DEATHS

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Kathryn Blair, 94

Kathryn E. Blair, 94, school teacher, died May 11 at Salem Nursing Home in Hillsboro.

The service was Saturday morning at First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro. Pastor Stanley Bohn officiated. Burial was at Haven of Rest Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

She was born Feb. 11, 1911, to J.J. Ratzlaff and Mary Deckert Ratzlaff in Meno, Okla. In 1937, she was married to Milford Blair, who predeceased her in 2003.

She is survived by one sister, Esther Schrag of Newton; and her caregiver, Phyllis E. Meisinger of Hillsboro.

Memorials have been established with Salem Nursing Home and First Mennonite Church.

Grace Brandt, 71

Grace Brandt, 71, quilter, died May 13 at Newton Medical Center.

The service was Tuesday afternoon at First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro. Pastor Stanley Bohn officiated. A private family burial followed.

She was born April 5, 1934, to David P. Ewert and Lydia Siemens Ewert in Goessel. In 1952 she was married to Raymond Brandt, who survives in Hillsboro.

She is also survived by one son, Mike and Deb Brandt of Hillsboro; two daughters, Laurie and Joe Luken of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Julie Brandt and fiance Lloyd Anderson, both of Hillsboro; one sister, Dorothy Goering of Moundridge; and six grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Bethel College and Christian Peace Maker Teams.

Gene Ellis, 72

Gene Ellis, 72, retired tree trimmer, died May 10 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

The graveside service was Thursday morning at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence. Pastor Larry Timm officiated.

He was born Feb. 14, 1933, to Aurthur and Zella (Goddard) Ellis in Neosho, Mo.

He is survived by two sons, David Ellis and Steven Ellis,both of Oregon; one daughter, Geri Lou Ellis of Oregon; four sisters, Vernel Lovett of Florence, Vera Davis of Larnard, Charlotte Thompson of Newton and Liz Marcum of Peabody; and several grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with St. Luke Living Center in care of Zeiner Funeral Home in Florence.

Louise Friesen, 93

Louise Renetta Jost Friesen, 93, died May 15 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Jost Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Parkview Church.

She was born Feb. 9, 1912, to Peter R. and Aganetha Flaming Jost near Hooker, Okla. In 1934, she was married to Herman D. Friesen, who predeceased her in 1988.

She is survived by one son, Dwight and Shirley Friesen of San Jose, Calif.; three daughters, Caryl and John Wiebe and Betty and Bob Seibel, all of Hillsboro, and Delight and Gary Vogt of Salem, Ore.; one sister, Kathryn Klassen of Hillsboro; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Karl Funk, 74

Karl R. Funk, 74, retired welding shop owner, died May 12 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was Monday afternoon at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Pastor Tim Kliewer officiated. Burial was at Haven of Rest Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born Feb. 14, 1931, to Jacob F. Funk and Elizabeth Rempel Funk in Hillsboro. In 1954, he was married to Velma Krehbiel, who survives in Hillsboro.

He is also survived by three sons, Kurt and Ruth Funk, Dennis and Lori Funk, and Marlin and Penni Funk, all of Hillsboro; two daughters, Carla and Dick Hein of Hillsboro and Marlene and John Hagen of Inman; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Mennonite Central Committee.

Helen Hanneman, 91

Helen Pearl Hanneman, 91, homemaker and former merchant owner, died May 12 in Edmond, Okla.

Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Baker Funeral Home in Peabody. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Peabody United Methodist Church, with Robert Priest and Linda Wiley officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

She was born Oct. 1, 1913, to William Bryant Keller and Edna P. (Nonken) Keller in Peabody. In 1934, she was married to Harry Hanneman, who predeceased her in 2001.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Hanneman of Edmond, and Bob Hanneman of Peabody; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Peabody United Methodist Church in care of Baker’s Funeral Home and the Helen Pearl Hanneman Memorial Fund.

Roxy Pence, 47

Roxanne Marie Funk Pence, 47, died May 13 at Methodist Regional Hospital in Houston, Texas.

The service is at 10 a.m. today, May 18, at Westway Baptist Church in Houston, with pastor Jeremy Pruitt officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Hillsboro.

She was born Sept. 4, 1957, to Marvin and Esther Funk in Newton. She was married to Steven Pence, who survives.

She is also survived by her parents; two sons, Adam Pence and Tony and Josephine Pence, all of Houston; two brothers, Bruce Funk of Richwood, Texas, and Troy Funk of Spring Hill; four sisters, Patricia Zamora and Bonnie Bulmer of Ottawa, Robin Johnson of Lawrence and Ginger Pacheco of Platte City, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor Harder, 85

Eleanor Frances Harder, 85, retired registered nurse, died May 13 in Hillsboro.

The service is at 11 a.m. today, May 18, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, with pastor Dave Plett officiating. Burial will precede the service at 10 a.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 14, 1919, to Herbert B. Schlehuber and Katherine Kohfeld Schlehuber in Hillsboro. In 1945 she was married to Arnold Harder, who predeceased her in 1981.

She is survived by two sons, Stan R. Harder of Hillsboro and Loren A. Harder of Valley Center; three daughters, Ruth Snapp of Wichita, Rachel Shoesmith of Clearwater and Kathie Harder of Hillsboro; two brothers, Allen Schlehuber and Paul Schlehuber, both of Hillsboro; and six grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Nurses Christian Fellowship, Union Rescue Mission and Friends of Israel.

Eleanor Wedel, 82

Eleanor Joyce Wedel, 82, died May 13 at Friendly Acres Retirement Community in Newton.

The service was Tuesday Morning at Zion Mennonite Church in Newton. Pastor Bruce Bradshaw and chaplain Karen Andres of Central Homecare & Hospice officiated. Burial was at Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery in Elbing.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922, to Herman S. Wedel and Christina (Voran) Wedel in Harvey County.

She is survived by four brothers, Howard Wedel of Peabody, Wilmer Wedel of Elbing, Clarence Wedel of Burns and Kenneth Wedel of Moundridge; and two sisters, Ruth Andres of Elbing and Jane Entz of Newton.

Memorials have been established with Mennonite Central Committee and Central Homecare & Hospice.

Mayetta Warneke, 74

Mayetta Ruth Warneke, 74, died May 14 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.

The service is at 1:30 p.m. today, May 18, at Crable VanArsdale Funeral Home Chapel in Osage City. A private inurnment will be at a later date in the Osage City Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 12, 1930, to Charles W. and Myrtle Irene Yahn Davis in Council Grove. In 1949, she was married to Bill Warneke, who survives in Council Grove.

She is also survived by one daughter, Gaylene and Jim Croucher of Osage City; six sisters, Arlene White of Osborne, Naomi Mitchell of Osage City, Laverne Hawkins of Madison, and Wanda Lemay, Becky Brannen and Betty Helton, all of Council Grove; four brothers, Arthur Davis of Salina, Jim Davis of Ponca City, Okla., Duane Davis of Peabody and Terry Davis of Bradford, Texas; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayetta Warneke Memorial Fund in care of Crable VanArsdale Funeral Chapel in Osage City.

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