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Barbara Finlayson

Barbara Gene (Thull) Finlayson, 71, of Wichita, died unexpectedly on May 30, 2019, at Overland Park Regional Hospital in Kansas City.

She was born Nov. 4, 1947, to Eugene and Frances (Heinen) Thull in Beloit. She attended St. Theresa’s Grade School in Cawker City. During high school she attended Nazareth Apostolic School in Concordia and graduated from Cawker City High School in 1965. She graduated Marymount College in 1969 with a BA in music education.

She married Carl Lee Finlayson in 1970. She taught at public schools in Connecticut and sang as Cantor for Masses in Groton, Conn., and Piscataway, N.J. She served in positions as den leader, camp director and district executive in the Boys Scouts of America where she was awarded the Silver Beaver award for her service to youth.

After she returned to Kansas she volunteered at the senior center in Cawker City and in multiple ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita.

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Helen Nord

Helen A. (Lewis) Nord was born on Feb. 10, 1928, to Walter and Clara Belle (Stanton) Lewis and died on July 2, 2019.

She was born in Washington and graduated from Washington Rural High School.

Following high school she was employed at Belleville Hospital. She later worked at Mercy Hospital in Denver, and while in Denver, she married Dale Nord. The couple had children Kathy and Michael. After the death of her husband, she married C. Stephens. The couple had son James.

She moved back to Kansas with her children and worked at Kravemore 36 and Kravemore 81. She later married Loren Morley. The couple had children Beverly and Daniel. After divorcing she moved to Washington where she worked at The Homestead for 9 years, starting in housekeeping, acquiring her LPN License in 1972, and becoming administrator until 1976.

She moved to Topeka with her soulmate Delmar Shaffer. In Topeka she was employed at KNI until they moved to Salina in 1985.

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Pat Olmstead

Patricia “Pat” (Stewart) Olmstead passed away June 30, 2019. She was born in Hanover to Neal Stewart and Maxine (Warnica) Stewart. She graduated with the Washington High School Class of 1971.

After graduating she attended North Central Kansas Area Vocational Technical School to study business. While there she met Chuck Olmstead, and they were married on May 27, 1972. After living in Omaha for two years, they moved to Junction City where they had a daughter, Sarah.

While in Junction City she worked for The Geary County Historical Society and Museum, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Kansas Children’s Service League, Washington Elementary and Ware Elementary in Fort Riley.

Upon Chuck’s retirement, the couple moved to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

She became an administrative assistant for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office- Juvenile Division until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2018.

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Victor Stohs

Victor E. Stohs, 84, of Bremen, died July 5, 2019, at Cambridge Place in Marysville.

He was born on March 15, 1935, at Bremen to Rudolf and Clara (Riggert) Stohs. On March 24, 1935, he was baptized and confirmed on April 10, 1949. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Marysville High School in 1953.

On Feb. 8, 1959, he was united in marriage to Lella Bott at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Palmer. They were married for 60 years.

He was a lifelong farmer and was a welder for 24 years in Beatrice, Neb.

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Beverly Kolman

The family of Beverly Jeanne Kolman sadly announces her passing in Wichita on June 27, 2019, at the age of 63. Beverly was an LDR nurse at Wesley Medical Center for 40 years, and she will be lovingly remembered by everyone who knew her, including family, friends, co-workers, racing teammates, and numerous women and families who have benefited from her loving care over the years.

She was known for skillfully mentoring new nurses, and for always being calm and efficient, even in the most critical situations.

Bev loved watching the full moons, sunrises, sunsets and spending time at the beaches and in the mountains. She loved nature, traveling, running, biking, swimming and hiking. She loved yoga and enjoyed the gym. She pushed herself to train for and compete in numerous triathlons and marathons.

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Charlotte Brady

Our beautiful Charlotte M. Brady, formerly of Santa Rosa, Ca., passed away June 19, 2019, in Topeka, Kansas, from complications related to alcoholism. She was born in Ft. Riley, Kansas, Sept. 15, 1966, and lived in Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma and Germany. She moved to California from Germany with her family in July 1978, and attended school at San Jose Middle School in Novato, graduating from Novato High School. She had moved to Kansas in August 2017 to begin a new life. She was always known for her big smile, her sarcastic sense of humor, and her compassion for the downtrodden. Though she struggled with her own addiction, she was always there to help those who also struggled, with a kind word or a shoulder to cry on. She is preceded in death by her brother, Charlie Brown Jr. She is survived by her mother, Doris Laul, of Petaluma, her father Charles L. Brown Sr (ret MSGT. USA),of Washington, Kansas, and many cousins, aunts and uncles, from Hawaii to the East Coast.

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Harold Nutsch

Harold A. Nutsch, 89, of Morrowville, died June 28, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Morrowville to Albert and Gertrude (Krischke) Nutsch. In 1948 he graduated from Morrowville High School. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard.

He had a crop and livestock partnership with his brother, Ed. He farmed until the age of 83.

He was a member of the North Central School Board for 20 years and was an active member of Lions Club. He volunteered on the local fire department.

Survivors include wife of 57 years Winifred (Dodds); children, Carol (Khalil) Jaber, of Lincoln, Neb., Christine (Reed) Wilson, of Clyde, and Jean (Todd) Dingler, of Hutchinson; brother, Chuck (Arlyss) Nutsch, of Sedalia, Mo.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude Nutsch; sister, Helen Oliver; and brothers, Ed Nutsch and Francis Nutsch.

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Norma Wendte

Norma J. Wendte, 88, died June 15, 2019, at Linn.

She was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Washington County to Louis Dankenbring and Edna Hillers.

She was raised in the Palmer community and graduated from Linn High School in 1948. She worked part-time as an operator for the Linn Telephone Co. and at the Palmer Store.

She married Norman Wendte on Oct. 8, 1950. They made their home in Clay Center from 1973 until 1993 when they moved back to the Linn and Palmer area. She worked at the Clay Center Locker for many years.

She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dayton and Robert Dankenbring.

Survivors include her husband, Norman Wendte, of Linn; son Gary (Marie) Wendte, of Palmer; daughter Patricia (Ken) Lemke, of Lincoln, Neb.;6 Grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 15 step-great-granchildren and 1 step-great-greatgrandchild.

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Calista Rhine

Calista J. (Ryan) Rhine, 67, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019.

She was born June 29, 1951, in Enid, Okla., the daughter of Robert and Peggy (Minear) Ryan. She always had a passion for helping others which led to her becoming an LPN of which she was very proud. She enjoyed traveling (Calista’s favorite location being Jamaica), reggae music and the Beatles. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, painting, photography and playing the piano.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Rhine, her children Ryan Owen and Erin Cordry, step-daughters Terri (Shannon) Christy (DJ), her brothers Jim Ryan (Theresa) and Patrick Ryan, 17 grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, two brothers Christopher and Marty and a granddaughter Hailey Cordry.

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Brian Hogue

People are invited to remember Brian Hogue on Saturday, June 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barnes Fire House. All are welcome. Brian was born Oct. 4, 1950, to John “Jack” Hogue and Alberta Hogue (Tiemeyer) and is survived by his daughters Elisabeth Hogue and Cherie Figge, sons Paul Hogue and Jeff Hogue, wife Susan Hogue, sisters Janis O’Bryan and Roxanne Dunn, brother John “Johnny” Hogue.

Brian worked on the family farm near Barnes with his young family for a while before changing his career path to business. His work led him to travel extensively across America, and Brian spent much of his life in sunny California, where he worked in trucking, shipping and other industries until retirement.

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