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Alberta Welch

Alberta Welch

Alberta P. Welch, 83, of Washington, died March 16, 2020, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born on May 16, 1936, to Clyde and Mae (Coy) Corbin at Steele City, Neb. On Oct. 8, 1953, she married Erwin Keith Welch at Enosdale. They had three children, Donald, Cynthia and Jill.

She worked as a secretary for Kastl-Powell Insurance agency for several years and for Millers Flowers.

Preceding her in death were her parents; son, Donald Welch; son-in-law, Ronald Clay; brother, Billy Corbin; and granddaughter, Katie Welch.

Survivors include her husband, Keith; daughters, Cindi Clay, of Hollenberg, Jill (Jerry) Hoover, of Washington; brother, Keith Corbin, of Fairbury, Neb.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

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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Kathleen Voter

Kathleen Voter

Kathleen Voter, 80, of Washington, died March 16, 2020, at Bryan East in Lincoln, Neb.

She was born July 17, 1939, at Pickrell, Neb., to Fred and Emma (Zimmerman) Riensche. She was married to Charles Trump. He preceded her in death. On Dec. 17, 1992, she was united in marriage to Ronald Voter at Blue Springs, Neb.

She was a homemaker. She belonged to a church in Wymore and served on the church bazaar committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Charles Trump; and brother, Donald Riensche.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald; sons, Carlin Voter and Ronnie Voter, Jr., both of Lincoln, Neb.; two grandsons, sisters Darlene Schuerman and Geneva Cramer.

A funeral service was March 20 at the Washington Christian Church. Rev. Jim Stark officiated. Hymns “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” were played.

Pallbearers were Dean Baehr, Skip McPheron, Kevin Cory, Josh Smith, Jared Smith and Donny Boyd.

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Carl Koehler

Carl Koehler
Carl Koehler

Carl Donald Koehler, 91, of Hanover, died at Hanover Hospital Long Term Care on March 17, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born March 28, 1928, the youngest of 5 children to Louis and Emma (Wetter) Koehler. He attended Sunny Side District 99 country school for eight years. He was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1951, serving his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in December 1952 from Fort Carson, Colo. He returned home to the farming operation with his father and brothers. He worked for many farmers in the area and went to the Goodland area in western Kansas to help with harvest for his uncles.

On May 26, 1952, he married Maxine Gudenkauf at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. They made their home five miles southwest of Hanover. Together they began 60+ years of livestock and grain farming. To this union was born a daughter Patricia Ann and a son Donald Joseph, and a stillborn child in 1963.

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Bonnie Kohlmeyer

Bonnie Kohlmeyer

Bonnie L. Kohlmeyer, 89, of Washington, died March 20, 2020, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington.

She was born March 2, 1931, at Concordia to Leon G. Anderson and Ellen McClaughry. She grew up in Greenleaf and graduated from Greenleaf High School.

On Jan. 21, 1950, she married Robert E. Kohlmeyer in Greenleaf. After the marriage, they moved while Robert served in the U.S. Army. When they returned, they made their home west of Washington on Highway 36.

She was a farm wife and also helped her husband. She also worked for her father-in-law at Portable Cab and later operated Hen House Antiques in Washington.

She was a member of the Washington Christian Church and Coteri.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Helen Frye

Helen M. Frye, 97, died March 13, 2020. Direct cremation was chosen; there will be no visitation.

A private family graveside service will be at a later date. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville is assisting the Frye family with arrangements.

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Thelma Spunaugle

Thelma Spunaugle

Thelma Jean Spunaugle, 83, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born May 23, 1936, to Andrew and Vernie (Summers) Smith in Nowater, Okla. She grew up in Greenleaf.

On June 12, 1955, she was united in marriage to Max Day. This union had five children, Bonnie, Dennis, Kathy, Mike and Scott. After her husband’s death she married Darrol Spunaugle on Dec. 20, 1997, and they made their home in Washington.

She was a member of the Washington Christian Church. She was a past member of the Coteri and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Max; and siblings, Mildred, Marie, Leo, Clifford, Robert and Andrew.

Survivors include her husband, Darrol; children, Bonnie (Pat) Diederich, Greenleaf, Dennis (Lynne) Day, Washington, Kathy (Jack) Adee, Haddam, Mike (Shelly) Day, Marysville and Scott (Lynette) Day, Home; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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Evelyn Wassenberg

Evelyn Wassenberg

Evelyn Marie Wassenberg, 86, of Marysville, died March 13, 2020, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1933, at Clifton, one of 12 children born to Patrick A. and Mary (Kieffer) L’Ecuyer. In May 1954 she graduated from Marymount College of Kansas with a diploma in nursing.

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Caroline Peterson

Caroline Peterson

Caroline Louise (Wahl) Peterson died March 10, 2020, in Clay Center. She was born on the family farm near Gorham, Kan., on Sept. 6, 1934. She was the youngest of six children and enjoyed a great childhood of being spoiled.

She was valedictorian of her class and graduated from Gorham Rural High School in 1952. She then studied at K-State, earning a degree in home economics education in 1956.

She faithfully attended church at First Lutheran in Manhattan where she met Don Peterson, also a K-State student. They were good supporters of the Lutheran Student Association, which met every Sunday evening for a light meal. They both ran for president of LSA and Don won.

Don was in ROTC and became an Air Force officer in July 1955. Don and Caroline were married April 23, 1956, in Danforth Chapel on the K-State campus.

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Judy Martin

Judy Martin

Judy Martin, 76, of Hanover, died March 15, 2020, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born on June 21, 1943, at Onaga to Carl and Betty (Miller) Adair. She graduated from Marysville High School.

On June 16,1962, she was united in marriage to Bob Martin at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hanover.

She was a homemaker and worked for the Hanover Hospital, then as secretary for St. John’s Catholic School. She was the treasurer for Friends of the Hollenberg Station for several years. She was owner/operator of BJ Kennels several years.

She was a member of St John’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She belonged to the Red Hat Society.

Preceding her in death were her parents; infant daughter, Marcy Martin; sisters, Virginia Hall, Annette Adair; and brothers, Richard Adair and Chuck Adair.

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Victor Schroeder

Victor Schroeder

Victor Keith Schroeder, 88, of Derby, died Feb. 22, 2020, at Wichita.

A funeral service was Feb. 26 at Ward Funeral Home, Washing ton. Gary Phillips officiated. “Amazing Grace” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” was played.

Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 9, 1932, at Haddam to Carl and Emily (Peters) Schroeder. He is a high school graduate and attended one year of college.

He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After his discharge from the Navy, he settled in San Diego and was self-employed in a print shop, which he ran 35 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Bill, Ernie, Ralph, Marion, Vern and Duane Schroeder; sisters, Bernice Landis, Helen Slater, Gertie Mayer and Maxine Schroeder.

Survivors include sons, Gary Schroeder, of Littleton, Colo., Mark Schroeder, of Castle Rock; daughter, Cathy Marshall, of Derby; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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