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Week of Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

Edwin Pemberton

Edwin Pemberton, 94, of the Dunavant community in rural Valley Falls, died Jan. 17, 2007, at his home.

He was born Oct. 13, 1912, at his home in Dunavant, the son of Frank and Sarah E. Singleton Pemberton. He was a lifelong resident of the Dunavant community. Mr. Pemberton was a farmer and laborer in the Dunavant and Winchester area all his life.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Rebecca Kenna, Whittier, Calif. He was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Anderson, and three brothers, Evan “Jack” Pemberton, Dale Pemberton, and Ray D. Pemberton.

Graveside services were Jan. 20 at Spring Grove Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jefferson County Service Organization and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Sue Kramer

A memorial service for Sue A. Kramer was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. A visitation with family will follow the Memorial Mass and marker blessing.

Sue Kramer, 54, died Sept. 16, 2006, in an auto accident in Puyallup, Wash. She is survived by her daughter Katrina Lindsay, Tacoma, Wash., and son, Brenden Hoffhines, Valdez, Alaska, and four grandchildren. She was the daughter of Audean and the late Clara Maye Kramer, McLouth.

She is also survived by sisters Audeana Connel, Leavenworth, and Glenda Wilk, Topeka; brothers, Kenneth Kramer and Kerry Kramer, McLouth; Kevin Kramer, Manhattan, Kelly Kramer, Five Point, Ala., and Kris Kramer, Lawrence.

She was born July 28, 1952, and raised in McLouth. She graduated from McLouth High School in 1970. She attended St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth and became a Washington resident in 1971, settling in Puyallup with her companion, Jerry Kellogg, in 1980.

Sue’s professional career started in 1980 with Spenard Builders Supply and continued growing with Crowley Maritime Services. Her final years were spent with SeaTac Marine Services.

A private family funeral and graveside service were held Sept. 23 at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jefferson County Historical Society or the Sacred Heart Church Building Fund.

Veryl Reichart

Veryl Gwendolyn Reichart, 97, Valley Falls, died Jan. 18, 2007, at the home of her daughter, Lois Beames, in Topeka.

Mrs. Reichart was a homemaker and had worked as a nurse’s aide at Valley View Nursing Home in Valley Falls. She had operated Reichart’s Sundries and worked for Paul Heinen & Associates, both in Valley Falls. She worked for H & R Block in Topeka.

She was born at Thomas, Okla., Jan. 1, 1910, the daughter of Roy Edgar and Prudence Esther Towell Pratt. She attended rural school in Oklahoma and later at Greensburg and Burlington, graduating from Onaga High School in 1928.

She had been a member of the Coal Creek United Methodist Church for 78 years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Walnut Creek Club, U and I Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the Literary Ramblers.

She married Elmer Clarence Reichart Jan. 1, 1932, north of Valley Falls. He died March 29, 1963. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Millard Pratt, Omer Pratt, Kenneth Pratt, and Gerald Pratt, and a sister, Evalyn Pratt.

Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Francis LeRoy Reichart, Overland Park, and Galen Reichart, Valley Falls; two daughters, Gwendolyn Marlene Towle, Overland Park, and Lois Beames, Topeka; a sister, the Rev. Elva Manuel Douthat; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was Jan. 23 at Mercer Funeral home in Valley Falls. Burial was at the Coal Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Heart America Hospice and Jefferson County District 11 EMS and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are available at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Dorothy Young

Dorothy Helen Young, 95, Topeka, died Jan. 15, 2007, at Eventide Convalescent Home in Topeka.

She was born Jan. 14, 1912, north of Emmett, the daughter of Everett and Luttie Belle Sturgill Arnold. She was employed by Slimmaker, a dressmaker factory, in Holton from 1953 to 1958. She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 400 Ladies Auxiliary in Topeka.

She married Wilfred “Shorty” Woods Dec. 14, 1929, in Topeka. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1958. She married Keith B. Young April 25, 1961, in Perry. He preceded her in death Oct. 21, 2005. Three brothers, William Arnold, Keith Eisermann, Leslie Eisermann, and a sister, Ruby Williams, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a brother Everett C. Eiserman, Meriden.

Mrs. Young was cremated. Graveside inurnment services will be held in late April at the Holton Cemetery. Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka, is assisting the family.

Katherine Marietta

Katherine Elizabeth Marietta, 17, Salina, died Jan. 17, 2007. She was born Nov. 8, 1989, in Salina.

She was a junior at Salina Central High School. She was a member of the University United Methodist Church, an actress at Salina Community Theater, and member of the Girl Scouts.

She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Betty Marietta in 1994 and Viola Streckfus in 2006. Survivors include her father, John C. Marietta, Salina; her mother, Susie Marietta, Hiawatha; two brothers, Michael Marietta and Thomas Marietta, of the home; and two grandfathers, Robert Marietta, Salina, and Edward Streckfus, Lakin. Other survivors include an uncle, Jim Marietta, Oskaloosa.

A funeral service was held Jan. 20 at University United Methodist Church. A graveside service and burial followed at Gypsum Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the church, Hospice of Salina, Salina Community Theater for Young People, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and sent in care of Ryan’s Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina, 67401.

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