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Week of Thursday, April 5, 2007

Robert L. Marietta

Robert Louis Marietta, 88, Salina, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007.

Mr. Marietta was born Dec. 11, 1918, in Oklahoma City. He was an attorney with Marietta, Kellogg Price, Salina. He practiced law from 1949 to 2007.

He married Betty Lee Carson on Dec. 21, 1941, in Salina. They were married for 53 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1940 and KU Law School in 1949. He was a member of University United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board and multiple committees; Boy Scouts; Central Kansas Flywheels/Yesteryear Museum; and the Kansas, American and Saline- Ottawa County Bar Associations.

He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 5, Round Table Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, and Reunion Coordinator for the Salina High School Class of 1936. He was a founding member of Community Health Seminars and served as a board member for the Salvation Army for many years. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force in the European Theater during World War II, from 1941 to 1946. He received Boy Scout awards: Eagle Scout; Silver Beaver; Scout Master of Philanthropy; Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow. He received the Pearl Maker Award from The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L., in 1994; a granddaughter, Katherine E. Marietta, in 2007; a brother, John Stanley Marietta, in 1980; a sister, Margaret Marietta, in 1983; and his father and mother, C.O. and Lula A. Marietta. Survivors include four daughters, Marilyn Marietta, Trisha Marietta, and Betsy Marietta, all of Salina, and Becky Wright and husband, Steve, of Mulvane; two sons, John of Salina and Jim and wife, Lisa, of Oskaloosa; eight grandchildren: Melissa Marietta, Matthew Marietta and Andrew Marietta all of Lawrence, Christopher Kellogg and his wife, Becky, Michael Marietta and Thomas Marietta, all of Salina, Daniel Wright and Eric Wright, both of Mulvane; and two great-grandchildren, Lena Kellogg and Carson Kellogg, both of Salina.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at University United Methodist Church, Salina, with a fellowship following at the church. Inurnment was at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to Museum of Scouting, Central Kansas Flywheels/Yesteryear Museum, The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning, the church and Hospice of Salina, all in care of Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe., Salina 67401.

Susannah Maxwell

Susannah Joy Maxwell, Leavenworth, died March 24, 2007, soon after her birth March 21 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City.

Survivors include her parents, Nathan J. and Melanie S. Maher Maxwell; grandparents, Steve and Teri Maxwell and Roger and Linda Maher; and great-grandparents, Rex and Jan Frazer, Mary Maxwell, “Granny” Thompson, Robert and Beverly Thompson, and Paul and Cecile Bargar.

A private graveside service was held March 30 at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Kansans for Life and sent in care of the Belden-Larkin Funeral Home, 500 Oak Street, Leavenworth, 66048.

Pauline Turner

Pauline Joyce Turner, 62, Ozawkie, died March 26, 2007.

She was born July 1, 1944, at Ottawa, the daughter of Jack and Violet Latimer Wills. She graduated from Ottawa High School in 1962. She lived in Ottawa until 1977. She then lived in Pleasanton, Emporia, Manhattan, and Topeka. She moved to Ozawkie in 1994. She was a homemaker.

She married Jerry Lee Turner Mary 29, 1964, in Ottawa. He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 2003. Also preceding her in death were a son, Terry Lee Turner, and a brother, John Lee Wills. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Achten and Krystina Turner, both Ozawkie; a brother, Robert “Bud” Wills, Pomona; a sister, Rhonda King, North Carolina; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services were at the Highland Cemetery at Ottawa March 30. Memorials can be made to the Pauline Turner Memorial Fund and sent in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, 66067.

Sharon Light

Sharon L. Light, 61, Easton, died March 29, 2007, at the Jefferson County Geriatric Center, Winchester.

She was born July 19, 1945, the daughter of James Mason and Mary Ellen Fredrick Westfall. She graduated from Hutchinson High School. She was a homemaker.

She married Robert Allen Light Nov. 26, 1976, at Hutchinson. He preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Keith McCowen, Winchester, Kirk Light, Hutchinson, and Kris Light, Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Kathy James, Hobbs, N.M.; a sister, Cindy Wilson, Riverside, Calif.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Mrs. Light was cremated. There are no services at this time. Arrangements are by Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.

Joan Robinson

Joan Yvonne Ellerman Robinson, 67, Nortonville, died March 26, 2007, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.

She was born May 1, 1939, in Nortonville, the daughter of Catherine Irene Locklin and Noble Levi Ellerman. She attended Ellerman School east of Nortonville for seven years. She graduated the 8th grade at Nortonville Grade School and from Nortonville High School in 1956.

She worked at the First National Bank in Nortonville as a clerk from June 1956 to September 1960. After her children were in school, she inventoried for Potts Implement for two winters. She worked as a clerk and “Soda Jerk” at Nortonville Pharmacy from 1979 until it closed in 1999.

She married Harold Lee Robinson, Easton, May 10, 1959, at Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church. Joan was preceded in death by a brother, Carl, and granddaughter, Amanda Kate Bixby, who died Feb. 14, 2007. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Denise Lynne Bixby, Tonganoxie, and Denene Lovee,Twin Lake, Minn.; a son, Darrin Luke Robinson, Nortonville; and four grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held March 29 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Leavenworth County. Memorial contributions can be given to the American Cancer Society, 1315 Arrowhead Road, Topeka. 66604. Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, was in charge of arrangements

Alvin Stewart Uhner

Alvin Stewart Uhner, 89, Winchester, KS, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at his home.

He was born August 1, 1917, at Duluth, MN, the son of Axel W. and Elizabeth E. Watts Uhner. He graduated from Muskogee, OK., High School in 1936. He was a corporal in the US Army, serving in the 81st Infantry Division in the South Pacific during WW II. He was later stationed in Japan and Korea. He was a member of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Valley Falls, KS.

He had worked as a meat cutter at Food for Less in Olathe and was also a salesman for Red Star Yeast. He had worked as a mail carrier for USD 231 at Gardner for 15 years.

He married Neva Ruth Ross on May 9, 1937, at Ft. Gibson, OK. She died on May 16, 2001. He was also preceded in death by two great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson. Survivors include his son, Bill Uhner, and his wife, Lyndia, Valley Falls; a stepbrother, Dudley Page, Tahlequah, OK; five grandchildren, Robin Boyette and her husband, Carl, Ozawkie, Shawn Uhner, Valley Falls, Denalyn Page and her husband, Richard, Nortonville, Mary Hunt and her husband, John, Valley Falls, and Victor Uhner and his wife, Katherine, Chanute; nine great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

A graveside service with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 15, Muskogee, OK, was held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2007, at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Susan G. Mitchell

Susan G. Mitchell, 54, Valley Falls, died April 1, 2007, at her home east of Valley Falls after a long battle with cancer.

She was a risk management specialist for the USDA Risk Management Agency in Topeka. She had worked for Kansas Power & Light in Topeka as a secretary from 1971 to 1977.

She was born Dec. 21, 1952, at Topeka, the daughter of Leo Carrol and Grace Clark Call. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1970 and was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Falls.

She married Clinton Lewis Mitchell Sept. 16, 1972, at Valley Falls. She was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Janelle Mitchell, March 7, 1977. Survivors include her husband; a son, David Mitchell; and a daughter, Lindsey Mitchell, all of Valley Falls; her stepfather, John Duffield, Valley Falls; three brothers, the Rev. Galen Call, San Jose, Calif., Steven Call, Castle Rock, Colo., and John Call, Phoenix; and a sister, Lori Hinman, Valley Falls.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. April 4 at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the church and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences can be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

William Barker

William Menzies Barker, 62, Valley Falls, died April 1, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka.

He was a pressman at the state of Kansas Printing Plant in Topeka for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the former Masonic Lodge No. 21 AF & AM in Valley Falls.

He was born Aug. 4, 1944, at Detroit, Mich., the son of LeRoy Giles and Lillian Menzies Barker. He graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1962 and later attended Wasburn University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He married Sharon Ellen Layton Feb. 7, 1969, at Topeka. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Barker, Valley Falls; three sons, Robert Menzies Barker, in Delaware, William Bradley Barker, Houston, Texas, and Rodger Alan Barker, Valley Falls; two daughters, Laura Lea Barker, Valley Falls, and Heather Ellen Barker, Topeka; his mother, Lillian Barker, Linwood; two brothers, Robert Barker, Linwood, and Bradley Barker, Lawrence; a sister, Betty Thoennes, Eudora; and one granddaughter.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors conducted by Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Memorial contributions can be made to Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 and sent in care of the funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences can be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Joseph Senn

Joseph Franklin “Frank” Senn, 78, Valley Falls, died March 31, 2007, at a Topeka care facility.

He was born Dec. 11, 1928, east of Valley Falls, the son of Louis J. and Nellie B. Curtis Senn. He graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948. He was a carpenter and a farmer. He was a member of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion Bicentennial Post 255 at Ozawkie.

He married Shirley Ann Lonard Oct. 12, 1951, at Winchester. She died Aug. 3, 1993. A son, Danny Joe Senn, also preceded him in death Dec. 31, 1966. Survivors include a son, Mark Senn, Emporia; three daughters, Cindy Kater, Auburn, and Debbie Carter and Peggy Senn, both of Valley Falls; two sisters, Lois Homewood, Fargo, N.D., and Frances Rolin, Ozawkie; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. April 4 at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial with military honors conducted by Grahem-Herbers VFW Post 3084 was held at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Jefferson County EMS District 11 and sent in care of the funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

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