Week of Thursday, April 12, 2007
Jerry Neill, 58, Grantville, died April 8, 2007, at his home.
He was born May 5, 1948, at Chanute, the son of Ray and Helen Richardson Neill. He had worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant for 30 years before retiring for health reasons. He was a member of Christian Cavalry Ministries International of Grantville; Local No. 307; and Goodyear Post No. 2187, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He married Carolyn Sue Roberts, who survives of the home. Other survivors include two sons, Todd Neill and Kenneth Myrick, both of Topeka; a daughter, Christina Neill, Topeka; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka. Interment will be in Mission Center Cemetery, Topeka. Mr. Neill will lie in state after 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel where the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Chrisitan Cavalry Ministries International, P.O. Box 137, Grantville, 66429.
Virginia Lee Sprang, 82, Valley Falls, died April 9, 2007, at Stormont-Vail Health Center, Topeka.
She was born June 30, 1924, in Allen, the daughter of John Edward and Marie Elna Assmussen McGrew. She attended school at Emporia Teachers College and taught in the Pleasant Hill School south of Allen. She also worked for the Santa Fe Railroad before her marriage.
She married Francis “Doc” Sprang Sept. 23, 1945, in Emporia. They farmed and had dairy cows. She was a bus driver for USD No. 377, Effingham, then worked for Atchison County Co-op, Lancaster, from 1970-1973, then as a teller and bookkeeper at Kendall State Bank, Valley Falls.
Mrs. Sprang attended the Effingham Union Church, was a 50-year member of the Martha Washington Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 215. Atchison, and the Kanza Club, Valley Falls.
Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Rick Sprang, Effingham; a daughter; Janet Ayres, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, John McGrew, Carbondale; a sister, Dorothy Ray, Bethany, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Dennis E. Sprang, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the Effingham Union Church. Burial will follow in the Nortonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Effingham Union Church.
Paulette M. “Paula” Bridgewater, 61, Oskaloosa, formerly of Leavenworth, died April 8, 2007, at her home after a long illness.
She was born July 8, 1945, at Decatur, Ill., the daughter of Lester Paul and Emily Irene Burner Carter. She had lived in Leavenworth many years before moving to Oskaloosa. Ms. Bridgewater was a production worker for the Hallmark Company over 23 years. She also worked as a security officer at the U.S. Marshal’s Detention Center in Leavenworth for three years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth and was a 1963 graduate of Arvada High School, Arvada, Colo.
Survivors include one brother, Phillip Carter, Broomfield, Colo.; three sisters, Pam Anderson, St. Louis, Mo., Patty DuPont, North Glenn, Colo., and Phyllis Antonucci, Estes Park, Colo.; and a special friend, Tammy Vickers, Oskaloosa.
Memorial services were April 11 at the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth. Cremation was planned. Private Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospice or to the Kansas City North Cancer Center and sent in care of Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Suzanne Railing Delehant, 54, Omaha, died April 7 from metastatic breast cancer.
She had a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College and a master’s in English from Creighton University. She served in U.S. Army Reserve for three years while in graduate school. She had taught English literature part time at Creighton and at Buena Vista College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from 1990 through to the present.
She worked at Mutual of Omaha and along with her husband owned and operated several apartments in Council Bluffs from 1979 to 1985.
She and her husband, Tim, owned and operated Thumbs Restaurant in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Council Bluffs from 1980-1988. After moving to Florida for two years, they moved back to Omaha where she worked as executive assistant to Phil Sokolof at National Heart Savers Association for 15 years. After Sokolof’s death, she became secretary to the Douglas County (Neb.) court judges where she worked until her death.
She married Timothy Delehant in 1979. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, and a son, John William, both students at Iowa University; and her parents Billy and Helen Shultz, Oskaloosa.
Services were April 11 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Council Bluffs. Memorials can be made to St. Cecilia’s Grade School, Omaha, and sent in care of the Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, 545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503.
Elaine Marie Pierron, 76, McLouth, KS, passed away Sun., Apr. 8, 2007, at St. Luke’s Hospital, KCMO, from complications with Multiple Sclerosis.
She was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Leavenworth, KS, the daughter of Fredrick and Julia (Finneran) Knapps. Elaine attended the Old Cathedral grade school and graduated from Immaculata HS, Leavenworth, KS.
Elaine married Ray Pierron at the Old Cathedral Church, Leavenworth, KS, by the Rev. T.J. Boland on Sept. 11, 1948. She worked at Harth Bakery, Beluski Wadsworth Dietary Kitchen Bakery and Hallmark Cards, in Leavenworth.
Later, she moved with her husband and family to Topeka and helped with his construction business as a bookkeeper.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 58 years, Raymond F. Pierron, of the home, her children, Barbara Rae and husband, Cary Tegtmeyer, Branson, MO, Jane Denise and husband, Jack Pierce, Topeka, KS, Bennett Ray and wife, Karen, McLouth, KS, and grandchildren, Becky and Katie Tegtmeyer, Tony and Andy Pierce, Casey and Jacqueline Pierron, Tanisha Domann, Tyler Trackwell, and one great-grandchild Anna Domann. Other survivors include her sister and husband Shirley and Jim Anthony, White Bluff, Tenn., and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine, an avid reader, enjoyed visiting the local libraries and checking out books, reading magazines and visiting with friends. Prior to her illness, her hobbies included cooking, ceramics and crochet. She was a great dancer, pianist and loved to watch auto racing, especially the midget races at Kansas City.
She volunteered for school functions while raising her family, was an active member and volunteer in the St. John Hospital Guild, Leavenworth, KS, and volunteered for various organizations in Topeka, while living there. She was a member of the MS Society, a former member of the St. Matthews Catholic Church, Topeka, KS. She is presently a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie, KS.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Wed., April 11, at Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, KS, 913-682-5523). There will be a Rosary conducted by Father Mark Goldasich at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., April 12, at the St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church, Easton, KS. Father John Ayang will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Easton, KS. Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, Tonganoxie, KS.
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