Deaths (April 7, 2010)

? Clara Bartel

99, of Hillsboro, nurse aide and involved in farming, died Wednesday, March 31, at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

Services were held Saturday, April 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 106 N. Lincoln St., Hillsboro, with pastor Brett Huebner officiating.

Burial was at Durham Park Cemetery in rural Durham.

She was born May 2, 1910, to George and Anna (Ehrhardt) Dick of Tampa. On Nov. 12, 1927, she was married to John J. Bartel, who predeceased her.

Survivors include son Vernon Bartel of Cave Springs, Ga.; daughter-in-law Doris Bartel of McPherson; nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Salem Home or Hospice Care of Kansas and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washingon St., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

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? Mary G. Franz

103, of Hillsboro, died Monday, March 29, at Parkside Homes in Hills?boro.

Services were Saturday, April 3, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, with pastor Dave Plett officiating. Burial was in Enid, Okla.

She was born Oct. 10, 1906, to Klaas and Susanna (Fast) Wiens in Henderson, Neb. On Aug. 12, 1928, she was married to George Franz, who predeceased her in 1980.

When her husband established his medical practice in Enid, she was his assistant. In 2004, she moved to Park Village in Hillsboro, transferring to Parkside Homes in 2010.

Memberships included the Enid Mennonite Brethren Church, where she taught Child Evangelism classes for 20 years.

Survivors include sons Robert and Darlene Franz of Hillsboro; Roger and LaWanda Franz of Sanger, Calif.; George and Judy Franz of Fresno, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the George Franz Scholarship Fund, Tabor College or Gideons and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro, KS 67063.


? Virginia Friesen

86, a homemaker of McPherson, died April 1 at her home.

A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. today (April 7) at the Mound Township Cemetery in Moundridge, followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 1215 N Grimes St, McPherson.

Survivors include husband, Abraham K. Friesen; children Jim Friesen of Canton; Sam Friesen of McPherson; Elaine Friesen of McPherson; Arlene Dick of Mt. Lake, Minn.; Don Friesen of Lincoln, Neb., and Steve Friesen of Valley Center; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Grace Bible Church for missionaries Joshua and Tracy Kruse (grandchildren) and Don and Nadaline Osman (close friends) and sent in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, 115 E. Cole, Moundridge, KS 67107.


? Perry L. Klaasen

78, a farmer, died April 3 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Services will be held at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Alexanderwohl Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at 5 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

He was born April 13, 1931, in Goessel to R. F. and Esther Nikkel Klassen. On Aug. 1, 1951, he was married to Clareen Duerksenon, who predeceased him March 1, 2009.

He was a lifelong member of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. In addition to farming, he worked at Hesston Manufacturing/Hay and Forage at AGCO.

Survivors include daughter Sher and John Neufeld of Hesston; grandson A.J. Neufeld of Manhattan and sister Phyllis Voth of Goessel.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Home and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 103 E. Main, Goessel KS 67053.


? Clyde A. Secrest Jr.

54, of Marion, died April 3.

Services were held Tuesday, April 6, at Marion Christian Church. A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. today (April 7) at Maple Hill Funeral Home, prior to the burial at Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City.

He was born Feb. 17, 1956, to Clyde and Delphia (Hackney) Secrest Sr. On Dec. 19, 1986, he married Laurie (Cady) Boden, who survives.

He was a master electrician and was the electric maintenance supervisor at Future Foam of Newton.

Other survivors include his mother of Kansas City; children Deneane and Manuel Summers-Santos of Kansas City; Melisa and Jacob Johnson of Hillsboro; Jerry Boden of Wichita; Erickka Griggs of Wichita; and Ashley Boden and fiancee Zach Kirkham of Wichita; sister Pamela and Leonard Bjerke of Olathe; and six grandchidren.

He was preceded in death by his father, a sister Kimberly Reising, and a niece.

Memorials may be made to the Marion County Lake Improvement Fund and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.


? Anna (Richert) Seibel

99, homemaker, Hillsboro, died April 2 at Parkside Homes.

Services were held Monday, April 5, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with pastors Dave Plett and Gaylord Goertzen officiating. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

She was born April 1, 1911, to Abraham J. and Marie (Wall) Richert in rural McPherson. On April 21, 1934, she was married to Solomon Seibel, who predeceased her.

Survivors include son Gilbert and Ruth Seibel of Thornton, Colo.; daughter Joan and Richard Bonawitz of Loveland, Colo.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Parkside Homes or Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

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? Elizabeth ?Betty? Snelling

70, died April 3, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (April 7) at Zeiner Funeral Home in Florence. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 6, 1940, to John and Elizabeth (Murphy) Scheivert in Rockdale, Pa. On Sept. 14, 1958, she was married to John Snelling, who predeceased her.

She graduated from Eddy?stone High School class of 1957 and received her dietician certification from Wichita VoTech. In 1981, they moved to Marion from Aston, Pa.

She was a retired dietician at St. Luke Hospital and former owner and operator of the Chuck Wagon Cafe in Florence. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Patrick’s Church of Florence.

Survivors include sons John, Jr. of Hampton, Va; and William of Gering, Neb.; daughters Marjean Neve of Leavenworth; Nadine Bolling of Pahrump, Nev.; BethAnn Penner of Ogallala, Neb.; sister Kitty Applegate of Little Egg Harbor, N.J.; and Marie Taylor of Greensburg, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Parkside Homes of Hillsboro or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.