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Obituary- Bennett, Gale
Obituary- Bennett, Gale
Gale E. Bennett, 85, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020. He was born March 1, 1935 in Delia, Kansas, the son of Leo C. and Mary (Morris) Bennett.

Gale attended Rossville Grade School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He worked at the Sinclair station while in school and then at Kaw Valley Dehydrating Plant after graduation. He went on to work for Wagner Construction as a carpenter for 30 years and then with Senne Construction for another 5 years. He retired in 1995. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #1445, The Knights of Columbus and The Still Waters Evangelical Church.

Gale married Edna M. Bennett on June 4, 1960 in St. Mary’s, Kansas. She survives. Other survivors include their children, Scott Bennett of Topeka, Brian Bennett of Topeka, his grandson, Kurtis and his siblings, Kenneth Bennett of Rossville, Kansas, Mary Homan of St. Mary’s, Kansas and Judy Merriman of Lawrence.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020 at Still Waters Evangelical Church, 4412 SW 21st St. where the family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Auburn Cemetery.

Dove Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd. is assisting the family.

To leave the family a special message, please select the Share Memories option at https://www.dovetopeka.com/Obituary/185013/Gale-Bennett/Dove-KS 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Casey, Dolores
Obituary- Casey, Dolores
Dolores J. Casey, 87, Meriden, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020 at a local care center.

Dolores was born October 26, 1932 in Kanopolis, KS, the daughter of Joseph and Ella (Young) Lambert. She graduated from Rossville High School and attended Emporia State Teachers College.

She was a senior software analyst with Blue Cross & Blue Shield for over 40 years, retiring in 2001. She later was Site Manager for Meals on Wheels in Meriden. She attended Meriden Community Church and was a member of A.B.W.A.

Dee was an avid cook, gardener, and sports fan. She enjoyed going to Royals baseball games and her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

She lived life to its fullest. She was a trailblazer and had two careers, working up until the end of her life. She had an extensive network of friends and was well loved by many. She was an active member of her community and volunteered with many organizations throughout her life.

Dee was a blessing to many, always thinking of others, and leaves behind a positive legacy. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include sons, Bob Casey, Rossville, John (Beverly) Casey, Kansas City, KS; 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Heather (Brent) Adams and sons Ty and Zac; Kyle (Crystallynn Quigley) Casey and children Kaiden, Karrick, Journey, Khloe, and Kheaven; Megan (Virgil) Barnard and daughter Hadley; and a sister, Vivian Cantwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Young; brother, Vernon Lambert; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Casey.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Meriden Community Church. Burial will follow at the Rossville Cemetery. Dolores will lie in state from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Dove Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 2134 SW Westport Drive, Topeka, KS 66614 or the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village, 7220 SW Asbury Drive, Topeka, KS 66614.

To leave a special message for the family online. go to https://www.dovetopeka.com/Obituary/184603/Dolores-Casey/Dove-KS
 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Kratina, Marjorie
Obituary- Kratina, Marjorie
Marjorie Ann Kratina

Rossville—Marjorie Ann Kratina, 83, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Oakley Place in Rossville.

On April 29, 1937, she was born in rural Silver Lake, the daughter of Elmer John and Agnes B. (Fleming) Crawshaw. Marjorie was raised in the Silver Lake community and graduated from Silver Lake High School.
In her youth, Marjorie was active in 4H and continued her love of the organization through coaching her own children in projects and serving as a club project leader.

Over the years, Marjorie dedicated her service to the Presbyterian Church of Rossville as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and a member of the Church Board. Marjorie was also a member of the United Presbyterian Women's organization where she served as secretary.

Marjorie worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Luce Press Clipping Bureau. At Luce Press Clipping Bureau in Topeka, she was an editor for 23 years. She retired in 2000. Marjorie was a member of the Rossville Presbyterian Church and also was a member of the Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128, Rossville. Marjorie supported the Moravian Lodge with her love of baking, making kolaches for events with the lodge.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Crawshaw, and a brother-in-law, David Hitchcock.
On November 18, 1955, Marjorie married John D. Kratina at the Rossville Presbyterian Church. He survives.
Other survivors include her son, John M. (Cynthia) Kratina, Topeka; her daughter, Tammy (Dennis) Biswell, Wamego, a sister, Barbara Hitchcock, Silver Lake, grandchildren, Jesse (Holly) Kratina, Joshua Kratina, Amanda Kratina, Richard (Katie) Biswell, and Rebecca Biswell; great-grandchildren, Finnly Kratina and Asher Kratina.

Marjorie had a deep love for her savior Jesus Christ serving him through her loving spirit, being a prayer warrior and caring for her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and we look forward to the day we see her again.

Memorial services and interment will be in the Czech Moravian Cemetery, near Rossville to be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville Presbyterian Church or the Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128 and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Go to www.piperfuneralhome to leave online condolences. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Kratina, John D. 2
Obituary- Kratina, John D. 2
John & Marjorie Kratina
The family of John and Marjorie Kratina will receive family, friends and community members during visitation on Sunday, July 19th from 1-3 p.m. at Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas. Memorial services for John and Marjorie will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, July 20th at Piper Funeral Home, followed by internment [sic interment] at the Czech Moravian Cemetery, near Rossville. The memorial service will be live-streamed at 10:00 A.M. Monday.

The family sends an invitation to join them for lunch and fellowship at the Citizen Pottawatomie Nation Community Center, 806 Nishnabe Trail, Rossville following internment [sic]. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville Presbyterian Church or the Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128 and sent in care of the funeral home. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Kratina, John D. 1
Obituary- Kratina, John D. 1
John D. Kratina
Rossville—John D. Kratina, 85, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020, at Oakley Place in Rossville.

On July 26, 1934, he was born in rural Rossville, the son of John R. and Helen (Hruska) Kratina. John was raised in the Moravian Czech community of Rossville attending Victor 101 Schoolhouse and graduated from Rossville High School.

On November 18, 1955, Marjorie married John D. Kratina at the Rossville Presbyterian Church.

Over the years, John served his country through the military forces, United States Air Force and Reserves, Kansas Army Guard, Kansas Air National Guard. Retiring in 1984 as a Crew Chief of the 190th squadron.

Over the years, John dedicated his service to the Presbyterian Church of Rossville as a church board member overseeing the preservation of the building and property. John was an active member of the 190 Air Combat Museum, where he donated weekly hours providing tours to the public during museum hours and air shows. John was a member of the Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128. John was an active member in preservation of the Moravian Lodge with his involvement in the teaching of the Czech heritage through organizing Polka dance lessons and Czech language lessons to families and members of the community. John also supported the lodge in assisting with organization of Polka dances and kolache booths at community events. John was honored with the Fraternalist of the Year Award for his service to the organization. John was active in the development and building of the Agriculture Hall of Fame, to honor the Agriculture leaders and farmers of Kansas.

John was an active member of the following organizations; Kansas Pickers and Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers, Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128 /Air Force Sergeants Assoc/Kansas Air National Guard Assoc./Jimmie Lillard American Legion Post 31

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marjorie Kratina, a brother George Kratina, a sister Mary Kratina and a brother-in-law, David Hitchcock.

Personal qualities of John, we will always remember his outgoing personality, love of Czech heritage, love of music, storytelling along with his love for family, friends, God and country.

Other survivors include his son, John M. (Cynthia) Kratina, Topeka; his daughter, Tammy (Dennis) Biswell, Wamego, a sister-in-law, Barbara Hitchcock, Silver Lake, grandchildren, Jesse (Holly) Kratina, Joshua Kratina, Amanda Kratina, Richard (Katie) Biswell, and Rebecca Biswell; great-grandchildren, Finnly Kratina and Asher Kratina.

The Kratina and Biswell families would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care given to John and Marjorie during their time at Oakley Place of Rossville.

Memorial services and interment will be in the Czech Moravian Cemetery, near Rossville to be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville Presbyterian Church or the Czech Moravian Lodge No. 128 and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Go to www.piperfuneralhome to leave online condolences. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Ketter, Brian
Obituary- Ketter, Brian
Brian Matthew Ketter, 53, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri passed away on April 29, 2020. Brian was born on March 3, 1967 in Delia, Kansas to the late Leslie Ketter and Connie (Harris) Rathbun. He married Danae (Lentz) Ketter at their home on August 28, 1998 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

Brian was an honest and giving man who was loved by his family and had a servant heart. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, daughters and his grandchildren. Brian was full of pride as he walked his two daughters down the aisle and gave them away to their loving husbands. His proudest accomplishments were serving his country as a soldier and also as a civilian, and being a papaw (Harley had him wrapped around her finger). Some of Brian’s hobbies included fishing, riding his motorcycle, spending time with his family, welding and watching the Chiefs and the Jayhawks.

Brian will be missed the most for his selflessness, ability to make people laugh, and his unending love for his family, especially his granddaughter, Harley. Brian was a hard worker, a content and passionate man, and was very patriotic. He would do anything for his family.

He was preceded in death by his father Leslie A. Ketter.

Survivors include his wife Danae Ketter of the home, daughters Lauren (Brady) Moppin and Allison (Brian) VanTill, grandchildren Harley and Hudson Moppin, mother Connie Rathbun, father and mother in law Calvin and Delores Lentz, sisters Tina and Leana Ketter, and multiple nieces and nephews. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Stockman, John
Obituary- Stockman, John
John Henry "Hank" Stockman
John Henry "Hank" Stockman, 78, of Emmett passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the St. Marys Community Hospital.

He was born on February 12, 1942, in the Sandy Hook community near St. Marys, the son of F.P. and Martha (Boelens) Stockman.

Hank was a welder and owned and operated Stockman Repair in Emmett.

He was married to Sally Heskett, and she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ted, Joe, Tom, Pat, Don, Robert, and Herald.

Hank married Dolores Steve in St. Marys, and she survives of the home.

Other survivors include a brother, Phil Stockman, Topeka; two sisters, Betty Hazard, Ozawkie and Frances Carlson, MN; sister-in-law, Marilene Stockman, Rossville; many nieces and nephews; step-sons, Shawn (Jami) Hladky, Emmett their children, Caleb, Faith, Cassi and Toby, and Chris (Susan) Mapes, El Paso, TX; and Abby.

Graveside inurnment will be at a later date. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Schwartz, James
Obituary- Schwartz, James
James Schwartz
Schwartz, James Lloyd "Jim"

On the evening of April 21, 2020, Jim passed away peacefully of natural causes while being comforted by family members at Wesley Medical Center. Jim was 79 years old.

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, he was the first child of Donna Ruth Conkle and Lloyd Gay Schwartz, M.D. Jim grew up in Topeka where he was known as "the lemon drop kid," the cycling paperboy who always hit your front porch with precision. He set the record for sit-ups at Boswell Jr. High, surpassed only by his little brother, Charlie. Jim graduated Topeka High in 1958 with the nickname "Elvis" because of his pompadour, ducktail and guitar. He played guitar for many traveling musicians appearing at the Topeka Municipal Auditorium in the late 50's and early 60's. Jim received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Washburn University in Topeka, majoring in Voice. Although recommended for training in Opera, Jim wanted to play and teach. He taught public school music in Dennison, Jackson Heights and Rossville school districts for 9 years, while playing and singing music professionally in Topeka. He traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada playing in bands ranging from the young 70's duo "Jim & Susie" to a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band who called him "Grandpa," except the lead guitar player who called him Dad. He was a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church and enjoyed leisure time with family at his country home in Eureka.

Jim was preceded in death by grandson Tavian James Johnson, Wichita; brother Charles Schwartz, Mansfield, Mo. and parents Lloyd and Donna Schwartz, Topeka. James is survived by his wife Susette "Susie" M. Jacobs Schwartz, Eureka; son Sean (Cindy) Schwartz, Eureka; daughter Raina Schwartz-Johnson, Eureka; son Dustin Schwartz, Eureka; grandchildren Taylyn (Lance) Barkley, El Dorado; Ashlen Schwartz, Pittsburg; Kaman Johnson, Eureka; Amari Schwartz, Eureka; Jack Jones, Eureka; great-granddaughter Tate Barkley, El Dorado; and sister Peggy Case, Midland, Texas.

A private Graveside Service will be held. 
  28 Feb 2021
Obituary- Posch, Larry
Obituary- Posch, Larry
Larry Joe Posch

DELIA - Larry Joe Posch, 45, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 near Maple Hill.

He was born October 30, 1970 at Wichita, the son of Leroy M. and Beverly Kay Harlin Posch. Larry had lived in many different areas until moving to the Paxico community. He graduated from Wabaunsee High School in Alma.

Larry worked for Custom Wood Products in St. Marys. He was an avid sportsman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diana Posch.

Survivors include his daughter, Katie Posch, Delia; siblings, Leroy Posch, in Germany, Jim Posch, Council Grove, Craig Posch and Becky Posch, both of Paxico, and Julia Hadron, Olathe; grandchildren, Nala Kay Carie, Lydia Ray Ann and Meleaka Kay Lee.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Mr. Posch will lie in state Thursday afternoon from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Larry Posch Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home. To leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com. 
  24 Feb 2021
Obituary- Porter, Ella
Obituary- Porter, Ella
Deaths and Funerals
Mrs. Dell Porter

Ella May Rose was born in Ross county, Ohio, May 7, 1870, departed from this life February 26, 1930, aged 59 years, 9 months and 19 days. She came to Kansas with her parents when a young girl. She was united in marriage to Delbert Porter Nov. 30, 1887. To this union five children were born, two of whom preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves a husband, two daughters, Mrs. C.O. McGehee, Topeka, Mrs. Fred Sims, Abilene, one son O.L. Porter, Topeka, one sister, Mrs. I.T. Hopkins, Rossville and 11 grandchildren to mourn her loss.

In 1920 at Oakley, Kan., she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and lived a devoted Christian life until her departure to be with Him.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Mary 1, at 10:30 o'clock in the Conwell funeral home in North Topeka, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Richie of Abilene.

The pallbearers were Messrs. H.E. Ishmael, Harvey James, Bert Heslet, R.A. Shipley, Joseph Shenk and Fred Mason.

The body was brought to Rossville for interment in Rossville cemetery.

[From The Rossville Reporter, March 6, 1930] 
  24 Feb 2021

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born   Location   Last Modified 
I30069 
Bennett, Brian 
   28 Feb 2021
I30068 
Bennett, Scott 
   28 Feb 2021
I30067 
Bennett, Edna M 
   28 Feb 2021
I24043 
Bennett, Gale E 
b. 1 Mar 1935  Delia, Jackson County, Kansas  28 Feb 2021
I30066 
Casey, John 
   28 Feb 2021
I8171 
Casey, Robert Duane 
   28 Feb 2021
I21303 
Lambert Casey, Delores J (Dolores) 
b. 16 Oct 1932  Kanopolis, Ellsworth County, Kansas  28 Feb 2021
I2133 
Bond Irwin Miller Cunningham Voight, Shirley Charlene 
b. 1945   28 Feb 2021
I8561 
Crawshaw Kratina, Marjorie Ann 
b. 29 Apr 1937  Silver Lake, Shawnee County, Kansas  28 Feb 2021
I8562 
Kratina, John Delano 
b. 26 Jul 1934  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas  28 Feb 2021

Families
          
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 F8589 
 I24043  Gale E Bennett  I30067  Edna M Bennett  4 Jun 1960  28 Feb 2021
 F2939 
 I1080  Leo Claudius Bennett  I5602  Mary G Morris Bennett Olson  20 Jun 1932  28 Feb 2021
 F3478 
 I5018  Joseph Henry Lambert (Lambott)  I5013  Ella Maude Young Lambert    28 Feb 2021
 F8588 
     I21303  Delores J (Dolores) Lambert Casey    28 Feb 2021
 F1512 
 I3096  Elmer John Crawshaw  I3095  Agnes B Fleming Crawshaw  2 Jan 1935  28 Feb 2021
 F4206 
 I4512  John R Kratina  I4510  Helen Hruska Kratina  1932  28 Feb 2021
 F1106 
 I8562  John Delano Kratina  I8561  Marjorie Ann Crawshaw Kratina  18 Nov 1955  28 Feb 2021
 F8587 
 I21191  Brian Matthew Ketter  I30063  Danae Lentz Ketter  28 Aug 1998  28 Feb 2021
 F6077 
 I4847  Leslie A Ketter  I30062  Connie Harris Ketter Rathbun    28 Feb 2021
 F8586 
 I14123  John Henry (Hank) Stockman  I25515  Delores Stueve Hladky Stockman    28 Feb 2021