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Wilma J. Kramer, 86, Carbondale: Feb. 6, 1935 – Oct. 18, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Wilma J. Kramer, 86, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. Wilma was born Feb. 6, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Andrew and Thelma (Snethen) O’Brien.

Wilma grew up in Overbrook, attending school there.

She married Edward Kramer, Oct. 24, 1952, in Topeka. He preceded her in death June 18, 2018. Wilma and Ed enjoyed square dancing all over the state and were members of the Friendship Squares. She was active with the United Methodist Women with the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Wilma and Ed enjoyed traveling, and spending time with their grandchildren.

Minerva Baker, 95, Overbrook: July 9, 1926 – Oct. 9, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Minerva Baker, 95, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Minerva was born July 9, 1926, in Marquette, Kan., the daughter of Mabel (Ditzler) and Richard Cadwell.

She graduated from Marquette High School as valedictorian in 1943, and then graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in home economics in 1947.

On June 2, 1950, Minerva married Wayne L Baker, in Manhattan, Kansas. They raised four children: Anita Kay, Randal, Barbara, and Laurel.

Minerva cherished her adoring husband, Wayne L, of 51 years. Their love for one another was their greatest gift to their children. It provided stability and demonstrated a loving, committed relationship. She was devoted to her children, children’s spouses, (Baker’s dozen) grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and extended families. She was indeed “the hostess with the mostest” and generously gave of herself through her wonderful cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, and gracious hospitality.

Larry Schwartz, 81, Overbrook: March 19, 1940 – Oct. 7, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Larry L. Schwartz, 81, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, surrounded by family at the Brookside Retirement Community Ruble Ranch, Overbrook. He was born March 19, 1940, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Glenn and Alberta (Miller) Schwartz.

He graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1958. After high school, Larry attended Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Mary Suzanne Albright, July 7, 1961, in Topeka. They shared more than 60 years of marriage.

Larry attended school to become a master plumber. He worked for Smiles Plumbing, Topeka, as an apprentice, and later worked for Young and Lockhart, Topeka, as a plumber, before retiring in 2000.

Starla Hinck, 59, Topeka: Feb. 8, 1962 – Oct. 5, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Starla (Watts) Hinck, 59, Topeka, Kan., went to be with Jesus on Oct. 5, 2021. She was born Feb. 8, 1962, in Topeka, to William Roy Watts and Margaret Willene (Herrick) Watts.

She was raised in Burlingame, Kan.

She married Nicky Charles Hinck in 1979. Together they had three children.

Starla spent many years working for Osage City and Burlingame nursing homes. She also worked for the Osage County and Wabaunsee County health departments. Later in life, Starla enjoyed being a homemaker, taking care of her children and grandchildren.

Geraldine Dorr, 93, Burlingame: Sept. 6, 1928 – Oct. 7, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Geraldine “Gerri” Dorr, 93, of Burlingame, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Eldorado, Kan., the daughter of Harold Davis and Norma (Schrader) Davis.

Gerri grew up in the Burlingame area, graduating from Burlingame High School with the class of 1946.

On Sept. 6, 1947, Gerri was united in marriage to Dale Dorr, at Burlingame. They celebrated 60 years of loving marriage prior to Dale’s death in 2008.

Gerri and Dale owned and operated DalGer Dog Kennel. Gerri was dedicated to her dogs, making sure all the breeds that she bred and sold over the years were top quality dogs. She took great pride in how far her kennel reached throughout the country. Her dogs were sought after by many people.

Dan Karr, 87, Overbrook: May 21, 1934 – Oct. 8, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Dan Karr, age 87 of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Oct. 8, 2021, at Ruble Ranch, Overbrook. He was born May 21, 1934, in rural Miami County, Kansas, the son of Ira Karr and Flo (Litson) Karr.

Dan grew up in the Paola, Kan., area graduating from Paola High School with the class of 1952.

On Aug. 8, 1954, Dan was united in marriage to Shirley Knowles, at Emerson Park Christian Church, Kansas City, Kan. They shared 65 years of loving marriage until Shirley’s death in 2019.

Donald D. “Don” Remington, 84, Carbondale: Feb. 22, 1937 – Oct. 10, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Donald D. “Don” Remington, 84, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Don was born Feb. 22, 1937, at Carbondale, Kan., the son of Noble C. and Florence E. Rowe Remington.

He had lived in the rural Carbondale community all of his life. Don was a farmer and had worked at Gregg Tire, in Topeka. He later was a custodian for USD 434, at Santa Fe Trail High School, Carbondale.

Don was married to Anita L. Barbro, Sept. 5, 1970, at St. Louis, Mo. She survives of the home.

Anna K. Smith, 92, Mason, Iowa: Sept. 5, 1929 – Oct. 5, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Anna Kathryn Masters was born Sept. 5, 1929, to Thomas Henry Masters and Emma Frances Streeter Masters, at home eight miles southwest of Burlingame, Kan.

Anna attended a one room schoolhouse in District 98, and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1947.

Anna had two brothers, Daniel Thomas, and George Franklin.

Tara Susanne Azwell, 78, Olathe: June 10, 1943 – July 20, 2021

A celebration of life will be held in memory of Tara Susanne Azwell, 78, former resident and elementary school teacher of Osage City, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in the ARC building, 132 E. Main St., Gardner, Kan.

A brief presentation of thoughts and remembrances will be presented by long time friend Harvey Foyle, followed by a social time with refreshments served.

Having earned degrees from Pittsburg State University, Kansas University, Emporia State University and K State University, Tara was a long time teacher, who taught for 20 years in elementary schools in Overland Park, Berryton, Tecumseh and Osage City, Kan. Following her stint at the elementary level, she became a teacher of teachers as a professor of early childhood education at ESU for 23 years. Following her retirement, she continued teaching online classes for ESU for several years.

Robert Allen Zimmerman, 31, Osage City: Feb. 20, 1990 – Sept. 27, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Robert Allen Zimmerman, 31, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Topeka, Kan. Robert was born Feb. 20, 1990, in Topeka.

At the time of his passing, he worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a tire builder. Robb loved his family and family gatherings; he especially loved sitting with the older generations listening to their stories. His hobbies were fishing, hunting and woodworking. He loved riding his motorcycle and mudding in his truck. He lived life to the fullest, as if each day were his last. He was loving, kind, generous, helpful, and had never met a stranger.

Robert met his best friend and soul mate, Autumn Zimmerman (Woodyard), on Oct. 12, 2014. They married on June 27, 2015.

Lucas James Baseley, 32, Marietta, Ga.: Services Oct. 9, 2021

ARVONIA, Kan. – Lucas “Luke” James Baseley, 32, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Monday, July 19, 2021. He was born May 8, 1989, in Maryland, to Jim and Eva Baseley.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Arvonia Church, Arvonia, Kan. The family invites those in attendance to join them after the service for a light meal at Arvonia Townhall.

The service will be live-streamed on Facebook. Vaccinations are recommended and masks will be required at the service. Directions from Interstate 35, turn north on Hoch Road, then west on 325th Street, then north on Arvonia Road.

Rodger Kent Wilson, 76, Olivet: July 24, 1945 – Sept. 28, 2021

OLIVET, Kan. – Rodger Kent Wilson, 76, of Olivet, Kan., passed away Sept. 28, 2021, in Emporia, Kan. Rodger was born July 24, 1945, in Anthony, Kan., to Glen and Opal (Angle) Wilson.

Rodger attended elementary school in Anthony until moving to Madison, Kan., where he graduated from Madison High School in 1963. After high school, Rodger earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

After college, Roger was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as a drill instructor. For anyone who knew Rodger, it was hard for them to imagine such a kind, caring man as a drill sergeant.

Rodger met the love of his life, Carolyn Pockrus, while stationed in Ft. Bragg, S.C. They were united in marriage Nov. 2, 1967.

Ursula Friedel Toni Landis, 87, Carbondale: July 5, 1934 – Sept. 30, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Ursula Friedel Toni Landis, 87, passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born July 5, 1934, in Stettin, Germany, the daughter of Fritz and Friedel (Mesow) Krueger.

Ursula grew up in Germany and came to the United States in 1958, and she became a naturalized citizen March 23, 2004. She had lived near Carbondale, Kan., for more than 50 years.

Ursula worked as a cleaning lady for several people through the years. She was a member of Grace Chapel, Carbondale, where she was a part of Bible study and was always there to help with any function in the church.

Sandra L. Casey, 74, Vassar: July 25, 1947 – Oct. 1, 2021

VASSAR, Kan. – Sandra L. Casey, 74, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born July 25, 1947, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth (Edmonds) Duncan.

Sandy grew up in Perry, Kan., and had lived near Vassar, Kan., since 2009.

Sandy worked as a secretary for Maupitour and Harry McClure for several years, and then worked at and retired from Heetco, Lawrence. She had attended the Christian Church, in Perry.

Melvin Robert Bauck, 81, Ottawa: July 18, 1940 – Sept. 27, 2021

OTTAWA, Kan. – Melvin Robert Bauck, 81, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. He was born July 18, 1940, to Robert and Ella (Wigger) Bauck.

He grew up in the Vassar, Kan., community and graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University, where he was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon, a graduate fraternity for business teachers.

He began his teaching career at Welda High School, and retired from Anderson County High School, Garnett, Kan., after 43 years of teaching. He was a sponsor of the Hi-Y Club and later the Octagon Club. As sponsor of these clubs, he led numerous trips to Model Legislature at the state capitol in Topeka.

Janelle Lynn Arb, 57, Eudora: Oct. 11, 1963 – Sept. 25, 2021

EUDORA, Kan. – Janelle Lynn Arb, 57, passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. She was born Oct. 11, 1963, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Howard and JoAnn (Fanning) Arb.

Janelle grew up in Melvern, Kan., and had lived in Eudora, Kan., for the last 30 years. She graduated from Marias des Cygnes Valley High School in 1982, where she had been a junior high and high school cheerleader, and was very active in 4-H, showing cattle and cooking. She graduated from Emporia State University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She was a cheerleader for ESU, was a member of the Tri Sigma Sorority, and sang with the Prairie Fire Band of Emporia for 10 years. Janelle taught preschool special education at Eudora and Baldwin City, Kan., schools for more than 30 years. She was the cheerleading sponsor for junior high and high school at Eudora for several years.

Michael Wayne McAnarney, 62, Raleigh, N.C.: March 11, 1959 – Sept. 24, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. – Michael Wayne McAnarney passed away Sept. 24, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. Mike was born March 11, 1959, in Topeka, Kan.

He grew up in Osage City, Kan., and attended Osage City schools. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1977. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Land Use and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning. He spent his career in retail real-estate with various companies and as an independent broker. He lived in Raleigh since 1988.

Ramona Amanda Johnson, 94, Overbrook: Aug. 3, 1927 – Sept. 22, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Ramona Amanda Johnson, 94, of Overbrook, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Vliets, Kan., the daughter of Carl David Kasper and Agnes Marie (Sanderson) Kasper.

Ramona grew up in Marshall County, Kansas, and graduated from Vermillion High School, Vermillion, Kan., with the class of 1945.

On Nov. 22, 1950, Ramona was united in marriage to Richard C. Johnson, in Topeka, Kan. They shared 32 years of marriage until Richard’s death Oct. 30, 1982.

Ramona loved her church family at Cross Road Community Church, Scranton, Kan. She had attended there since 1978, and continued until she was no longer able to get out. She was an active member of the women’s group and enjoyed many friendships there.

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