Deaths (Week of Jan. 9, 2008)

Cecelia Allen, 64

Cecelia Irene Allen, 64, of Marion, former Stone City Cafe employee, died Dec. 24 at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

The funeral was Dec. 31 at the Marion Christian Church. She was buried at Marion Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 13, 1943, to Delmer and Ida Earline Kelsey Allen in Marion.

She is survived by a sister, Robin and Ron Long of Rose Hill; aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and two nephews.

A memorial fund has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Ralph Christiansen, 88

Ralph C. Christiansen, 88, of Gypsum, farmer and stockman, died Dec. 30.

The funeral was held Jan. 4 at the Roxbury United Parish. A private burial was held at the Valley View Cemetery in Roxbury.

He was born March 4, 1919, to Sam and Lillie (Garrett) Christiansen in Roxbury. On Nov. 1, 1945, he was married to Amy Florine, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Ryan of Roxbury, and Ray of Ellsworth; a brother, Howard of Roxbury; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Roxbury United Parish.

Abe Friesen, 95

Abe L. Friesen, 95, former teacher and farmer, died Jan. 3 at Buhler (Kan.) Sunshine Home.

The funeral was Jan. 6 at the Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church.

He was born Sept. 11, 1912, to Jacob M. and Maria Fast Friesen in Jansen, Neb. On May 9, 1939, he was married to Eleanor Prieb, who predeceased him in 1954. On June 6, 1956, he was married to Luella Thomas, who predeceased him in 1964. On July 5, 1966, he was married to Mary Ann Loewen, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Willard and Marge Friesen of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Robert and Virginia Friesen of Buhler; three daughters, Carol and Dean Graber of Bixby, Okla., Genevive and Gary Schmidt of Pratt, and Rita and Robert Loewen of Hillsboro; two sisters, Hulda Prieb and Katherine Penner, both of Inman; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Buhler Sunshine Home or Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler, KS 67522.

Eva Henry-Stepp, 83

Eva M. Henry-Stepp, 83, homemaker, died Dec. 19 at her home.

The memorial service was Dec. 22 at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home in Manhattan. She was buried at St. Concordia Cemetery in Concordia.

She was born March 29, 1924, to Louis Albert Gagnon and Clara Gardner Gagnon in Concordia. On June 28, 1945, she was married to Delbert L. Henry, who predeceased her in 1988. On Nov. 24, 1989, she was married to Henly Eugene ?Gene? Stepp, Jr., who survives.

She is also survived by two sons, H. Joe and Judy Henry of Highland, Ill., and Timothy Henry of Houston, Texas; four daughters, Sharon and Bob Cotter of Belton, Mo., Janet Henry of Houston, Linda Henry of Hillsboro, and Jacque Stepp of Manhattan; four step-children, Gordon, Mike, Pat and Jeff Stepp, all of Manhattan; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

Eugene Konecny, 79

Eugene Joseph ?Gene? Konecny, 79, railroad employee, died Dec. 18 at Hutchinson Hospital.

The funeral mass was Dec. 22 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen. A rosary was recited before the mass. He was buried at the Pilsen Cemetery with military honors.

He was born Sept. 26, 1928, to Joseph and Leona Tenbarge Konecny at Schulte. On Dec. 27, 1952, he was married to Veronica Vinduska, who survives in Pilsen.

He is also survived by four daughters, Monica Morgan of Buhler, Jacintha Davis of Festus, Mo., Cerita Munshaw of Pilsen, and Karla Leckliter of El Dorado; a brother, Sylvester Konecny of Wellington; three sisters, Odelia Lucas of Augusta, Rita Behrendt of San Antonio, Texas, and Marcella Meyer of Virginia; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with the Fr. Kapaun Guild in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Lurlene Ray, 93

Lurlene Ray, 93, died Jan. 1 at her home in Granbury, Texas.

The graveside service was Jan. 4 at Littlefield (Texas) Memorial Cemetery.

She was born to Howard and Ola Harvey. She was married to Alvin Ray, who predeceased her.

She is survived by four sons, Carl and Melba Ray of Granbury, Billy and Louise Ray of Winters, Texas, Harvey and Carolyn Ray of Hillsboro, and Don and Kay Ray of Lingleville, Texas; a brother, Cal Harvey of Littlefield; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to Mission Hospice, 505 No. Ridgeway Dr., Cleburne, TX 76033.

Mary Sauble, 85

Mary Packard Palmer Sauble, 85, former owner and operator of Mary?s Antiques in Florence, died Dec. 31 at the Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

The funeral was Jan. 5 at the Cedar Point School. She was buried at the Griffith Cemetery south of Cedar Point.

She was born June 15, 1922, to Tom and Margaret McFadden Palmer in Kansas City. On Sept. 26, 1942, she was married to Pat Sauble, who survives of the home.

She is also survived by a son, David and Barbara of Taos, N.M.; two daughters, Susan and Dennis Hague of Cedar Point, and Ann and Galen Carpenter of Sedona, Ariz.; a brother, Cruise and Dorraine Palmer of Kansas City; a brother-in-law, Joe Loriaux of Manhattan; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and the Harvey House Museum in Florence in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Jack Swain, 80

Jack R. Swain, 80, bricklayer and teacher, died Dec. 31 at the Golden Living Center in Marion.

The funeral was Jan. 3 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. He was buried at Marion Cemetery with military honors.

He was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Blaine and Retta Kuhn Swain in Oklahoma City. On May 23, 1952, he was married to Ella Meier, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Cynthia and Richard Blount of Marion, and Cecile and Fred Parker of Bella Vista, Ark.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Fisher House Foundation or the Marion Historical Museum.

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