Donald Eugene Wohlgemuth
1929 – 2019
Donald Eugene Wohlgemuth, 89, of Effingham, KS died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home unexpectedly.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at the Becker Chapel, 402 3rd St, Effingham, KS. The body has been cremated and interment of the cremated remains will follow the service at the Coal Creek Cemetery, North of Valley Falls, KS. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Valley Falls, KS or to Atchison County Emergency Medical Services and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Don was born on Sept. 3, 1929 in Atchison KS the son of William Henry and Florence Irene (Peak) Wohlgemuth. He attended the Shannon Grade School and graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army 53 Battalion Signal Corp during the Korean Conflict. Don worked as a carpenter for several construction companies, Robinson, Marsh, Heller and then his own company. He was an active member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Valley Falls, KS where he had served as Secretary of the Church Council for six years. He drove the school bus for ACCHS in Aug. 1945 at the age of 16, he had 59 children he delivered to school from his route. Don was a collector of antique tools and often asked “did you ever see one of these?” He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a proud photo carrying Grandpa who loved to show pictures of and tell about his grandchildren.
He was married to Mary Claire Reichart on July 31, 1953 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Atchison. She survives of the home in Effingham. Additional survivors include two sons; Kirk (Ruth) Wohlgemuth, Effingham, KS, and Kent (Mary Beth) Wohlgemuth, St. George, KS, two brothers; David (Lucile) Wohlgemuth, McGehee, AR, and Henry “Ike” Wohlgemuth, Sugar Creek, MO, a sister Virginia Glaman, Kansas City, MO, three grandchildren, three step grandchildren, three great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. His parents, three brothers, two infant brothers and Earl Wohlgemuth, and a sister Lorene Boggs, preceded him in death.
1918 – 2019
Rosalie Brod, 100, of Overland Park, passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Graveside services were held at Shaare Sholem Cemetery in St. Joseph on Friday, February 22.
Rosalie, an only child, was born to Jack and Anna (nee Herman) Lazriowich on June 7, 1918 in Kansas City, MO. Soon thereafter the family relocated to St Joseph, MO where Rosalie was raised. During her youth she enjoyed dance and was frequently lauded as a very proficient tap dancer.
An outstanding student, Rosalie graduated from Central High School in 1934 and turned 16 the following week. She attended St. Joseph Junior College for one year and then transferred to University of Kansas. After one year at KU, Rosalie transferred to University of Iowa where she graduated in 1939 from the School of Pharmacy. Rosalie practiced as a pharmacist throughout her adult life until her retirement in 1979.
In 1941 Rosalie and some of her girlfriends traveled to Kansas City where she met her future husband, Alfred Brod and it was love at first sight. The two were married a few months later and moved to Fort Worth, TX where Alfred worked for Uhlmann Grain. Their first child, and only daughter, Lynne, was born in Fort Worth, followed by Milton in Leavenworth, KS during WWII, and then Herbert in Fort Worth after the war. In 1951 the family returned to St. Joseph where Alfred took over his father-in-law’s used furniture and antiques business.
After Alfred died in 1976 Rosalie remained in St Joseph until 1980 and then relocated to San Antonio, TX where her daughter and family had recently moved. Unwilling to just sit around, Rosalie became active in the community, taking adult education courses and joining Temple Beth El and the local Jewish Community Center. During the next twenty-five years Rosalie served in the position of President of the senior’s group for the synagogue and also the same position for the JCC seniors group, where she received the “Charles Pearl” award for her significant volunteer efforts. At the suggestion of members of the local community, Rosalie became a committeewoman for the Democratic Party, helping to influence policy positions that involved the Jewish community.
Not limiting herself to the Jewish community, Rosalie also volunteered in the hematology and oncology clinic at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB where she was honored as Volunteer of the Year for Wilford Hall MC. She also spent extensive time as a volunteer reader for students in the nearby elementary school, and served on the grants application task force for United Way, evaluating proposals designed to help senior citizens.
Rosalie enjoyed reading, playing bridge and mah jong with her friends, attending musical theatre and dramatic plays, and helping with her grandchildren (Cheryl and Scott Potempa). Her hobbies included her stamp collection and her Wedgewood. She was an avid sports fan and was especially pleased when her San Antonio Spurs won several NBA championships. Rosalie was excited to celebrate her 100th birthday in June 2018, joined by friends and family and gorging on KC BBQ. No Passover was complete unless chopped liver was part of the menu.
In 2008 Lynne and her late husband Ken began to travel extensively and Rosalie made her final move to Overland Park where her son Milton and his wife Natalie lived. Rosalie is survived by her daughter Lynne Potempa and significant other (Charles B. Hill, III), sons and daughters-in-law Herbert (Jerri Anne) and Milton (Natalie), four grandchildren (Cheryl, Scott, Joshua and Jeffrey) and five great-grandchildren (Andrew, Reece, Kyle, Asher and Rose). The family suggests that contributions could be made to Hadassah or The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, or a charity of one’s choice.
Rosalie was known for her quick wit and love of learning and she remains an inspiration for all.
1965 – 2019
Nanette Perkins-Parker, 53, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Living Community.
She was born December 27, 1965 in St. Joseph, MO.
Nanette was preceded in death by her nephew, Alexander Perkins.
Survivors include her parents, Leon and Gloria (Schoff) Perkins; brothers, Todd Perkins, Chad Perkins; nephew, Mason Perkins; and her beloved dog, Pebbles.
Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.