Labette Avenue area deaths

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Brenda K. Hull

ALTOONA—Brenda K. Hull, 71, of Altoona, Kan., died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Tulsa, Okla.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 23, at the Church of God in Fredonia. Burial was in Altoona Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Church of God and they may be sent to Timmons Funeral Home of Fredonia.

Online condolences may be left at www.timmonsfuneralhome.com.

Martha Lou Headley

CHERRYVALE—Martha Lou Headley, 93, of Cherryvale, Kan., died Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Cherryvale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A celebration of life service was Monday, April 23, at Potts Chapel in Cherryvale.  Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery at Cherryvale.

The family has suggested memorials to the Cherryvale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and they may be left at the funeral home.

Norma Jean Fleming

CANEY—Norma Jean Fleming, 78, formerly of Salina, Kan., and Altamont, Kan., passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Guest Home Estates in Caney, Kan., where she had resided the past two years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family in Ellsworth, Kan.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Guest Home Estates. These may be left with or mailed to the Penwell-Gabel-Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Gerda Geraldine Stillwell

OSWEGO—Gerda Geraldine Stillwell, 85, of Oswego, Kan., died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home in Chetopa, Kan., following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 23, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

An invitation is extended to join the family after services for a light lunch and refreshments at the home of Vicki Neu, 6902 Pinkney Street, in Omaha.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Anthony “Tony” A. Oplotnik, Jr.

BAXTER SPRINGS—Anthony “Tony” A. Oplotnik, Jr., 69, of Baxter Springs, Kan., died suddenly at his home, Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus. Pastor C.C. Craig will officiate. Burial will follow in the Edgmand Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhome.com.

Alice Ann Hornung

OSWEGO—Alice Ann Hornung, 71, of Oswego, Kan., passed away  Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at her home. She had been in declining health, however death was not expected at this time.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 20, from 4:30 to 6:30, followed immediately by a memorial service at the Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the Beta Sigma Phi Oswego scholarship fund in care of the Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego.

Alice was born in Diamond, Mo., on April 2, 1941.

She married the love of her live, Ted, in Parsons, Kan., on Jan. 28, 1967. Together, they raised three children. She was an Army wife until Ted’s retirement in 1981. She held down the fort at home during her husband’s combat tours and additional deployments.

Alice worked at the Oswego Labette Bank (formerly named American State Bank) from 1981 until her retirement in 2009. She began as an administrative assistant and worked her way up to a vice-president position. Along the way, she obtained an associates degree in business from Labette Community College.

Her bank customers were like family to her. Many of the bank’s customers asked specifically for Alice at the bank. She would often joke to her family that elderly people and dogs loved her. Her family believes that was one of many indicators that she was a good soul.

Over the years, Alice was active in the Oswego community. She served as a school board member, city treasurer, Chamber of Commerce member, library board member, Labette County Correctional Camp board member, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, VFW ladies auxiliary and the Oswego Rotary.  She helped with the organization of many Oswegofests and she and her husband played the roles of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus for a number of years at the Oswego Christmas parades.

Alice Ann is survived by her devoted husband, Ted, of Oswego; her parents, Eva and Wyman Westervelt, Hallowell, Kan.; son, Kevin Hornung and wife Debbie, Topeka, Kan.; daughter, Stephanie Snyder and husband Steve, Kalona, Iowa; daughter , Shelley King and husband Don, Lawrence, Kan. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Emily, Morgan and Caitlan Hornung; Jeremy, Joseph and Joshua Snyder; Jonathan and Michael King; and one great-grandchild, Carter Michael Hansen.

She is also survived by her brothers, Roger Ballentine and wife Kay, Rowlett, Texas; and Chris Westervelt and wife Debbie, Oronogo, Mo.; as well as a large extended family and many dear friends.

Isaiah Neel

CHETOPA—Isaiah Neel, infant son of William “Bill” Neel and Wendy (George) Russell of Chetopa, Kan., died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Via Christi St. Joseph Campus in Wichita, Kan.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 20, at Sherman Cemetery under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Nicolasa Sanchez

PARSONS—Nicolasa Sanchez, 82, of Parsons died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at her residence.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Inurnment will at a later date in El Salvador.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Janice Eichhorn Read James

CANBY, Ore.—Janice Eichhorn Read James, 87, of Canby, Ore.,  passed away in her home, Thursday evening, April 12, 2012.

Services were held at Claybar Funeral Home in Beaumont, Texas. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Kan.

Janice was born July 29, 1924, to Fred F. Eichhorn and Mildred (Steward) Eichhorn at the Eichhorn Farm, Labette County, Ka

Mrs. James graduated from LCCHS (Labette County Community High School) and attended one year of junior college in Parsons, Kan. She worked for a time during WWII at North American Bomber Plant in Kansas City.
She married Arden E. Read on Nov. 28, 1943. He was a mortician/funeral director who died April 10, 1954, in York, Neb. To that union was born a girl and four boys who survive.

She moved back to Kansas to live with her parents and built a home in Altamont, Kan. She worked for a time at Berry Garment Co., in Oswego, Kan., then as City Clerk of Altamont for 17 years.  In 1972, she moved to Greensburg, Kan., to be City Clerk. She resigned when she married Robert L. James in 1974.

In 1983, she returned to work at the Kiowa County Courthouse in the Registrar of Deeds office and later transferred to the County Clerks office. She retired in 1995.

Bob and Janice James moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 2001 and he died on Sept. 12. 2004. After his death, she moved to Wauconda, Ill., then to Newburgh, Ind., and finally to Canby, Ore. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Greensburg, Kan., and was a certified city clerk of Kansas.

For many years, she had a small business “Janice’s Paper Pieces” and she quilled wedding invitations. She also helped her husband in their “Hi-Vue, Inc.” satellite business in Pratt, Kan.

Those surviving are Terry and Becky Bradfield (daughter) of Molalla, Ore.; and sons, Dr. Arden E. Read, Beaumont, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Read, Lebanon, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Read, Bristol, Va.; and Dr. and Mrs. Ronn Read, Wauconda, Ill.; and stepsons, Drs. Jeff and Penny James, Newburgh, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. John James, Enid, Okla.; and Dr. and Mrs. Jim James, Eaton, Colo.; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Kathleen Freeman, Bartlesville, Okla.

Janice was a strong, Christian woman and an amazing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Kathryn M. “Kay” Alford

CHETOPA—Kathryn M. “Kay” Alford, 84, of Chetopa, Kan., died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Wichita Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to The Rotary Foundation to help in the fight of polio. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Kenneth E. Armstrong

CHETOPA—Kenneth E. Armstrong, 73, of Chetopa, Kan., died Friday, April 13, 2012. at the Chetopa Manor.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m., Wednesday, prior to the service.

Memorials contributions are suggested to the St. Paul United Methodist Church. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Esther Rea

COFFEYVILLE—Esther Rea, 83, of Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012, at home.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, at the Church of Christ with Minister Steven Wick officiating. Burial will follow at Harmony Grove Cemetery south of Dennis, Kan.

Friends may call on Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Church of Christ at West 11th and Siggins Streets in Coffeyville.

The family suggests memorials to the Church of Christ, American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Rd., Coffeyville, KS 67337.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.Esther was born Sept. 3, 1928, at rural Edna, Kan., to Darrell and Myrtle (Schenck) Beason.Esther grew up in the rural Edna and Dennis area where she attended school, graduating from Dennis High School in May 1946.

On March 25, 1948, she married Loren Rea at Oswego, Kan. Following their marriage, they made their home in Parsons. In 1962, they moved to Coffeyville, where she worked at Royal Master Dry Cleaners and Sunflower Dry Cleaners. She also did alterations and enjoyed babysitting.

Esther enjoyed record keeping, sewing for people, scrapbooking, attending family reunions, planting and making family albums. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Horner and husband Jim, Coffeyville; three sons, David Rea and wife Lisa, Rose Hill, Kan.; Ivan Rea and wife Kerri, Joplin, Mo.; and Daniel Rea, Coffeyville; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Alice Leora Lee

PARSONS—Alice Leora Lee, 71, of rural Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11,  at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Ft. Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Donald Rex ‘Pop’ Denney

CHETOPA—Donald Rex “Pop” Denney, 68, of rural Chetopa, Kan., died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Parsons.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Southern Care Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Carolyn Kay Browne

PARSONS—Carolyn Kay Browne, 68, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, April 6, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 13, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and these may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, 405 Main St., Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home website at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Vincent Trotnic

PARSONS—Vincent Trotnic, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at his home.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Charlotte (Carpenter) Seifert

PARSONS—Charlotte Seifert, 87, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at her home. Her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to either First Presbyterian Church or the Parsons Area Community Foundation. These may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Charlotte and her twin sister were born Nov. 25, 1924, in Oswego to Carroll and Cleo (Campbell) Carpenter. She graduated from Oswego High School in 1942. Her father, and later her brother, Robert Carpenter, operated the Oswego Democrat newspaper for many years. Her father also served as Oswego postmaster and, after his death, her mother briefly served in the same capacity. Years later, her brother also served as postmaster.

Charlotte attended Pittsburg State University three years and later graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan. She and her twin sister, Christine, then taught at the Winfield High School for several years.

On June 16, 1951, she married Earl V. Seifert at the First Presbyterian Church in Oswego. After their marriage, they made their home in Parsons. Earl preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2007.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons and of Chapter BS, P.E.O. In 2011 she was honored as a 50-year “Golden Girl” member of P.E.O. In the 1980s, she renewed her teaching certificate by attending Pittsburg State University and substituted in Parsons schools several years.

Survivors include two sons, Don Seifert and wife Janet, Olathe; and Keith Seifert and wife Mary, Louisville, Colo.; a daughter, Cindy Kuhn and husband Dan, Bridgeton, Mo.; six grandchildren, Matthew Seifert and wife Penny, Jason Seifert, Jack Seifert, Sarah Jane Seifert, Ethan Kuhn and Elissa Kuhn; and two brothers-in-law, Virgil Sunquist, Bella Vista, Ark.; and Donald Seifert, Leawood.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Christine Sunquist; and her brother, Robert Carpenter.

Mesa Leigh Rupert

CHETOPA—Mesa Leigh Rupert, 35, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 2:55 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Chetopa Manor, following a courageous six year battle with cancer.

The Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, at a location to be announced, under the direction of the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial of the cremains will take place later at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge of Kansas City, Mo. These may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, 605 Locust, Chetopa, Kansas 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Mesa was born on April 15, 1976, in Coffeyville, Kan., to James “Jim” and Paulette (Polk) Ekhoff. She grew up in Edna and later moved with her family to Chetopa when she was in the seventh grade. She graduated from Labette County High School in 1994. She had attended Coffeyville Community College and Labette Community College.

She later worked at the Buckboard Restaurant and Ace. She enjoyed chasing storms.

During Mesa’s six year battle with cancer, her children were her passion for life. She also had a goal of helping others who were suffering with cancer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chetopa and also participated in the Relay For Life.

She and Dustin L. “Dusty” Rupert were married on March 17, 2002, in Miami, Okla. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Hunter Wayne Rupert, of the home; one daughter, Kaiman Leigh Rupert, of the home; mother, Paulette Wolfe, Chetopa; father and stepmother, Jim and Judy Ekhoff, Coffeyville, Kan.; two brothers, Cale Gabriel Ekhoff, Hawaii; Micah Dale Ekhoff, Chetopa; one stepsister, Keely Patrick, Carrolton, Texas; paternal grandmother, Doris Ekhoff, Oswego, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Carl Ekhoff, and maternal grandparents, Dale and Maxine Polk.

Bessie Alice Smith

FREDONIA—Bessie Alice Smith, 85, of Fredonia, Kan. died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church in Fredonia with Pastor Milo Steffen officiating. Burial will follow at the Fredonia City Cemetery. Friends may sign the register book on Tuesday, April 3, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorials have been suggested to either the First Christian Church of Fredonia or the Fredonia Flag Fund and may be left with the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.

Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS  66736.

Bessie was born on May 15, 1926, in Chetopa, Kan., the daughter of Robert Glen and Quintillis (White) Carter–Richmire. Bessie graduated from Chetopa High School. She then attended Coffeyville Community College and then went on to Pittsburg State, where she got her teaching degree.

On Aug. 4, 1946, Bessie married George W. Smith in Chetopa.  Bessie and George were married for 63 years until his death on May 7, 2010.

Bessie was a member of the First Christian Church in Fredonia.  She was active with the D.A.R. and the Tuesday Study Club. She enjoyed reading and doing genealogy. Most of all, Bessie enjoyed her friends and family.

Bessie is survived by a son, Ronald Smith and wife Anita, Fredonia; a daughter, Kathleen Austin and husband Mike, Carthage, Mo.; a brother, Robert Carter and wife Wilma, Chetopa; grandchildren, Scott Smith and wife Darcy, Ft. Scott, Kan.; Shawn Smith and wife Amy, Lenexa, Kan.; Michael Walters, Pittsburg, Kan.; Julie and Josh Simmons, Alba, Mo.; Amanda Campbell, Carthage, Mo.; Kristy Campbell, Joplin, Mo.; Matthew Walters and Loree of Pittsburg, Kan.; Justin and wife Cherie, Austin; and Michelle and husband Nathan Wilson, Monett, Mo.; and 16 great -grandchildren.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; and sister, Leona Wright.

Maxine Rose Moore

PARSONS—Maxine Rose Moore, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died at 1:36 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Elmhaven East nursing home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Operation Bright Touch and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Eugene “Gene” Smith

PARSONS—Eugene “Gene” Smith, 71, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in Parsons.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Bobby Joe Delcour

CHETOPA—Bobby Joe Delcour, 75, of Chetopa, Kan., died Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Joplin, Mo.

The service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Treece. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.

Vernon Quinzy, Sr.

PARSONS—Vernon Quinzy, Sr., 83, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

The service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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