Obituaries

Cynthia “Cindy” Lou Curran
May 19, 1960 – December 9, 2017

Cynthia “Cindy” Lou Curran died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her home. Cindy was born Cindy Nienaber May 19, 1960 in Newman Grove, Nebraska. She graduated from Geneva, NE high school in 1978 and then attended Marymount College where she met her future husband, Larry Curran. They were married in 1982 and have lived in Salina ever since. To this union, two children were born.

Cindy taught for 27 years at St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School. She was known as a very creative teacher and was well loved and respected by the students and fellow teachers alike. She taught many different levels, her favorite became the implementation and strengthening of the science curriculum at St. Mary’s. Cindy was a “hands on” teacher and introduced the Young Einstein’s program to the school. That program allowed her fifth and sixth grade students to learn about many science topics and then they mentored to younger students at the school. She was known for making her classroom so much fun that the students didn’t even realize they were learning at the same time. Earlier this year, Cindy was awarded the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious schools Distinguished Teacher Award and was inducted into the KAIRS Hall of Fame.

Her colleagues were her friends and joined in bringing education to life. Many times historical figures such as Ben Franklin or Thomas Edison would show up in full costume. She also had many original characters that entertained students and teachers alike. Her sense of humor was infectious and made her a joy to those who knew her and she enriched each of their lives.

As accomplished as she was in her chosen profession, Cindy’s greatest pride in her life were her children and grandchildren. Cindy was a devoted mother to Alysun and Jason and loved the special moments they had as they grew up. She traveled often with her children and especially with her sister Rene. She enjoyed building furniture, crafting, and her daily walks with her friend, Sherrie Kelly.

Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Nienaber. She leaves behind her husband, Larry, daughter and son in law Alysun and Chris Lauck, son, Jason Curran, grandsons, Landon and Hunter, mother, Maryann Nienaber, siblings, Rene, Carl and Marie as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a legacy of love and a scholarship created in her name, the Mrs. Curran Enthusiasm for Science Award (MCESA).

Visitation will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 4-7 on Friday, December 15 with the family present from 6-7 p.m and a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 16th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Salina at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions may be made to MCESA scholarship fund (c/o St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School) or to Catholic Charities.

Cecelia Ann Hinnenkamp
June 24, 1926 – December 9, 2017

Cecelia Ann Hinnenkamp, 91, of Salina, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. She was born to Mary and Edward Hinnenkamp in Salina. Cecelia graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1944. She attended Marymount College one year. She worked at Salina Stem Laundry for 15 years, then worked in civil service as a cashier and office clerk for 20 years. She retired in 1987.

She is survived by her nephews, Bob and Leo Hinnenkamp; niece, Mary Jo Thorp; six great-nephews and nieces; five great-great-nephews and nieces; and many cousins and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert; and sister, Margaret.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, with family present from 6-8 and a vigil service at 6:30.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina, with burial to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.

Memorials are to Sacred Heart Cathedral, in care of Ryan Mortuary.

Marilyn Jean Toburen
March 1, 1935 – December 8, 2017

Marilyn Jean Toburen, 82, of Salina, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. She was born March 1, 1935, in Cawker City, to Eugene and Helen (Heumphreus) Fischer. She was a secretary and aide for Salina USD 305.

Marilyn is survived by: her husband, Leslie; children, Doug Toburen (Shannon) of Hutchinson, and Debra Toburen Clark (Eric) of Salina; brothers, Ron Fischer and Larry Fischer; sister, Dorothy Lee Culley (Gerald); and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at University United Methodist Church, Salina, with inurnment in Gypsum Hill Cemetery.

Memorials to: the church, Hospice of Salina or poinsettia flowers suggested.

Phyllis Elaine (Thurmond) Hoover
August 24, 1927 – December 8, 2017

Phyllis Elaine (Thurmond) Hoover, of Salina, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. She was born Aug. 24, 1927 near Abilene, Kan. to Frank and Ethel (Mourer) Thurmond. She married William Dale Hoover on Jan. 4, 1948 at First Methodist Church in Abilene.

Phyllis was a loving mother and homemaker. She was a rural school teacher in the 1940’s and through her life participated in numerous social and charitable organizations. She was generous with her time and was devoted to her family and friends, and is remembered for her quiet inner strength of character.

She was an active member of United Methodist Church of the Cross, Lady Elks, the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, the St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority (Zeta Lambda Chapter) serving many years in officer positions in Lady Elks and ESA sorority.

Survivors include: daughters, Denise Hoover of Salina, Janet Renich (Tom) of Shawnee, Elizabeth McMahon of Salina, and Anne Kauffman of Shawnee; seven grandchildren, Dale Kvasnicka (Renelle) of Salina, Kristel Cann (Steven Jr.) of Olathe, Sarah Small (Darin) of Olathe, Zach McMahon (Tess) of Toronto, Canada, Rachel Lamb and Grace, and Sarah Kauffman, all of Shawnee; and 5 great-grandchildren, Koi Kvasnicka, Kamryn, Jaida and Damian Small, and Felix McMahon.

She was preceded in death by: her husband of 60 years William Dale Hoover; two sisters, Eileen Gibbs and Wilma Gene Flora; grandson Christopher Fagan; and great-granddaughter Paige Leann Fagan.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Ryan Mortuary with graveside services following at Bethel Cemetery, Mink Road N.E., Abilene, Kan.

Memorials to: The United Methodist Church of the Cross, in care of the funeral home.

Jo-Ann C. Floyd-Kettana
May 3, 1938 – December 6, 2017

Jo-Ann Claudette Floyd-Kettana 79, of Salina, went to be with her Messiah on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She was born May 3, 1938 in Skowhegan, Maine to Joseph and Rachel (Palin) Crotto.

Jo-Ann married Thomas Malcom Floyd in Maine and together they spent 28 years together and celebrated the lives of their three children, many adopted children, and the love of the Mormon Church, where Thomas served his congregation as a High Priest.

Jo-Ann spent her life as a servant to her Messiah and had the heart and willingness to help out anyone who was in need. Jo-Ann ran a boarding home for the impaired in Maine for 7 years, until her retirement in 1989.

Jo-Ann’s love to help people will be forever remembered in the hearts of all those whom she touched.

Jo-Ann became a resident of Salina in 2003, after spending her life as a resident of Maine. You would see her on her motorized scooter making her way through town and you would always be greeted with a deep Eastern, “hello” with an “R” added into that hello.

In 2011, Jo-Ann met Aly Kettana, and shortly after exchanged their vows of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Thomas; her son, Parish Floyd; her loving brother, Ronald Crotto; and her grandson, Anthony Napoleone.

Survivors include her husband, Aly Kettana-Hassan; children, Rayleen (Kenneth) Wright, Thomas Floyd, and China Floyd; grandchildren, Alicia Napoleone (Monty Smith), Angelia Napoleone, Nikko Floyd, Gabriel Floyd, Jamie Nece (Cherokee LeValley), Thomas Nece (Gina Burchfield), Kenneth Wright, Jr, (Ella Cuevas) ; and great grandchildren, Parish Napoleone, Gage Napoleone, Nicole Napoleone, Gavin Napoleone, Ezra Jester, Anthony Peterson, Paige Brown, Cerenity Napoleone, Bryson Napoleone, Sven Lindgren, Michael Nece, Chloe Nece, Kashmir Nece, and Kyra Belle Nece. Jo-Ann was also survived by her close friends, Anthony Abbot, Wanda Current, Laurie Unruh, Linda Salser and Lynnsey Nece.

Memorial service will be held 10:00am, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 845 S Ohio, Salina. Inurnment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Solon, Maine in the summer of 2018.

Memorials may be made to the church in care of Roselawn Mortuary, PO Box 2322, Salina, 67402.

Dorothy L. LaRocque
September 28, 1912 – December 4, 2017

Dorothy L. LaRocque, 105, of Salina, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Dorothy was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Glasco, to Paul and Anna (Frank) LaRocque.

Dorothy graduated from nurse’s training at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and worked as an RN in Wichita and Oxnard, Calif. She continued her studies in Springfield, Ill. to become a nurse anesthetist. From there she went to Billings, Mont., and worked as the first nurse anesthetist in one of the hospitals there. Wanting to move back to California, Dorothy continued her work in Santa Barbara, Calif., and eventually moved and worked at the VA Hospital in Wichita. She retired from there to care for her mother in Beloit, until her mother’s passing five years later. Dorothy eventually moved to Salina where she has resided ever since.

Dorothy was a quiet, but generous contributor to many charities throughout her lifetime. She found great joy in helping the poor and the hungry. Dorothy died at 105 years old and looked forward to seeing the Lord.

She is survived by: her sisters, Maxine Heinen (Paul) of Salina, and Theresa Wehkamp, of Garden City; and many nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Beloit. Rosary will begin at 8:45 a.m. and vigil at 9:00 a.m. at Ryan Mortuary, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Larry D. Hamler
June 29, 1948 – December 3, 2017

Larry Dean Hamler, 69, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. Larry was born in McCook, Nebraska, on June 29, 1948, to Frances and Roberta (Blake) Hamler. He attended McCook High School as well as McCook Community College. He married Lana Farmer in 1967, and they had three children. She preceded him in death on January 5, 1995. On December 27, 1997, he married Marilyn (Koehn) Shaft in McPherson, KS.

Larry retired from Central Plastics in McPherson in January 2013, where he was the sales manager. He was also the sales manager for Graves Truckline in Salina, KS, ANR in Columbia, MO, and TRW in McCook, NE. Larry was the former president of Lions Club in Inman, and was instrumental in organizing the children’s fishing derby. Larry enjoyed golf, fishing, spending time outdoors, and he was a gifted artist and sculptor. He also was active in his community and volunteered for Relay for Life. Larry always had a smile, kind words for others, and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn, of the home; his children, William (Bobbi) Hamler of Broomfield, CO, Kimberly (Sean) Herrington of Salina, KS, Thomas Hamler of Columbia, MO, and Brad (Candra) Shaft of McPherson, KS; two sisters, Beverly (John) Wilcox of Columbia, MO and Shirley (JV) Lovinggood of Willis, TX; nine grandchildren, Meghan and Ali Oliver, Addison Shaft, Simon Hamler, Katelyn (Cain) Smith, and Tyler, Taite (Kylie), Timeri, and Trevor Herrington; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Smith and Jeremiah Herrington. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lana, and his parents.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 6, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, from 3-7 p.m., with family receiving guests from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7, at First Christian Church, McPherson, at 10:30 a.m., and will be followed by graveside service at New Gottland Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Relay For Life of McPherson or Inman Lions Club in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Kaiden M. Schroeder
March 2, 2005 – December 1, 2017

Kaiden Michael Schroeder, 12, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer at 11:35 a.m., Friday, December 1st, 2017 while in the company of family members and friends, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas.

Kaiden was born in McPherson, Kansas on March 2, 2005, a son of Jennifer May (Lolling) and Christopher Cody Schroeder.

Kaiden attended Sonshine Preschool, Roosevelt Grade School and was currently a 7th grader at McPherson Middle School, McPherson, Kansas.

He attended the Church of the Brethren and the First Christian Church both of McPherson.

Kaiden was a member of the McPherson Baseball Association, McPherson Youth Bowling League, Kansas State Football Team, McPherson High School Baseball and Football teams and Honorary Fire Fighter 1 McPherson Fire Department. He enjoyed baseball, drawing, football, K-State, fishing, legos, WWE, bowling, playing with his brother and sister, playing games, and beating Ryan at video games. He loved cheeseburgers, steaks, Chick-Fil-A, Freddy’s, grandma’s salsa and ice cream.

He is survived by his parents, Chris and Jenny Schroeder, of McPherson, Kansas; his siblings, Ashlyn Schroeder and Bryson Schroeder, both of McPherson, Kansas; his brother, Ryan Mueller, of Leawood, Kansas; his maternal grandparents, Steve and Sandra Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas; his paternal grandparents, Rod and Gloria Schroeder, of McPherson Kansas; his aunts and uncles, Jennifer and David Givens, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Tim Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas, Craig and Megan Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas.

Kaiden was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Maurice and Mildred Edmonds, and Melvin and Neva Lolling; paternal great-grandparents, Laurence and Esther Sumners and Robert and Mathilda Schroeder.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. at McPherson High School Roundhouse.

Funeral Service will be held at the McPherson High School Roundhouse at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 with Reverend Jerramy Bowen and Reverend Lynn Scott officiating. Doors will be open for the public at 9:15 a.m. Kaiden’s family requests those attending to wear their Kaiden, KSU, Royals or Bullpup shirt.

Private family graveside service will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kaiden Schroeder Benefit Fund and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Brad G. Winsett
June 01, 1949 – November 30, 2017

Bradley Guy Winsett of Minneapolis, Kansas passed away Thursday, November 30th, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 68. He was born June 1, 1949 in Concordia, Kansas to Verl and Esther (McGowan) Winsett.

He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Minneapolis High School. While in high school he attended technical school for air conditioning. He worked for Northern Natural Gas/Enron for 20 years.

He moved to Eagle Rock, Missouri in 1992 where he owned and operated a small Convenience and Fishing Tackle store. He also managed a lumber yard in Cassville, Missouri. He then went to work as a Corrosion Inspection Contractor in the oil and gas industry.

He loved hunting, fishing, and motorcycles, along with his Sonic Pity Blast. He was an awesome story teller. Everyone he met fell in love with him as he was easy to talk to.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cindy Marymee and a beloved uncle, Galen Shirk. He is survived by his beloved lady friend, Mona Johnson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; son Jason and wife Kim Winsett of Minneapolis; grandchildren Ariel (Zach) Troutman of Wichita, Kansas, Alex McCullough of Wichita, Kansas, Kolton Hoppe and Kara Winsett both of Minneapolis; great granddaughter Eileanora Troutman. He is survived also by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal lifetime friends.

Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Pathway Church, 845 Woodland Ave., Minneapolis, Kansas. The family asks that if you have Harley attire, feel free to wear it.

Maxine E. Windhorst
September 11, 1916 – December 04, 2017

Maxine Eldora Windhorst, 101, Wells, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis. She was born September 11, 1916 near Andover to Harrison and Florence (Long) Baker.

Maxine was united in marriage with LeRoy Fred Windhorst on October 25, 1941 in Wichita where they made their home until LeRoy joined the Army Air Corp in 1943. The next several years were spent being near LeRoy in Kansas City, Mo, San Antonio, and Amarillo, TX. After his discharge from the service in 1946, they made their home in Wells.

She was a member of the Sunset Spiritualist Church and was active in several organizations including Rock Hill 4H, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 3201 of which she was a life member. Maxine was a charter member of the Wells Willing Workers extension and the Wells Lions Club. She was a homemaker and later was employed by the Elmore Gift Shop in Salina. After retirement, she helped at Keith’s Gardens in Wells.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, LeRoy on September 21, 2016 and her sister, Geraldine Russum.

Survivors are her sons Randy and wife Bernie of Wichita and Phil of Bennington; and two grandchildren Andrea and Alex both of Bennington.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9 at Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis, where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Wells Community Center.

Charles C. Case
December 22, 1940 – December 04, 2017

Charles Clayton Case, 76, Minneapolis, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at his home. He was born December 22, 1940 in Salina to Charles and Augusta (Samuelson) Case.

Chuck was a graduate of Salina Central High School and he served in the United States Army. On April 6, 1978 he was united in marriage with Nancy Windholz in Minneapolis.

Chuck was a self-employed concrete worker for many years. He later worked for the Ottawa County Noxious Weed and was a motor grater operator until retiring in 2002. Chuck loved to fish and hunt and he was a member of the American Legion Post 62 in Salina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy; brother Clyde; and brother-in-law, Wade Cross.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of the home; Charles Case, Jr. and his wife Brandi of Salina, Julie Whitaker and husband Bill of Salina; Mandie Case and Brian Case both of Minneapolis; brother, Clarence Case and wife Dixie of Olathe; sisters, Charleen Braden and husband Frank of Salina and Carol Christian and husband Terry of Tescott; grandchildren, Jourdan, Joseph, Chantel, Michael, Daniel, Andrew, Justin, and Olivia; great-granddaughter, Charleigh Rae; sister-in-law, Carol Case Daniels; and special nephews, Kirby and Kelly Case.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 7 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis. Burial will follow in Culver Union Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 62, Salina.

Spencer Alan Cole
November 21, 1994 – November 29, 2017

Spencer Alan Cole, 23, of Salina, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. He was born in Tescott Nov. 21, 1994. He grew up near Beverly before moving to Tescott and finally settling down in Salina.

Spencer loved his family and friends. He was an animal lover and took a special liking to his dogs, Nattie and Bella. Spencer was always the first to greet you with a big hug and smile. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew, using his role as an uncle as an excuse to play with his old toys again. The world will surely be a lesser place without him and he will always be remembered. He walks now hand in hand with the lord in eternal peace and happiness.

He is survived by: his parents, Richard and Ruby Cole; sisters, Danielle Cole and Hunter Cole; nephew, Colton Coffman; half-sisters, Amy Simeonova, and Jeana Butler; brother, Andrew Cole; grandparents, Frank and Dottie Cole, and Pat Mundell; as well as uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who love and miss him.

Spencer is preceded in death by: his maternal grandfather, Thomas Mundell; and cousin, Brian Woods.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Memorials may be made to: Salina Animal Shelter, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, KS 67401.

Janet Jean Hieger
January 5, 1966 – November 29, 2017

Janet Jean Hieger, 51, of Salina, lost her long battle with cancer Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Janet was born in Huntsville Ala., Jan. 5, 1966, to Robert and Mary Ann Gnagey.

The family moved around with her Father’s employer (Boeing) before settling in Derby, in 1973. She attended Kansas State University and Wichita State University where she received her degree in marketing. For the last 20 years, Janet was a group sales representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas based in the Salina office. Janet and her first husband, Brad, gave birth to their daughter, Kennedy Ann Lancaster, Sept. 22, 1998. Janet married her husband, Stuart Hieger, July 11, 2009, on the beach in the Bahamas with their three children. Janet and her husband were avid travelers together and with their children. Janet loved music and lived life to the fullest. Janet was a wonderful mother, amazing wife, and a great friend.

Survivors include: her husband, Stuart Hieger; daughter, Kennedy Ann Lancaster; stepdaughter, Paige Marie Hieger; stepson, Samuel Alan Hieger; mother, Mary Ann Gnagey of Derby; and sister, Lee Ann Wing (Matt) of LaConner, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Gnagey (2003).

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Webster Conference Center, 2601 N. Ohio, Salina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Merle Joseph Martin
August 21, 1924 – November 29, 2017

Merle Joseph Martin, 93, of Salina, formerly of Concordia, Kan. passed away on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at Salina Regional Health Center. Merle was born August 21st, 1924 to John and Mary (Fagan) Martin in Kimeo, Kan. in rural Washington County. He graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1943, and soon after entered the Navy. He served 3 years, and was a radioman on the USS Lindsey in the South Pacific Naval Fleet during WWII. He saw duty at Iwo Jima, where he survived the bombing of his ship by Japanese kamikaze pilots.

He was united in marriage to Audrey Long of Linn, Kan. in 1946 while on leave from duty in Washington DC. They made their home in Linn, were Merle was a depot agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. They were the adoptive parents of two children, Richard and Rachelle. Audrey preceded Merle in death in 1966. In 1973 he married Dorine (Meyer) Long. Dorine had two daughters, Janeen and Barb Long both of Salina. In 1974, they moved to Concordia where Merle was customer services manager for the MoPac Railroad and later the Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1987 with 40 years of service.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorine; step-daughter, Janeen Long; six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his children, Rick and Shelly; step-daughter, Barb Long; granddaughter, Adie (Martin) Fields and husband Brad; sister, Velma (Martin) Schuette and husband Art; three grandchildren, Blake, Morgan and Kamdyn Fields; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, December 4th, with a rosary at 5:30 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth Street, Salina. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 5th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Burr Oak Lane in Salina. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Greenleaf, Kan.

Memorials may be made to Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Inc. Memo: Circles of the Heartland.

Violet Maxine Wernecke
March 19, 1927 – November 29, 2017

BROOKVILLE – Violet Maxine Wernecke, 90, passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Brookville. She was born March 19, 1927, in White City, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Mott) Wernecke. Violet was retired but previously worked for Stiefel’s clothing store, Tony’s Pizza, and then later at Walmart.

She is survived by: her children, Sue Deters (John) of Park City, Sidney Wernecke of Salina, Sondra Wiegand of Salina, Mark Wernecke (Jenny) of Oklahoma City, Wesley Wernecke (Sharon) of Salina, Robin Nash of Brookville, and David Wernecke of Shawnee; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carolyn Allendorfer (Ron) of Tennessee, and Jean Blanton (Ed) of Texas.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Charles; her son, Richard; her brother, Robert; and her parents.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, with burial in White City Cemetery, at 12:30 p.m. with lunch to follow at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, White City.

Virginia “Ginny” Keller
August 25, 1942 – November 29, 2017

Ginny Keller, 75, of Salina, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 29th in Wichita, Kansas.

She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 25, 1942, a daughter of the late Lucille (Pendergrass) Roofe.

She attended West High in Wichita and she worked as a Nurse in Wichita and Salina for over 40 years. She was a member of First Christian Church, she loved to quilt, ride her bicycle, and go on long walks. She enjoyed traveling all over the world and going on cruises.

She was the widow of James E. Keller.

Survivors include a son David (Debbie) of Salina, Kansas; daughter, Donna Townsdin, of Salina, Kansas; and daughter, Brenda, (Scott) Siemsen, of Whitesburg, Tennessee.

Other survivors include 10 grandchildren, Brett Siemsen, Leslie Osborn (Patrick Simmons), Cortney (Jason) Drayfahl, Jami Osborn, Briana Siemsen, Heather Haynes, Chelsea Pristach, Rachel Haynes, Ethan Pristach, Megan Haynes; and 10 great grandchildren

Memorial Service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 6th at First Christian Church with Reverend Greg Rea officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salina Alzheimers Association Support Group, sent in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio St. Salina, Kansas.

For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit carlsonfh.net or Facebook.

Violet Gordon-Webb
March 13, 1926 – November 29, 2017

Violet I. Gordon-Webb, 91, of Salina, Kansas passed away Wednesday, November 29th.

Violet was born on the family farm southwest of Gypsum on March 13, 1926, a daughter of the late Rebecca (Henne) and Adam Bickel.

She attended grade school in rural Gypsum and graduated from Salina High School in 1945. She worked as a receptionist at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Marymount College, and Sears Roebuck Catalog Sales. She ended her career working as a telephone operator at Marcia Dearing Answering Service. She married Neal O. Gordon on March 27, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1985. Violet later married Richard Webb on June 2nd, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter Christy and husband Larry Hunt of Elkhorn, Nebraska; son Greg (Geneann) Gordon of Salina, Kansas; and son Steve (Sylvia) Gordon of Orlando, Florida.

Other survivors include thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, Lillie, Fern, Stanley, Merlin, Milton, and Irene.

A Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 111 West Magnolia Road Salina, Kansas 67401.

Violet’s final resting place will be Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Christ the King Lutheran Church.




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