RADKE, Hubert Samuel

b. 30 Jul 1924 - Russell County, Kansas

d. 11 Nov 2007 - Hutchinson, Kansas

From Great Bend (Kan) Tribune - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Submitted by Harlin Ochs

MILBERGER — Hubert Samuel Radke, 83, died Nov. 11 at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson. He was born July 30, 1924, in Russell County, the son of Samuel S. and Lena L. (Karst) Radke. He married Betty Ann SCHWIEN on June 12, 1949, at Milberger. He was a lifetime farmer and stockman with his son, Jon; he also owned and operated Hubert S. and Son Dirt Construction for 55 years with his son, Sammy. The love of his life was operating the motor grader. He was a lifetime resident of the Milberger area.

He was a member of the United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He served on the church council numerous times, was president of Area 2 Lutheran Men in Mission and recently served on the Church Call Committee. He also was active for the Milberger Memorial Day Veterans and Activities Association. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 6240 and American Legion Post 99, both of Russell.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1942-1944 in heavy artillery as a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife, of Russell; two sons, Sammy H. Radke and his wife, Penny, of Milberger, and Jon F. Radke and his wife, Brenda, of Hays; two daughters, Kathleen M. Angle and her husband, Steven, of Hays, and Elizabeth A. Radke of Milberger; a sister, Esther L. Bitter of Garden City; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a foster sister, Rachel Keister.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 am. Thursday at the church in Milberger, with Pastor Amy Austin, Pastor Robert Krier and Amy Truhe, PMA, officiating. Burial will be at Milberger Cemetery, Milberger, with military graveside rites conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation or KPRD Praise Radio in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

Funeral arrangements provided by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home 415 North Main/Box 146 Hoisington, KS 67544 620-653-4165 Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 13, 2007


RATHKE, Florentina Marie

b. 19 Feb 1911 - Olpe, Kansas

d. 8 Apr 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO - Florentina Marie Meyer, 96, died April 8, 2007, at Salem Nursing Home, Hillsboro.

She was born Feb. 19, 1911, in Olpe, the daughter of David and Louise Rathke. A resident of Hillsboro, she was a registered nurse.

She belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church, Tampa.

On Feb. 23, 1947, she married Martin MEYER in Olpe. He died in 2004.

Survivors include: a son, Glenn Meyer, Union City, Calif.; and a brother, Walter Rathke, Wichita.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Tampa, with the Rev. Clark M. Davis presiding. Visitation with family present is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tampa. Memorials may be sent to the church or Salem Nursing Home, in care of the funeral home.



b. 30 Nov 1912 - Greensburg, Kansas

d. 14 Ocr 2007 - Montezuma, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

MONTEZUMA - Alma Wedel, 94, died Oct. 14, 2007, at Bethel Home Inc., Montezuma.
She was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Greensburg, the daughter of Henry and Sarah Schmidt Ratzlaff. She was a homemaker.
She belonged to the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Montezuma.
On Dec. 10, 1934, she married Lincoln WEDEL in Dodge City. He died Jan. 5, 1987.
Survivors include: a son, Eugene, McPherson; a daughter, Carolyn Becker, Montezuma; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert; five brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Montezuma Mennonite Church, with Ministers Charles Schmidt, Edwin Classen and Donald Koehn presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Montezuma Funeral Home, Box 421, Montezuma, KS 67867. Burial will be in North Mennonite Church Cemetery, Montezuma. Memorials may be sent to the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Montezuma, in care of the funeral home



b. abt 1923

d. 13 May 2007 - Newton, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

NEWTON - Esther A. Harms, 84, died May 13, 2007, at Presbyterian Manor, Newton.

Survivors include: one son, Larry, Newton; and one sister, Martha Meney, Whalesburg, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin (HARMS), three brothers, Arnie, Irvin R. and Harry Ratzlaff; and one sister, Wilma Wahlstedt.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Community Church with Pastor Dave Reimer presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grace Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Gideon's International, in care of the funeral home.


RATZLAFF, Esther May (Schroeder)

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b. 27 Aug 1917 - Newton, Kansas

d. 27 Oct 2007 - Enid, Oklahoma

From Hillsboro Star Journal - October 31, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Harvey E. Ratzlaff, 90, of Enid, Okla., died Oct. 27, 2007.

Born Aug. 27, 1917, at Newton, he was the son of Jonathan and Marie (Plenert) Ratzlaff.

He grew up in Hillsboro until the age of 11, then moved to Beaver County, Oklahoma in 1928.

On Nov. 28, 1940, he married Betty SCHROEDER. They had a dairy and farmed in the Balko community for several years, retiring in 1987. They moved to Enid, Okla., in June 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Shelli.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Enid, Okla.; two daughters, Jolene Carroll of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sandra Hall of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Sherwin Ratzlaff of Enid, Okla., and Mike Ratzlaff of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Irma Koop and Merlie Friesen, both of Hillsboro; a brother, Kermit Ratzlaff of Hillsboro; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday morning at Crossroads Bible Fellowship Church, Bryans Corner, Okla., with the Rev. James Epp officiating. Burial was in Balko Mennonite Church Cemetery.



b. 2 Jun 1916 - Cimarron, Kansas

d. 1 Oct 2007 - Dodge City, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Sunday, October 14, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

CIMARRON - John R. Ratzlaff, 91, died Oct. 11, 2007, at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.
He was born June 2, 1916, in Cimarron, the son of John B. and Susie Koehn Ratzlaff. He was a lifetime resident of Cimarron. He spent most of his life working in Gray County and was employed by the Bays Foundry, Dodge City. He was also a farmer.
He belonged to Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Cimarron.
On Aug. 12, 1936, he married Martha Eva SMITH in Jetmore. She died April 12, 1985.
Survivors include: four sons, Ronnie, Ernie and Duane, all of Cimarron, and Ken, Buhl, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Ben, Jonas and Bill; three sisters, Clara, Mary and Lena; a son, Jimmy Dean; a daughter, Albina; a grandson, Brad; and a great-grandson, Cody.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Cimarron, with Curt Ensz, Wilbur Koehn and Dallas Koehn presiding. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be in North Mennonite Cemetery, Montezuma. Memorials may be sent to Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Cimarron, in care of Montezuma Funeral Home, Box 421, Montezuma, KS 67867.


REEL, Rosemary Feagler (Schlagel)

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b. 27 Dec 1909 - McPherson County, Kansas

d. 4 Apr 2007 - Inman, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Thursday - April 5, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

INMAN - Elmer Regehr, 97, died April 4, 2007, at Pleasant View Home, Inman.

He was born Dec. 27, 1909, in McPherson County, the son of George A. and Justina Klassen Regehr. He graduated from Zoar Academy. He had worked as a farmer for 49 years west of Inman and as a contractor building homes.

He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman. He had been a board member for Wolf Creek and Country Side grade schools.

On Nov. 17, 1935, he married Dorothy RATZLAFF in Buhler. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Gary D. and wife, Sharon, Inman, and Dean and wife, Lois, Inman; a sister, Martha Wiens, Inman; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, George Jr., in infancy, and Alvin.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman, with Pastors Alden Dick and Dan Dalke presiding. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Buhler Mortuary. Burial will be in North Inman Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Bethel Mennonite Church, Pleasant View Home, or Hospice Care of Kansas, in care of Buhler Mortuary, P.O. Box 589, Buhler, KS 67522.


REGIER, Anna Marie

b. 23 Jun 1915 - Newton, Kansas

d. 10 Aug 2007 - Reedley, California

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

REEDLEY, Calif. - Anne Marie Regier Jantz, 82, Reedley, Calif., formerly of Newton and Hoxie, Kan. was taken into eternal life on Aug. 10, 2007, with her daughters by her side at her home in Reedley, where she retired after teaching school for twenty-four years.
Anne Marie was born June 23, 1925 in Newton, Kan. to Marie Enns and Daniel C. Regier. She is a 1944 graduate of Buhler High School and a 1970 graduate of Bethel College, North Newton.
On Aug. 26, 1949, in Boulder, Colo., Anne Marie Regier married Irwin Wayne JANTZ, of rural Hesston.
She was preceded in death by Wayne Jantz, Harlingen, Texas, a son-in-law, Mark Schippers, Hoxie, Kan. and her brother-in-law Dan E. Nachtigal of Inman.
Anne is survived by her sister, Marjorie Nachtigal, Inman, Kan. and three children, daughters, Khyleen Schippers Schwarzenberger and her husband Bob of Wichita, Kan., Krystine Baalman and her husband Rodney of Menlo, Kan. and son, Paul D. Jantz and wife Rosella of Reedley, Calif. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Anne enjoyed many memorable travels throughout her lifetime. With her family, Anne actively participated in N.C.H.A. and enjoyed camping in many state and national parks across America. Her passion was to travel and she enjoyed photographing and scrapbooking these many excursions. Anne shared first hand the different lands and cultures she visited with her students at Hoxie Grade School, where she taught social studies and geography for 17 years. A highlight of her life was traveling to Europe to attend the 1967 Mennonite World Conference in Amsterdam.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2007 at Buhler Mortuary, Buhler, Kan. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, rural Inman, with Pastor Fred Obold presiding. Burial will be in Hoffnungsau Cemetery, Memorials may be sent to the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) or the Kansas Humane Society, 4218 Southeast Blvd., Wichita, KS 67210, in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 North Main, Buhler, Kansas, 67522.

REGIER, Goldie J. (Neufeld)

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b. 23 Aug 1948 - Billings, Montana

d. 30 July 2007 - Laurel, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 2 Aug 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

LAUREL - Rickey Rehling, 58, of Laurel, died Monday morning, July 30, 2007, at his home.
Rickey Lee Rehling was born on Aug. 23, 1948, in Billings, a son of Richard and Lois Rehling. In October of 1967, he joined the U.S. Army. He served six years of which some were in Korea. He later worked for the railroad until he was disabled.
He married Darlene Bailey on Feb. 14, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard, and a son, David.
Survivors include his mother, Lois Rehling; his wife, Darlene; brother Duane; and four stepchildren, Krystal, Jon, Rachel and Jason; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be deeply missed.
Memorial services will be held 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Ocee Johnson Memorial Chapel at St. John's Lutheran Nursing Home, Billings. Inurnment will follow with military honors at the Laurel Cemetery.


REIB, Darlene Genevieve (Benzel)

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REIBER, Lynda Mae (Eckas)

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b. 23 Jun 1961 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 11 May 2007 - Mitchell, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 15 May 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

MITCHELL - Gary Reichert, 45, passed away May 11, 2007 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday May 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with the Pastor Nancy Tomlinson officiating. According to his wishes cremation has occurred.
A memorial has been established to The Dream Foundation. Tributes of sympathy may be left at
www.dugankramer.com. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
Gary was born June 23, 1961, in Scottsbluff to Fred and Sandra Reichert. He grew up in Scottsbluff and graduated from the Scottsbluff High School in 1979. He married Tami Reifschneider in 1982. He began work for Tallmon Jewelers in 1978 in Scottsbluff where he became a master Jeweler. In 1985 Gary his wife Tami and brother Fred opened Reichert Jewelers in Monument Mall and later Monument Jewelers.
In 2002 Gary and wife Tami - opened Reichert's of Ogallala and in 2004 G & T Reichert's Fine Jewelry and Gifts located downtown Scottsbluff - which Gary and Tami continue to operate up until the time of his death. Gary loved his craft and his customers and created thousands of custom designs for them over the years. Gary loved the outdoors ? hunting and fishing with friends and scuba diving when he could. Spending time at his cabin at Lake McConaughy. He loved to travel and inspite of his illness he took many special trips in the last year. His family and friends will sadly miss Gary.
Survivors include his wife, Tami; daughter, Tiffany Muhr (Andy); son, Kourtland of Scottsbluff ? mother Sandra Reichert; brothers, Fred and Terry Reichert of Scottsbluff and Sister Tammy Weigel (Bob) of Morrill and numerous nieces, nephews.
Preceding him in death was his father, Fred Reichert and father-in-law, Henry H. Reifschneider.


Reichert, Harry E. "Harvey"

b. 13 Jul 1938 - Minatare, Nebraska

d. 27 Aug 2007 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld , Scottsbluff, NE - 31 Aug 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Harry E. "Harvey" Reichert, 69, of Cheyenne died Monday, August 27, 2007, in Cheyenne.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes with Rev. Elmer Wilhelm officiating. Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
Honorary urn bearers will be Doug Bott, Dr. Kirt Colbert, Terry Reichert, Andy Guiterrez, and Craig Brodahl. Friends who wish may send contributions to Zion Congregational Church.
Harvey was born July 13, 1938 in Minatare and had lived there since 1960. He served in the United States Marine Corp and was a Police Officer for the Cheyenne Police Department retiring in 1985.
He was a member of Zion Congregational Church and a past member of the Moose. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed his time and work at Zion Congregational Church. Harvey loved being with his grandchildren and was a caregiver to all he met.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia, whom he married June 5, 1960 in Gering; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Christine Reichert, Cathrine Reichert-Boone and Dennis Boone, and Paula and Rich Cripe all of Cheyenne; grandchildren, Alexandria, Camryn, Eryca, Brittany, Bryson, and Brennan; and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws in Nebraska.
His parents, David and Katherine Reichert and twelve siblings preceded him in death.



Dittle, Russia

b. 30 Oct 1908 - Dittle, Russia

d. 30 Jul 2007 - Brush, Colorado

From Herr and Jolliffe Mortuary, Fort Morgan, Colorado - 07-30-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell

HENRY H. REICHERT, 98, longtime area farmer, died early Monday morning,
July 30, 2007 at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush.
He was born in Dittle, Russia on Oct. 30, 1908 to Fred & Elizabeth (Reich) Reichert. The family came to the United States from Russia in 1912, settling in the Greeley area.
Henry married Mary LONG on Sept. 4, 1927 in Windsor. The family moved to Fort Morgan from Greeley in 1961. Reichert was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Church in Fort Morgan. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time.
He is survived by his two sons, Clyde Reichert & his wife Helen and Darrell Reichert, all of Fort Morgan; three sisters, Mary Roth, Rita Reichert, and Elsa Reichert, all of Greeley; three granddaughters, Lynn Pickering & her husband Gary of Fort Morgan, Dee

Duke and her husband Gary of Strasberg, CO, and Kim Pabst & her husband Brian of Hillrose, CO. He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Mr. Reichert was preceded in death by his wife Mary, their infant son Wesley Dean Reichert; 6 brothers and 3 sisters.
Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 2nd from 5-8 PM at the Heer & Jolliffe Mortuary in Fort Morgan. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 3rd at 10:30 AM at the Immanuel Evangelical Church, 318 West 7th Ave., Fort Morgan. Interment services will follow at 2:30 PM at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3400 West 28th Street, Greeley. Friends may make memorial gifts to Immanuel Evangelical Church. The Heer & Jolliffe Mortuary in Fort Morgan is in charge of arrangements

REICHERT, Larry George

b.24 Dec 1942 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 30 Sep 2007 - Mesa, Arizona

From The Star-Herald from 10/2/2007 - 10/4/2007. - Scottsbluff, NE

Submitted by Mark B. Wills

MESA, Ariz. - Larry Reichert, 64, passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007 at Banner/Baywood Medical Center in Mesa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa. Interment will be at Mariposa Gardens also in Mesa.
Larry was born in Scottsbluff Dec. 24, 1942, to George and Leah Reichert. He was raised in rural Gering and Mitchell where he attended school. He married Cindy SCHMUNK March 17, 1964 in Sidney. The couple made their home, farmed and raised their two children in Mitchell Valley and later, Lyman. Larry started a feed grinding and hauling business in Morrill during the late 1970's and pursued that up to when they relocated to Mesa in 1986. He operated tractor/trailers throughout Arizona until the mid 1990's when illness forced him to retire.
Being an avid hunter, fisherman, gun collector and John Deere enthusiast were Larry's biggest hobbies, not to mention the restoration of his fathers' 1939 John Deere "A" tractor, of which he was extremely proud and received countless compliments from neighbors, passers-by and the local media. Larry was a very creative and ingenious man. He had that gift to create or repair something with either an idea or actual knowledge. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
Survivors include his loving, devoted wife Cindy; sons, Tim (and wife Lori) of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Jeff of Mesa; special grandchildren, Brendan (his best buddy and pal) and Breanna and mother-in-law, Sarah Schmunk all of Mesa; brother, Cliff Reichert and sister Carol Schanaman both of Scottsbluff.
His parents and his father-in-law Henry Schmunk preceded him in death.

REICHERT, Olinda Christine

b. 9 Oct 1913 - Loveland, Colorado

d. 16 Jul 2007 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

From Obituary information

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick
Olinda Christine Lorenz, 93, of Cheyenne, formerly of Weld County, Colo., was welcomed in the arms of the Lord on July 16 ( 2007) in Cheyenne.
She was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Loveland, Colo., to Henry and Sophie Reichert.
Olinda and her husband, Paul (LORENZ) were married on Feb. 14, 1935, and dairy farmed in Weld County, Colo., for many years. She was a devout Christian and was a member of the Christian Church of Greeley, Colo.
She is survived by her daughter, Norma and her husband, Kenneth Malmborg of Cheyenne; one brother, Raymond Reichert of Spearfish, S.D.; three grandchildren, John and wife, Sherena Langley of Wichita, Kan., Jeneane and husband, David Buresh of Cheyenne and Jan and husband, Thomas Loftin Jr., also of Cheyenne; eight great-grandchildren, Ashlie Housand, Brock Buresh, Heath and wife, Jennifer Loftin, Garth Buresh, John T. Langley III, Christopher Langley, Cragen Buresh, and Stephen Langley and two great-great-grandchildren, Christopher T. Housand and Natalie R. Loftin.
She was preceded in death by husband, Paul C. Lorenz in 1982; son, Marvin Lorenz; parents and by two brothers, Wilmer Reichert and Herb Reichert and one sister, Nora Libsack.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Greeley with John Langley officiating.


REICHERT, Patricia Ann (Harris)

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REICHERT, Ruth Helen (Hein)

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REILLY, Esther (Hardt)

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b. 29 Apr 1925 - Kimberly, Idaho

d. 6 Oct 2007 - Pasco, Washington

From information received GR-Genealogy

Submitted Elaine McDowell and Susan Roy

OPAL R. WHITE - Opal R. (Reimann) White passed away on October 6, 2007.

She was born July 29, 1925 at Kimberly Idaho to August and Emma (Hochbaum) Reimann. She graduated from Emmett Idaho High School in 1944.

April 11, 1946 she married Gene M. White at Twin Falls Idaho, and they lived in Idaho until 1950, when they moved to the Tri-Cities.

She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters Carol Lowery (Mike), Susan Roy, and son Gregory White (Paulette); 4 grand-children, Chris Benson, Jean Chapman (Justin), Cameron White and Marcie White; 3 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Kaylen and Ryan Chapman. She also has 2 surviving brothers, Herman Reimann of Gig Harbor, Washington and Paul Reimann of St. Maries, Idaho. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, but loved by her.

Opal was a member of the International Porcelain Art Teachers association and taught for many years around the country, including Canada and Mexico, and also at Columbia Basin College. She founded the Porcelain Artists of the Great Northwest, a school that has continued for 30 years.

Upon retirement she was devoted to genealogy and tracing the lineage of her family. She was a member of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Inland Northwest Chapter.

She was the heart of her family and was a beautiful and gracious soul. She was full of life and vigor and many appreciated her willingness to jump in and fix something, engineer a project, or invent something new for their homes. She touched the lives of many people.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 2:00 pm at The Stone Ridge Event Center, Pasco, WA.

Memorials may be made to Hospice, Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 or the Franklin County Historical Society, 305 N. 4th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301.


REIN, LeRoy Duane

b. 30 May 1929 - Ness City, Kansas

d. 26 Sep 2007 - Jal, New Mexico

From Great Bend (Kan) Tribune - September 27, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

LeRoy Duane Rein, Sr., 78, of Jal, N.M., died Sept. 26, 2007. He was born May 30, 1929, in Ness County, Kan. He was a retired oilfield truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Veva Lee Rein, of Jal; a son, LeRoy Duane Rein, Jr., of Carlsbad, N.M.; three daughters, Lana Rae Pitts of Hodenville, Okla., and Betty Jean Trude and Melodee Rein, both of Salina; one brother, Milton Rein of Great Bend; two sisters, Darlene Mylos of Hoisington and Joyce Wegelee of Otis; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church of Jal, N.M., with Brother Alan Speed officiating. Interment will follow at Jal Cemetery. Condolences to the family can be sent at fs-fp.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by Family Services Funeral Parlor, 911 E. School St./P.O. Box 905 Kermit, TX 79745 (432) 586-9003 Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 27, 2007


REINERT, Anna Caroline (Geerdes)

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b. 11 Mar 1958 - Billings, Montana

d. 3 Nov 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 6 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L.Schmick

Scott went to be with the Lord after a long, courageous battle. He died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007.
Scott was born on March 11, 1958, in Billings, to Arthur and Donna Reinhardt. He graduated from Senior High in 1976. He was married to the love of his life, Terri GORRELL, on Sept. 15, 1979. Scott was a devoted husband and father who loved God and his family above all else. He had a great faith and trusted in the Lord for everything. He had a gift for working with his hands and with those hands he provided for his family and others. He had a true servant's heart and a gift of ministry for anyone in need. His true passion for ministry was at Abba's Haven Church Camp a ministry of New Life Church.
Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Reinhardt and sister, Sandra. He is survived by his wife, Terri (Gorrell); children, Jene of Billings, Daniel and Beth, U.S. Army, Fort Carson, Colo., Jessica and Angela of the family home; his father, Arthur of Billings, Linda Schoneberg (Paul) of Wyoming, JoAnn (Wayne) Lauwers of North Dakota, Cary (Cheryl) of Ohio, Greg (Kelly) of Billings; his mother and father-in-law, Karla and Don Gorrell; sisters-in-law, Tammy (Dean) Wagenmann, Debbie (Allen) Halter; and numerous nephews and nieces that were all very special; also all those Scott considered his extended family, the Frey family, Mindy Frank family, Krause Family, Dawn, Aaron, Kayla, Kara, Lori, Ciara, C.W., Josh, Nick, Travis, Chaney, the SFC White family, Carl, Mark, students of the Broadview and Lavina schools, past and present, the Broadview Youth Group and the many kids passing through Abbas Haven Church Camp.
A special thank you to the many nurses at St. Vincent's Observation and Surgery Plus Units. You were an inspiration to us all.
Scott's life will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at New Life Church, 3/4 mile south of King Avenue on Shiloh Road. Visitation will be held at Michelotti-Sawyers from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scott Reinhardt Fund in care of Sara at Rocky Mountain Bank.


REISWIG, Loretta (Faul)

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REITER, Helen M. (Walter)

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b. 19 Apr 1919 - Laurel, Montana

d. 1 Sep 1007 - Laurel, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 3 Sep 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

LAUREL - Rose Reiter Deines, 88, passed away peacefully at the Liggett Cottage, St. John's on Sept. 1, 2007.
Rose was born on April 19, 1919, in Laurel, the daughter of Jacob and Katherine Reiter. She graduated from the Laurel High School. Rose married Harry DEINES on Sept

30, 1938. They had two daughters, Donna Leuthold and Rosetta Deines.
Rose was a life long member of the First Congregational Church in Laurel. She was truly dedicated to her Lord and Savior. Rose was actively involved in the church choir and singing for years in a German singing group, Dorcas Society and Bible Studies. Rose loved her flowers and could hardly wait for spring to plant her geraniums.

Rose was a talented seamstress, sewing many wedding dresses, formals and doing alterations. She loved sharing her baked goods with everyone. At Christmas she made almond-roca and other times German coffee cake and cabbage rolls (a family favorite.)
Rose loved pink and she always had a soft-pink kitchen, 'cause it made her happy.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband Harry of 69 years, her daughter Rosetta and her sisters Katherine (Joe) Gettman, Marie (Jake) Batt, Betty (Dan) Trupp and brothers Alexander (Dick) Reiter and Jack Reiter and son-in-law Eddie Leuthold. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Leuthold; grandchildren, Rick (Cindy) Leuthold, Jeff (Ingeri) Leuthold and Doug Hauf; great-grandchildren, Katie, Lindsay, Jessica, Keaton, Parker and Chloe; niece Loretta Lam; nephews, Gerald Trupp and Darrell McGillen; sister-in-law Irene (Norm) Shorb and brother-in-law Bud Fritzler.
A special thank you to the staff at Liggett Cottage and Big Sky Hospice for all the love and caring they gave Rose.
Memorials may be made to Big Sky Hospice, Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107; The First Congregational Church, P. O. Box 995, Laurel, MT 59044 or charity of choice. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at First Congregational Church in Laurel with interment in the Laurel Cemetery. Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel is in charge of arrangements.


REITER, Sarah (Weil)

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REITZ, John D.

b. abt 1935

d. 28 Jul 2007 - Cascase, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 30 Jul 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick and Margaret Bitz

CASCASE - John D. "Jack" Reitz, 72, of Cascade, died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at his home of natural causes.
His memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Lawn Chapel on Tuesday, July 31, at 2 p.m. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.
John D. "Jack" Reitz was the beloved husband of Mary Lyn for 46 years; dearest father of Michael (Pam), Marie (Rob) Doremus, Melanie (Paul) Bjelajac, Rita (Bart) Bauer and Matthew (Dawn); adoring grandfather of eight wonderful grandchildren, Nick, Jackie, Ryan, Bailey, Erich, Garrett, Helen, Cooper; dear brother of Sister Mary Reitz and Jim (Robbie) Reitz; brother¬-in-law of Sue (Phil) Wenski, Lois (Terry) Richardson and Joan Bradac; and son-¬in-law of Evelyn Bradac.
Jack was one of the last true cowboys; there "wasn't a story that couldn't be told or a horse that couldn't be rode." His skill and passion for baseball and basketball earned him the nickname "Lefty", that's still recognized 60 years later.
Although a world traveler, he was happiest at Glacier National Park. Family and friends have wonderful memories of shared times outdoors on the river, fishing, hiking, picking fruit and driving "Stubbie."
We are sure that heaven now has an ample supply of salt for their water conditioners, their cattle and highways, and that no heavenly lawn is cluttered with unsightly branches. Even though his lawn mower and chain saw have gone silent, we know he has not. In fact he has probably already engaged Jesus in a lively discussion on politics or religion. We'll miss you as our husband, father, and friend.
Donations may be sent to Peace Hospice of Montana, 2600 15th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.


REIMER, Emilie J. (Klassen)

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b. 22 Feb 1947 - Shattuck, Oklahoma

d. 13 Sep 2007 - Edmond, Oklahoma

From Northwest Oklahoman (NWO) - September 20, 2007

Submitted by Janet Flickinger

Jon Lee Reisig, 60, died Sept. 13, 2007 in Edmond, OK. He was born Feb. 22, 1947 in Shattuck, OK the son of Leo C. and Lillian Weibert Reisig. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1968. He married Karen Sue LIESE on June 22, 1979 in Tulsa, OK. Jon was a radiological technologist with the OU Med. Center for 20 years and retired from Mercy Health Center.

His parents preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Karen; two sons, Kyle, OKC and David Vore, Tucson, AZ; a daughter Mistry, OKC; a brother Ted, Shattuck, OK.

Jon was a smart, easygoing quick-witted man. He was an avid Republican with conservative values. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. We will miss his humor and silly quirks. Jon will be missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Quail Springs Baptist Church Work of Heart Building Campaign, 14613 N. May Ave., 73134.

Funeral was Sept. 15, 2007 at Quail Springs Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Graveside services were held in the Shattuck Cemetery at 3 p.m.



b. 18 Aug 1924 - Utica, Kansas

d. 15 Oct 2007 - Loveland, Colorado

From Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne, WY - 16 Oct 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Arvilla Fabrizius, 83, of Loveland, Colo., passed away Oct. 15. (2007)
She was born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Utica, Kan., to Osmer Reninger and Myrtle (Halsey) Reninger. She graduated from Utica High School in Utica in 1943. She lived in Loveland from 1945 to 1949; Phillipsburg, Kan., from 1949 to 1959; Loveland from 1959 to 1990; Cheyenne from 1990 to 1995; and Loveland from 1995 to present.
She married William FABRIZIUS on Aug. 24, 1945, in St. Frances, Kan. He later passed away in June 2000. While living in Loveland, she worked at Colorado Crystal, Teledyne and Hewlett Packard.
She was a member of the Ladies Elks.
She loved bowling. She loved baking, winning numerous ribbons in the county fair.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Sheppard of Loveland, Elizabeth Markham and husband, Bill of Berthoud, Colo., Carolyn Sue Van Syckle and husband, Roger of Philadelphia and Margaret Harmon and husband, Brian of Loveland; brother-in-law, Rev. Louis Fabrizius and wife, Genevieve of Bakersfield, Calif.; sister-in-law, Doris Fabrizius of Loveland; eight grandchildren, Karla Sheppard of Loveland and Scott Sheppard of Napa, Calif., Jennifer (Bruce) Schlagel of Berthoud, Colo., Brett Markham (Christina) of Berthoud, Master Sgt. Tammy Berry of Fayetteville, N.C., Wendy Streske (Dan) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Kyra Harmon of Loveland, Kaleb Harmon of Loveland; 2 great-grandchildren, Anna Schlagel and Cate Schlagel of Berthoud, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Odessa Johnson.
Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allnutt Hunter Chapel. Funeral procession at 12:45 p.m., Thursday from Allnutt Hunter Chapel to Resthaven Memory Gardens for a graveside service at 1 p.m.
Memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Hearts and Horses in care of Allnutt Funeral Services.

REISER, William Junior

b. 15 Sep 1919 - Ellinwood, Kansas

d. 27 Aug 2007 - Ellinwood, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

ELLINWOOD - William Junior Reiser, 87, died Aug. 27, 2007, at Ellinwood District Hospital Long-Term Care.
He was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Ellinwood, the son of William and Josephine Graff Reiser. He was a lifetime resident of Ellinwood. He worked as a mechanic at Mobil Oil and retiring in 1984. He was known as the "Boat Man." He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Ellinwood.
On March 14, 1942, he married Ruth Oleene WHALA in Great Bend. She died Jan. 15, 1996. On Nov. 21, 1998, he married Rosie E. Martin. She survives.
Other survivors include: a daughter Sherry Pitts Goeller, Great Bend; four brothers, Homer F., Ellinwood, Howard C., Prior, Okla., Norman, McPherson, and Elvin, Artesia, N.M.; a sister, Hazel Kuehler, Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Ellinwood, with the Revs. Jason Winget and Roy Savage presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery, Ellinwood.
Memorials may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church, Ellinwood District Hospital Swing Bed, Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice, all in care of Kimple Funeral Home



b. 11 Sep 1920 - St. Anthony, South Dakota

d. Oct 1947 - Bismarck, South Dakota

From Mandan Daily Pioneer 11 Oct 1947

Submitted by eusteel@cox.net
John Ressler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Ressler of Mandan died in a Bismarck hospital Friday at 3:30 p.m. Funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. October 13 in St. Joseph’s church of Mandan.
Mr. Ressler was born Sept. 11, 1920 at St. Anthony. He was married on Nov. 5, 1941 to Miss Annie BENDER daughter of Nick Bender of Mandan. Four children were born to the couple including twins. The twins died in 1945 and a son died on January 19 at the age of one year and three months.
Surviving Mr. Ressler are his wife and daughter; four sisters, Mrs. Adam Monlowitz of Mott; Mrs. Lormer Sandland of Selfridge, Annie and Angeline Ressler of Mandan; and two brothers, Matt and Teddy of Mandan.
Pallbearers for the funeral will be Lormer Sandland of Selfridge, Adam Monolovitz of Mott, Nick Bender of Mandan, and Alex, Jack and Adam Bender of St. Anthony.
The body is at the Kennelly Funeral home and will be taken later to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Ressler. Mandan Daily Pioneer 11 Oct 1947



b. 14 Apr 1935 - Wichita, Kansas

d. 14 Nov 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hillsboro Star Journal - November 21, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Dwayne Reusser, 72, died Nov. 14, 2007, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.

Born April 14, 1935, at Wichita, he was the son of Jennings and Elma (Klassen) Reusser.

He was an insurance claims adjuster. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.

On June 30, 1958, he married Shirley HIEBERT at Newton.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Hillsboro; two sons, Layne Reusser and Ty Reusser of Wichita; daughter, Diedre Serene of Hillsboro; brother, LaVerne Reusser of Mulvane; five sisters, Delores Dickey of Pittsburg, Jennis Rhoades of Evergreen, Colo., Ruth Ann Reusser of Destin, Fla., Mary Elizabeth Abbott of Arvada, Colo., and Flossie Richardson of Mulvane; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday morning at First Mennonite Church with Pastor Randy Smith officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

Memorial funds have been established with the church, Hospice Care of Kansas, or Hillsboro Community Medical Center.


RHOADES, Dorothy M. (Morgheim)

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RIEB, Henry

b. 25 Apr 1917 - Windsor, Colorado

d. 16 Jun 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From The Star-Herald from 6/19/2007 - 6/21/2007. - Scottsbluff, NE

Submitted by Mark B. Wills

Henry "Hank" Rieb, 90, died June 16, 2007 at the Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at the First Congregational Church with Pastor Matt Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the casket will be open at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Henry was born April 25, 1917 in Windsor, Colo. the son of Peter and Marie (Bachman) Rieb. In 1924 the family moved to the Scottsbluff area where he was confirmed in the Zion Evangelical Church and it was there he met and later married Katherine "Kate" GREEN. Henry and Katherine were married in Scottsbluff on Sept. 6, 1936. Henry farmed until 1967 when he moved to Torrington where he began his career with the City of Torrington per-forming various jobs and eventually working for the water department until he retired in 1979. The family became members of the First Congregational Church when they first arrived in Torrington. After fifty-seven years of marriage, Henry lost his beloved wife Katherine on Oct. 24, 1992. Henry married Mildred Martin Feb. 14, 1995, and she died Aug. 4, 1996.
Henry was a member of both the Moose and Elk's lodges in Torrington. He had a passion for polka music and was an honorary member of the Torrington September Fest. In his early 80's, Henry began taking classes, passed, and became a member of the Citizen's Force with the Torrington Police Department.
Over the years Henry made many friends and always had a smile for everyone. He enjoyed working in his garden and had a special fondness for growing roses. He enjoyed a variety of sports, which included both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Denver Broncos. However, his number one passion was NASCAR racing. He enjoyed making model horsedrawn beet wagons. He has a talent for seeing something and then going home to build it. Henry was full of life, a great storyteller, left his impression on everyone he met, and was never afraid of hard work. He led a full and productive life, was loved by many, and will be missed by all.
Survivors include his sister, Elma Hilzer of Scottsbluff; children and their spouses, Marvin and Sandy (Hankins) Rieb of Torrington, Patricia and Tom Anderson of Brighton, Colo., Carol and Terry Lofink of Torrington, Nancy and Roy Brewer of Onalaska, Wis., and Cindi Rieb of Westminster, Colo.; grandchildren, Andrea (Rieb) and Jay Johnson, Scott and Tammy Anderson, Tom and Karen Anderson, Shellee (Rieb) and Wade Wells, Terry Conrad and Whitne Lofink, Michael and Brenda Brewer, Stephanie (Brewer) and Kent Manglitz, and Jodi (Brewer) and Paul Zaugg; seventeen great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and step-children, Larry and Linda Martin and Stan Martin.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Katherine; second wife, Mildred; son, Ronald; brothers, Carl, Herman, and Pete; and sisters, Rosie, Kate, and Mary.


b. 9 Oct 1937 - Spalding, Nebraska

d. 14 Nov 2007 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 17 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Anna "Kay" Hart, 70, of Scottsbluff, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
A funeral mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Don Buhrman officiating. Casual attire is requested. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. A vigil service will be at 6 p.m., Sunday, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff. Friends may visit from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to St. Agnes Catholic Church and to the Scottsbluff Fire and Rescue Department. Tributes of sympathy may be left at
Kay was born Oct. 9, 1937, in Spalding, Neb. to John and Mable (DeLay) Riebschlager. She grew up at Spalding and graduated from the Spalding High School in 1955. She then attended Kearney State College for a year. She married Darrell Dean Cunningham. They lived in Omaha until he preceded her in death in 1966. She returned to Spalding, later moving to Grand Island. On April 19, 1974, she married Robert HART at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. They moved to Mitchell in 1974, where she owned and operated Kay's Drive-In Liquor. She sold her business in 1993 and went to work at Bailey's Town and County as a checker. She also worked at Sykes and retired from Wal-Mart. Kay was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She loved working in her yard and quilting.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Hart; sons, David Dean Cunningham and Daniel Charles Cunningham both of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepchildren, Donald (Betty) Hart of Summerville, Ga., Neal (Debbie) Hart of Morrill and Anne (Tim) Warren of Harrisburg, Mo.; 11 step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister, Rosemary Michelau of Windom, Minn.; and brothers, John Riebschlager of Colorado and Al-fred Riebschlager of New Jersey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Ben-nett; and brother, Robert Reibschlager.


RIEDEL, Leonard J.

b. 24 Apr 1924 - Boyd, Kansas

d. 3 Jul 2007 - Kansas City, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Friday, July 6, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Leonard J. Riedel, 83, died July 3, 2007, at his residence, Kansas City.

He was born on April 24, 1924, in Boyd, the son of Frank P. and Caroline Riedel. He was an oiler for the county highway department. He had been a resident of Kansas City for 12 years, coming from Salina. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and retiring from the U.S. Air Corp.

He married Bernice TAUSCHER. She died May 1, 1999.

Survivors include: a son, Steven, Kansas City; and three sisters, Joyce Bitter, Olmitz, Rose Marie Menefee, Wichita and Carolyn Heinz, Shawnee Mission.

He was preceded in death by: two brothers, Robert and Charles Riedel.

Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz with Father Ultan Murphy presiding. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Olmitz with military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post No. 7428 and American Legion Post No. 286, both of Hoisington. Memorials may be sent to St. Ann Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, Kansas, 67544.


RIFFEL, Isabel (Joanne)

b. abt 1934

d. 28 Oct 2007 - Salina, Kansas

From Wichita Eagle - Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

SALINA - Riffel, Isabel "Joanne," 73, died Oct. 28, 2007. Service 10 a.m. Saturday, First Covenant Church. Survivors: husband, Robert; daughter, Beverly Jackson; son, Bradley; brother, Norman Pihl; 3 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home. Published in the Wichita Eagle on 10/31/2007.


RISHEL, Evelyn R.

b. 23 Jul 1924 - Forestburg, South Dakota

d. 26 Nov 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 28 Nov 2007

From Henry L. Schmickj

Evelyn R. Wegner, 83, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2007.
Evelyn was born in Forestburg, S.D., on July 23, 1924, the daughter of Roscoe and Clara Rishel. They came to Billings when she was about 4 years old. She attended the Billings schools. She met Albert "Bert" WEGMER, and they were united in marriage, Jan. 19, 1943. She loved her husband and her family very much.
While living in Broadview, she was a school bus driver. She also worked as a housekeeper at the Baseline School west of Billings. Gardening, lots of canning and taking care of her flowers were some of her many tasks, which she truly enjoyed. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and one brother. Survivors include one daughter, Carol (Gene) Metzger of Billings; three sons, James Wegner of Laurel, Charles (Sandy) Wegner of Laurel, Donald Wegner of Billings; and four grandchildren, Kelly Spah (Dale), Jason Metzger (Carrie), Tyler Michalies and Brandy Bush.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Big Sky Hospice.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th St. West, and before the service at the church.


ROHR, Helen Leona (Stecklein)

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ROTH, Cecil J.

b. 1 Mar 1925 - Victoria, Kansas

d. 14 Sep 2007 - Wichita, Kansas

From Hutchison (Kan) News - Sunday, September 16, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

VICTORIA - Cecil J. Roth, 82, died Sept. 14, 2007, at the Life Care Center, Wichita.
He was born March 1, 1925, in Victoria, the son of Joseph P. and Victoria Kippes Roth. A lifetime resident of Loretta and Victoria, he was a farmer and carpenter.
He belonged to St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Veterans for Foreign Wars Post No. 1751, all in Victoria. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. On Jan. 9, 1947, he married Hermina "Minnie" SCHMIDTBERGER in Victoria. She survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Cecil C., Reynolds, Ga., Harold F., Overland Park, and Terry J., Hays; a daughter, Donna M. Gartin, Whitesboro, Texas; a brother, Robert, Wichita; a sister, Roseline Schmidt, Wichita; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lester; and two grandchildren.
Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cline's Mortuary, Victoria. Knights of Columbus and V.F.W. rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday and
from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be in St. Fidelis Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751. Memorials may be sent to St. Fidelis Church or the masses, both in care of the mortuary.

Wichita Eagle - September 16, 2007

VICTORIA - Roth, Cecil J., 82, died Friday, September 14, 2007. Service 10 a.m. Monday, St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria. Survivors: wife, Hermina "Minnie"; sons, Cecil, Harold & Terry; daughter, Donna Gartin; brother, Robert; sister, Roseline; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Cline's Mortuary, Victoria, KS. Published in the Wichita Eagle on 9/16/2007.

ROTH, Donald J.

b. 28 Nov 1941 - Garden City, Kansas

d. 3 Jun 2007 - Holcomb, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith
HOLCOMB - Donald J. Roth, 65, died June 3, 2007, at his home.

He was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Garden City, the son of George and Margaret R. Savolt Roth. He was a lifetime Finney County resident. He graduated from Holcomb High School. He was the owner and operator of the Dairy Queen in Garden City for 15 years.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Garden City, and Knights of Columbus No. 2795.

On May 12, 1962, he married LaVaughn COEN in Garden City. She survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Jeff, Richard, Troy and Todd, all of Holcomb; one daughter, Lisa Stegman, Holcomb; two brothers, Edward and Ronald, both of Garden City; three sisters, Lorena Roenfeldt, Dodge City, Mary Ann Ladner, Garden City, and Diane Brungardt, Lenexa; and 11 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Randy M. Roth.

Vigil service and rosary will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Garden City. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church with Fathers Tony Judge, James Roth, James E. Baker and Frank Jordan presiding. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City. Memorials may be sent to St. Mary Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the funeral home.


ROTH, Earl J.

b. 29 Oct 1937 - Pfeifer, Kansas

d. 25 Sep 2007 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Friday, September 28, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

WICHITA - Earl J. Roth, 69, died Sept. 25, 2007, in Albuquerque, N.M.
He was born Oct. 29, 1937, in Pfeifer, the son of Aloyius and Florence Leiker Roth. He retired from Boeing in Wichita as an inspector in tooling. He lived in Pfeifer from 1970 to 1985, them moved back to Wichita.
On Jan. 31, 1959, he married Charlene DREILING, in Victoria. She died April 12, 1982. He then married Donna BROWN on July 10, 1999, in Wichita. She survives.
Other survives include, four sons, including Greg, Victoria; a brother; three stepchildren; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Pfeifer. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cline's Mortuary. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday both at the mortuary. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfeifer. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Charities Inc. or for Masses, both in care of the mortuary.

Wichita Eagle - Friday, September 28, 2007

Roth, Earl J., 69, formerly of Pfeifer, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was born Oct. 29, 1937 in Pfeifer to Aloyius and Florence (Leiker) Roth. He married Charlene (Dreiling) on Jan. 31, 1959 in Victoria, Kan. She died April 12, 1982. He married Donna Brown on July 10, 1999 in Wichita. He retired from Boeing Wichita as an inspector in tooling. He lived in Pfeifer from 1970 to 1985 then moved back to Wichita. Survivors: wife, Donna of the home; sons, Mike and wife, Diane of Wichita, Greg and wife, Karla of Victoria, Pat and companion, Roxane Zane of Wichita, Jeff and wife, Rachel of Wichita; brother, Ralph and wife, Dorothy of Derby; stepchildren, Melody Brown, Anthony Reyes-Brown, Mary Brown; 7 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 stepgreat-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Charlene and sisters, Betty Robben and Mary Lou Zimmerman. Memorial service 10 a.m. Monday, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Pfeifer; inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfeifer; vigil 7 p.m. Sunday, Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, all at Cline's Mortuary. Memorials to Holy Cross Charities Inc. or masses. Published in the Wichita Eagle on 9/28/2007.

ROTH, Frances Eugenia

b. 6 Jan 1920 - Dickinson, North Dakota

d. 29 Mar 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, Mt - 3 Apr 2007

Submitted by Henry L.Schmick

BRIDGER - Frances Eugenia Roth Weisgerber was born on Jan. 6, 1920, and passed to join our Heavenly Father on March 29, 2007, at The Billings Clinic.
Mom was the third oldest of nine children born to Adam and Elizabeth (Ott) Roth. She was born in Dickinson, N.D., and raised in the Belfield, N.D. area. She attended school through the eighth grade after which time she began to stay at home to help on the family farm. She worked in the fields alongside her dad and older brother with the horses and equipment of that day.
At the age of 16, she and several of her family members began coming to the Sidney area in the fall to "work those rotten beets!" A person has to remember that, at that time, all beet topping and pulling was done by hand - usually crawling down the rows of beets to do the job.
Mom's helping with the horses on the farm established a long love for them. One summer, she worked on the "Buddy Ranch," which is now part of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, cooking and cleaning for guests, with the best part of the day being when she was able to ride the ranch horses in the evening.
In the fall of 1938, the family came to the Clarks Fork Valley to work beets. Our family can be grateful that they did because it was at a Halloween dance at the Round Butte School that she was introduced to Simon J. "Sam: WEISGERBER by his brother, Matt, with whom she was supposed to share her box lunch. Needless to say, Sam ate lunch from Frances and the rest is history. Frances returned to North Dakota with her family after that beet harvest. The Roth family then moved from North Dakota to the Clarks Fork Valley of Montana in 1939.
Sam and Frances were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fromberg on Jan. 23, l940. Mom lived her married life as a devoted wife and the mother of seven. She loved being a "housewife" and was never at a loss for something to do, even doing sewing for other people. Sam worked for farmers in the earlier years of their marriage and was a heavy equipment operator for the pipeline for over 25 years. Many times, because of Dad's job, he had to be away from home, so Mom was both mom and dad to the kids, especially the youngest two.
Mom was a wonderful cook - especially her baking. There were many families, even until recently, that would contact her before a holiday to bake some special bread or rolls, with the Baska "Easter" bread most requested. She, along with Emma Koch, were a couple of the first cooks at the Bridger Senior Citizen's Center. Mom cooked there for about 15 years as one of the regular cooks and also with the members of St. Therese's Circle for their once a month dinner. At the Center, she was able to share her talents for cooking and baking with many, many Bridger residents.
Mom enjoyed working outside "in the dirt" and with her flowers. Her garden and flowers were always her pride and joy - making sure that the lawn was always kept green and the flowerbeds weed-free. She enjoyed watching TV (especially the re-runs of the Lawrence Welk Show), crocheting, embroidering, reading and being at home.
She also had a great love for riding in a "bobsled" and, for her 70th birthday, was able to go for a sled ride with three generations of her family celebrating with her. She was so excited when, also at the age of 70, she was able to again go for a horse ride when on vacation at Lake Mary near Ronan.
In 2004, Mom's lifetime dream came true with a trip to Hawaii to celebrate the marriage of grandson, Dan, to Deb Weiser. If Hawaii was mentioned after that trip, Mom would simply glow with the memory of that experience.
Mom was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 67 years, where she did the flowers and altar cloths until recently. She belonged to St. Therese's Circle and Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women. She was a past member of Nu-Art Club. General Federated Woman's Club of Bridger. VFW Women's Auxiliary. Home Demonstration Club. 4-H leader. FHA mother and many other groups throughout the years.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Sam; granddaughter, Wendi Weisgerber; her parents, Adam and Elizabeth Roth; a younger sister, Martha Roth; brothers-in-law, Fred Weisgerber, Matt Weisgerber and Jack Weisgerber; sister-in-law, Anne Timmons; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Betty and Gerald Koch of Red Lodge, Kathy and Joe Posorski of Kokomo, Ind., Jim and Lois Jean Weisgerber of Alaska/Hawaii, Don and Iris Weisgerber of Billings, Larry and Connie Weisgerber of Idaho, Shirley Weisgerber of Bridger and Tom and Mary Weisgerber of Billings.
Additional survivors include grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren: Tim and Peggy Koch, Alex and Calvin; Tim and Tammy Buller, Bryan and Kari, Tyanna Buller and Ben Buller; Toni and Erick Doolen, Garrett, Taylor and Nicole; Teresa and Tim Mullins, Joshua, Matthew, Luke, Theo and Marc; Tracey and Shelly Koch (a daughter soon to join the family); Chris and Lynnette Pozorski, Caleb, Alyssia and Kirsten; Laurie Pozorski; Patty Pozorski; Joanne Pozorski-Szalay, Elizabeth and Rosemary; Carolyn and Russel Kirchner, Katie, Abbie, Samantha and Charlie; Dan and Deb Weisgerber, Mackenzie; Kevin Weisgerber; Sam and Erin Weisgerber, Maddison; Tricia Weisgerber and Jonathan Weisgerber and Tessa Davila.
Other family surviving include sisters, Rosemary Klein of Billings, Marge Schaff of Lewistown, Kay of Colorado Springs, Colo., Eleanor McCowley of Eugene, Ore.; brothers, John and Clara Roth, Fairfield, Calif., Phil and June Roth, Billings, and George "Shorty" and Anne Roth, Calhan, Colo.; a very special niece (Mom always called Cheryl her fourth daughter), Ross and Cheryl Brown, James and Kim; Jenny and Chris Ewing,
Boston and John Ross; brothers-in-law, Nick and Sarah Weisgerber, Utah, Joe Weisgerber, New Mexico; sisters-in-law, Gen Roth, Bridger, Vera Weisgerber, Oregon, Rosemary and Marvin Weatherman, Wyoming, Lauretta and Ed Allen, California, Georgia and Joel Hayes, California; and so many nieces, nephews and cousins, plus friends from coast to coast it would take up a full page of the newspaper.
A very special thank you is extended to all the medical personnel that have treated Mom in recent years, the crews from the Bridger Ambulance Service, the staff of the Billings Clinic Emergency Room, especially Mark, the TCU staff, especially Aimee and Lindsey, and all the doctors that helped her last hours to be comfortable and peaceful.
The vigil for Mom will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, and the funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bridger. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. A luncheon will be served in the Church basement immediately following the committal at the Bridger Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, PO Box 309, Bridger, MT 59014; Bridger Ambulance Service, PO Box 84, Bridger, MT 59014; the Wendi Weisgerber Endowment Fund at Rocky Mountain College, Billings; or the charity of your choice.


ROTH, Ruth Irene (Lorenz)

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b. 10 Nov 1914 - Fairview, Kansas

d. 5 Dec 2007 - Medicine Lodge, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - December 7, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

MEDICINE LODGE - Lola Roush Hinz, 93, died Dec. 5, 2007.
She was born Nov. 10, 1914, near Fairview.
Survivors include: her children, Bob, Denver, Roger, Longmont, Colo., Sue Wilber, Topeka, and Phil, Medicine Lodge; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Powhattan United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church, with the family present. Memorials may be sent to Powhattan United Methodist Church in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hiawatha.


RUBY, Ruth

b. 9 Aug 1916 - Russell County, Kansas

d. 9 Nov 2007 - Wilson, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Monday, November 12, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

WILSON -- Ruth A. Steinle, 91, Wilson, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.
Mrs. Steinle was born Ruth A. Ruby on Aug. 9, 1916, in Russell County. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam (STEINLE) , in 1986.
Survivors include a son, Gerald of Wilson; two daughters, Berniece Olejniczak and Janett Prester, both of Wilson; a brother, Ray of Bunker Hill; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Box 533, Wilson 67490. Burial will be in Wilson City Cemetery. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Golden Living Center, in care of the mortuary. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the mortuary.


RUFF, Elizabeth

b. 9 Mar 1917 - Ault, Nebraska

d. 11 June 2007 - Greeley, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley. Colorado - 06-13-2007
Elizabeth "Betty" Fritzler -March 9, 1917 - June 11, 2007 - Age: 90 - Residence: Greeley

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
Tribute: Elizabeth "Betty" Fritzler was born in Ault to George and Mary (Foos) Ruff.

She was raised in Mitchell, Neb., and attended schools there. In October of 1940, she married Robert Fritzler in Nebraska. In 1972, she moved to a farm east of Greeley.
Mrs. Frizler was a member of Christian Science in Greeley. She enjoyed sewing, flowers, and painting. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She took care of her grandsons after their mother passed away. She was a devoted caregiver to her daughter, Joyce.
Mrs. Fritzler died Monday at Life Care Center in Greeley.
Survivors: Her husband, Robert Fritzler of Greeley; daughter, Joyce Marie Fritzler of Greeley; sisters, Helen Morris of Pennsylvania and Martha Eisele of Nebraska; a brother, Robert Ruff of Sterling; grandsons, Craig Ehrlick of Greeley, and Chad and wife Robi Ehrlick of Eaton; and grandchildren, Jessica Ehlrick, Sarah Ehlrick, Allison Ehlrick and Tiffany Ehlrick, all of Greeley, and Wyatt Ehlrick of Eaton.
Preceded in death by: Her parents; her daughter, Patricia "Pat" Ann Ehrlick; three brothers and two sisters. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Stoddard Funeral Home.
Visitation: 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Note: Memorial contributions can be made to Schaffer Enterprises and/or Community Advantage in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. Please visit an online memorial at www.mem.com <http://www.mem.com>.


RUFF, Magdalena (Sauter)

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RUFF, Mary Lou (Kisby)

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RUMSBY, Suzann Marie (Fritzler)

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RUPP, Carl M.

b. 6 May 1919 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

d. 18 Jul 2007 - Torrington, Wyoming

From Scottsbluff Star Hearld, Scottsbluff, NE - 20 Jul 2007

Submitted by Henry L.Schmick

TORRINGTON, Wyo. - Carl M. Rupp, 88, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at his home in Torrington.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 23, at the Torrington First Congregational Church with Pastor Matthew Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Visitation hours will be held at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., and the casket will be open at the funeral service. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Carl's memory to the First Congregational Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at
Carl was born on May 6, 1919 in Scottsbluff the son of David and Marie (Spahn) Rupp. He grew up and received his education at Hillcrest School near Scottsbluff. He married Marie BACKER Jan. 7, 1945 in Scottsbluff in the Salem Congregational Church; the same church that he had been confirmed in as a young man years earlier. Carl and Marie then farmed briefly in Nebraska and in 1950 they moved to their farm near Huntley, Wyo. Carl never completely retired. He always had a keen insight for land conservation and improving his farm. He loved farming and the livestock business.
He had a great sense of humor and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a caring and giving person and was good to his extended family as well. Carl was a member of the First Congregational Church in Torrington.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Carl F. and Margaret Rupp of Torrington, Wyo.; daughter and son-in-law, Amelia and Robert
Hytrek also of Torrington; sister, Esther Schreiner of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Catherine (Sam) Mirich of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Carla (Todd) Patterson of St. Louis, Mo.; Caren (Joe) Speckner of Lingle, Wyo.; and Anna Hytrek of Torrington; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Nathan Mirich; Natalie Speckner; and Josie Patterson.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Marie; brother David Rupp, Jr; and sisters, Lydia Herdt, Mollie Morris, and Martha Popp.