Deaths (March 21, 2018)

◼ ALMA ANDRUS, 94, a retired doctor’s office receptionist, died March 5 at Pleasant View Home in Inman.

A private family inurnment will take place in Elm­wood Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date.

She was born May 29, 1923, in Coventry, England, the daughter of Albert and Maria (Shale) Cadden. On Sept. 21, 1945, she was married in Coventry to Ralph William Andrus, who survives.

She also is survived by a son, Richard (Cecilia) Andrus of Canton; a daughter, Ann (Maurice) Elkins of Beaumont, Texas; four grand­children and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Christ Lutheran Church, in care of Olson’s Mortuary, Canton.

◼ M. LORRAINE CUMMINGS, 91, a homemaker, died March 11 at ComfortCare Homes in Newton.

Celebration of life service was March 15 at Highland Trinity United Church of Christ in Newton. Cremation was planned and a private family inurnment took place.

She was born Oct. 28, 1926 to Cecil I. and Beatrice M. (Williamson) Duty in Dupo, Ill. On Feb. 17, 1946, she was married to Warren H. Cummings, who predeceased her.

Survivors include children Darryl Cumming and wife Anita of Hesston, Duane Cummings and wife Mary of Burrton, Peggy Schroeder and husband Ken of Hillsboro, Pam Riley and husband Markus of Newton; brother Bruce Duty of Lubbock, Texas; sisters Elosie Purrington of El Paso, Texas, and Sharon Robbins of Midland Texas; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to ComfortCare Homes or Good Samaritan Fund at Highland Trinity United Church of Christ, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.

◼ WENCEL “JIM” J. HOLUB, 92, a farmer and welder/machinist at Hesston Corp., died March 12 at Wichita.

The funeral was March 17 at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen. A Rosary preceded mass. Interment followed at Pilsen Cemetery.

He was born July 4, 1925, to Charles and Mary Stika Holub at Pilsen. On Oct. 21, 1952, he was married to Loretta Hill, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, James (Mary) of Montgomery, Texas, Kenneth (Clara) of Marion and Wayne of Abilene; daughter Diana Holub of Newton; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

◼ joan friesen, 86, of Hillsboro, died March 18 at Hillsboro Community Hos­pital in Hillsboro.

Celebration of life service is 11 a.m. Monday, March 26 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro officiated by pastor Morita Truman.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1931, to Frank and Bessie (Kalina) Vainer at Chicago, Ill. On Feb. 13, 1951, she was married to John Friesen Jr., who predeceased her.

Survivors include daughters Carol Tourney of Houston, Texas, Debbie (Lloyd) Ratzloff of Lehigh and Denise (Delton) Unruh of Galva; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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

◼ IRENE RUTH (FERTIG), JOST, 96, a school teacher, of Hillsboro and formally of Wichita, died Feb. 25.

The commemoration ser­vice will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Hillsboro Men­no­nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. Visitation with the family is 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

She was born April 1, 1921, to Roy and Ruth (Yocum) Fertig in Stafford County. On April 27, 1941, she was married to Robert C. Jost, who predeceased her.

Survivors include children Robetta R. Trapp of North Newton, Lynn A. (Joyce) Jost of Sterling, Colo., Nancy E. (Robert) Ozick of Colorado Springs, Colo.; siblings Velma Root, Stanley (Elaine) Fertig and Raymond (Jane) Fretig; grandchildren Gretchen Wagner, Craig (Rhea) Jost, Daren (Lacey) Jost, Rachel Quick, and Nathan (Han­nah) Ozick; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials are established with Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je, P.O. Box 360, Bailey, CO 80421, and Bible Study Fellowship, 10991 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258.

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