Joseph Leo Robertson
Joseph Leo Robertson, 57, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on July 29, 2017, in his home. Joe was born on November 2, 1959, in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late Thomas L. and Patty J. (Leddy) Robertson. Upon graduation from Central High School in 1978, Joe attended hotel management school to pursue his love of cooking. He continued on with another passion as a talented machinist at his family business, TR Sales, and then on to Engine Masters and CarQuest. Joe ended his career in the grocery business. Joe loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and lived for the boys only “Annual Dove Hunt” with the Robertson Clan. Joe’s passion was also in woodworking and his specialty was building Adirondack chairs. Growing up on the baseball field, Joe’s baseball career started with little league and ended as a member of Central High School’s baseball team. He loved spending time with his family, and his mission was to keep everyone laughing and upbeat with his quick wit and kind demeanor. Joe was always at the grill cooking for the family, with chicken as his specialty. He had a morning tradition of reading the Kansas City Star daily. His pride was his children, Heidy and Kelcey from his marriage to Patti Sutton Robertson in 1983, and grandson, Huxley. Joe understood his struggles in life and tried his best to persevere. His kindness and sense of humor will be forever missed. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas Patrick. He is survived by his children Heidy (Chris Cooper), Kelcey, and grandson, Huxley Robertson-Cooper. Also surviving are siblings Mark, Independence; Amy Thrash (Rick), Jefferson, City; Jeff (Mary), St. Joseph; Tim (Kathy), Platte City; Chuck (Lisa), Topeka, KS; Jane Johnston (Matt), St. Joseph; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. If interested in making a contribution in Joe’s memory, please consider Valley Hope in Atchison, KS or the American Heart Association. online condolence and obituary www.ruppfuneral.com
Nancy Kay Gormly (Hager)
Nancy K. Gormly, 71, of Atchison, KS, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at her home in Atchison.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with Chris Wagner, officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Atchison. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, July 31, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Helping Hands for the Holidays and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort and sympathy may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Nancy K. Hager was born on June 25, 1946 in Atchison, the daughter of Jack and Marjorie (Rosenauer) Hager. Nancy was a graduate of Atchison County Community High School and worked as Head of Housekeeping at Benedictine College for over 30 years until her health led to her retirement. Nancy enjoyed working in her yard and making crafts. Nancy also loved the time she got to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Nancy Hager and Jerald Gormly were married in Atchison and they later divorced. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael ‘Grump’ Gormly (12-8-15); and a sister, Betty Blide (7-13-17).
Survivors include a daughter, Margie (Don) Besette, Atchison; five grandchildren, Shandel Gormly and Steven, Jordan Hord and Cody, Kaleb Gormly, Jenna Hord, and Kyllee Besette; great grandchildren, McKayla Bishop, Michael Bishop and a great grandson due in September 2017; sisters, Barbara Hager and Connie Jones, both of Atchison.
Charlene A. Schoenfeldt
WATHENA,KS – Charlene (Heinen) Schoenfeldt, 80, of Wathena, Kansas entered heaven Friday, July 28, 2017. She was surrounded by her children in passing.
Charlene arrived in this world on January 23, 1937. The first child of Magdlena (Maggie) and Aloysius (Allie) Heinen, she was raised on a small farm south of Denton, Kansas. Charlene attended school in Denton where she learned to play the flute and clarinet, and was elected Queen of the Apple Blossom festival in Wathena, Kansas.
She met her first love, Larry Winchester while in school and they married in April 1956. Making her home in Denton, Charlene believed her greatest accomplishment was raising three sons and a daughter. But there was so much more to her than being a wife and mother. She served as temporary bookkeeper and office staff at the family’s grain elevator during harvest time, she was a hunting companion with her husband on trips for pheasant in western Kansas and the Dakotas. She helped with family finances by painting people’s houses, and helped her husband coach little league teams and ran the concession stand at ball games. Her charity extended to less fortunate families in the area, providing food, clothing, and sometimes shelter in times of need. Even going so far as to feed the “hobos” who would visit her back porch as they walked up from the rail line not far from her home.
In 1977 she moved to Wathena, Kansas and took a job with Allied Glass in St. Joe. She went on to work as a librarian at the Wathena grade school and eventually moved on to employment at the Farmers State Bank in Wathena from which she retired in 2012. Charlene was a fixture at the drive-through teller window at the bank.
While living in Wathena she met her second love, Alfred (Bud) Schoenfeldt. They married in May 1981 and made their home in Willis Park, Wathena, until they moved to a new home on Jesse St. The house was her pride and joy, she helped her husband keep a garden and the porch was filled with plants. She had many bird feeders, and loved seeing the cardinals, finches and hummingbirds. She even made a spot for the squirrels. It was here she doted on grandchildren, and great grandchildren, providing Easter egg hunts, Christmas celebrations, and Thanksgiving feasts. Her refrigerator was always filled, waiting for family to visit.
Charlene was an adventurous soul. She traveled the United States, from California to Washington D.C. Many a family vacation was spent in the Missouri Ozarks. She visited Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Bermuda, Rome and Vatican City, and Norway.
Charlene had a strong abiding faith. She attended St. Benedict’s and St. Vincent’s Catholic Churches in Bendena and Severance, Kansas, and most recently was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Wathena. She loved as Jesus did, unconditionally and without judgement. She stood by, supported, and always prayed for each of her loved ones and others in need.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, Bud Schoenfeldt, her parents, and two brothers, John Heinen and Leroy Heinen. She is survived by her brother Ronald Heinen.
Survivors include; 3 sons, Michael Zane Winchester of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Randy Winchester of Olathe, Kansas, Scott Winchester of Kansas City, Missouri, and a daughter, Rhonda Morris of Shawnee, Kansas. She had 2 step-daughters, Debra Ann Helberg and Diane Schoenfeldt, and a step-son, Dennis Schoenfeldt, and 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.
MASS: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – 10:30 A.M.
At: St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wathena
Burial: St. Benedict’s Catholic Cemetery in Bendena, Kansas
Rosary: Monday evening 6:30 with visitation to follow at the Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Wathena
Memorials: Catholic Charities
Thank you for loving us, guiding us, bringing everyone together and always praying for us. Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, wife and friend. You earned a front row seat in Heaven.
Daniel Paul Gern
Daniel Paul Gern, 59, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, July
21, 2017. He was born January 23, 1958 to Phillip and Gertrude (Mattia)
Gern in Flint, Michigan. He enjoyed being outside, had a great sense of
humor and was a wonderful storyteller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Phil Gern.
Survivors include son, Josh Ellingson; sisters, Diane Lamay, Renee Roe, Angela Troyer,
and extended family and friends.
The family of Mr. Gern will hold a private gathering near his home town in Michigan. The
family would like to extend its sympathies to Dan’s
friends, his coworkers, and his brothers at Oxford House.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Marilee (Meadows) Montgomery
Marilee (Meadows) Montgomery, 60, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away
Friday, July 28, 2017 at home.
She was born January 6, 1957 to Harold and Dorothy (Hutchison)
Marilee enjoyed playing Pogo, going to Harrah’s, and spending time
with family. She was also a huge supporter of Relay For Life.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Deberah Trail.
Survivors include sons, Courtney Montgomery, Ian Montgomery;
sister, Sandra Henry, Julie Gatton, Brenda Meadows, Deb Marriott;
brother, Marc Meadows; brother-in- law, Melvin Trail; nieces and nephews,
Kim, Craig, Hailey, Tad, Sherry, Tarry, Pete, Karry, Chris, Marcie,
Frankie, Marc, Michelle, Steven, Jennifer, Jason, Josh and her dog,
Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home &
Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Relay For
Life. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
June M. (Fisher) Swift
June M. (Fisher) Swift, 95, passed away July 26, 2017. She was born June 24, 1922, in Virginia, Minnesota, to Michael J. and Zita C. Fisher. As an infant, she came to St. Joseph where she resided most of her life. She was a 1940 graduate of Pickett High School and graduated from the Gard Business University.
On September 9, 1944, June married William J. Swift, originally of Birmingham, England, at Fort Hood, Texas. William passed away in 1959.
Before her marriage, June worked for the Social Welfare Board in St. Joseph, Missouri. After her marriage, and while her husband was stationed in Texas, she worked for the Corps of Engineers at Fort Hood where she was the secretary for two captains. On returning to St. Joseph, she worked for the St. Joseph School District for Dr. Evan Peterson. June also worked for the St. Joseph and Pony Express museums as an executive secretary for 32 years.
In her later years, June volunteered at the St. Joseph Museum, the Huffman United Methodist Church, the Open Door Food Kitchen, and for the V.E.S.T. Program at Parkway School. She was also a teacher for the Guy Harden Sunday school class. She spent many hours visiting the sick in the hospital and in nursing homes.
June loved to travel and had visited the British Isles several times. She also traveled to every country in Europe. She held a special interest in the journeys of Paul through Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; and the island of Patmos where John wrote Revelations.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gwynneth Mejia; great-grandson, Jayden Underwood; brothers, Richard C. (Betty) Fisher and Gerald W. Fisher; sister-in-law, Margaret Fisher; and brothers-in-law, Norman Wasson and Thomas Masson.
June is survived by her son, David (Connie) Swift, Apache Junction, Arizona; son, Robert “Bobby” (Rebecca) Swift, Omaha, Nebraska; son-in-law, David H. Mejia, St. Joseph; brother, Michael R. Fisher, St. Joseph; sister, Shirley Masson, St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Ruth Fisher, Cupertino, California; five grandchildren, Christi (Chuck) Hughes, St. Joseph, Bradley (Angie) Mejia, St. Joseph, Kathleen (Alisa) Mejia-Cunningham, Shawnee, Kansas, Todd (Jane) Swift, Santa Monica, California, Brian (Kelli) Swift, Omaha, Nebraska, Regina (Tim) Schmitz, Bennington, Nebraska; seven great-grandchildren, Maddie Hughes, Jack Hughes, Piper Hughes, Zandra Mejia, Christian Swift, Ruby Swift, Avalon Swift, Hendrix Swift.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Monday, Huffman United Methodist Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Huffman United Methodist Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Billie Evans, 96, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, July
She married Kenneth Warren Evans in 1941 and they settled in St.
Joseph to raise a family. Together they had five children, numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all who remember her for her
love of word games, her beautiful quilts, her deep faith in the
democratic party and her open arms for those in need.
Billie co-sponsored the Candy Striper Program at Sister's
Hospital in St. Joseph and many young women who participated in this
volunteer program went on to a nursing career. She was a den mother
for Cub Scouts when her four sons were young, and she volunteered at
Head Start, Second Seasons and taught reading to adults.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lula
(Barnett) Mayfield; husband, Kenneth; son, Kirby; her much loved
daughter-in- law Terri Abbot Evans; grandson, Austin Stevenson; and
Survivors include her children, Ken Evans (Carmhiel Brown),
Philadelphia, PA, Keith Evans, Kelly Evans, St. Joseph, Kay Evans
(Ben Vineyard), Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Corbin Evans (Cynthia
Joyce), Oxford, MS, Amy Kappers (Matt), Cincinnati, OH, Matt Evans
(Sara), Philadelphia, PA, Kelsey Evans, Washington, DC, Todd
Stevenson, Dallas TX, Ben Evans (Amy), St. Louis, MO, Jeremy Evans,
Hilary Newey (Scott), Kate Evans, St. Joseph, MO, Nathan and Alyx
Evans, CO, James Watson, Grants Pass, OR, Megan Jones (Nathan),
Columbia, MO, Shari Greyson, Kansas City, MO; great-grandchildren,
Lindsey, Olivia, Grace, Jack, Paige, Julia, Regan, Andrew, Maren,
Carter, Graham, Piper, Ryan, and Evan.
Lastly, Billie was proud of her Cherokee heritage. Her great-
grandmother, grandfather, mother and her mother's siblings, are
listed on the Cherokee rolls. She wrote a young adult book that told
of the agony and hardship of The People, who were uprooted from their
homes and removed to what then was Indian Territory and is now
Oklahoma. This was the Trail of Tears and it's clearly marked for
sightseers now, but then it was marked with blood and graves of
upwards to 4000 men,. women, and children who died along the way.
Billie believed that we should never forget out past.
Billie's family would like to thank all of those who lovingly
and patiently cared for her at Carriage Square, where she spent the
last four years of her life.
Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home
& Crematory. The will be no service but donations can be made in
Billie's name to Habitat for Humanity. Her family will gather soon
to celebrate her life. Online guest book and obituary at