DEATHS

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Sara Funk, 57

Sara Funk, 57, bookkeeper, formerly of Hillsboro, died Feb. 7 in Herington.

The service was held Feb. 11 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with pastor Randy Smith officiating.

She was born Nov. 2, 1948, to Clarence Koehn and Tina Braun Koehn in Chihuahua, Mexico. She was married to Hank Shope, who survives.

She is also survived by two sons, Sam and Michele Funk of Park City and Chad Funk of Hillsboro; a daughter, Cassandra Urban of Herington; her mother, Tina Buller of Hillsboro; four brothers, Oscar, Ernie, Dave and Frank Koehn, all of McPherson; and four grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with American Heart Association.

Ezra Helmer, 74

Ezra L. Helmer, 74, retired owner of Marion Body Shop, died Feb. 10 in Marion.

The service was held Feb. 13 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church with John Goering officiating. Burial was in Marion Cemetery.

He was born March 26, 1931, to David and Anna Elizabeth (Eberhardt) Helmer in rural Marion. In 1952 he was married to Pearl Seibel, who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, Dennis and Marsha of Wichita, Doug of Denver, Colo., and Darin and Jan of Marion; a daughter, Denice and Ray Bina of Marion; a brother, Fred Helmer of Marion; a sister, Ann Boese of Marion; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Eastmoor United Methodist Church.

Adolph Ollek, 92

Adolph Ollek, 92, retired supervisor for the Kansas Department of Transportation, died Feb. 11 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson.

The service is at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 15, at Grace Lutheran Church in McPherson. Burial is at Lehigh Township Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 4, 1914, to Edward Ollek and Maria Schultz near Lehigh. In 1936 he was married to Laura V. Haas, who survives in McPherson.

He is also survived by a daughter, Lois Lorei of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established with Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Fred Schmidt, 58

Frederick Paul Schmidt, 58, electrician and dairy farmer, died Feb. 12 in Newton.

The service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Goessel with pastors Corey Miller and Karen Andres officiating.

He was born Nov. 15, 1947, to Rudy and Luella (Funk) Schmidt in Goessel. In 1968 he was married to Jo-Ann Enns, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Jeffrey Schmidt of Newton and Michael Schmidt and wife Christina Reimer of Toronto, Ontario; a daughter, Rachel Schmidt and husband James Cressman of Toronto; fahter, Rudy and Nola Schmidt of Goessel; a brother, Jim and Diana Schmidt of Goessel; two sisters, Kathy Schmidt of Goessel and Mary and Todd Ulsaker of McPherson; a step-brother, Jerry and Marcy Kremer of Seward, Neb.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Bethesda Home in Goessel and Mennonite Central Committee.

Alice Unruh, 72

Alice Unruh, 72, homemaker, died Feb. 9 at Moundridge.

The service was Feb. 12 at Morning Star Church in Tampa with Bruce Dirks officiating. Burial was at Logan Cemetery in rural Tampa.

She was born Oct. 10, 1933, to Claude Unruh and Della Becker Unruh in Hillsboro.

She is survived by two brothers, Gary and Lila Unruh of Durham and Willard and Barbara Unruh of Hesston; and two sisters, Lillian and Ransom Wiebe of Durham and Anita and Kenneth Schmidt of Montezuma.

A memorial fund has been established with Moundridge Manor.

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