Mavis “Deanie” Fager
ONAGA— Mavis “Deanie” Fager, 87, formerly of Onaga, died November 12, 2017, at Vintage Park of Baldwin City, Kansas.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16th, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Onaga. The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15th, at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga.
She was born October 8, 1930, on her grandparents’ farm north of Onaga, the daughter of Clarence “Slim” and Tressie P. (Burdette) Florence.
Deanie graduated from Onaga High School in the class of 1948. She married Marion Fager on June 13, 1948, and they had five children. They divorced in July, 1976, after 23 years of marriage. She then dated Raymond “Beans” Kokenge, who became a lifelong companion of 35 years, until his death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Malia Jean Fager, who died shortly after birth, one brother, Wayne “Cotton” Florence, and a sister, Wilma “Pill” Meskimen.
Deanie was a stay-at-home mother for many years. She started working at the Onaga Post Office as a part-time clerk and was later appointed Postmaster after Robert Shove retired. She was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years before she retired. She helped her son, Brian, raise his two children, Travis and JoAnnah.
Deanie had many loves that included music, dancing, slot machines, and eating homemade ice cream. She had a witty personality that caused infectious laughter. Sometimes that wit would shine at the most surprising of times. She enjoyed her grandchildren visiting her in Onaga for school breaks and over the summer. She spent many hours at the city pool, watching ball games, playing bingo and going to the county fair. She also had her favorite spot on “Main Street” for watching the parade.
Survivors include three sons: Keith Fager and wife, B.J., Lenexa, Mark Fager, Kansas City, MO, and Brian Fager, Lawrence; a daughter, Kathy Barr and husband, Jon, of Lawrence; two brothers, Lyle Florence, Topeka, and Marion Florence and wife, Pat, Lincoln, KS; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Deanie had many friendships that lasted her lifetime and will be missed by all. She continued to touch the lives of many people she was connected with until the day she died.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga, KS 66521.
Larry M. White
MAYETTA – Larry M. White, 79, of Mayetta, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at The Pines in Holton.
He was born December 11, 1937 southwest of Mayetta, the son of George and Hazel Haag White. He graduated from Mayetta High School in 1955.
Larry worked at Whelan’s Lumber Company and then at the pet food plant in Topeka for a total of forty-five years.
He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 555 in Topeka.
He married Ramona L. Cox on August 6, 1955 in the Potawatomi United Methodist Church west of Mayetta. She preceded him in death on August 17, 2011.
Larry was also preceded in death by his parents, a son, Mark White, who died in infancy, a granddaughter, Melissa Cole, and three sisters, Josephine Keller, Lucille Copeland and Lola Mae Frazier.
Survivors include three sons, Melvin White (Debbie), Holton and Michael White (Amy) and Marvin White (Brenda), all of Topeka; one sister, Georgia Daugherty, Topeka; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Cremation is planned. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Private burial will be later in the Brick Cemetery southeast of Holton. Memorials are suggested to the Holton Community Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436.
Susan Louise Goin
Susan Louise (Keaveny) Goin, 71, of Saint Joseph, formerly of Fillmore, Mo. passed away on November ll, 2017 from a brief illness. Born August 7th 1946 to parents, Thomas and Barbara (Nauman) Keaveny at Sisters Hospital in Saint Joseph, MO. Susan graduated in 1964 from Fillmore C-1 High School, where she was very active in sports (basketball and still holds the record for most points scored in a single game-72pts,) track and cheer leading, and her education receiving the honor of being her class Salutatorian, Editor of the Yearbook and school newspaper. Susan also performed in choir, band (trumpet) and school musicals/plays. After High School, she graduated from Saint Joseph Community College in 1966 with a degree in Business. In 1955, Susan was chosen to represent Andrew County in the Saint Joseph Apple Blossom Parade. Susan was an avid animal lover in which all animals had to have a name. You would always catch Susan with either a cat or dog beside her or atop of a horse heading off to create an adventure. Her love of sports didn’t cease after her high school career, she raised her children to be just as competitive and love all sports, 4-H and horsemanship to the point where if she wasn’t coaching her children, she was their loudest cheerleader on the sidelines. Spouses include Jerry Alan Spoonemore (1966-1974), Bernard Louis Andres (1976-1983), August Carl Nemitz Jr. (1985-1989) and Joseph Burton Goin (1990-2012). Susan was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Michael Keaveny, spouses, Bernard Andres, August Carl Nemitz J.R., and Joseph Goin, children Elizabeth Andres, Mary Andres, and Joseph Goin Jr. Susan is survived by her children: Deanna (Rob) Daniels, Katrina “Kit ” (Chet) Lindstrom, Thomas Spoonemore, Michael (Sabrina Ali) Andres, and Jessica Nemitz. Her Grandkids include: Joseph (Ashley Venema) Siela, Jacob (Ashley) Mazurkewycz, Caitlyn Lindstrom, Brooklyn Spoonemore, Andrew Lindstrom, Zachary Spoonemore, Zachery Bollinger, Kiazer Russell Andres, Rayne Spoonemore, Shakira Bollinger, Tori Glidewell, Nikki Bollinger, Muhammad Andres, Mihdiya Andres, and Brentlynn Davis. Great grandkids include: Mason Seila, Lillianna Siela, Emery Mazurkewycz, Braston Mazurkewycz, Atticus Siela-Venema, nieces; Anita Keaveny, Michelle McFatridge, Angela Lombardi, nephews; Mark Keaveny, and Jason Keaveny. Honorary pallbearers include: Joseph Siela, Jacob Mazurkewycz, Kiazer Russell-Andres, Andrew Lindstrom, Kyle Wardlow and Spoonemore. The family will receive friends from 6-7pm Wednesday with a Memorial Celebration of Life to begin at 7:00 pm Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. In Lieu of Flowers our mother would appreciate donations made of the donors choices to the following charities that she held so close to heart: Friends of the Animal Shelter St. Joseph, MO., Carnegie Library or the Shriners of America.
Rachel Lynn Rumpf 35, of Agency, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City Kansas. She was born June 8, 1982 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of Cindy and Randy Rumpf. She graduated from Mid Buchanan and Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in English, then from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Master’s Degree in English. She worked as a Free Lance Editor. Rachel enjoyed reading and writing, and translated many documents from Spanish to English. She loved to travel the world visiting 32 country’s. She also loved her dogs, Ollie & Maggie, and she was a member of the Agency United Methodist Church. Rachel was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Frank Rumpf. Survivors include, parents, Randy and Cindy Rumpf of Agency, MO, maternal grandparents, Mick (Dodie) Osborn, Agency, MO, paternal grandparents, Delores (Jim) Hodgson, Agency, MO, paternal step grandmother, Ellen Rumpf, Faucett, MO. brother, Ryan (Lucinda) Rumpf, Jefferson City, MO, and nephews, Ryland & Hayden, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Agency United Methodist Church with Pastor Donna Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church. A register book will be available at the Rupp Funeral Home Monday. The Interment will be at the Agency Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Nodaway County Humane Society.
Blanch “Eileen” Keith
Eileen Keith 94, Agency, Missouri passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Agency, MO. She was born September 20, 1923, daughter of Frances and Henry Reed. She married Floyd E. Keith in 1941 in Atchison, KS. She was a homemaker. She was an artist and enjoyed singing, playing the accordion and electric guitar, bowling, traveling, and she was an avid Royals fan. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Eileen was a member of King Hill Christian Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Floyd Earnest Keith, daughter, Sue Huggins, her parents, Henry & Frances Reed, and 2 sisters, Orphie Reed and Helen Timmons. Survivors include: 5 children, Sandra (Jim) McCrerey of Agency, MO, Dennis (Leona) Keith of Belton, MO, Rodney (Carolyn) Keith of Kansas City, KS, Douglass (Diana) Keith of Denison, KS, and Carol Mignery of St. Joseph, MO, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral Services: 2:00 pm Monday, Rupp Funeral Home, Pastor Ron McCrerey officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 PM Monday, Rupp Funeral Home. Inurnment: Sugar Creek Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Mosaic Hospice.
Sheryl Lynn Reed
Sheryl Lynn Reed 44, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at her home. She was born April 29, 1973 in St. Joseph, MO. She graduated from Benton High School class of 1991. She married Gary Reed on June 4, 1992, and he survives of the home. She worked at Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Sara Lee as a production worker. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and bowling in her younger years with Gary. Sheryl attended St. James Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by father, Jessie Mace. Survivors include, husband, Gary Reed of the home, mother, Sharon Ferris, daughters, Veronica Reed (Aaron Thompson), Victoria Reed and Georgia Reed all of St. Joseph, MO, 5 grandchildren, Neveah, Dakota, Brayden, Maverick Thompson, and Alayna Goble, brother, Tommy Nigh, St. Joseph, MO, and her beloved dog, Coco.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home with Fr. Evan Harkins officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the Sheryl Reed Memorial Fund in care of Rupp Funeral Home.
John Alden Simpson
Troy, Ks. – John Alden Simpson, Troy, Kansas died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born February 2, 1939, in Highland, Kansas to Alden & Alma (Walton) Simpson. He graduated from Troy High School, Highland Community College, and he attended Washburn University. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard in Troy.
John married Jean Knapp August 20, 1961. John and Jean purchased her father’s grocery store, Knapp’s Supermarket, in 1961. The name was changed in 1980 to John’s Market. John served on the Board of Directors of the AG Grocery Warehouse in St. Joseph, Missouri. After merging with Beaty Warehouse, John served on the Affliliated Foods Board of Directors, for many years.
He was a charter member of the Troy Lion’s Club and Kiwanis. He received his 50 year pin from the Masonic Lodge, and he was a former member of the Moila Shrine.
John coached Youth Baseball for many years, and he was instrumental in starting, and coaching the Doniphan County American Legion Baseball team.
John attended Troy Christian Church. John and his companion Bonnie, enjoyed many years together. They spent time traveling and especially enjoyed wintering at their home in Mission, Texas.
John loved playing cards, watching sports, and spending time at his home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Before John passed, he became a born-again Christian, where he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.
He was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother Larry Simpson, and his wife Jean.
John is survived by his companion Bonnie Shank of the home; sons John Michael (Laurie) Troy, Ks.; Jeff (Lisa) Simpson Baldwin City, Ks. and daughter Julia (Bryan) Chumbley of Eudora, Ks.
John was so proud of his grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing his wisdom and advice with each of them. His beloved grandchildren are John Chumbley, Hannah (Bryce) Paden, Zac Chumbley, Reece Simpson, Ross Chumbley, Emily Simpson, Elizabeth Simpson, and he was blessed to meet and spend time with his new great-granddaughter Parker Brynn Paden.
Service will be Monday, November 13, at 1:00 P.M. at the Troy Christian Church, Troy, Ks.
Visitation: Sunday, November 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Troy Christian Church. Friends may call after 9:00 A.M. Sunday, at the Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy, Ks.
Memorials: Troy Christian Church and Doniphan County American Legion Baseball.
Nancy Kay O’Connor-Porter
Nancy Kay O’Connor-Porter 44, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Saint Joseph, MO. She was born August 6, 1973 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was a homemaker who enjoyed camping and cooking. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, William Timothy O’Connor. Survivors include, Parents, Marilyn and Roger Fones of St. Joseph, MO, daughters, Krystle (Jacob) Elder, Agency, MO, April Porter, St. Joseph, MO, and Tabitha Porter, Troy, KS, 4 grandchildren, Melodee, Alissa, Lane, and Jonathon, sisters, Vickie Hayword, St. Joseph, MO, and Stephanie Hathcox, Savannah, MO.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Copeland Baptist Church, with Rev. James Kerns officiating, The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to the Nancy Porter Memorial Fund in care of Rupp Funeral Home.
Barbara Mary Fargo
Barbara Mary Fargo, 83, of Atchison KS died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at the Mosiac Life Center, St. Joseph, MO.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2017 at the Becker Dyer Stanton Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Kollhoff officiating. The body has been cremated and burial of the cremated remains will be at 2:30pm Tuesday at the Topeka Cemetery, 1601 SE 10th Ave, Topeka, KS. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Barbara was born on July 4, 1934 in Topeka, KS the daughter of David W. and Ruth K. (Pease) Fargo. She graduated from Topeka High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washburn University, Topeka. She earned her Master’s Degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS . She taught home economics for two years in Lyon, KS and thirty eight years at Atchison High School, USD# 409. Barbara was a member of the United Methodist Church, member of Chapter FT PEO, Retired School Personnel, and the Atchison Hospital Auxiliary. Barbara also volunteered at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She enjoyed watching KU Basketball, KSU Football and the KC Royals.
Survivors include a brother, Gary D. Fargo, Topeka, KS, a nephew, Steven Fargo, Topeka, KS and four great nieces, one great nephew and a few cousins. Her parents and a niece preceded her in death.
Warren C. “Gerb” Gerber
Warren C. ”Gerb” Gerber, 89, long time business owner in Atchison, died on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at the Vintage Park Assisted Living Center, Atchison.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, Nov. 13th, 2017 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Matt Broxterman officiating. The body has been cremated and interment of the cremated remains will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to services at the church. The Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Warren was born on Feb. 22, 1928 in Atchison, KS the son of Clarence C. and Gladys (Shepherd) Gerber. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1945. Gerb worked as an electrical contractor and owned and operated Gerber Electric from 1963 to 1982. He was a member of the First Christian Church, was Past President of the Flyers Club, Member of the League of St. Maur, and Camp St. Maur, member of Bellevue Country Club, served as a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, Atchison, served as a member of the Atchison City Commission, and Board Member of the North East Kansas Technical Association. He enjoyed his family, fishing, hunting, playing golf, playing poker, computer programming, and scuba diving.
Mr. Gerber was married to Dorothy Blagg on Jan. 18, 1946 at the First Christian Church, Atchison. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2003. Survivors include a daughter, Vicki (Mike) Manly, Omaha, NE, a grandson, Michael P. (Colleen) Manly, Dallas TX, a granddaughter, Mary “Kate” (Brian) Hough, Omaha, NE, five great grandchildren, four nieces and one nephew. His parents, wife Dorothy, preceded him in death.
Alma Ida Bare
Alma Ida Bare, 95, of Hiawatha, KS died on November 7, 2017 at the Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha.
Alma was was born March 18, 1922 in Edgemont, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Amos William Rickell and Blanche Elva (Markham) Rickell.
She married Charles F. Bare Sr. October 11, 1941 in Highland, KS. They spent most of their married life in Frankfort, KS. They had two sons, Charles F. Bare Jr. (Linda) of Leigh, NE and William E. Bare (Mary) of Yukon, OK. Eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive.
Alma was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, KS. She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Lodge in Frankfort. She moved to Hiawatha in 2004 after the death of her husband.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Charles, siblings; Ruth Schuetz, Zelda Kelley, William Rickell, and identical twin sister Ada (Lansdon) Brewer.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Interment will follow at the Horton Cemetery in Horton, KS.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services from 10a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home 124 S. 7th St. Hiawatha, KS 66434.
Joseph Smygel Jr.
Joseph Smygel Jr.97, of Long Beach, CA passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. He was born September 9, 1920 in St. Joseph, MO, son of the late Anna and Joseph Smygel. He retired from the United States Post Office in Long Beach. He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church & the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Frances Eva Smygel, and Kathryn Turbak. Survivors include cousins, Carolyn Clemens, Country Club, Cathy Young, and Bernie Swartz.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 10:00 am at the St. James Catholic Church, Fr. Evan Harkins Celebrant. The inurnment will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Susan E. (Snowden) Nelson
MAYETTA – Susan E. (Snowden) Nelson, 70, of Mayetta, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Holton Community Hospital.
She was born March 2, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her parents were Harry and Helen Boone Snowden. They moved to Topeka when Susan was seven and she graduated from Highland Park High School in 1965.
She married Merlin Nelson on April 19, 1985 in Topeka. He survives, of the home.
Susan had worked for the Royal Valley School District as a bus driver until her health forced her to retire.
She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta, the Altar Society at the church, and she sang in the church choir.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Courtney Harrop, one brother and two sisters.
Other survivors include a son, Harold Richey, Topeka; a daughter, Tammy Graves, and husband Anthony, Topeka; one sister, Beverly Quigley, Topeka; and five grandchildren, Daniel, Jordan, David, Marissa and Freya.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 10th at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Mayetta Cemetery. Susan will lie in state Thursday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, followed by visitation until 8:00. Memorials are suggested to Heart of Jackson Humane Society, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 280, Hoyt, 66440.
Laurie Ann Smith
Platte City, Missouri – Laurie Ann Smith, 54, of Platte City, Missouri passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loved ones.
Laurie was born on October 16, 1963 in Hiawatha, Kansas to Francis “Gib” & Ruby (Jackson) Smith.
She worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as an Engineer, of which she was very proud to be an Engineer. She was a member of the Brotherhood of Locamotive Engineers.
Laurie loved fishing, cooking, watching cooking shows & playing X-box with her grandchildren. She also loved playing jokes on her family. Laurie’s other loves in life, were her dog Bleu, working to provide for her children.
She was preceded in death by her father, Francis “Gib” Smith & her maternal grandparents & paternal great-grandparents.
Survivors: 3 daughters, Mandy Simpson of Platte City, Missouri
Grandchildren, Hayden, Gib & Miley
Terra Ferris (Dustin) of Troy, Kansas
Grandchildren, Graycen, Aubrey, Bryer & Brock
Laura Adkins (Bobby Cain) of Austin, Texas
Mother, Ruby Smith (Jack Krugh) of Wathena, Kansas
Sister, Lisa Cashion of Aurora, Colorado
Brothers, Randy Smith of Wathena, Kansas
Wesley Smith (Pam) of Elwood, Kansas
Companion, Don Stout
Numerous nieces & nephews
Laurie’s wishes are to be cremated with no scheduled services.
Harman-Rohde Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.