Deaths (Week of August 8, 2007)

Aldine L. Funk


Aldine L. Funk, 81, former baker for USD 373, died Aug. 2 at her home.

The service was Aug. 6 at First Church of God in Newton, officiated by pastor Brian Curran. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Aldine was born Oct. 25, 1925, to Albert and Anna (Scheikow?sky) Pankratz in Hillsboro. On Sept. 1, 1947, she was married to Arlie Funk, who survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Sharon and Kevin Hudson of Newton; three sons, Dwight and Sharon Funk of Newton, Dale and Kay Funk of Newton and Terry and Robin Funk of Newton; two brothers, Harold Pankratz of Hillsboro and Paul Pankratz of Bella Vista, Ariz.; two sisters, Mar?jorie Just of Hillsboro and Marilyn Neally of Titusville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Hospice Care of Kansas.


Elma Hamm Klein


Elma Hamm Klein, 89, former owner of Klein?s Self-Service Laundry, died Aug. 2 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.

The service was Aug. 6 at First Baptist Church in Durham, officiated by pastor Curtis Wiens. She was buried in the Durham Park Cemetery, rural Durham.

She was born July 18, 1918, to Edward and Bertha (Hill) Hamm in Hillsboro. On June 10, 1938, she was married to Leonard Klein, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Donald Dean and Sharon Klein of Tampa and Darold Lynn and Beverly Klein of Fort Collins, Colo.; a daughter, Carol Ann and Wayne Ollenburger of Hillsboro; two brothers, Duane Hamm of Hillsboro and Marvin Hamm of Wells; a sister, Florence Hett of Hillsboro; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with First Baptist Church and Parkside Homes. Condolences may be sent to the family via


Emile J. Reimer


Emile J. Reimer, 84, former beautician and long-time member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, died July 31 at Kidron Bethel Health Care, North Newton.

The funeral was Aug. 4 at First Mennonite Church in Newton. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in New?ton.

She was born Feb. 2, 1923, to Dan and Emma (Schroeder) Klassen in Hillsboro. In 1950, she was married to Eldon Reimer, who predeceased her in 1973.

She is survived by two daughters, Denise and Doug Yoder of Lawrence and Brenda and Mike Foster of Independence, Mo.; a son-in-law, Bob Flickner of Garland, Texas; a sister, Ennis and Dayle Unruh of Hillsboro; three brothers-in-law, Skee and Ruth Reimer of St. Paul, Minn., Richard and Evelyn Reimer of Canton and Jim Peters of Hills?boro; one sister-in-law, Elsie and Orville Unruh of Goessel; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Kidron Bethel Healthcare, Bethel College Mennonite Church and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.


Ruth Ann Thieszen


Ruth Ann Thieszen, 60, formerly of Hillsboro, died Aug. 4 at Henderson Hospital in Hender?son, Neb.

The service was planned for Aug. 7 at Henderson Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by pastor J. Epp and Stuart Pederson. She will be buried in the Parkview MB Church Cemetery, Hillsboro.

The public is invited to attend a memorial gathering at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Park?view Church fellowship hall.

She was born Dec. 14, 1946, to Jacob and Linda Funk, Hills?boro. On Nov. 26, 1994, she was married to Erland Thieszen, who survives.

She is also survived by her mother, Linda Funk of Hills?boro; a son, Tim and Malia Peters of Monrovia, Calif.; two daughters, Rhonda and Rick Brown of Newton and Angie and Matt Penner of Wichita; three step-daughters, Judi and Jerry Krocker of Viborg, S.D., Kristi Thieszen of Washington, D.C., and Rachel and Charlie Pahl of Topeka; two brothers, Don and Marsha Nelson of Lincolnton, N.C., and Roger and Joan Funk of Lake Zurich, Ill; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Henderson Hospital Cancer Unit.

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