Deaths (1-30-19)

◼ Louise Shumate, 92, of Strong City, KS, formerly of Cedar Point, KS died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at the Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls, KS.

Visitation was from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the funeral home.

Interment followed in Cedar Point Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Jr/Sr High School Athletic Department may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.

Louise Jean was born to Charles and Ruth (Lauffer) Radar on September 19, 1926, in Howard, KS. She married Frank E. Shumate on June 1, 1950, in Emporia, KS.

Louise is survived by her son, Richard (Deborah) Shumate of Overland Park; her daughter, Sharon (Vaden) Burton of Sloan, IA; her sister, Arlene Connors of Haysville; five grandchildren: Victoria (Colin) Fitzgerald, Nicholas (Mindy) Shumate, Sarah (Andrew) Harvey, Kyle (Michelle) Burton, Matthew (Markie) Burton, and ten great-grandchildren.

Online messages for the family may be left at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home on Facebook or

◼ Orlando J. Fast, 93, died Jan. 20, 2019 at Kidron Bethel, N. Newton, KS.

Burial was held at the Goessel Mennonite Church cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Visitation was from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial service followed at 11 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton with Pastor’s Dawn Yoder Harms and Susan Wheeler presiding.

Memorials are suggested to Bethel College Mennonite Church or Mennonite Missions Network in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Goessel, KS to Peter B. and Helena (Balzer) Fast. He married Maxine Ruth on March 20, 1949.

Survivors include his sister Ruth Reather, of Tulsa, OK, his daughter Barbara of Norman, OK; son Arlen and his wife Anne Ediger of Teaneck, NJ; son Russell and his wife Irma of Dickinson, ND; son Galen and his wife Cindy of Wichita. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

◼ Donald L. Fruechting, 87, died Jan. 25, 2019 at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

A Memorial Service will take Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at Aulne United Methodist Church in Aulne.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Volunteer in Mission or Aulne Outreach Ministries and send in c/o Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box6, Marion, KS 66861.

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