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Week of Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mildred Yost

Mildred A. “Midge” Yost, 77, Lecompton, died April 16, 2007, at her home.

She was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Ozawkie, the daughter of Cleve and Ada Miller Johnson.

She married George E. Yost March 12, 1949, in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Joe Yost, Lecompton, and Jay Yost, Topeka; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, A.R. “Swede” Johnson, Clovis, N.M.; and a sister, “Dort” Jeffers, Linwood.

Funeral services were April 20 at Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka. Interment followed in the Ozawkie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care and sent in care of the funeral home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka, 66608.

Derick Sparks

Derick D. Sparks, 25, Topeka, died April 20, 2007, at an Alexandria, La., hospital.

He was born Oct. 7, 1981, at Topeka. Mr. Sparks worked as a roofer and for the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka.

He is survived by his mother, Patsy G. Baker, Meriden; a daughter, Nevaeh A. Hamilton, Topeka; a brother, Shawn Sparks, Topeka; and his grandparents, Jack and Wanda Davidson, Topeka.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel in Meriden. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday prior to the services. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials can be made to Derick D. Sparks Memorial and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Lyle E. Mumaw

Lyle E. Mumaw, 74, Belvue, died April 19, 2007, at his home.

He was born May 18, 1932 in Onaga, the son of Lloyd and Genevieve Henderson Mumaw. He graduated from Onaga High School in 1950 and graduated from Pittsburg State in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in teaching. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in management for 33 years and retired in 1987. He owned and operated Belvue Motor Company from 1967 to 2001. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 90, Topeka, Scottish Rite, Topeka, Arab Shrine of Topeka and a member of the Belvue United Methodist Church.

He married Treva Joy Armstrong Dec. 28, 1952, at Bucks Grove. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kyle “Kip” Mumaw, Louisville, and Curtis Mumaw, Ozawkie; a daughter, Leann DeLong, Topeka; a sister, Freda Donovan, Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by a brother, Claire Mumaw.

Funeral services were April 23 at Mercer Funeral Home, Holton. Burial was in the Havensville Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the Belvue United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, 66436. Online condolences are available at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Rita M. Burdiek

Rita M. Burdiek, 80, Centralia, died April 18, 2007, due to complications from congestive heart failure.

She married Walter J. Burdiek Feb. 5, 1948, at Baileyville. He survives.

The couple farmed and she was a homemaker for many years. She worked in the kitchen at Country View Estates Care Home, Seneca, from 1976 to 2000.

Survivors include six sons, Tim Burdiek, Alan Burdiek, Larry Burdiek, all of Centralia, Roger Burdiek, Soldier, Mark Burdiek, Silver Lake, and Dennis “Butch” Burdiek, Valley Falls; four daughters, Linda Martin, Topeka, Sharon Lueger, Seneca, Marlene Rempe, Corning, and Janet Lueger, St. Marys; her brothers, Gilbert Broxterman, Cletus Broxterman, and Daniel Broxterman; her sisters, Evelyn Burdiek, and Maxine Strathman; 28 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Brent Burdiek.

Mass of Christian Burial was April 21 at St. Patrick’s Church, Corning. Memorials can be made to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Eastridge Care Home in Centralia, or Abundant Life Hospice in Horton, and can be sent to the family.

Margaret Maxwell

Margaret Wright Maxwell, 93, New York City, died April 17, 2007, at a hospice in New York.

She was born Sept. 3, 1913, in Topeka and grew up on a farm near Grantville, the daughter of Mary Ritchie and Talmadge Wright, descendants of the pioneer Kansas families of Ritchie, Clark and Wright.

She attended the Grantville grade school, Seaman High School, and Washburn College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1935. After a year at Wellesley College where she received her master’s, she married Bertram W. Maxwell, professor of political science at Washburn College.

Her career in Topeka included teaching American History at Washburn, research assistant at the Kansas State Historical Society, and President of the Topeka League of Women Voters.

The couple spent the academic year 1937-38 in Europe doing research at the League of Nations Library in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Bibliotheque-Nationale in Paris for their book, “International Relations,” published in 1939 and used as a textbook throughout the United States.

Moving to New York City in 1947, she soon began graduate work at New York University and became an instructor in European history at NYU’s Washington Square College. In 1952 she was awarded the Ph.D. in history. She later became an adjunct professor at NYU, having in the meantime become professor of history and government at Finch College.

Several of her articles on French and Russian history were published in the 1960s and in 1962 she vas awarded a grant by the American Philosophical Society for a biography of Nikolai Karlovich Giers, the foreign minister of Russia under Alexander III. This grant enabled her to make her first visit to the Soviet Union where she did research in the Leningrad Library and the Lenin Library in Moscow.

In 1970 Professor Maxwell established a program in women’s studies at Finch College and produced several historical works in that field, including her contribution to the book “Rural and Urban Change in India” and “The Indian Women’s Liberation Movement,” which she wrote during a summer spent in India in 1973.

She also translated a collection of poems by the Russian poets Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Chichibabir. In 1990 her book on Russian 19th and early 20th century terrorist women was published by Pergamon Press as “Narodniki Women.” Among her several trips to Russia was her stay in Odessa during the summer of 1989 for the purpose of studying that city’s turn-of-the-century history.

Professor Maxwell was a member of the New York University Alumni Federation Board of Directors for many years and served in several official capacities, including Chairman of the Graduate School of Arts and Science Fund Campaign in 1987-93, and she received several honorary citations from New York University.

Her husband’s ashes were buried in Grantville. Part of Mrs. Maxwell’s ashes will be scattered there as well. She is survived by a sister, Betty Leech, Oskaloosa. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Jefferson County Historical Society or the Grantville United Methodist Church.

Charles A. Clark

Charles A. Clark, 83, Winchester, died Thursday, April 19, 2007, at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester, KS.

He was born November 30, 1923, at Liberty, Mo., the son of Arthur Franklin and Martha Ann Stevenson Clark. Mr. Clark graduated from Winchester High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army. He was a firefighter at Sunflower Ordinance Works, DeSoto, KS., and Leavenworth V.A.

He belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Jefferson County, KS., was an avid country music fan and enjoyed attending Annie’s Country Jubilee at Tonganoxie, KS.

He married Doris “Jean” Adams on September 8, 1953, at Cheyenne, WY. She survives at the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Amy Clark, Kansas City, MO., sister, Joan Peters, Winchester, KS. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Clark, and two sisters, Phyllis Norton and Betty Lindsay.

Services were 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the New Testament Christian Church, Winchester. Burial followed at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for the Blind and sent in care of the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.

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