Deaths (Week of September 12, 2007)

Ida Benda, 85


Ida Benda, 85, a former dental assistant, died Sept. 5 in a Madera, Calif. hospital.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 11 at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera. She will be buried at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Holy Family Parish Cemetery in Pilsen.

She is survived by a son, Scott and Susan Benda of Eagle, Ind.; a daughter, Gwen and Bob Craig of Madera; and three grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with St. Joachim?s Church Building Fund, 401 W. Fifth St., Madera, CA, 93637.


Joyce Mize, 87


Joyce Mize, 87, former teacher and merchant, died Sept. 8 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The funeral was Sept. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, officiated by pastor Brett Huebner. She was buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hillsboro.

She was born Jan. 28, 1920 to Frank R. and Letitia Terrass Rice in Alma. On Sept. 8, 1945 she was married to Donald Mize, who survives.

She is also survived by a son, Frank and Barbara Mize of Wichita; a daughter, Jackie and Karl Mize-Baker of New York City; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Zion Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family via


Edwin Spangler, 77


Edwin Spangler, 77, carpenter, died Sept. 8 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the United Methodist Church in Burns, officiated by pastor Jim Bush. He will be buried at the Burns Cemetery.

He was born July 24, 1930 to Eddie B. and Mary L. (Kemper) Spangler in Kingman. He was sequentially married to Carol Blanck, Suzi Russell and Rebecca Watson, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Debbie Johnson of Andover, Mary and Joe Myers of Burns, Linda and Ed Robinson, Jr. of Florence; a brother, Bill Spangler of Burns, a sister, Nancy Sprague of Newton; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

A memorial fund has been established with United Methodist Church of Burns.


Elmer Weyand, 74


Elmer Weyand, 74, mechanic, died Sept. 3 at his Newton residence.

The funeral was Sept. 8 at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Newton, with pastor Dean VonStroh officiating. He was buried in Restlawn Garden of Memories in Newton.

He was born April 2, 1933, to Herbert and Bertha (Ollek) Weyand in Galva. On June 13, 1953, he was married to Erletta R. Willems, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Marilyn Lubbers of Leavenworth, Gerry and Vernon Epp of Newton, Shirley and John Esau of Walton; a brother, Gerald Weyand of Norton; two sisters, Lenora Martens of McPherson and Lorene Holloway of McPherson; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the City of Newton Emergency Medical Service.


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