Deaths (May 26, 2009)

Marie Becker


Marie Anne Becker, 97, a store manager and business owner, died Thursday, May 14, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell, Okla.

Services were held Monday, May 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, 204 S. A St., Blackwell, Okla., with pastor Eric Dittman officiating. Burial followed in Blackwell Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 16, 1912, to Gearhardt ?George? Penner and Helena (Hiebert) Peters on a farm south of Lehigh. On April 5, 1960, she was married to L.H. Becker, who predeceased her.

Survivors include brother Jim Peters of Hillsboro; daughter-in-law Joyce Becker of Blackwell; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Blackwell Regional Hospital Foundation and sent in care of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Okla. 74631.


Mary Christensen


Mary Mae ?Mickey? Christen?sen, 73, a 1953 graduate of Hills?boro High School, homemaker and switchboard operator, died Friday, May 15, at Westminster, Colo.

Services were held Friday, May 22, at First Baptist Church, 600 E. Marlin, McPherson, with pastor Les Cantrell officiating. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery.

She was born May 26, 1935, to Tobias B. Richert and Mildred Byrd. After age 3, she was raised by her stepmother, Gertrude Penner, in Glendive, Mont. On July 24, 1957, she was married to Donald E. Christensen, who survives.

Other survivors include son Ed and Kristi Christensen of Louisville, Ky.; foster-son David and Nancy Blackman of Ocala, Fla.; sister Daisy Herbison of Newton; two grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or the McPherson Community Aglow Lighthouse and sent in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

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Donald Gillet


Donald C. Gillet, 76, a retired carpenter, died Monday, May 18, at Legacy Park in Peabody.

The graveside service was held Thursday, May 21, at the Summit Cemetery in rural Burns with pastor Arlen Busenitz officiating.

He was born Jan. 8, 1933, to Roy and Hester (Clark) Gillet in rural Marion County. On Nov. 27, 1955, he was married to Reeta Gaines, who predeceased him.

Survivors are daughters Donella Humphries of Florence, Brenda and Dennis Riggs of Peabody, Janet and Patrick Post of Burns and Debra and James Anderson of Herington.

Memorials may be made to Partners of Peabody Parks and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 E. Elm St., P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.


Del Leeds



Del Leeds, 58, a business owner, died Thursday, May 21, at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

Services and burial were held Tuesday, May 26, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

He was born June 19, 1950 to John and Ella (Winters) Leeds in North Platte, Neb. On July 1, 1977, he was married to Darlene Reimers, who survives.

Other survivors include son Tony of Great Bend; mother Ella Leeds and brother Don and Charlotte, all of Kearney; sisters Sandy and Phil Parson of Salina; and Kendy and Kim Herrick of North Platte, Neb., and five grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to the PRIDE Committee for Veteran's Park in care Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion KS 66861.


Johanna Kaiser


Johanna Kaiser, 107, a farm wife, died Thursday, May 21, at Medicalodge in Herington.

Services were held Saturday, May 23, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lincolnville. Burial was in the Lincolnville Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 7, 1901, to G.H. and Eva (Beisel) Brunner at Ramona. In 1938, she was married to Louis Henry Kaiser, who predeceased her.

Survivors include son Louis Lee and Ruth Kaiser of Lincolnville; grandchildren David and Dawn Kaiser of Lincolnville and Angela and Chad Schmidt of Ramona and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the church or the Lutheran Hour in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 E. Elm St., P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861..


Marie Wiens


Marie K. Wiens, 87, died Saturday, May 23, in Hillsboro.

A memorial service is pending with Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

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