Deaths (Week of Aug. 13, 2008)

Aline Bernhardt, 95


Aline Mae Bernhardt, 95, former beautician in Marion, died Aug. 8 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Burial will be at the Marion Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 4, 1912, to Charles Arthur and Alice (Siebert) Kreutziger in Canada. On May 4, 1936, she was married to Ray Edward Susdorf, who predeceased her in 1942. On Oct. 7, 1959, she was married to Erwin J. Bernhardt, who predeceased her in 1986.

She is survived by her daughter Caroline and Dave Gilbert of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law Maxine Kreutziger and Francis Kreutziger; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with the church.

Adelia Frey, 87


Adelia (Klassen) Frey, 87, retired secretary with Mennonite Weekly Review, died Aug. 4 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.

The service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at First Mennonite Church in Newton with pastors Clarence Rempel and Joan Boyer officiating.

She was born March 14, 1921, to Frank H. and Katherine (Krause) Klassen in Hillsboro. On Jan. 14, 1972, she was married to Edward H. Frey, who predeceased her in 1989.

Survivors include a sister, Myrta Bartel of Hillsboro; stepson Marlin and Deane Frey of Newton; stepdaughter Earla Critchfield of Hesston, stepdaughter Nyla and Duane Chambers of Wichita, stepdaughter-in-law Luetta Frey of Goessel; nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.


Clara Franz, 98


Clara Marie Fehdrau Franz, 98, a retired nurse, died Aug. 3 at Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community, Buhler.

The funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church with pastors Suz McIver and Ken Adrian officiating. Burial was in Buhler Municipal Ceme?tery.

She was born Feb. 27, 1910, to Gerhard and Anna (Martens) Fehdrau in Buhler. On Nov. 1, 1931, she was married to David E. Franz, who predeceased her.

She is survived by a son, David R. Franz and wife Pat of Freder?ick, Md.; daughters Evelyn and husband Jim McIver and Kath?ryn and husband Gerald Robin?son, all of Buhler; six grand?child?ren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation was from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Buhler Mortuary.

Memorials may be sent to Buhler Sunshine Home in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler, KS 67522.


Dorothy Ratzlaff, 83


Dorothy D. Ratzlaff, 83, a homemaker, died Aug. 4 at Newton Medical Center.

The memorial service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Goessel Mennonite Church with pastor Mike Hiebert officiating. The burial was private.

She was born July 28, 1925, at Somis, Calif. On Oct. 16, 1966, she was married to A.K. Ratzlaff, who predeceased her.

She is survived by two sons, David Sebring of rural Goessel, Bob Ratzlaff of Wichita; a step-son, Karl Ratzlaff of Weather?ford, Texas; a step-daughter, Pat Goering of Wichita; three grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren.

No visitation was planned.

Memorials for Bethesda Home, Goessel, may be sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.


Josephine Smith, 89


Josephine Smith, 89, a retired elementary school teacher, died Aug. 5, in rural Hillsboro.

The funeral was at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at Hills?boro United Methodist Church with pastor Charles Grant officiating. Burial was at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa, Ariz.

She was born Dec. 31, 1918, to Miles and Myrtle (McMurray) Austin at Burrton. On Nov. 3, 1936, she was married to Harold Ancel Smith, who died in 1995.

She is survived by a son, John William Smith of Tracy, Calif; a daughter, Judy Troyer, rural Hillsboro; two brothers, Roger Earl Austin of Rosalia and Miles Austin Jr. of Alamosa, Colo; a sister, Betty Jo Worthington of Eagle River, Alaska; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was prior to the service on Saturday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. A memorial has been established with the church.

Condolences may be extended to the family via


Lowell Unruh, 80


Lowell R. Unruh, 80, farmer, died Aug. 7 at his residence near Florence.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Trinity Mennonite Church with pastor Linda Ewert officiating. Burial will be private.

He was born Oct. 25, 1927, to Rudolph and Lydia (Schroeder) Unruh. On July 15, 1949, he was married to Betty Ratzlaff, who predeceased him in 1994.

Survivors include sons Kim and Deb Unruh of Marion, Scott and Doreen Unruh of Medesto, Calif., Rex and Debbie Unruh of Lancaster, Calif.; daughter Vicky and Rex Waggy of Cedar Point; sister Audrey Boese of Lehigh; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Humane Society, in care of Miller Funeral Home.


Roger Vogts, 65


Roger E. Vogts, 65, plant supervisor at Moridge Manufacturing Inc., in Moundridge, died Aug. 8 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge.

The funeral was Aug. 12 at First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge. Burial was at West Zion Cemetery in Moundridge.

He was born Feb. 4, 1943, to Herman Vogts and Frieda (Flickner) Zissman in Goessel.

He is survived by two sons, Brandon Vogts and Brian Vogts, both of Moundridge; two step-sons, Dwight Helms of Houston, Texas, and Duane Helms of Hesston; brothers Brad Vogts and Sherwin Niehage, both of McPherson, and Ed Vogts of Moundridge; sisters Valeta Smith of Hoquiam, Wash., Rosalyn Cornell of Pittsburg, and Dema Woten of Blythe, Calif.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial fund has been established with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home.

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