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Victor Stohs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bill Goeckel

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William “Bill” Francis Goeckel died May 29, 2019, at Linden Woods Village, Gladstone, Mo., surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Hanover to William A. Goeckel and Anna L. (Jedlicka) Goeckel. He grew up in Hanover and graduated from Hanover High School in 1957.

Bill and Nancy grew up together in Hanover and became good friends who loved to have fun. A relationship began as they were the two kids in that small town, known to be the ornery couple. They were united in marriage on July 15, 1959. He farmed the land in Hanover but soon realized that he needed to provide for his growing family of four and moved to Kansas City, Mo.

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Vernetta Dankenbring

Vernetta Dankenbring, 89, died June 9, 2019.

She was born Jan. 27, 1930, at Hollenberg to Ephriam Long and Verna Luhring. She was raised on the family farm near Linn. She graduated from Linn High School in 1949 and worked at the Washington County Creamery. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linn.

She married Robert Dankenbring on Nov. 21, 1952. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, James Breen.

Survivors include son Ronald Dankenbring, of Salina; daughter Rhonda Johnson, of Henderson, Nev.; brother Delbert Long, of Manhattan; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visition is Thursday, June 13, from 3-8 p.m. at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home.

Funeral services are Friday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center. Pastor Paul Tessaro will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Linn.

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Herman Williams

Herman Brooks Williams, 73, died June 9, 2019, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village in Concordia after many years of dealing with diabetes and dialysis.

Herman Brooks Williams was born on June 8, 1946, to Robert and Eulene (Hirmon) Williams at Belleville.

He attended Eureka country school and then Cuba, graduating from Cuba High School in 1964. After working a year for the Belleville Telescope, he attended and graduated from Cloud County Community College and Emporia State Teachers College. he taught for several years, and later had other employment.

He coached PeeWee baseball in Cuba for 13 years and kept books for many sporting events at Hillcrest High School.

He was a Boy Scout, a member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church, and served as the Lions Club president in Cuba.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Barbara Jean Williams and Connie Houdek, and his brother Art.

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