Week of Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007

Helen Lederer

Helen Leona Lederer, 82, Topeka, died Jan. 4, 2007, at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka.

She was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of James Leonard and Calla Frey Pitts. She graduated from Valley Falls High School.

She married Arthur Eugene Cavey in October 1943. He died at sea during World War II in April 1944. She married James E. Lederer Aug. 6, 1947. He preceded her in death in June 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Jeannie Dillon, Topeka, and Cindi Stueland, Derby; a son, James Lederer, Meriden; three sisters, Shirley Kerr, Ozawkie, and Patty Hermosillo and Alice Brennan, both of California; two brothers, Dale Pitts and Ray Pitts, both of California; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mary Catherine Pitts, and a brother, Leonard Pitts, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Jan. 6 at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606-2800. Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

Forrest Jolly

Forrest Elwood Jolly, 70, Ozawkie, died Jan. 4, 2007, at his home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1936, to Forrest E. and Ina S. Myers Jolly in Atchison. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism. He received a bachelor of science degree from Emporia State University and a master’s in education from the University of Kansas in 1988.

He was employed in the Department of Student Services at KU. He retired as a teacher from Capital City Schools in USD 501. He was a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church and was a life member of Masonic Lodge No. 158 in Atchison.

He married Grace Olive Stouppe Dec. 21, 1962, at Atchison. She survives at the home. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia Miller, Atchison. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Jolly.

Memorial services were January 11 at the Meriden United Methodist Church. Inurnment was at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Atchison. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jefferson County Friends of Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Marvin Wischmeier

Marvin M. Wischmeier, 91, Holton, died Jan. 7, 2007, in Plaza West in Topeka. He was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Denison, the son of William Christian and Alice McNutt Wischmeier. He was a graduate of Denison High School. He moved to the Meriden area. in 1948, residing there until moving to Holton in 2004.

He was employed by Peck Dairy and later worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Denison Alumni Association and Goodyear retirees. He raised miniature horses.

He married Hazel Holcomb Dec. 8, 1940, in Topeka. She preceded him in death May 2, 2001. He was also preceded in death by a sister. Survivors include two sons, Donald Wischmeier, Holton, and Delmer Wischmeier, Topeka; a sister, Wilma Hudson, Holton; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and twin great-great-grandsons.

Funeral services were Jan. 10 at the Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka. Contributions can be made to Glen Moore Meadows, 14005 214th Rd., Holton, 66436.

Ivan Frye

Ivan L. Frye, 75, Perry, died Jan. 7, 2007, at his home.

He was born March 6, 1931, at Ozawkie, the son of Edward J. and Ruby F. Bowman Frye. He was a lifelong resident of the Perry area. Mr. Frye co-owned and operated Ivan’s Hauling and Excavating Co. in Perry for many years, He also worked many years as a machinist for Seymour Foods, the United Manufacturing Co., and the Buick Company, all in Topeka, where he also operated a mechanic service. He was a 1950 graduate of Perry Rural High School.

He married Patricia A. Jones Sept. 19, 1954, at Perry. She survives at the home. Other survivors include one son, Ivan L. Frye II, and two daughters, Vicki L. Sieve and Cindy L. Rhoads, all of Perry; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Frye.

Graveside services were Jan. 10 at the Buster Cemetery, Perry. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Jeanine Blanck

Jeanine Susan Blanck, 65, Perry, died Jan. 7, 2007, at her home.

She was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Kansas City, the daughter of Edward and Catherine Elmer Curtis. Mrs. Blanck was a supporter of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property for 17 years.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Blanck. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gary Blanck; three sons, Anthony Blanck, Shawnee Mission, Bryan Blanck, Topeka, and Michael Blanck, Lawrence; two daughters, Tina Allen, Olathe, and Hiedi Romero, Lawrence; one brother, Michael Curtis, Burlington; three sisters, Barbara Kramer, Tonganoxie, Carol Hagen, Eudora, and Mitzie Gimblet, Lawrence; and 13 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 10 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Topeka. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lawrence. Warren-McElwain Mortuary, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials to the America Needs Fatima Campaign can be sent to the mortuary.

Maryellen Freeland

Maryellen Freeland, 80, Valley Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at her home.

She was born May 8, 1926, north of Effingham in the Forest Grove Community, the daughter of Fred and Alma Bailey Gore. She graduated from Forest Grove Rural Grade School and attended Atchison County Community High School.

She married Frank J. Freeland on March 12, 1945, at Holton. They lived in the Coal Creek Community north of Valley Falls near the Freeland family farm. They moved to Valley Falls in 1956 and were foster parents to 40 children.

Maryellen was the site director for the American Red Cross Lunch Program at Valley Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Georgia Evelyn Storant Smith, and her stepmother, Gladys Ritter Small Gore. Survivors include two sons, Dale I. Freeland, Valley Falls, and Fred H. Freeland, and wife, Donna, Eudora; two daughters, Gladys Bishop and husband, Dennis, Valley Falls, and Gloria Schrick, and husband, Robert, Linnwood; twelve grandchildren, David, Paul, Matthew and Anthony Freeland, Annette Moody, Rebekah Paxson, Gretchen Schreiner, Heidi Hawk, Tammy Brading, Amy Bishop, and Steven and Jason Schrick; twelve great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Trinity and Wyatt Moody, Kaitlyn, Jonas, Liam and Elijah Paxson, Will, Harper and Sawyer Schreiner, and Laikyn and Nathan Hawk.

A funeral service was held Jan. 13, 2007, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088.

Shirley Thomas

Shirley L. Thomas, 84, Winchester, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 28, 2006, in Winchester.

She was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Washington, Kan., the daughter of Martin A. and Lois Lloyd Schropp. She graduated from Washington High School. She lived in Topeka and worked at the state treasurer’s office in the 1940s.

She married D.V. “Bud” Thomas Sept. 14, 1946, in McCracken. He preceded her in death in 1983. A brother, Richard B. Schropp, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a niece, Candace Braksick, McLouth; and nephews, Kim Griffitts, Oskaloosa, Scott Griffitts, Ozawkie, and Larry Thomas, Omaha.

Norma Noll

Norma Elizabeth Noll, 78, Winchester, died Jan. 4, 2007, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester.

She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Arnold and Eleanor Kershaw Snell and oldest of five children. She graduated from McLean Hospital Nursing School in 1948, the last of the Nurse Cadet Corps.

She married Lloyd E. Noll, Feb. 3, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He preceded her in death Aug. 23, 2003.

Her nursing career spanned over 50 years. She worked for many years at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital and later as director of nursing at Valley View Nursing Home in Valley Falls. Her specialty was psychiatric nursing. She retired in 1998.

Mrs. Noll cultivated a literary career and wrote a column “Sense and Nonsense” published in Guideposts. She was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton.

She is survived by her seven children, Sarah Jane Lebsack, Lakewood, Colo., Nedra Mitchell, Overland Park, Eleanor Hensley, Denton, Terry Kuhnert, Bendena, Lorene Stephan, Winchester, Cecelia Noll, Austin, Texas, and Brad Noll, Winchester; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Evelyn Sherwood, Alvan Snell, Janet Nielson, and Joan Scott.

Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 8 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Burial was at St. Joseph of the Valley-Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Memorial Hospital or Jefferson County Home Health and Hospice and sent in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, 66048.

Virginia Hermann

Virginia E. Hermann, 87, Valley Falls, died Jan. 6, 2007, at St. Francis Health Center, Topeka.

She was born June 25,1919, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Michael and Emily Mary Lobb Martin. She worked for 16 years as a dairy woman at Rock Creek. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Falls.

She married Walter Donald Jennings May 7, 1938. He preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1957. She married Richard Hermann in 1979 at Alma. He preceded her in death in 1991. Survivors include a son, Walter Michael Jennings, Valley Falls; a daughter, Linda Sue Hoffsett, McLouth; a sister, Hazel Yost, Meriden; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Harry R. “Corky” Jennings, Dec. 26,1984, a daughter, Patricia L. Fleming, Sept. 10, 2002, six sisters, and three brothers.

Funeral services were Jan. 10 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry.

William Fannin Jr.

William S. “Bill” Fannin Jr., 77, Lawrence, died Jan. 6, 2007, at the Hickory Pointe Care Center in Oskaloosa.

Mr. Fannin was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Topeka, the son of William S. Sr. and Ruth Louise Williams Fannin. He had been a resident of the Lawrence area since moving there from Topeka in 1950.

He worked as a logger, truck driver, farmer and had formerly owned and operated the Fannin Sawmill. He served on Sarcoxie Fire District No. 4 as truck captain from 1980 to 2001 and was instrumental in starting the fire department in 1985. He was a member of the Jefferson County Firefighters Association, National Rifle Association, and Lawrence Parkinson’s Support Group. He was a member of the McLouth Church of the Nazarene.

He married Dorothy J. Mooney Dec. 7, 1950, in Topeka. She survives of their home in Oskaloosa. Other survivors include one daughter, Donna E. Fannin, Oskaloosa; one son, Steven E. Fannin, Tonganoxie; one sister, Dixie L. Rees, Grantville; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a foster son, Dan Affalter, Lawrence.

Services were held Thursday, Jan. 11, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial was in the Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jefferson County Firefighters Association, designated for training, Hickory Pointe Care Center Resident Fund, McLouth Church of the Nazarene food pantry or the Lawrence Humane Society and sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, 66044.

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