Deaths (Sept. 28, 2011)


• EDNA MARIE GOOSSEN, 91,

former teacher and missionary, died Sept. 19 at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton.

The service was Sept. 23 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, 2600 College Ave., North Newton, with pastors Heidi Regier Kreider and Ruth Harder officiating.

Burial was at Halstead City Cemetery, Halstead.

She was born Sept. 24, 1919, to Bernhard M. and Margaret (Jantzen) Ensz in Plymouth, Neb. On Aug. 19, 1943, she was married to Henry W. Goossen, who predeceased her.

Survivors include daughters Sharon and Bob Bartel of McPherson and LaVonne and Ron Sawatzky of North Newton; son Duane and Rachel Waltner Goossen of Topeka; sister Helen Entz of North Newton; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Bethel College Mennonite Church and sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114, also in charge of arrangements.

• DORIS E. HELFER, 90,

of Marion, died Sept. 21 at St. Luke Living Center, 1014 Melvin St., Marion.

Services were Sept. 27 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, 1100 W. First St., Newton.

She was born March 20, 1921 to Harvey and Verna Rhoades Marcum in Dodge City. On Oct. 10, 1944, she was married to James Helfer, who predeceased her.

Survivors include daughters Judi and David Burkett of Hesston and Vicki and Kevin Hoffer of Marion; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke Living Center, Eastmoor United Methodist Church Music Fund, or the Alzheimer’s Association and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm Street, Marion, KS, 66861.

• ALMA V. McCOY, 97,

homemaker, died Sept. 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

The graveside service was Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Lost Springs Cemetery with pastor Morita Truman officiating.

She was born June 19, 1914, to Fran and Laura (Rodes) Bur­dette at Herington. On Dec. 24, 1931, was married in Marion to James A. McCoy, who predeceased her.

She is survived by daughters Marcia M. Welch of Hillsboro and Marilyn V. Baker of Bakers­field, Calif., three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu flowers, a memorial fund has been established with Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family via jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

• ELDA ESTHER MELLOTT, 92,

a homemaker, died Sept. 20 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Services were Sept. 24 at Peabody Christian Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, with pastor James Pohlman officiating.

Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

She was born Oct. 1, 1918, to Henry B. Schmidt Sr. and Eva Hiebert Schmidt in Marion County. On April 7, 1937, she was married to John Mellott, who predeceased her Nov. 13, 2007.

Survivors include son Richard Mellott of Peabody; daughters Joan Jost of Hillsboro and Esther Brooks of Peabody; sister Mary Hiebert of Whitewater; sister-in-law Cornelia Schmidt of Emporia; brother-in-law Robert Hansen of Hesston; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Peabody Christian Church and sent in care of Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866.

• MINNIE “PAT” POLHLOPEK,

a homemaker of Goessel, 84, died Sept. 19 at Bethesda Home, Goessel.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Oct. 1 at Girard City Cemetery, Girard, with pastor Tom Oak officiating. The family will also receive friends at the cemetery.

She was born Jan. 9, 1927, to Robert J. and Minnie Pokall Liddecoate in Chicago, Ill. On April 6, 1963, she was married to Joe E. Polhlopek in Chicago, who predeceased her in March 27, 1994.

Survivors include sons James McCloud of Lombard, Ill., Joe and Susan Polhlopek of Franklin; daughters Janet and Glen Dobratz of Medinah, Ill., Jackie and Eric Lorenz of Chicago Ridge, Ill., and Joan and Jeff Nightengale of Goessel; sister Dolores Treadwell of San Jose, Calif., 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Home or Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home 303 E. Main, P.O. Box 96, Goessel, KS 67053.

• VIRGINIA C. RICHARDSON,

86, died Sept. 20 at Marion Assisted Living.

The service was Sept. 26 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. A private burial was at Marion Cemetery.

She was born July 3, 1925, to Claude and Irena Neuhauser Ayler in Newton. In 1945, she was married to Bill Richardson, who predeceased her. In 1992, she was married to Harold Bowers, who also predeceased her.

Survivors include children Steve Richardson of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Carol Dvorak of Marion, Janet Slay of LaSelva Beach, Calif., and Rosanne Jordan of Gunnison, Colo., and their families.

Memorials may be made to the Marion Senior Center or the Marion City Library and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861, in charge of arrangements.

• ALDEN J. SCHROEDER, 80,

a farmer, died Sept. 25 in Goessel.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Sept. 29 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 Kansas Highway 15, Goessel, with pastor Steve Schmidt officiating. Burial will be at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel.

He was born June 5, 1931, to Jacob H. and Justina Regier Schroeder in Goessel. On Sept. 12, 1952, he was married to Irma Voth, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Doug and Pam of Kansas City, Kan., Rodney of Canton, Randy and Lynnette of Somers Point, N.J.; daughter Diane and Phil Bostian of Goddard; sister Evelyn Banman of Goessel and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may made to the Leukemia Society in Care and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main, P.O. Box 96 Goessel, KS 67053.

• MABEL A. WANER, 96,

a retired seamstress of Warrens­burg, Mo. and formerly of Florence, died Sept. 19 at the Warrensburg Manor Care Center.

Services were Sept. 24 at Holy Family Parish, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 815 Marion St., Florence. Preceding the funeral mass. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Florence.

She was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Aulne, the daughter of Ed and Lena (Black) Winkley. On Oct. 4, 1938, she was married to Virgil Waner, who survives.

Other survivors include son Gary and Karen Waner of Warrensburg and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Parrish, Altar Society and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861, also in charge of arrangements.


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