Deaths (Oct. 12, 2011)


• MARY ANN DUERKSEN, 93,

a homemaker of Lehigh, died Oct. 9 at The Cedars in McPherson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash St., Hillsboro, with pastor Kathy Neufeld Dunn officiating. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery in Lehigh.

She was born April 23, 1918, to John W. and Sara (Loewen) Ewert in Lehigh. On May 14, 1942, she was married to Roland K. Duerksen, who predeceased her.

Survivors include sons Dennis and Mindee of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Delmar and Arnette Duerksen of McPherson; daughter Florette and Richard Decker of Loveland, Colo.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or Hospice Care of Kansas and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

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

• MARION E. HAMILTON, 93,

a public school teacher, died Oct. 10 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro, with pastor Roy Keller officiating. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

He was born Sept. 24, 1918, to Edgar M. and Jessie S. (Sallee) Hamilton in Minden, Neb. On June 10, 1949, he was married to Maxine Hough, who predeceased him in 1991. On March 13, 1993, he was married to Leona Hazelton, who predeceased him in 2005.

Survivors include sons David Hamilton of Old Hickory, Tenn.; stepsons Timothy Hazelton and James Hazelton, both of Topeka; daughters Lois Schuyer of Lincoln, Neb., and Nancy Hornbaker of Holcomb; step-daughter Kim Bennett of Lawrence; sister Martha Adair of Halstead; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063, also in charge of arrangements.

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

• EMICE H. HEIN, 84,

a farmer of Hillsboro, died Oct. 3 at Newton Medical Center, Newton.

Services were Oct. 7 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, with pastor Loyal Martin officiating. Burial was at French Creek Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born March 15, 1927, to Henry W. and Tina (Duerksen) Hein in Hillsboro. On Sept. 29, 1947, he was married to Lydia Adrian, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Michael Hein of McPherson, Kenneth Hein of Durham and Eugene Hein of Newton; sister Viola Reeves of Haysville; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063, also in charge of arrangements.

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

• IRENE HUMPHRIES, 89,

formerly of Florence, died Oct. 3 in Augusta.

A private burial is planned at a later date.

She was born March 18, 1922, to Wendell and Dorothy Seibert in Vesper. Her husband, Edwin Humphries, of 52 years, predeceased her in 1998.

Survivors include daughter Carol Wood of Florence, Ariz.; son Ronnie Humphries of Leedey, Okla.; sisters Doris Higgs of Augusta, Madonna Seymore of Leon; sister-in-law Velma Thornton of Leon; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866, was in charge of arrangements.

• JOHN CHARLES JACOBSON, 65,

died Oct. 3 at his home in Peabody.

No service is planned at this time.

He was born April 16, 1946, in Arkansas City.

Survivors include sons John Jacobson Jr. of Walton and James Jacobson of Norton; daughters Julie Jacobson Aycock and Jody Jacobson Wheeler, both of Newton, and Jeannette Jacobson of Peabody; sister Jean Fowler of Peabody and five grandchildren.

Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866, is in charge of arrangements.

• DANIEL W. McCALL, 84,

a retired rural carrier, died Oct. 6 at the Ottawa County Health Center in Minneapolis.

Services were Oct. 11 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, 405 Argyle Ave., Minneapolis. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.

He was born March 26, 1927, to Seba G. and Alice (Bean) McCall in Culver.

Survivors include sons David and Rita McCall of Pomona and Alan McCall of Minneapolis; daughters LeeAnn and Larry Plunkett of Minneapolis, Mary Kay McCall and husband George of Andover and Sally and Gary Andrews of Hillsboro; brothers Duane McCall of Bavaria and Dale McCall of Wexford, Penn.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Culver United Methodist Church or Ottawa County Health Center and sent in care of Wilson Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

• LAONA NERINE NORSTROM, 93,

formerly of Canton, died Oct. 1 at Cedars Nursing Home in McPherson.

Services were Oct. 8 at Canton United Methodist Church, 304 W. Allen St., Canton, with pastors Harry Christian and Tripp Edwards officiating. Burial was at Canton Township Cemetery.

She was born April 4, 1918, to William B. and Emma Dean (Spellman) Milleson at Gypsum. On Sept. 4, 1940, she was married to Landess Norstrom, who predeceased her Feb. 11, 2000.

Survivors include son Lanny and Pam of Galva; sisters Emma Oliver of McPherson and Beryl Sellers of Independence, Mo.; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends and relatives.

Memorials may be made to Canton United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association and sent to Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861, in charge of arrangements.

• GEORGE F. OBORNY, 81,

of Marion, died Oct. 4 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, all at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pilsen. Burial was in the Pilsen Cemetery.

He was born July 28, 1930, John and Elsie Huna Oborny Sr. at Durham. On April 14, 1956, he was married to Kathleen Steiner, who survives.

Other survivors include children Dennis and Rita of Salina, Julie and Val Klenda of Lincolnville, Jeannie and Steve Blue of Salina, David and Sandra of Marion and Jennifer and Rick Marshall of Blackwater, Mo.; brothers William of Marysville, Father Paul of Wichita, James of Logan, N.M., Robert and Judy of Bartlesville, Okla., and John Jr. and Kathy of Durham and 14 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke Living Center or the Fr. Kapaun Guild and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.

• ESTHER J. UNRUH, 99,

of Goessel, died Oct. 2.

A graveside service was Oct. 7 at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery in Goessel with pastor Jerroll Martens officiating.

She was born Dec. 16, 1911, to Jacob and Minnie Peters in Reedly, Calif. She was married to Elmer Unruh, who predeceased her.

Survivors include daughter Janis Newberry of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; one granddaughter; one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Home and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main St., Goessel, KS 67053.


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