DEATHS

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN
Bessie Hart, 82

Bessie M. Hart, 82, retired employee of McPherson Laundry & Dry Cleaners, died June 30 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was Tuesday morning at Canton Christian Church, with pastor Jack Smith presiding. Burial was at Canton Township Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 8, 1922, to Eddie Lawson and Martha Elizabeth Ann (Rogers) Kirby in Canton. In 1947 she as married to Charles Virgil Hart who predeceased her in 1991.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Tyler of Salina, Wilma Spaich of Stump Creek, Penn., and Lola Nickel of Canton; 26 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Canton Christian Church and Shiloh Manor Nursing Home.

Kenneth Hodges, 72

Kenneth R. Hodges, 72, retired farmer, died June 11 in Payson, Ariz.

Inurnment is to be held in Oklahoma.

He was born April 28, 1933, in Florence.

He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Johnson of Payson and Michelle Dale Wells of Mesa, Ariz.; a son, Steve Hodges of Payson; a sister, Claudette Druse of Enid, Okla.; two brothers, Dale Hodges and Sonny Hodges, both of Oklahoma; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the National Rifle Association.

Rosalie Klassen, 74

Rosalie Klassen, 74, homemaker, died Saturday, July 2, at Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita.

Visitation with the family will be today from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. The family will be present from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The service will be Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion, with pastor John Goering, officiating. Burial will be at Springfield Cemetery, west of Hillsboro.

She was born Oct. 19, 1930, to Jesse and Lydia (Wiens) Friesen near Dalhart, Texas. On Nov. 19, 1950, she was married to Leonard Klassen, who survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Vickie and husband Marv Fisher of Wichita and Cora and husband Don Sorenson of Holcomb; five brothers, Alfred Friesen of Reedley, Calif., Vernon Friesen of Hillsboro, Orval Friesen of Freemont, Calif., Norman Friesen of Shafter, Calif., and Andy Friesen of Hillsboro; a sister, Arlene Dahl of Maple Grove, Minn.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Samaritan’s Purse, Eastmoor United Methodist and Marion Senior Center.

Lawrence Seger, 89

Lawrence D. Seger, 89, died June 23 in Newton.

The service was held June 28 at First United Methodist Church in Newton, with pastors Nathan Morgan and Jay Anderson officiating. Burial was at Halstead Cemetery.

He was born May 5, 1916, to Henry and Lydia (Wiggers) Seger in Newton.

He is survived by two sons, Terry and wife Beverly Seger of Hillsboro and Lyle and wife Wendy Seger of Amhurst, Mass.; a daughter, Marsha and husband Micky Moeller of Overland Park; a sister, Adella Walker of Halstead; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Eldon Smith, 81

Eldon Curtis Smith, 81, retired farmer, died June 28 in Dalhart, Texas.

The service was Friday morning at the Texline Mennonite Church, with pastors Stan Unruh and Gary Schmidt officiating. Burial was at Texline Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born March 16, 1924, to Henry A. and Elizabeth (Unruh) Smith in Halstead. In 1943 he was married to Pearl Yost, who survives in Texline.

He is also survived by a daughter, Cheleen and husband Gary Becker of Burns; two sons, Elwood and wife Kathy Smith of Dalhart and Joe and wife Berneil Smith of West Point, Miss.; three sisters, Mildred Dirks and Malena Dirks, both of Moundridge, and Luvina Koehn of Burns; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Stateline Christian School in Texline.

Elfie Switzer, 103

Elfie Mabel Switzer, 103, retired store clerk and housewife, died June 23 at Marion Manor Nursing Home.

Private graveside services were held.

She was born Dec. 20, 1901, to Charles and Emma (Silver) Sidener in Chase County. In 1951 she was married to Howard Switzer, who predeceased her in 1981.

She is survived by one sister, Dorothy and husband Woody Wilson of Potwin; and a nephew, Dale and wife Tootsie Snelling of Marion.

A memorial has been established with Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion.

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