Joan Engbrecht, 68

Joan Hagen Engbrecht, 68, registered nurse and nursing home director, died April 15.

She was born Feb. 26, 1937, to Simon and Agnes Suderman Hagen near Hillsboro. In 1959 she was married to Robert Engbrecht, who survives in Freeman, S.D.

She is also survived by one sister, Carol and husband Frank Vogt of Herington; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Hagen of Lincoln, Neb. and Dorothy Hagen of Hillsboro; a brother-in-law, Roger Engbrecht and wife Lucille of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

Wilma Epp, 92

Wilma Flaming Wohlgemuth Epp, 92, died April 19 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater.

A graveside service was held Saturday afternoon at Swiss Church Cemetery in Whitewater. A memorial service followed at Swiss Church. Pastors Dale Janzen, Dick Wohlgemuth and Roy Keller officiated.

She was born Nov. 7, 1912, to Henry D. Flaming and Agnes Wiebe in Lehigh. In 1936 she was married to Abe Wohlgemuth, who predeceased her in 1977. In 1979, she was married to Edwin Epp, who predeceased her in 1995.

She is survived by four sons, Eldon Wohlgemuth of Whitewater, Howard Wohlgemuth of Hesston, Larry Wohlgemuth of Houston, Texas, and Dick Wohlgemuth of Spring Grove, Minn.; one daughter, Kathy Wiebe of Whitewater; two stepsons, Norman Epp of Hillsboro and Alvin Epp of Bradshaw, Neb.; three stepdaughters, LaVerna Quiring of Henderson, Neb., Evelyn Peterson of Clyde and Rosalie Mays of Enid, Okla; one brother, Waldo Flaming of Reedley, Calif; 48 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church Building Fund and Swiss Church Building Fund.
Vida Jantz, 82

Vida W. Jantz, 82, retired telephone operator, city clerk and bookkeeper, died April 23 at Hutchinson Hospital.

The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. today, April 27, at First Christian Church of Canton, with pastor Jack Smith presiding. Burial will follow at Canton Township Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 1, 1922, to Arthur and Bertha Schmidt Peaster in Greensburg. In 1941 she was married to Clifford Jantz, who survives in Canton.

She is also survived by a sister, Ethel Nachtigal of Enumclaw, Wash.; and one step-brother, Harlow Peaster of Wilmore.

A memorial has been established with First Christian Church of Canton.

Larry Slifer, 63

Larry M. Slifer, 63, contractor for residential construction, died April 20 at Robert J. Dole VA Hospital in Wichita.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date under the direction of Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

He was born May 9, 1941, to Cecil and Sadie Amanda Marie (Persyn) Slifer in Florence.

He is survived by two sons, Danny Slifer of Lawrence and Henry Slifer of Marion; three daughters, Janette Dickerson of Ottawa, Shana Slifer of Newton and Lari Slifer of Lawrence; two brothers, Lanny Slifer of Ottawa and Gary Slifer of Oregon; and 13 grandchildren.

Ted Voran, 76

Ted R. Voran, 76, farmer, dairyman and stockman, died April 19 at Newton Medical Center.

A graveside service was held Saturday morning at Hopefield Mennonite Church Cemetery in Moundridge. A memorial service followed at First Mennonite Church in McPherson. Pastor Leonard Wiebe officiated.

He was born Aug. 13, 1928, to Henry William and Lydia L. Voran in Kingman. In 1952 he was married to Marlys Mae Kaufman, who survives in Goessel.

He is also survived by three sons, Gene Voran of Hutchinson, and Kent Voran of Stillwater, Minn., and Randy Voran of McPherson; one daughter, Denise Goertzen of Goessel; one sister, Lola Graber of Kingman; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with First Mennonite Church of McPherson and Mennonite Central Committee.

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