Deaths (Week of Nov. 26, 2008)


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Jennie Mae (Plenert) Batchelor, 81, a homemaker and volunteer, died Monday, Nov. 17.

Services were Saturday, Nov. 22 at A Heart of Grace Church, 2707 W. Eisenhower, Loveland, Colo.

She was born April 3, 1927, to Bill and Linda Plenert on a farm outside of Lehigh. She married Gerald Wayne Batchelor, who predeceased her.

Survivors include two daughters, five grandsons, one granddaughter-in-law and seven great-grandchildren.

For inquiries, call 520-331-6195 or 316-708-5672.


Gabriel Demmitt


Gabriel ?Gabe? Demmitt, 26, an employee with Agco, a farm equipment manufacturing company in Hesston, died Sunday, Nov. 23 in a pickup/train accident in rural Cedar Point.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Cedar Point Grade School in Cedar Point. Burial will follow in Cedar Point Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 26, 1982, to Duane and Carol Sue Holtsclaw Demmitt in Newton.

He is survived by his mother; sister Chelsea Demmitt of Hills?boro; brother Aaron Grosse of Lawrence; step-father Harvey Grosse of Peabody; grandparents Marie and Bennie Holts?claw of Cedar Point, Jim and Martha Demmitt of Arkansas, Rita Taylor of Topeka and Rose Grosse of Peabody and niece Skyler Marlar of Hillsboro.

A memorial has been established for the Heidi Holtsclaw-Ebersole Scholarship Fund.

Donations may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett Alexan?der Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.


Frank W. Peters


Frank W. Peters, 92, a farmer, died Friday, Nov. 21 in Hillsboro.

Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the Hillsboro Menno?nite Brethren Church in Hills?boro. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 13, 1916 to Jacob and Katie (Warkentin) Peters in Inman. On May 23, 1927, he was married to Martha Franz of Hillsboro, who predeceased him in 1993.

He is survived by a son Virgil F. and Kay Lani Peters of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters Neoma and Les Flaming and Viola and Ray Lohrentz, all of Hillsboro; sister Elsie Penner of Medora; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Hospice Care of Kansas, Door of Hope and World Impact. Condolences may be sent to jost@jostfuneralhome .com.


Norma Lee Smith


Norma Lee (Spence) Smith, 86, a dietary aide at Marion Manor, died Nov. 22 in Marion.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion. Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.

She was born Dec. 15, 1921, to Calvin and Neva (Woods) Spence in Hartford, Ark. On Sept. 20, 1941, she married Dale E. Smith, who preceded her in 1988.

She is survived by two children, Glenn Spence of High Rolls, N.M. and Nora Ann Spence of Marion.

A memorial fund has been established for Lincolnville United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.


Donald Viets


Donald C. Viets, 84, a retired elder for the United Methodist Church, died Sunday, Nov. 23, in Marion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to start of service at the church.

He was born Sept. 1, 1924, to Leslie and Alice (Buckley) Viets in Aurora. On April 4, 1945, he was married to Ruth Paulin, who survives in Marion.

He is also survived by daughter Dona Ruh and Rick Gibson of Wichita; sisters Lola Viets of Winfield, Arlene and James Rockwood of St. Joseph, Mo.; and Velma and Paul David Frazier of Rockville, Md.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established for the church in care of Zeiner Funeral Home 205 Elm Street, Marion, KS 66861.


Art Wiebe


Art Wiebe, 82, retired state rehabilitation counselor, died Wednes?day, Nov. 19 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Services were Monday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Burial was at Gnadenau Cemetery, two miles south of Hillsboro.

He was born Aug. 30, 1926, to Henry A. and Mary Ens Wiebe in Finney County. On Oct. 12, 1954, he was married to Ella Voth; she survives in Hills?boro.

He is also survived by sons Carl Wiebe of the Middle East, Dale Wiebe of Pine Grove, Calif., Glenn Wiebe of Hillsboro and Virgil Webe of St. Paul, Minn.; daughters Bev Wiebe of Hesston and Janice Wiebe Ollenburger of Elkhart, Ind.; brother Orville Wiebe of Richmond, Va.; sister Betty Phillips of Kingsport, Tenn. and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Kansas Child Evangelism Fellowship and Mennonite Brethren Missions Services International.

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