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Week of Thursday, March 8, 2007

Mary Wagner

Mary Ann Hess Wagner, 63, Topeka, formerly of Valley Falls, died Feb. 27, 2007, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

She was born March 1, 1943, at Holton, the daughter of Charles and Geraldine Hope Greene Hess. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1961. She worked for the state of Kansas in Topeka for 20 years before retiring.

Surviving are her daughter, Holly Sparks, Topeka; three grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Anderson, Amarillo, Texas; and two brothers, Don Hess, Topeka, and Charlie Hess, Covington, Texas.

Memorial services were March 3 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606-2800 or American Cancer Society, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, 66604.

Jimmy Surritt

Jimmy “Jim” E. Surritt, 65, Meriden, died Feb. 26, 2007, at his home after a long illness.

He was born July 30, 1941, at Silver Lake, the son of Jesse Frank and Minnie Rosalie Pierson Surritt. He had lived in Meriden since 1961, moving from Topeka. He was a Machinist and owned and operated the Meriden Machine Shop for 30 years until his retirement in 2003. He had formerly worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Harry Turner Advertising, both in Topeka. Mr. Surritt attended public schools in Willard and Silver Lake.

He married Carol L. McCarty June 5, 1959, at Topeka. She survives at the home. Other survivors include his mother, Minnie R. Surritt, Silver Lake; one son, Andy Surritt, Meriden; two daughters, Kelly Ann Kampsen, Meriden, and Linda Smith, Lecompton; one brother, Richard Frank Surritt, Daphne, Ala.; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two Grandsons, Dustin Surritt and Theodore Teddy McCollum.

Services were March 2 at the Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, Topeka. Burial was at the Meriden Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Beulah Calderwood

Beulah Mae Calderwood, 89, Meriden, died Feb. 28, 2007, at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born July 23, 1917, at Hoyt, the daughter of Lawrence Joseph and Ruth Berniece Jones Bausch. She was a lifelong resident of the Meriden and Hoyt area. Mrs. Calderwood was a homemaker and had worked as a dressmaker in Topeka for many years. She was a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a 1935 graduate of Hoyt High School.

She married Bernell Galen Calderwood May 22, 1935, at Leavenworth. He died March 18, 1991. She married Allen C. Bacon Jan. 1, 2000, at Meriden. He survives at home. Other survivors include a step-daughter, Linda Meade, Meriden; three grandsons; one stepgrandson; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Ann Wilbur, a sister, Hazelle Hesse, and two brothers, James and Evan Bausch.

Services were March 3 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel. Burial was at Meriden Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Meriden United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Kathleen Wilsey

Kathleen M. Wilsey, 88, Yuba City, Calif., died March 1, 2007, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.

She was born Kathleen Mary Wingfield in Wichita Falls, Texas, July 5, 1918, the daughter of Andrew Nelson Wingfield.

She moved to Kansas during the depression years where she met Art Anderson Sr. and began a family. They moved to California in 1936 and returned to Kansas in 1944 to farm in Jefferson County. The couple had four children and divorced in 1948.

She moved to Kansas City where she met Richard Michael Wilsey. They were married in 1949. They had two sons and moved to California . He died in 1998 and son Dwight also preceded her in death in 2001.

Mrs. Wilsey was an accomplished artist and worked as a hospital administrator for 20 years. She had also been involved in real estate. Survivors include a daughter, Merry Annelle Clinkenbeard, Yuba City; four sons, Mike Wilsey, Ventura, Calif., K.C. Wilsey, San Francisco, Art Anderson, Ozawkie, and George Anderson, Edwards, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held March 6 at Chico (Calif.) Cemetery. Lipp and Sullivan Chapel, Marysville, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.

Roy Burt

Roy Ellwood Burt, 97, Meriden, died March 5, 2007, at Rolling Hills Health Center, Topeka.

He was born May 6, 1909, at Armstrong, Iowa, the son of George Vernon and Nora Ella Christopher Burt. He moved to Grand Rapids, Minn., as a child and lived there until moving to Meriden in 1987. He was a retired farmer.

He was the first married man in his home town to volunteer for service after Pearl Harbor. While in the Army he received four battle stars, two Philappino stars, and a combat infantry badge. He was a member of Ponti Peterson Post No. 1720, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Meriden Senior Citizens.

He married Florence Mary Herr Jan. 11, 1936, at Grand Rapids. She survives. Also surviving are a brother, John Burt, Grand Rapids; and a sister, Ethel Skau, Esko, Minn.

He was cremated. The family received friends Saturday, March 10, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka.

Raymond Hamm

Raymond E. Hamm, 95, Valley Falls, died March 3, 2007, at Village Villa in Nortonville.

Mr. Hamm had farmed north of Valley Falls. He was born Nov. 28, 1911, at Fort Morgan, Colo., the son of John Edward and Alice Parker Nichols Hamm. His family moved to Valley Falls in 1916. He graduated from Prairie Hall Grade School and attended Nortonville High School. He was an ambulance driver for the Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. He was a member of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Valley Falls and the Denison Bible Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Howard Hamm, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Bragg. Survivors include three nephews, Robert Bragg, Anderson, Calif., Donald Bragg, Prescott, Ariz., and Larry Bragg, Tahoe, Nev., and a niece, Alondra Boehler, Wickenberg, Ariz.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service was March 6 at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial was at the Nortonville Cemetery with military honors conducted by Grahem-Herbers VFW Post 3084. Memorial contributions can be made to the Denison Bible Church and sent in care of the funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences can be made at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Ralph Petesch

Ralph F. Petesch, 77, Valley Falls, formerly of the Winchester and McLouth area, died March 4, 2007, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.

He was born July 19, 1929, at Easton, the son of Anthony and Anna Zelfer Petesch. He had lived in Valley falls since October 2006, moving from Winchester. He worked for Cecil Phillips and Baker’s Quarry. He managed the Fred McCloud Farms and the Tom L. Burnett Cattle Company. He had formerly owned and operated Petesch Feed and Farm Store in McLouth.

He was a member of the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshing Association and demonstrated the apple press to Jefferson County school children. He was a former 4-H club leader in Ozawkie.

He married Phyllis Darlene Fridell April 17, 1952, at Atchison. She survives at the home. Other survivors include one son, David Petesch, Meriden; one daughter, Kathy Petesch, Tonganoxie; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three great-grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters.

Services were Thursday, March 8, at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison. Memorials can be made to the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshing Association and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Marilyn Chmidling

Marilyn C. Chmidling, 67, Nortonville, died Feb. 28, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 15, 1939, in Atchison, the daughter of Matthew and Ruby Boatwright Wolters. She attended Atchison Catholic schools and Mount Saint Scholastica. She was a cook for St. Joseph School and Village Villa in Nortonville and later served as the dietary manager. Mrs. Chmidling was a member of St. Joseph Church and served on the Altar Society.

She married Bill Chmidling April 16, 1955, at St. Joseph Church, Atchison. He died Oct. 19, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Caroline Sue Chmidling, and a brother, Tom Wolters. Survivors include her children, Raymond Chmidling, Belle Fourche, S.D., Theresa Chmidling, Nortonville, Mike Chmidling and Janice Wilson, both Leavenworth, Mary Agnes Highfill, Atchison, Mark Chmidling, Lansing; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandsons; a sister, Judy Darrah, Shawnee; and a brother, Jim Wolters, Kansas City, Mo.

Mass of Christian Burial was March 5 at St. Joseph Church, Nortonville. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Joseph Church and sent in care of O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville.

Viola McBride

Viola G. McBride, 100, Nortonville, died March 3, 2007 at the Village Villa Nursing Home.

Viola G. Gantenbein was born June 26, 1906, in Dickinson County, the daughter of Ulrich and Frieda Tobler Gantenbein. She graduated from Enterprise High School, attended Emporia State Teachers College, and Kansas State University. She taught school for six years in Dickinson County. After moving to Nortonville, she worked for the First National Bank of Nortonville for a few years.

Mrs. McBride was a member of the Nortonville United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school, and belonged to the Methodist Women’s Society. She was also a member of the Homemakers Club, and a charter member of the Nortonville Garden Club.

She had relatives from eight states, from Alaska to North Carolina, help her celebrate her 100th birthday in June of 2006.

She and Willard D. McBride were married June 25, 1931, at the church parsonage in New Basel. He preceded her in death Sept. 9, 1969. Three brothers, Harvey Gantenbein, Lester Gantenbein, and Earl Gantenbein, and one sister, Clara Smith, also preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Gigstad, Nortonville, and Marlene Brown, Leavenworth; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Edwin Gantenbein, Grove, Okla.; and a sister, Wilma Childers, Fort Morgan, Colo.

Services were March 6 at the Nortonville United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the church or Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of the O’Trimble Funeral Home, PO Box 267, Nortonville, 66060.

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