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JoAnn E. Nider

JoAnn E. Nider, 79, Washington, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home. She was born May 26, 1938, to Frank and Margaret (Cohorst) Sandmann in Marysville.She graduated from Marysville High School in 1955.On April 14, 1958, she married Dean Nider at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Marysville. Mrs. Nider worked for First National Bank and People Heritage Savings and Loan. She later worked and volunteered at KSDS.She was a member of St. Gregory’s Catholic, St. Augustine Catholic Church and a member of Monday Evening Unit. She served on the Washington City Council and volunteered at Hearts N’ Things. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Dean in 2002; and sisters, Marie Bruna and Kathleen Dobrovolny. Survivors include children, Ann (Alan) Wineinger, Gretna, Neb., Jim (Jennie) Nider, Wamego; brothers, William Sandmann, Leo (Gus) Sandmann; sisters, Caroline Gerstner, Rosemary Travelute; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Avalene Ann Parrack

Avalene Ann Parrack, 97, Washington , died, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home. She was born July 10, 1920, at Narka, the daughter of Joe and Sophie (Pelesky) Slavik. She grew up and attended school at Narka. On Feb. 15, 1942, she married Vaughn Parrack at Mahaska. Mrs. Parrack worked at the Haddam Café cooking and baking. In 1990, after the death of her husband, she moved to Washington. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Vaughn, on July 30, 1990; son, Roger in 2010; two brothers, Ernie Slavik and Joe Slavik, Jr.; and sister, Gladys Sklenicka. Survivors include son, Jim (Jolene) Parrack, Washington; daughter- in-law, Retha Parrack, Haddam; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral service was Jan. 9 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. The Rev. Dan Norwood officiated.

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Thula Mae Duitsman

Thula Mae Duitsman, 96, died Dec. 31, 2017, in Leavenworth. She was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Topeka, the oldest child of Walter and Dea Muchow. Survivors include four daughters, Cheryl Caracci and husband, Joe, Jean Schmidt and husband, Tom, Peggy Pera and husband, Jeremy, and Mary Gieseke and husband, Chad; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mary Kay Stevenson. Funeral service was Friday, Jan. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn. Burial was at Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church in Hays.

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Larry D. Zenger

Larry D. Zenger, 69, Haddam, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Onaga. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at the United Methodist Church, Haddam. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Haddam. A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington. 

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Ben Tice

Arthur Benjamin “Ben” Tice II, 70, Morrowville, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington. He was born Feb. 28, 1947, in Topeka, the son of Arthur Benjamin and Ellen Pauline (Stone) Tice. He attended school in Morrowville. After graduating from Morrowville Rural High School in 1965, Ben attended North Central Kansas Technical School in Beloit, where he earned an electrician certificate. He worked for several electrical contractors. On July 31, 1971, he married Nancy Elder in Morrowville. The couple lived in Mahaska for the first year of their marriage, then returned to Morrowville in 1972. Mr. Tice was a truck driver for many years. He also worked for Westhoff Construction, Stanton’s, Bekemeyer’s, and J&N Elliott Construction. Mr. Tice was a member of the Morrowville Volunteer Rural Fire District, Lion’s Club, and was also involved with the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee meetings.

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Francis Nutsch

Francis William Nutsch, 91, Fairbury, Neb., died Jan. 1, 2018, at the Gardenside Long Term Care Facility in Fairbury. He was born July 23, 1926, to Paul J. and Anna (Zabokrtsky) Nutsch at the farm near Mahaska. Surviving him are nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10:30 Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fairbury, with a vigil service at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, at Gerdes Meyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery.

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Roger Dale Seitz

Roger Dale Seitz, 51, Hanover, died Dec. 19, 2017, at Hanover Hospital. He was born Nov. 23, 1966, at Washington, the son of Martin and Velma (Spandel) Seitz. He graduated from Hanover High School. Mr. Seitz was a certified auto service technician for Ford and Polaris and worked as a mechanic in Beatrice, then his own shop. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; brother, Arlo Seitz, Columbus, Neb.; uncle, Carl Wineinger, Hollenberg; and stepchildren, Jeremy Larabee and Jessica Larabee. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 22, at the Hanover Mortuary. Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hanover. Rev. Donna Florio officiated. Mae Nieman played the organ while the congregation sang “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Daryl Seitz, Jeremy Larabee, Ed Steinfelt, Todd Jueneman, Scott Jueneman and Lawrence Tegtmeier.

 

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Melvin Wienck

Melvin Lyle Wienck, 86, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2017. He was born in rural Greenleaf, Kansas on June 28, 1931 to Fred and Olga (Stigge) Wienck. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Barnes, KS. He attended Shaw School. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953. On April 12, 1952 he married Frances Worthington in Oceanside, California while he was in the Marine Corps. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Howard Wienck, a sister, Vivian Vickerman, and two grandsons, Joel Bickel and Jeremiah Bickel.

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Albert Rodehorst

Albert Ernest Rodehorst, 97, Linn, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at the Linn Community Nursing Home, Linn. He was born Feb. 7, 1920, on the family farm in rural Palmer to Ernest and Hulda (Meyer) Rodehorst. He attended St. John Lutheran School, rural Palmer, through the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 27, 1941. He served in Germany, Panama and the Galapagos Islands. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 4, 1945. On Oct. 13, 1946, he married Edna C. Wilkens at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mr. Rodehorst worked at the Washington County Creamery, then later at Rice-Johntz Lumber Yard in Linn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, on Jan. 4, 2017; his parents; sisters Clara Rahe, Frieda Ohlde, Hilda Rodehorst and Dora Rodehorst; and brothers, Rev. Ervin Rodehorst and Elmer Rodehorst.

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John ‘Junior’ Werner

John R. “Junior” Werner, 83, Washington, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Washington County Hospital. A graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Washington City Cemetery. Pastor Dan Norwood will officiate. A memorial fund is established and will be designated later by the family. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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