Karen Adams

Karen Johnson Adams, 54, real estate appraiser and consultant, died July 14 at Minneapolis, Minn.

A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 21, at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, with pastor Tim Kliewer officiating. Burial will be at Johannestal Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

She was born Sept. 19, 1951, in Newton to Ernest and Mary Thomas Adams. On July 31, 1993, she was married to Paul Johnson, who survives in Maple Grove, Minn.

She also is survived by two sons, Justin Ratzlaff of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brian Ratzlaff of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Louetta “Letty” Enns of Hillsboro and Lorine Gates of Catoosa, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be sent to the family via

Esther Buller

Esther Ruth Buller, 99, died Friday, July 14, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro and will be officiated by pastor Dave Plett. Burial will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

The family received guests from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

She was born Feb. 12, 1907, to Henry and Louella Thomas Brown at Round City, Ky. On Oct. 11, 1926, she was married to William “Bill” Buller, who predeceased her in 1957.

Survivors include six daughters, Elizabeth Larson and husband Jim of Tacoma, Wash., Virginia Edminston of Wichita, Shirley Bartel and husband Lee of Newton, Norma Grothe of Hillsboro, Helen Entz of Wichita and Beverly Hicks and husband Dean of Lucerne, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Parkside Homes and Hillsboro Mennonite Breth

Leta F. Hinkle

Leta F. Hinkle, 88, a retired secretary for Canton-Galva USD 419, died July 9 at her home in Canton.

She was buried at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the Canton Township Cemetery near Canton. A memorial service followed at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Canton, with pastor Chuck Priddy presiding.

She was born Oct. 12, 1917, to Herbert Mincher and Viola Wooten Mincher Gulik at Dill, Okla. On Aug. 10, 1935, she was married to Murle Hinkle, who died May 7, 1997.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Gay Shattuck of McPherson and Darla Jean Hinkle of Palominas, Ariz; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established with the American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

Charley Sommerfeld

Charley Sommerfeld, 91, former Nebco employee, died July 12 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The memorial service was held July 15 at Hesston Mennonite Church, officiated by pastors John Murray and Peter Hartman.

Burial, which preceded the service, was at Spring Valley Mennonite Cemetery, southeast of Canton.

He was born Jan. 5, 1915, to John and Ora (Young) Sommerfeld near Canton. On Dec. 15, 1940, he was marred to Stella Bitikofer, who survives in Hesston.

Survivors also include two sons, Keith and wife Shirley, Orville, Ohio, and Darrel and wife Brenda of Fairborn, Ohio; a daughter, Berdena and Marion Evers of Wauseon, Ohio; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Schowalter Villa and Hesston Mennonite Church Building Fund.

Irby Wedel

Irby J. Wedel, 92, retired farmer, died July 12 at Shiloh Manor Nursing Home in Canton.

The funeral was July 17 at First Baptist Church in Canton, officiated by pastor Chuck Priddy. Interment was in Canton Township Cemetery.

He was born April 19, 1914, to Jacob and Lena Becker Wedel in McPherson County. On Aug. 18, 1945, he was married to Lucile Hedin, who predeceased him in 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Wedel of Galva, Dennis Wedel of Canton, Dale Wedel, McPherson; three daughters, Rita Ek of Canton, Debra Heitzenrater, of Towanda, Karla Jones of Canton; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Shiloh Manor Nursing Home.

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