Obituaries

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Lila Mae Schaefer

Lila Mae Schaefer, 89, of Linn, died Oct. 26 at the Linn Community Nursing Home. She was born on May 25, 1929, to Henry and Amanda Struber on the home place west of Linn. She was baptized on June 2, 1929, at the home of Rev. Karl Karstensen and confi rmed on Oct. 17, 1943, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Palmer, by Rev. Adolph Rink. She attended McAtee Grade School for eight years and graduated from Linn Rural High School in 1946. Her husband, LeRoy Schaefer, was in the same class. The couple married May 2, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn by Rev. W.G. Biel. The couple had four sons, Neil LeRoy, Keith Wayne, Roger Kent and Gary Scott. Schaefer worked for Peters General Store, Linn Packing Plant and 23 years as a cook for the Linn Community Nursing Home. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church after they moved to the farm west of Linn. She was a member of LWML and Immanuel Society. They moved to Linn and transferred their membership to Zion Lutheran Church.

Wed
24
Oct
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Deanna Ruth Meier

Deanna Ruth Meier, 68, Palmer, died Oct. 9, 2018, at her home. She was born Aug. 15, 1950, at Clay Center to Albert and Edna (Wilkens) Rodehorst. She attended Zion Lutheran School at Linn and graduated from Linn High School in 1968. On Nov. 29, 1975, she married Steven Meier at Zion Lutheran Church. The couple had three children: Jared, Evan and Amanda. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she had served as Sunday School superintendent and on the banner and landscape committees. She had also been a silent member of the LWML. She was a homemaker and was employed as a seamstress. She served as a 4-H leader for crocheting and knitting. Preceding her in death were her parents. Survivors include her husband, Steve; sons, Jared (Theresa) Meier, of Palmer, Evan (Traci) Meier, of Clifton; daughter, Amanda (Nate) Sudbeck, of Seneca; sisters, Mary (Jim) Hartman, of Clifton, Joyce (Greg) Winter, of Palmer; brother, Richard (Dinah) Rodehorst, of Downs; and eight grandchildren.

Wed
24
Oct
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Betty ‘Jane’ Miller

Betty Jane Miller, 92, died Oct. 20, 2018, in the Linn Community Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Clay Center to Charles J. and Grace (Fletcher) Brown. She married Mel Miller, of Greenleaf, and together the couple had a son, Robert Cobb Miller. She worked at Citizen’s National Bank in Greenleaf and was a piano and vocal teacher in Washington County where she taught hundreds of students over the years. Preceding her in death were her husband, son, and brothers Clinton, Don and Charles Brown. A memorial service was at Linn Community Nursing Home. Memorials in her memory can be made to the nursing home.

Wed
17
Oct
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Mary Elizabeth Cerny

Mary Elizabeth Cerny, eldest daughter of Robert N. Davis and Minnie (Kolling) Davis, was born Jan. 22, 1918, near Morganville, and died Oct. 7, 2018, in Belleville. She married Frank J. Cerny on Dec. 24, 1939, in Clay Center, a marriage of 55 years. She graduated from Clay County High School in 1936 and attended the Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia. She taught school in Clay County prior to going to Round Grove School near Narka. She was active in her community and started the Narka 4-H Club where she was a project leader of a boys’ cooking class. She was involved with the Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder, and was active in the Solomon Presbytery and Synod of Mid-America. She was also a member of the U & I Club, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mahaska Legion. She also served as a lay pastor at various area churches. She farmed with her husband around Narka until his retirement.

Wed
10
Oct
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Ruth Senske

Ruth Senske (nee:Meyerhoff), of St. Louis, died Oct. 5, 2018, at the age of 88. She was born Aug. 19, 1930, to Henry and Esther Meyerhoff, of Palmer. She and her husband, Al, had children Susan (John) Brandt and Kurt (Laurie) Senske and deceased twin daughters. She had three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Herbert Meyerhoff and wife Enola, and sisters Helen Meyerhoff and Loma Meyer and husband Gary. Senske served as a teacher and librarian in Lutheran schools and the Lindbergh District. A funeral service was scheduled for Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Christian Friends of New Americans, Christ Community Lutheran School.

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10
Oct
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Mary Cerny

Mary E. (Davis) Cerny, 100, of Narka, died Oct. 7, 2018 ,in Belleville. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be Friday, Oct. 12,, at 11 a.m. at the Narka Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at National Cemetery, rural Narka. Online condolences at www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com; Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tue
02
Oct
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Donice Corman

Donice Fay Corman, 82, died Sept. 28, 2018, at Clay Center. She was born April 29, 1936, at Clifton to Robert and Fay (Crawford) Jackson. She was raised in the Clifton community. She married Calvin Smith. They helped establish Pruser Electric in Clifton. She sold the business when her husband died in 1970. She later married Edwin Corman. They owned and operated Your Friendly Market. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of the Christian Church, both of Clifton. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Don, Max and Lee Jackson and sister, Shirley Haynes. Survivors include her husband: Edwin Corman of Clay Center; daughter Debra (Carl) Labes, of Sherburn, Minn.; son Mark Smith, of Independence, Mo., 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Online condolences may be made at www.nsrfh.com

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02
Oct
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Clarence Stigge

Clarence Herman Stigge, 104, died Aug. 18, 2018, at his home in Chino, Calif. He was born Feb. 17, 1914, on the family farm near Barnes. He managed a Phillips 66 service station in Barnes until 1956

Tue
25
Sep
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Bobbi Rokes

Roberta (Bobbi) Ann Rokes, 68, died July 1, 2018.  She was born on May 8, 1950, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Muriel Rokes. She was a 1968 graduate of North Central High School. She attended a School of Cosmetology in Salina and settled after graduation in Washington. She spent the remainder of her life as a beautician, much of it as the owner and operator of Bobbi’s Beauty Salon.  She is survived by her two sisters, Susan (David) Pascal, of Andover, and Janet (Wade) Pascal, of Wichita. She has many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. A memorial service was Sept. 22 at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Pastor Dan Norwood offi  ciated. Music was “In the Garden,” “Dancing in the Sky” and “The Dance.” A memorial fund is established to the Theatre Park.  Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington

Tue
25
Sep
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Brian Lynch

Brian Matthew Lynch, 49, Barnes, died Sept. 17, 2018, at his home. Graveside funeral service was Sept. 23 at Liberty Cemetery, Auxvasse, Mo. Pallbearers were Matthew Pederson, Joshua Pederson, Brandon Pederson, Matt Clervi, Richard Norton and Rick Rice. Lynch was born to John and Nancy (Stephens) Lynch on Dec. 16, 1968, at Whidbey Island, Washington. He grew up in Auxvasse, Mo., and graduated from North Calloway High School in 1987. He attended Missouri University and Devry Technical College. On Oct. 19, 2002, he married Maria Weeks at Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked in construction, and in 2014 he moved to Barnes and worked in construction with his brother, Stephen.  Preceding him in death was his mother, Nancy, and son, Joshua Lynch. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughter, Samantha Nelson, Lawrence; father, John Lynch, Auxvasse, Mo.; brother, Stephen Lynch, Waterville; sister, Stephanie (John) Leverett, Auxvasse, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

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