas of Hillsboro; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Hospice Care of Kansas.

Clarence Seibel, 81

Clarence Seibel, 81, farmer, died Oct. 9 in Hillsboro.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro with pastor Roy Keller officiating. Interment will be a private family burial.

He was born Sept. 12, 1923, to Jacob and Anna (Wall) Seibel in Marion County. On Dec. 15, 1949, he was married to Mary Koslowsky, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Gene Seibel and wife Sue of Edwardsville, Ill.; one daughter, Eleanor Jost and husband Lowell of Hillsboro; three brothers, Elmer Seibel and wife Dorothy of Newton, Homer Seibel and wife Goldie of Arkansas City and Wallace Seibel and wife Dolly of Wichita; two sisters, Lucena Thiessen and husband Alfred of Fredonia and Frances Quintana of Emporia; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Hillsboro Long Term Care Unit, Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church and the American Bible Society.

Rozelle Sklenar, 63

Rozelle Sklenar, 63, former pharmacy technician and officer manager, died Oct. 9 at her home at Marion County Lake and Park.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at St. John Nepomucene Church of Holy Family Parish in Pilsen. Burial will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 16, 1941, to Belton and Rosa (Adams) Hatton in Eastland County, Texas. On June 16, 1960, she was married to Joseph Sklenar, who survives.

She is also survived by one son, J.M. Sklenar of Bixby, Okla.; one daughter, Janice Wiles of Cincinnati; five sisters, Dorothy Godwin of Duncanvile, Texas, Bernice Gildner, Peggy Lindsey and Jenna Vee Miller, all of Arlington, Texas, and Linda Young of Eastland, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Father Kapaun Guild in care of Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion.

Eva E. Tessman, 93

Eva E. Tessman, 93, homemaker, died Oct. 5 in Hillsboro.

The funeral was Oct. 8 at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with pastor Dave Plett officiating. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 6, 1911, to Peter G. and Eva (Huebert) Janzen in Henderson, Neb.

On April 2, 1937, she was married to Dan Tessman, who predeceased her.

She is survived by one son, Larry Tessman and wife Faye of Huntsville, Ala.; two daughters, Karen Wiens and husband Gary of Hillsboro and Gail Loewen and husband Harold of Goshen, Ind.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church library fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at hillsboromemchapel@

Chester O. Unruh, 84

Chester O. Unruh, 84, dairyman, died Oct. 8 in Hillsboro.

The funeral was Oct. 11 at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with pastor Tim Kliewer officiating. Burial was at Johannestal Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born Feb. 3, 1920, to Harrison B. and Anna (Schroeder) Unruh in Hillsboro. On March 20, 1942, he was married to Bernice Bartel, who survives.

He is also survived by daughter Jean Winter and husband Warren of rural Hillsboro; son-in-law Paul Loewer of Branch, La.; two sisters, Dorothy Schmidt of North Newton and Eunice Esau of Hutchinson; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Mennonite Central Committee and Trinity Mennonite Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at hillsboromemchapel@

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