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Debora Imhoff

Debora Kay Imhoff, 66, Beloit, died Nov. 26 at her home.

She was born July 16, 1952, at Belleville to Henry V. and Ruth R. (Ricard) Imhoff. She graduated in 1970 from Washington High School. After graduating she moved to Emporia where she graduated from Emporia State Teachers College with her bachelor’s degree in business education.

She went to Salina and worked in fundraising at the St. Francis Academy where she was honored with an award from the Distinguished Women’s Business Association of America. She worked in fundraising for YWCA and was a dispatcher for Air Gas.

She opened her own store, “The Angel Store,” in Lindsborg from 1997 to 2001. She was a librarian at The Port Library in Beloit up until her death.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brotherin-law Mike Zenger; and great-great nephew, Sailor Sitka.

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Loren Wollenberg

Loren F. Wollenberg, 88, of Hanover, died Dec. 3 at his home.

Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hanover Mortuary.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at St. John’s. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Washington County News • Dec. 6, 2018

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Donald Winter

Donald W. Winter, 79, of Linn, died Dec. 2 at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Jan. 22, 1939, to Walter and Bertha (Dankenbring) Winter on the family farm Northwest of Linn. He was baptized Jan. 29, 1939.

He graduated from Linn Rural High School in 1958. Following high school he joined the work force. In October 1961 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He trained as a rocket crewman and later as a communications specialist. While in the army he was recognized with a badge for sharp shooting. He spent 13 months in Korea before returning to the states in 1963 and then served in the Army National Guards until being honorably discharged on Sept. 30 1967.

On May 16, 1965, he married Shirley Ruth Boerger. They lived in Linn for their entire 53 years of marriage.

He worked for the Washington County Creamery, Singulars Furniture Store, The Bulldog Inn, USD 223 and Linn Post and Pipe. He retired from Linn Post and Pipe in 2009 at the age of 70.

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Christine Cooper

Ruth Christine Lallak Gingles Cooper, 99, died Nov. 19, 2018, at Republic County Hospital. She was born July 18, 1919, on the family farm one mile east of Haddam to Mabel Frances (Stewart) Lallak and Stanley Nickolus Lallak.

She attended Haddam Grade and rural High School where she graduated in 1956. She was married 25 years then went back and finished her junior and senior year of high school.

She began working at the Citizens State Bank in Haddam in 1953 until 1969.

She was baptized on April 25, 1931, at Haddam United Protestant Methodist Church. She was a Sunday school teacher, secretary to the church board, treasurer of Naomi Circle more than 25 years, acting president to Naomi Circle a number of years along with other offices in the church. She was a charter board member to Twin Valley Development Services, Inc., of Greenleaf and treasurer for Haddam City for several years.

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Dr. Sharon Zenger

Dr. Sharon K. Zenger, 83, of Olathe, formerly of Manhattan, died Nov. 25, 2018, at Evergreen Community of Johnson County. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, near Miltonvale to Ray J. and Maudie E. (Woolard) Winters.

She graduated as valedictorian from Concordia High School in 1952 and received a B.S degree from Emporia State University in 1956. In 1971 she received a M.S. degree from Fort Hays State University and in 1981 a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. All of her degrees were in education.

Dr. Zenger taught at the secondary level in Barnes, Salina, Lawrence, Hays, Kansas and Vacaville, Calif. She then was a Professor of Education at Fort Hays State University, Marymount College at Salina and Tabor College at Hillsboro.

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Anna Usher

Anna Marie Usher, 72, of Amarillo, Texas, died Nov. 23, 2018, at Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo.

She was born Dec. 2, 1945, at Barnes to Lawrence and Vera (Cairns) Bierbaum. She attended school in Marysville.

On April 23, 1965, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington, she married Alvin Dean Zimmerman. He preceded her in death. She later married Gary Usher at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf.

She and husband Gary moved to Dalhart, Texas, where they owned a steel business. After their divorce she moved to Amarillo and worked for Walmart and at various jobs.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Alvin, and brothers Paul Bierbaum and Walter Bierbaum.

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LeRoy Neal Jr.

LeRoy E. Neal Jr., 75, of Greenleaf, died Nov. 5 at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 29, 1942, to the late Leroy and Lurene Neal. He was a graduate of Greenleaf High School, served in the National Guard, rode with the sheriff’s posse and served as a jailer in later years. He was also a saxophone player, delivery man, welder, farmer and roofer.

Survivors include Ruth Neal, children Paulette Ohman, Michael Neal, Mary Dow, Travis Neal, Renee Neal; step-children Randy Wilder, the late Danny Wilder, Teddy Wilder, Jeff Wilder; sisters the late Ruth Depew, Mary Barnell, Betty Gregory, Della Diederich; brother Bill Neal; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Washington County News • Nov. 22, 2018

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William Winterstein

William W. Winterstein, 90, of Beatrice, Neb., died Nov. 13, 2018, at Beatrice Health and Rehab.

He was born March 9, 1928, at Reed City, Mich., to William and Eleanor (Guetschow) Winterstein. He graduated from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Mich., in 1945, and received his BA degree from Concordia Teachers College in River Forrest, Ill., in 1961. He was a Lutheran school teacher for 40 years at various locations and served as principle, organist and choir director.

He married Lucille Bieberich on July 22, 1951. They moved to Beatrice from Hanover in 1990. He was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church, of Beatrice.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Herbert Winterstein.

Survivors include his wife Lucille; children Bonnie (Brady) Yoder, of Omaha; and Beth (Jim) Lohse, of Beatrice; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and sisters Evelyn Ryder and Eunice (Dale) Peterson, all of Saginaw, Mich.

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Mary Weber

Mary Alice Weber, 77, of Barnes, died Nov. 7 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington.

She was born Dec. 17, 1940, at home in rural Barnes to Ernest and Alma (Sewell) Finlayson. She graduated from Barnes High School. She worked for her father at Finlayson Sand and Gravel and in housekeeping and as a CNA for more than 40 years at the nursing home in Washington.

She was an active member of the Barnes United Methodist Church and belonged to the Ladies of Barnes Methodist Church group. She belonged to the Rock and Gem Club and bowling leagues.

Preceding her in death were her parents; infant son Timothy Walter; sister Ella Massey; step daughter Beatrice Weber; and step-granddaughter Nicole Weber.

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Richard Bailey

Richard A. Bailey, 79, of Washington, died Nov. 4. He was born May 27, 1939, at Fort Worth, Texas, to Jay and Jacqueline (Labricquis) Bailey. When he was 17, he met the love of his life, Mary Ray, at Phipps Store in Hebbville, Maryland. They were married Aug. 8, 1959, in Ellicott City, Maryland.
He served in the U.S. Army for 7 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; five children, Debbie (John) Karpiak, of Corsicana, Texas, Tami (Vince) VanSant, of Belleville, Kan., Terry (Ruth) Bailey, of Corsicana, Texas, Lisa (Larry) Kehne, of Charlestown, W.V., and Michele Morris, of Greenleaf; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service was Nov. 7 at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Ron Brown officiated. “In the Garden,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Far Side Banks of Jordan” was played.
A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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