Category Archives: Obituaries

Linda Kathleen Smith, 65, Vassar: Oct. 4, 1954 – May 28, 2020

VASSAR, Kan. – Linda Kathleen Smith, 65, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home in Vassar, Kan. She was born on Oct. 4, 1954, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of William and Thelma Morris Clark.

Linda had lived in Overland Park, Kan., before moving to the Pomona Heights area on Lake Pomona. Linda had been self employed as a house cleaner.

Mary ‘Joan’ White, 92, Waverly: May 3, 1928 – May 23, 2020

WAVERLY, Kan. – Mary “Joan” White, 92, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her home in Waverly, Kan. She was born Mary Joan Rudolph on May 3, 1928, in Gridley, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Isabel Myers Rudolph.

When Joan was a child her family moved to the Key West community east of Lebo, Kan. She attended Lebo High School and graduated with the class of 1948.

She married the love of her life, Willis “Warren” White, July 4, 1948, in Melvern, Kan. Joan and Warren made their home on a farm south of Melvern.

Joseph Henry Nordling, 77, Osage City: Feb. 14, 1943 – May 24, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Joseph Henry Nordling, 77, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his home on his farm. He was born Feb. 14, 1943, at Wichita, Kan., the son of Raymond L. and Ellen (Anderson) Nordling.

He graduated from Osage City High School in 1961 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 11 years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of Robert Heizer Post 198 of the American Legion.

Jean Branson, 87, Overbrook: Jan. 11, 1933 – May 20, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Jean Branson, 87, passed away May 20, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Battle Creek, Mich., the daughter of Edward Bassett and Lois (Robb) Bassett.

Jean grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from high school there in 1951. She then moved to the Topeka, Kan., area for work.

On Nov. 22, 1952, Jean was united in marriage to Delbert Branson, at Holton, Kan. They shared 53 years of loving marriage together until the death of Delbert in 2006.

Jean worked most of her life in many different roles at Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook.

Sandra Lee Kerns, 77, Osage City: April 12, 1943 – May 22, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Sandra Lee Kerns, 77, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at her home near Osage City, Kan. She was born Sandra Lee Herring on April 12, 1943, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Helen Hoyt Herring.

Sandra attended Williamsburg High School and graduated with the class of 1961. She would further her education at Kansas State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics.

Dennis Lynn Privat, 70, Lawrence: Aug. 6, 1949 – May 20, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. Dennis L. Privat, 70, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home in Lawrence, Kan. Dennis Lynn Privat was born Aug. 6, 1949 in Emporia, Kan., the son of Glen and Erma (St. Clair) Privat.

He graduated from Osage City High School, Osage City, Kan., in 1967. He later got a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emporia State University.

Lavern Clark, 82, Overbrook: Aug. 15, 1937 – May 21, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Lavern Clark, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Trafford, Ala., the daughter of Oscar and Lena Mae Holloway Crawford.

Lavern grew up in Alabama and had lived in Lakeland, Fla., Williamsburg, Mo., and then Lyndon, Kan.

Lavern was a homemaker and seamstress, and had worked as a cook for the Osage County Jail for nearly 10 years. She was a member of TOPS and she enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens.

Arlo Bell, 91, Lyndon: Nov. 9, 1928 – May 21, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Arlo Bell, 91, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born Nov. 9, 1928, near Lyndon, Kan., the son of Ralph and Lucille Warren Bell.

Arlo had lived most all of his life on the family farm west of Lyndon and he graduated from Lyndon High School.

Arlo was a farmer, but he had worked as a printer for more than 50 years. While a freshman in high school, he started to work for the Lyndon Herald, then worked for the Osage County Free Press, the Osage County Chronicle, and the Osage County Herald-Chronicle. For many years he wrote the Remember When column. He even played a printer in the 1977 television movie, “Mary White”.

Patricia Aynne Jennings, 68, Lyndon: March 6, 1952 – April 4, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Patricia Aynne (Steen) Jennings, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Lyndon, Kan., in the company of her love husband, Kenneth, and her three faithful dogs Ryker, Tosha and Muttley, on April 4, 2020.

She was born March 6, 1952, in Ithaca, N.Y., to Lillian Carpenter and Walter Earl Steen. She and her brother, Walter Earl Steen Jr., were raised by their foster mother, Mabel Elian. They have all preceded her in death.

Patty, as she was later known, attended and graduated from Bakers College and was an amazing cook. She owned and operated three different restaurants, including the Rolling Pin Bakery, at Lyndon.

Nila Ann Meyer, 91, Osage City: Jan. 25, 1929 – May 15, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Nila Ann (Noble) Meyer, 91, joined her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2020, at Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. She was born Jan. 25, 1929, on a farm outside of Jeffers, Minn., to Archie and Mable (Swartz) Noble.

She graduated from Jeffers High School in 1947 and attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Calif., earning a teaching certificate in 1948. Nila later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1960, and a Master’s in Education from Emporia State University, in 1965.

The Minnesota girl met her Kansas boy in California in 1948 and fell in love. Carl returned to his family farm in Osage City after discharge from the Navy. Nila came to Kansas and taught second grade in Olathe in 1949. Nila and Carl married in Jeffers, Minn., on Aug. 25, 1950, and moved to their home of 69 years six miles north of Osage City in 1951.

Debbie Christina Shoulders-Cruz, 58, Topeka: July 23, 1961 – May 15, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Debbie Christine Shoulders Cruz, 58, second child of Edgar Sullivan and JoAnn Carson, went kicking and screaming, May 15, 2020. Evidently, the other side found someone strong enough to drag her to the other side. As she had vowed to never give up and being the bullheaded Irish woman she was, she fought cancer for more than two years.

Debbie was born and raised in Topeka, Kan., attending Highland Park schools.

Earl Lee Haigh Jr., 70, Burlingame: June 2, 1949 – May 10, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Earl L. Haigh Jr., 70, of Burlingame, Kan., died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at a Topeka Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1949, in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Earl and Dorothy Darr Haigh.

His family moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1961, and settled in Carbondale, Kan. He was a member of the Carbondale senior class of 1968. Earl enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served for 9 1/2 years.

Thelma Fern Mullinix, 81, Burlingame: Sept. 1, 1938 – May 9, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Thelma Fern Mullinix, 81, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away at her home on May 9, 2020. She was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Maude Mowder, and was raised by Harry and Clara Norman.

Thelma was a 1955 graduate of Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan.

John Nichols, 84, Carbondale: July 25, 1935 – May 4, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John Nichols, 84, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., following a battle against cancer. He was born July 25, 1935, on the family farm near Carbondale, Kan., the son of Louis and Cora Peterson Nichols.

John had lived all of his life on the farm near Carbondale, and graduated from Carbondale High School.

John served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 36 years, owned and operated a mowing service for 30 years, assisted his wife reading meters, and farmed. He was a member of the Overbrook American Legion Post 239, and Grace Chapel Church, Carbondale.

Tommy Lee Ferris, 58, Topeka: April 1, 1962 – May 2, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Tommy Lee Ferris, 58, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at his home in Topeka, Kan., after a lengthy illness. Tommy was born April 1, 1962, in Topeka, the son of Eldon and Mary (Schooler) Ferris.

He grew up in the Scranton, Kan., area, and attended school there. Tommy worked throughout Topeka as a carpenter and roofer. He was known as a fixer of many things. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Sharolet Kay Freeman, 74, Osage City: Oct. 5, 1945 – April 20, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Sharolet K. Freeman, 74, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., with her daughter by her side. Sharolet Kay Hannigan was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Chase County, Kan., the daughter of Robert and Catherine (Waner) Hannigan.

Sharolet graduated from Northern Heights High School.

Sharolet was joined in marriage to Max Freeman, on Nov. 30, 1963, in Osage City, Kan.

Rodney VanWinkle, 50, Topeka: July 28, 1969 – April 17, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Rodney VanWinkle, 50, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home in Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 28, 1969, in Chanute, Kan., the son of Orville and Christina Turley VanWinkle.

Rodney had lived most of his life around Chanute, and had been in Topeka for the last several months. He was a talented handyman all of his life.

Thelma Katherine Clark, 88, Lyndon: June 8, 1931 – April 12, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Thelma Katherine Clark, 88, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Life Care Center, in Burlington, Kan. She was born on June 8, 1931, in Batesville, Ark., the youngest daughter of Marion and Elsie Morris. She was known to her family as “Sister”.

Thelma had lived in Overland Park, Kan., for over 60 years, until moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 2008. She was a homemaker for many years prior to beginning her career as a grocery cashier.

James Wade Pearson, 52, Osage City: April 18, 1967 – April 7, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – James Wade Pearson, 52, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born April 18, 1967, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Frederick Lee and Patricia Ann (Soper) Pearson.

He graduated from Osage City High School, Osage City, Kan., in 1985, and then Kansas State University with B.S. degree in animal science.

Carolyn Hensley, 91, Osage City: April 4, 1929 – April 5, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Carolyn Hensley, 91, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born April 4, 1929, on a farm west of Osage City, the daughter of Fred and Mary Smith Bourne.

Carolyn had lived all of her life in Osage City, where she graduated from Osage City High School in 1947.

Carolyn had made cakes and cookies for weddings and anniversaries for more than 50 years. She had worked for Dr. Sexton, in Osage City, managed Ronald’s Variety Store, and then worked for Park Pharmacy and Gibson Pharmacy.

Thelma ‘Jeane’ Lindburg, 79, Weston, Mo.: Oct. 21, 1940 – March 31, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Thelma “Jeane” Lindburg, daughter of  Clarence Zimmerman and Minnie (Rhodelander) Zimmerman, was born Oct. 21, 1940, in Buffalo, Mo., and departed this life March 31, 2020. She was 79 years old.

Jeane was reared and attended school at Buffalo, Mo. She was a past president of FOE Eagles 47 and a member of Eastern Star Lodge No. 196, in Weston, Mo.

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