Deaths (Week of June 6, 2007)

Roberta Bitikofer

 

Roberta Bitikofer, 86, died June 3 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The service was June 5 at Spring Valley Mennonite Church in rural Canton with Bruce Anthony officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

She was born Aug. 15, 1920, to Harry and Edna (Beck) Selzer in Peabody. On Oct. 10, 1940, she was married to Allen Bitikofer, who survives in Hesston.

She is also survived by three daughters, Joan and Myron Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio, Sonia and Ray Tucker of Kimberling City, Mo., and Marlys and Dan Becker of Canton; three sisters, Ruby Ressler of Alberta, Canada, Doris Bitikofer of Canton and Gladys Yoder of Harrisonburg, Va.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Mennonite Disaster Service in care of Miller Funeral Home in Hesston.

 

Dorothy Cuthbertson

 

Dorothy A. Cuthbertson, 68, cosmetologist, massage therapist and reflexologist, died May 29 in Canton.

The service was held June 1 at Canton United Methodist Church with Richard Brooks presiding. Burial was in Canton Township Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 17, 1938, to Clifford and Elsie Emma (Pratt) Dolloff in Mt. Vernon, Maine. On Dec. 17, 1955, she was married to Donald L. Cuthbertson, who survives in Canton.

She is also survived by a son, Dale of Canton; three daughters, Linda of McPherson, Paula Colson of Canton and Pam Hendrix of Olathe; her father, Clifford Dolloff of Freeport, Maine; two brothers, Richard Dolloff of Shreveport, La., and Robert Dolloff of Brunswick, Maine; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Canton United Methodist Church and the family in care of Olson?s Mortuary in Canton.

Allen Diller

 

Allen S. Diller, 89, retired farmer, died May 30 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The service was held June 4 at Hesston Mennonite Church with pastors John Murray and Cheryl Hershberger officiating.

He was born April 21, 1918, to Jacob Reesor and Grace Darling (Cooprider) Diller in Cheraw, Colo. On May 11, 1941, he was married to Lillian Pauline Jantz, who died in 2001.

He is survived by a son, Jim and Jan of Hesston; a daughter, Vicki and Phil Hoffman of Hesston; three brothers, Robert and Marcella, Ivan and Doris and Eugene and Donna, all of Hesston; a sister, Lois Hershberger of Hesston; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with the Hesston College Diller Scholarship Fund and Hesston Mennonite Church Building Fund in care of Miller Funeral Home in Hesston.

 

Harold Dyck

 

Harold P. Dyck, cofounder of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston and former Kansas legislator, died May 29 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The service was held June 2 at Hesston Mennonite Church with pastor John Murray officiating. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery in Hesston.

He was born Sept. 2, 1920, to Jacob H. and Fannie Elizabeth (Yost) Dyck in Newton. On Sept. 19, 1942, he was married to Elva Mae ?Evie? Hershberger, who survives in Hesston.

He is also survived by two sons, Gary and Teresa of Frankston, Texas, and Tom and Regina of Hesston; two daughters, Joycelyn Cooley of Hesston and Julia and Brad Roupp of Ashland, Ore.; two brothers, John of Hesston and Kenneth of rural Newton; three sisters, Neva Schmidt of Moundridge, Margaret Ensz of Inman and Velma and Melvin Jantzen of Hesston; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Dyck Arboretum in care of Miller Funeral Home in Hesston.

 

Edna Gaede

 

Edna (Funk) Gaede, 92, died June 1 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with Ann Showalter officiating. Burial is at Johannestal Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

She was born Feb. 4, 1915, to Peter F. and Elizabeth (Penner) Funk in Hillsboro. On May 25, 1943, she was married to Walter Gaede, who died in 2007.

She is survived by a son, Delbert of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two daughters, Myrna and Randy Krehbiel of North Newton and Priscilla and Chuck Neal of Granbury, Texas; two sisters, Luella Stucky of Hutchinson and Marie Boldt of Reedley, Calif.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials have been established with Mennonite Central Committee, Parkside Homes and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, in care of Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

 

Mariam Leffler

 

Mariam Leffler, 64, beautician and owner of Mariam?s Beauty Salon in Canton, died May 27 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was June 1 at Canton United Methodist Church with Orville Koehn officiating. Burial was in Canton Township Cemetery.

She was born March 19, 1943, to Clair H. and Fern Maxine (Keefer) Carey in McPherson. On Aug. 26, 1962, she was married to Darryl A. Leffler, who survives in Canton.

She is also survived by three sons, Gary of Chicago, Ill., Kevin of Canton and Darin of Topeka; a sister, Linda Meier of Marion; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson?s Research in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home in McPherson.

 

Lillian Plett

 

Lillian Sara Plett, 92, died June 1 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro with pastor Roy Keller officiating. Burial is at Springfield Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

She was born April 9, 1915, to Abraham S. and Sara (Schroeder) Klassen in Lehigh. On Aug. 28, 1938, she was married to Cornelius F. Plett, who died in 1989.

She is survived by a son, Philip K. and Sharon of Huron, S.D.; three daughters, Mary and Donald Rosfeld of Goessel, Ruth and Tim Seibel of Hesston and Alice Jean and Alan Regier of Goessel; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Parkside Homes and Mennonite Brethren Mission and Service International, in care of Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.