Deaths (February 14, 2018)

◼ ANN BARTEL, 91, died Feb. 10 at Hillsboro Community Hospital.

Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Interment is 10 a.m. prior to the service at Durham Park cemetery, rural Durham. Family will receive guests from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

She was born Jan. 14, 1927, to Jacob and Lydia (Straus) Meier in McPher­son. On Oct. 23, 1955, she was married to Clarence Elmer Bartel, who predeceased her in 2005.

Survivors include a son, Marlin Bartel of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Cheryl (Marlin) Bartel of Hillsboro; sisters Donna (Dean) Berg­meier of Pocatello, Idaho, Arlene (Steve) Engle of Milford, Ohio; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Adventist Development and Relief Agency or Life Long Learning at Tabor College in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O., Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at

◼ MARGARET V. (BOSSERT) FRANTA, 83, a registered nurse, died Feb. 9 at ManorCare in Springfield, Mo.

Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. before Mass. Interment will follow at Pilsen Cemetery.

She was born June 16, 1934, to Mathias and Margaret (Klein) Bossert near Karisruhe, N.D. On Dec. 31, 1955, she was married to Arnold “Arnie” Franta, who predeceased her.

She is survived by three daughters, Karla (Craig) Wilson of Bolivar, Mo., Margo Franta Abdalla of Humansville, Mo., and Celeste (Ken) Barry of Norris, Tenn.; a brother, Leo (Kathy) Bossert, Junction City, Ore.; five sisters, Mary Keller, Velva, N.D., Theresa (Dar) Willey, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Katherine (Bud) Gefroh, Rose Ann Senger, and Beata Berndt, all of Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the Father Kapaun Fund. Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion is in charge of arrangements.

◼ PEARL KOCH, 95, died Feb. 9 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Celebration of Life Service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Durham Baptist Church. Interment is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lewis Cemetery in Ramona. Family will receive guests from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

She was born Oct. 7, 1922, to Reinhardt and Hanna (Haas) Steinle at Tampa. On Dec. 21, 1944, she was married to Ruben Koch, who predeceased her in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Wayne (Veronica) Koch of Wichita; daughters Judy (Gordon) Hiebert of Hillsboro, Glenda (Tom) Fleener of El Dorado; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Koch of Emporia.

Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hills­boro, KS 67063. Online condolences at

◼ ALDENE MARTENS, 88, died Feb. 6 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wich­ita. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hills­boro. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro.

She was born Oct. 22, 1929, to Gustav and Caroline (Meljo) Matz at Lehigh. On April 28, 1951, she was married to Alvin Martens, who predeceased her in 2003.

Survivors include son Gayland Martens of Durham; daughter Rita Prieb of McPherson; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences may be sent to the family via:

◼ EDWARD W. MCGUINNESS, 95, life-long resident of Aulne/Marion area, died Feb. 6 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

Services were at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Aulne United Methodist Church in Aulne. Burial with military honors followed at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

He was born Aug. 11, 1922, to William E. and Nancy (Larsen) McGinness in Aulne. On Aug. 29, 1948, he was married to Ruth (Klein) McGinness, who predeceased him.

Survivors in a son, David and wife Brenda McGinness of Newton; daughter Marilee McGinness of North Carolina; one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke Living Center and can be sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS 66861. Online condolences at