Obituaries

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Elaine Claeys

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Elaine Marie Claeys, 74, died July 25, 2019, at Leonardville Nursing Home.

She was born April 19, 1945, at Miltonvale to Zephren "Ike” and Dorothy Gertrude (Cyr) Chartier.

She was raised in Miltonvale and graduated from CCCHS in 1963. She married Laddie Griffiths on July 16, 1963, and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1970. She then married Lee Claeys on Sept. 4, 1971, and he preceded her in death on July 19, 2017.

She worked at the Elks Club, L&J Feeds, Homecare, Westside Café, Dairy Queen, Ray’s Apple Market and Apollo Towers.

She was a lifetime member of the Clay Center Christian Church.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

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25
Jul
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Nora Schmidt

Nora Esther Dageforde Hartman Schmidt, of Topeka, formerly of Palmer, died July 19, 2019. She was born Feb. 3, 1922, at Palmer to William and Sophia Pruser Dageforde. She was raised at Palmer and attended Spring Creek School on the other side of her family’s garden. She attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer.

She married Willard Hartman on Jan. 25, 1947. The couple lived in Topeka. He died in 1983.

She married Erwin Schmidt in 1987, and the couple lived in Sutton, Neb., until his death in 2011. She returned to Topeka in 2016.

Nora was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Marvin Arthur “Art” Meredith and his wife; four brothers, John, Edwin, Julius, Ernest; sister Viola; and a great grandson, Matthew.

She is survived by two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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25
Jul
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Kay Hauschel

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Marcella “Kay” Catherine Conrad Hauschel passed away at her home on July 21, 2019, with her loving family by her side.

She was born July 22, 1942, in Fairbury, Neb., to Jack and Virginia Shane Conrad. She was the oldest of three children.

She attended St. Michael’s Catholic School, graduated Fairbury Public High School and attended Southeast Community College. In 1961 she married Larry Hauschel at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fairbury. For the majority of their married years they lived on the family farm north of Morrowville where they raised their four children.

She was employed at Canning Trucking and J & N Elliott Construction before finishing her working career at USD 221 and USD 108 School Districts.

She was a member of Albia Card Club, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Altar Society, Morrowville Unit, a 4-H Community Leader, Extension Council and volunteered at the Cougars Den. She also worked on the Election Board for many years.

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25
Jul
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Troy Minge

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Troy Minge, 34, of Hanover, unexpectedly died on July 15, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital. He was born in Hanover to Gary and Patricia (Callender) Minge on June 16, 1985. In 2004 he graduated from Hanover High School. He then attended Southeast Community College and graduated in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Business.

He worked for Mueller Farms and Bruna’s in Clay Center. For the past 8 years he has been a machine adjuster for Tension Envelope.

On May 2, 2015, he married Danielle Distad in Hanover. They have a son, Wyatt.

He was a volunteer firefighter, volunteered with the Pony Express Festival and belonged to Whitetail Unlimited of Marshall County.

He is survived by his wife, Danielle; his son, Wyatt; his parents, Gary and Patty; sister, Misty (Paul) Bowden, of Gardner; brother, Shawn (Melissa) Minge, of Hanover; and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eldo and Elaine Minge and Walter and Hazel Callender.

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18
Jul
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Troy Minge

Troy Minge, 34, of Hanover, died July 15, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital. Visitation is from noon until 5 p.m., Sunday, July 21, at the Hanover Mortuary. A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hanover. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 22, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A memorial fund is established to Wyatt Minge Education Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Hanover Mortuary.

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18
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Warren Charpie

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Warren Irvin Charpie, 98, died July 9, 2019, in Clay Center.

He was born Jan. 19, 1921, at Morganville to Irvin Charpie and Laura Swenson.

He was raised in the Garfield Center community and attended Swedesburg school. He farmed and ranched in Clay County his entire life.

He married Marcene Brightweiser on April 23, 1941. They moved from the farm to Clay Center in 1972. He was a member of the Swedesburg Lutheran Church, served on the church board, Idylwild School Board, Farm Bureau member and a member of the Farmer’s CO-OP in Morganville and Clay Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother in law, Ruby and Lyle Griffiths.

He is survived by his wife, Marcene Charpie, of Clay Center; daughter Carolyn (Ronald) Wohler, of Morganville; 2 grandsons and 4 great-grandsons.

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18
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Ralph Broadston

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Ralph Eugene Broadston, CW3, USAR, died July 10, 2019, at his home in Steele City, Neb.

He was born Jan. 20, 1936, in Washington. He was the youngest of 10 children of Albert and Pearl Broadston.

He married Jacqueline Marie Holder in August 1961. They had four children together. She died in 2004.

He was a long-time parishioner at Saint Matthew Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.

He married Vonnie in November 2009.

He retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3) after 21 years of service. In civilian life, he worked as a Civil Servant for the Air Force at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He received an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Maryland.

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10
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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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10
Jul
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Helen Nord

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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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10
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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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