Obituaries

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Donald Zabokrtsky

Donald Dale Zabokrtsky, 73, of Washington, died Jan. 20, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born June 21, 1945, in Concordia to Edwin and Katherine (Sawin) Zabokrtsky. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church, Washington. In 1963, he graduated from Washington High School.

On Dec. 23, 1982, he married Cynthia Craig at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington. He worked at Bob’s Locker and was a farrier. He and his wife bought the locker in July 1984.

He was active in horse shows, team roping, driving horses and wagon trains. He was a member of the Washington County Saddle Club. One of his highlights was driving the stagecoach with his fourhorse hitch in the Pony Express documentary show, “Real West” in 1994.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and stepfather, Gus Matson.

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Donald Hoover

Donald J. Hoover, 71, of Greenleaf, died Jan. 9, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital. He was born to Louis and Theresa (Wurtz) Hoover on Jan. 29, 1947, at Concordia. Services will be at a later date.

Washington County News • Jan. 17, 2019

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Patsy Hubbard

Patsy Ann Hubbard, 85, of Effingham, Ill., died Jan. 11, 2019, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.

She was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Norway, Kan., the daughter of Melvin and Pearl Meyer Smart.

On May 16, 1954, she married Merle Dean Hubbard.

She lived most of her life in Kansas. She was a registered nurse for 48 years. She also drove trucks with her husband, was editor for the Waterville Telegraph, sold newspaper ads, Avon products and National Motor Club memberships. She retired in June 2004, moving to Topeka shortly thereafter to be closer to her daughter and family.

After watching her grandsons graduate high school she moved to Effingham in 2006 to be closer to her son and family.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Effingham.

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LaDeane Crimmins

Arlene LaDeane Nutsch Fletcher Donohue Crimmins, 92, of Washington, died Jan. 10, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

She was born Feb. 10, 1926, on the family farm between Haddam and Morrowville to George August and Marvel Bessie (Burton) Nutsch. She graduated from Morrowville Rural High School in 1943 and attended Midland Radio and Teletype School in Kansas City, Mo. She went to work for Transworld Airlines in Wichita.

On Dec. 8, 1944, she married Robert E. Fletcher, and he died in an airplane crash in 1951.

On June 24, 1953, she married Matthew D. Donohue, and he preceded her in death in 1979.

She married Robert J. Crimmins on May 7, 1982, and he preceded her in death in 2011.

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Teresa Hohman

Teresa Ann (Kuhlman) Hohman, born March 8, 1953, in Concordia, passed away peacefully at her home in La Quinta, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2019, after a prolonged and courageous battle against metastatic breast cancer.

She grew up in Linn where she was a sprinter on the track team, played drums in the band and was a cheerleader for the Linn Bulldogs. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She started her own graphic design business, Creative Freelancing, in Topeka and designed logos for many local businesses and was the art designer for Lefthanders Magazine. Later on she studied the art of making jewelry and created and sold necklaces and bracelets in several resort shops in Hawaii. She loved gardening, landscaping, and interior design.

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Patti Griffitts

Patti Louise Nutsch Griffitts, 90, of Lawrence, formerly of Washington, Oskaloosa and Ozawkie, died Jan. 3, 2019, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Mill Creek Township of rural Washington County, the daughter of George August and Marvel Bessie Burton Nutsch. She attended Morrowville Schools and was a 1946 graduate of Morrowville High School. She was a 1950 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she was a member of the modern dance club, “Orchesis,” and performed with the group during her college years.

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Kathleen Molitor

Kathleen Kay Molitor, 57, died Dec. 30, 2018, at home southeast of Spearville.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1961, in Linn, the daughter of Delmer and Vi (Dittmer) Kohlmeier.

She was baptized on Sept. 24, 1961, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Linn. In May 1975 she was confirmed.

She graduated from high school in Kinsley and receive her bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Hays State University. She was a substitute teacher for grade school and high school classes for many years.

She married Kirk Molitor on Nov. 17, 1984. Together they have two children: Megan and Marc.

She was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dodge City for more than 25 years. Her areas of ministry included leading youth group, evangelism, and helping form two Alcoholics Anonymous groups.

She was preceded in death by her father, Delmer.

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Levern Dunavan

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Levern Dean Dunavan was born March 18, 1933, to Ralph and Emma Bulimore Dunavan on the family farm in Washington County. The family moved to Hollenberg in 1937 where he started school. The family moved to Brown County in 1944 and he lived the rest of his life in different areas of the county.

During his high school years he worked on farms in the area and did carpentry. He later formed a partnership with Jim Kocher until his retirement. He was a very talented and skilled carpenter helping to build many homes in his community.

He was drafted in 1953 and served in the United States Army. He spent 2 years in Germany during the Korean War era. When returning home he served in the Army Reserves until being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

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John Richard Walter

John Richard Walter, 67, of Greenleaf, died Dec. 26 at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born May 10, 1951, at Concordia to Leonard and Bonnie (Downey) Walter. In 1969 he graduated from Linn High School. He farmed and raised mostly Hereford cattle his entire life near Kimeo.

He was a past volunteer fireman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Mary Catherine Walter; and infant brother, Robert Walter.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; daughters, Linda (Darren) Bott, of Palmer, Lori (John) Ohlde, of Fairbury, Neb., and Lisa (John) Kern, of Washington; sisters, Lenar (Terry) Hoover, and Marilyn (Ron) Laflin, both of Greenleaf; brother, Marlon (Diane) Walter, of Palmer; and eight grandchildren.

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Larry Bergstrom

Larry Dean Bergstrom, 60, died Dec. 28, 2018, at Cloud County Health Center, Concordia. He was born Nov. 28, 1958, in Concordia to Elden and Margaret (Hefner) Bergstrom.

He was a 1977 graduate of Courtland High School. He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College at Concordia.

He married Jan Wiltse on June 18, 1978, at the First Christian Church in Concordia and to this union 3 children were born: Erik, Dea, and Danielle. He later married Gloria Schell in March 2004.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post #76, all of Concordia.

He served with the Cloud County Sheriff’s Department for 26 years and was active sheriff for 16 of those years. He also was an EMT for City of Concordia.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his beloved family.

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