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Week of Thursday, May 24, 2007

Alice Taliaferro

Alice Marie Taliaferro, 84, Effingham, died May 15 at the Village Villa Nursing Home, Nortonville.

She was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Arrington, the daughter of Guy and Vera Wilson Cooper. She was a 1940 graduate of Atchison County Community High School in Effingham.

She married William “Bill” Taliaferro April 21, 1941, in Excelsior Springs , Mo. They made their home in Effingham most of their married lives.

She was employed at the Electra Company, Blish Mize, the Atchison Vo-Tech School and the offices of the American Royal for several years. Mrs. Taliaferro attended the Effingham United Methodist and the Effingham Christian churches. She was active in the local Democratic Party.

Survivors include three daughters, Joan Berry, San Diego, Calif., Connie Berry, Chandler, Ariz., and Jan Anstaett, Aurora, Colo.; two sons, William R. “Bill” Taliaferro, Lewisburg, Pa., and Hal Taliaferro, Oskaloosa; a brother, Donald Cooper, Rogue River, Ore.; a sister, Dorothy Scott Railey, Stockton, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Lola Juenke and Velma Stutz, one brother, Howard Cooper, and a great-grandson.

Graveside services were May 19 at Evergreen Cemetery, Effingham. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Milferd Fowler

Milferd M. “Bud” Fowler, 87, McLouth, died May 15, 2007, at the Leavenworth Veterans Administration Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 7, 1919, at Oak Hill, the son of George Lehman and Neva Caroline Blake Fowler. He had lived in the McLouth area since 1957. He worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Topeka as a supervisor, retiring in 1981 after 30 years. He also was a farmer. He was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church. He served on the McLouth School District No. 342 Board of Education for 12 years and served as a McLouth city councilman for two terms.

Mr. Fowler was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European, African, and Middle Eastern theaters of operations, having been awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

He married Erma Lynne Herries Aug. 30, 1947, at Topeka. She survives at the home. Other survivors include three sons, Donald K. Fowler and Ronald K. Fowler, both of Raytown, Mo., and Brian “Kevin” Fowler, Oskaloosa; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Myron Kent Fowler.

Services were May 21 at the McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial was at the McLouth Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the McLouth United Methodist Church, the Jefferson County Home Health Department or to the organization of the donor’s choice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

James Stember

James H. Stember, 70, died May 14, 2007, in a fire at his home.

He was born June 19, 1936, at Topeka, the only child of Frank and Murna Kramer Stember. He graduated from Ozawkie Rural High School in 1954.

He married Noreen E. Dick June 6, 1958. They divorced.

His working years were spent at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Hamm’s Construction, and in maintenance and pest control. He owned his own excavating company. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge in Dover.

He is survived by a daughter, son, and three granddaughters. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Ozawkie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jim Stember Memorial Fund and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

John A. Cory Sr.

John A. Cory Sr., 72, Valley Falls, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at his home.

He was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at Valley Health Care in Valley Falls and had worked in the maintenance and housekeeping departments. He had worked as a painter and welder for Haul-Mor Manufacturing in Valley Falls. He had been a volunteer fireman for over 20 years and also a deputy policeman in Valley Falls.

He was born on Sept. 17, 1934, at Valley Falls, the son of Archie and Anna A. McCrea Cory. He graduated from Valley Falls High School and served in the Kansas National Guard.

He married Mary Cook on April 14, 1964, at Valley Falls. They were divorced. Survivors include a son, John A. Cory Jr, and his wife Lauren, Joplin, MO; two daughters, Sheila Cory, Valley Falls, and Debbie Nichols, and her husband, Terry, Valley Falls,; a sister, Alice Von Bergen, and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Cremation is planned and private burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributons may be made to Jefferson County Fire Department District 11, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com 38-48-1tc

Madelyn M. Istas

Madelyn M. Istas, 79, Perry, died May 16, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Istas was born July 20, 1927, at Clyde, the daughter of William M. and Esther Fay Good Chartier. She had lived in the Perry area since 1975. She was a homemaker and had worked as a property manager. She taught two years in a one-room schoolhouse. She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Perry, and was a member of the church choir.

She married Leo E. “Bill” Istas Aug. 20, 1946, at Aurora. He survives at the home. Other survivors include three sons, Jim Istas and David Istas, both Topeka, and Kevin Istas, Bonner Springs; one daughter, Cheryl Pierson, Tonganoxie; four brothers, Ray Chartier, Dallas Center, Iowa, Don Chartier, Des Moines, Iowa, Gene Chartier, Lenexa, and Dennis Chartier, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Glenace O’Connor, Conway, Mo.; and six grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was May 21 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Burial was at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Perry. Memorials can be made to St. Theresa Church or to Catholic Charities and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Marjorie Beems

Marjorie E. Beems, 80, Topeka, died May 16, 2007, at a Topeka hospital.

She was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Topeka, the daughter of Everett and Ursula Ellison Zinn. She grew up in Grantville and graduated from Perry High School. She attended Clark’s Business School and graduated in 1951 from the University of Kansas with a degree in accounting.

She married Harold Milton Beems March 29, 1956, in Grantville. They resided in Topeka. She and her husband owned and operated Beems Electric. Survivors include her husband of 51 years; son, William Beems, Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Linda Burgen, Eskridge, Julia Miller, Denver, Nancy Seifert, St. Peters, Mo., and Mary Carson, White Hall, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Beems, Topeka; and a brother, Norman Zinn, Omaha, Neb.. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harley Zinn.

Funeral services were May 21 at Penwell-Gabel Parker Price Chapel, Topeka. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas 4-H Foundation, 116 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, 66506.

Barbara Ann Kuhn

Barbara Ann Kuhn, 58, Meriden, died May 21, 2007, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

She was born July 24, 1948, in Topeka, the daughter of Guy Charles Jr. and Lucy Lucille Hedrick Greemore. She lived in the Jackson County area for 30 years prior to moving to Meriden in 2005. She attended Rock Creek Bible Church since 2006.

She married Larry Kuhn Oct. 29, 1964, in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter and three sons, Patricia Sue Lanum, Meriden, Thomas James Kuhn of Missouri, Fredrick Eugene Kuhn, Holton, and William Lee Kuhn, Denton; her mother, Lucy Greemore, Holton; a sister, Jerry Lee Mills, Holton; a brother, Guy Charles “Chuck” Greemore III, Holton; a half-brother, Charles Traphagen, Fredonia; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Rock Creek Bible Church, 5257 Hwy 92, Meriden. She will lie in state after 3 p.m. Friday at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Barbara Kuhn Memorial and sent in care of Bank of America, 5325 SW 21st St., Topeka, 66614.

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