Deaths (June 29, 2011)


• MARY LOU FERTIG, 84.

a retired U.S. Air Force officer, died June 16 in Newton.

Services were June 24 at Point View Cemetery in Pawnee County. A memorial service is planned at Asbury Park Chapel, Newton, but no date has been set.

She was born June 6, 1927, to Roy Joseph and Sarah Ruth (Yocum) Fertig at Larned.

Survivors include sisters Lorene Estelle Jost and Irene Ruth and Robert C. Jost, both of Hillsboro, and Betty June Dewey of Ellinwood; half-siblings Velma Mae Root of Albuquerque, N.M., Stanley Roy and Elaine Fertig of Saegertown, Penn., and Raymond J. and Jane Fertig of Ellinwood and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Jack Van Impe Ministries, Air Force Wounded Warriors Program or Women in Military Service for America Memorial and sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114-3493, also in charge of arrangements.

 

• DON M. HEISER, 52,

of McPherson, died June 25 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. June 29 at Strassburg Baptist Church, Marion. Burial is at Lewis Cemetery in Ramona.

He was born Nov. 13, 1958, to Charles and Ruth (Skibbe) Heiser in Herington.

He is survived by his parents; brother Mark and Kathy; two nieces and many church family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Strassburg Baptist Church or Disability Support of the Great Plains and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS, 66861.

 

• GERALD F. SVOBODA, 82,

soil conservation contractor, farmer and truck driver, died June 26 at Newton Medical Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., June 30 at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Church, Pilsen. Rosary is at 7:30 p.m. June 29. Burial will be in the Pilsen Cemetery.

He was born April 13, 1929, to Frank and Christina (Reznicek) Svoboda in Lincolnville. On Dec. 28, 1957, he was married to Barbara Worthington, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Terry and Mary of Marion, Steven and Anita of Lincolnville, Charles of Lincolnville, and Timothy and Monica of Tampa; daughters Laurie and Jeff Methvin of Peabody and Susan and Eric Wessel of Peabody; siblings Lawrence and Delores of Lincolnville, John and Mary Lou of Lincolnville and JoAnn and Joe Nowak of Pilsen and 12 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Father Kapaun Memorial Fund in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS, 66861.

 

• ROSEMARY KNAK, 66,

a nurse’s aide of Hillsboro, died June 26 at Wichita.

Services will be at 2 p.m. June 30 at First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash St., Hillsboro, with pastor Susan Jantzen officiating. No visitation is scheduled.

She was born Nov. 22, 1944, to Clear and Elizbeth (Doddy) Munson in Hart, Mich. On Dec. 19, 1981, she was married to Don Knak, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Darla Conklin of Florence and Dawna Mosher of Newton; brothers Kevin Munson of Montague, Mich., and Lowell Munson of Muskegon, Mich.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063-1727.

Condolences may be made to the family via: jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

 

• DANNIE H. SCHMIDT, 91,

a farmer of Goessel, died June 26 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. June 30 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Cremation will follow.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main, Goessel.

He was born Jan. 25, 1920, to Henry J. and Sara Schroeder Schmidt in Goessel. On May 24, 1957, he was married to Alice Funk, who survives.

Other survivors include son Dwayne and Fawn of Hesston; daughters Cheryl and L.H. Brunner of Elbing, Lynette and Richard Johnston of Newton; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to either Mennonite Central Committee, Bethesda Home, or Good Shepard Hospice and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, P.O. Box 96 Goessel, KS 67053.

 

• BETTY LEE THOMPSON, 92,

a farmer and stockwoman of Cedar Point, died June 20 at Peabody Care Center, Peabody.

Services were June 24 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Burial was at Wonsevu Cemetery in Chase County.

She was born Aug. 4, 1918, to Benton Scott and Hattie May (Vinson) Thompson at Cedar Point.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Point School or the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861.


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