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Week of Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006

Juanita Gilbert

Juanita Mae Gilbert, 64, Oskaloosa, formerly of Bonner Springs, died Nov. 22, 2006, at her home.

Mrs. Gilbert was born Nov. 6, 1942, in Kansas City, and lived the majority of her life in the Kansas City area. She had worked in banking for over 40 years, at one time as assistant vice president at the Edwardsville State Bank. More recently she had worked at the Commercial State Bank in Bonner Springs as a bookkeeper and customer service representative until she retired in 2005.

She volunteered as the muralist for the Nortonville Public Library where she designed and painted a 25-foot long mural. She was a member of the Gem of the Plains Art Association.

She is survived by her husband of over 28 years, Roger Jack Gilbert, of the home; five children, Roger J. Gilbert Jr., Gentry, Ark., Cheryl Baron, Springdale, Ark., Tara Garcia, Pomona, Diane Trinkle, McLouth, and Denise Burkett. Kansas City, Mo.; four brothers, William Moyer, Vernon Moyer, James Moyer, and Steven Moyer; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 25 at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs. A private family interment will follow in the Bonner Springs Cemetery at a later date.

Tom Figgs

Tom R. Figgs, 78, Nortonville, formerly of Effingham, died Nov. 29, 2006, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Figgs was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Effingham, the son of Irwin O. and Jennie Mae Arthur Figgs. He attended Prairie View Elementary and graduated from Atchison County Community High School. In 1947, Tom was junior leader and reorganized the Prairie View Club. From 1957 to 1966 he was a 4-H leader.

He was superintendent for many years at the Atchison County Fair and was trustee for Benton Township for many years. He received numerous awards including the Silverware Award from Blair Milling for best achievement; the Swine Award; the CE Sells Award and the State Farmer Award from the FFA. He was a farmer and a stockman and a member of the Masons.

He married Linda Drake. She survives. Additional survivors include his brothers, Irwin L. Figgs, Sabetha, and Larry L. Figgs, Beloit, Ohio; and a sister, Aneita J. Figgs, Nortonville. He was preceded in death by brothers Orville, Tyrus and Jerry Figgs and a sister, Mary Kyle.

Funeral services were Dec. 4 at Nortonville Christian Church. Burial was at Pardee Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Atchison County 4-H and left in care of O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville.

Renee Soetaert

Renee Ann Soetaert, 45, McLouth, died Dec. 1, 2006, at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester.

She was born Sept. 22, 1961, in Kansas City, the daughter of Ronald and the Rev. Peachez Ruiz Joles. She was a 1979 graduate of Tonganoxie High School and moved to McLouth in 1987. She had worked for Kmart Distribution Center, Lawrence, for 23 years and was currently a homemaker and co-owner of M&R Longhorns. She was a member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association and a member of the Jarbalo United Methodist Church.

She married Mark Soetaert Aug. 28, 1982, in Tonganoxie. He survives of the home. Other survivors include her paternal grandmother, Esther Lee Grigsby, Kansas City; maternal grandfather, Marcelino Ferandez, Kansas City, Mo.; her parents of Leavenworth; and two sisters, Estee Willis and Renee Wilbanks, both of Tonganoxie.

Services were Dec. 6 at the Tonganoxie Christian Church. Burial was at Fall Creek Cemetery, Jarbalo. Memorials are suggested to the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993. Tonganoxie, 66086.

Martha Angell

Martha Belle Angell, 92, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 28, 2006, at her son’s home.

She was born Oct. 26, 1914, in Kansas City, Mo.. She was a seamstress for the Ladies Garment Union. She was a member of 101 Retiree Club and a member of Order of Eastern, Henry Lodge. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert A. Angell Sr., a son, Norbert A. Angell Jr., a brother, Marvin Henry, a sister, Doris Hillegus, and a grandson, Gilbert M. Angell Jr. She is survived by three sons, Gilbert M. Angell, Kansas City, Joseph W. Angell, Bonner Springs, and Vincent J. Angell, McLouth; a sister, Carol Thompson, Gladstone, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 4 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Porter Funeral Home & Crematory, Kansas City, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Logsdon

Ruth Fay Logsdon, 95, Valley Falls, died Saturday, December 2, 2006, at Jefferson County Geriatric Center in Winchester.

Mrs. Logsdon was a cook at the Valley View Nursing Home in Valley Falls for many years. She was also a homemaker and had made 68 quilts during her life. She was born on Jan. 11, 1911, at Oak Hill, the daughter of George E. and Gladys M. Stanley Sutton. She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Norway and had attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Valley Falls.She was a graduate of Norway High School.

She married A. Dale Logsdon on Dec. 2, 1939, at Concordia. He died on Aug. 3, 1983. She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Stacey Heinen and Charles Heinen. Survivors include a son, Jerry Logsdon, and his wife, Nadine, Valley Falls; two daughters, Dianne Heinen, and her husband, Paul, and Joyce Brown, all of Valley Falls; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday evening at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County EMS District 11 and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088.

Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Liam Fischer

Liam Jared Fischer, 1, Log Lane Village, Colo., formerly of North Platte, Neb., died Nov. 28, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 13, 2005, at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colo., to Bradley Ray and Sondra Lynelle Wightman Fischer.

Survivors include his parents; a sister, Morgan Edith Carly Fischer; grandparents, Ronald and Lori Fischer, Shelby, Neb., Reda and Rodger Jensen, Maxwell, Neb., and Paul and Carlene Wightman, North Platte; great-grandparents, Jenny Fischer, Chappell, Neb.; and Vivian Smith. Phoenix. A great aunt, Dorothy Boyd, resides at Valley Falls.

Funeral services were Dec. 1 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Platte. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Carpenter Memorial Funeral Home, North Platte, was in charge of arrangements.

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