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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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Mildred Fogle

Mildred Esther Fogle, 87, entered into rest Dec. 25, 2018, at the Sunset Nursing Home in Concordia.

She was born Sept. 7, 1931, to John and Ruby (Boston) Applegarth.

She received her B.S. from Kansas State University in Elementary Education in 1971 and M.S. in Special Education in 1977. She taught for 10 years before moving to Alaska where she was involved in missions with Kodiak Baptist Mission. After moving to Anchorage she took a job in the engineering field as an Administrative Assistant. She was transferred to California where she worked at various jobs sites until retiring and returning to Kansas. She enjoyed gardening and being busy outdoors.

She was a member of the Wesleyan Church, Concordia.

On Jan. 4, 1955, she married H. Dean Fogle in Colorado Springs, Colo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1996.

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Elfrieda Burns

Elfrieda (Winter) Burns died Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver, Colo.

She was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Palmer to Conrad and Magdalena Winter. She was the eleventh of their 12 children.

On April 11, 1948, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer she married Thomas Burns, of Clyde. The couple soon moved to Colorado. They were married 67 years. She raised their two children, Stephanie and Stanton, and then went to work at JC Penney. After she retired she volunteered at the Lakewood Heritage Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her son.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Schwartz, one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and a great-greatgrandson and her brother Norman Winter, of Flush, Kan.

Washington County News • Jan. 3, 2019

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Wyona Jones

Wyona L. Jones, of Washington, died Dec. 25, 2018, at Washington County Hospital in Washington. She was 90 years old.

She was the fifth child of eight children of Lorne Thomas Dexter and Amma M. (Gauby) born on Sept. 8, 1928, on a farm affectionally known as Bean Hill in Washington County. Her parents owned the local Mercantile Store in Hollenberg. The family then moved to Washington before moving to the Haddam/Morrowville area to a farm.

She began elementary school at the Blocker Country School in Morrowville. The family then moved to Marysville where her parents began to build a home, splitting up siblings into family members’ homes during the construction period. She graduated from Marysville High School in the spring of 1941.

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Billy Stonebarger

William Franklin “Billy” Stonebarger, 45, of Greenleaf, formerly of Highland, died unexpectedly on Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington.

He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Dec. 31, 1972, the son of Charles and Hannah “Jody” Weiland Stonebarger. He grew up in Highland where he attended Highland schools, graduating with the class of 1990. Soon after he moved to Greenleaf to make his home.

He learned welding as a trade and was working for Titan West, Inc., at Linn, for nearly 15 years, and 10 years with the previous owner.

He married Ida Jorgenson on Nov. 22, 1992. To this union Crysta and Dalton were born before Billy and Ida divorced.

On July 3, 2010, he married Melissa Russell. She survives of the home with her children Joe and Serina.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; brother Jason; both sets of grandparents and a step-daughter, Veronica Hogle.

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