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Obituary- Walter, Jeri
Obituary- Walter, Jeri
Jeri Lynn (Dugan) Walter
Topeka – Jeri Lynn (Dugan) Walter, age 66, passed away at her home in Topeka July 9th, 2022.

She was born June 18th, 1956 in Holton, attended Delia Grade School, and was a member of the Delia Early Birds 4H Club.

She graduated from Rossville High School in 1974.

She was united in marriage to Nathan Walter in 1987.

They were married for more than 29 years before divorcing in 2016.

She worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Topeka as a medical records supervisor, and was asked to head the opening of the Blue Cross Blue Shield office in Wichita. Upon returning to Topeka, she worked as the medical records supervisor at the Valeo Behavioral Health Care.

Survivors include daughter Amanda Dugan (Joshua) Taylor and grandson Nathan Taylor of Topeka, mother JoAnn Dugan of Delia, sisters Christine (Alan) Stanton of Topeka and Edy (Tony) Prescott of Delia, and a brother Scott (Mary) Dugan of Wakarusa. She was preceded in death by her father Charles Dugan and brother David Dugan. Per her wishes, she cremated with interment at Holton Cemetery at a later date.
  19 Mar 2023
Obituary- Conley, Joseph M.
Obituary- Conley, Joseph M.
Joseph M "Joe" Conley

Joseph M “Joe” Conley passed from life into eternity on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the St. Marys Manor in St. Marys, Kansas. He was 88 years old. Joe spent most of his life farming north of Delia in southwest Jackson County.

Joe was born to James Lewis and Bess (Mercer) Conley on December 21, 1933. He was their only child. He grew up in Rossville and on a farm near Sandy Hook along the Kansas River southwest of Rossville where he attended school and graduated in 1951. He was a 4-H member taking projects to county, state, and the national level. He attended Kansas State University for two years. Mr. Conley served in the United States Army for two years being stationed in Germany.

On March 12, 1958, Joe married Pauline Marie Timmons at Manhattan Christian College Chapel in Manhattan. After a whirlwind honeymoon, Joe and Pauline settled into farming with his dad north of Delia. He continued to remain active on the farm into his eighties. Joe served on several board of directors including St. Marys Farmers Union Coop, Federal Land Bank Association, and Kaw Valley Electric for forty-nine years this led to a position on the Kansas Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees. Mr. Conley was a member of Rossville United Methodist Church serving as a church trustee and the pastoral relations committee, he started an annual ski trip to Colorado and later built and operated a train as a church fundraiser at various parades and local events. He was a member of Delia Masonic Lodge, having served in each of the chairs and as Lodge Treasurer for many years. Through the Masons, Joe became a member of the Topeka Scottish Rite, the Shriners, and the Eastern Star. He was instrumental in starting the Delia Volunteer Fire District and founding member of the board. Joe also served on the Cross Creek Watershed board and served as a 4-H project leader in electricity.

In addition to farming, Mr. Conley was active as a certified electrician and called on to wire new and remodeled homes as well as shops, sheds, and various other projects into his eighties. Joe wired in his own home and the home of his son on the farm, rewired a few of his children’s homes, and worked on most of the neighbors’ places around the area. He worked hard to be licensed as an insurance agent for Town & Country Insurance and also sold hail insurance for several years. Joe had many interests owning antique autos, experimental aircraft, motorcycles, bicycle riding and going coyote hunting on New Year’s Day several times. Pauline and Joe were able to travel throughout much of their marriage around the nation and to Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, and Ireland.

Joe Conley is survived by Pauline, his wife of 64 years, his children, Patricia (Dennis) Peterson of Belvue, Kansas, James (Vicki) Conley of Austin, Colorado, and Bill (Tricia) Conley of Delia, Kansas. Additionally, the family includes nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family visitation is set for Tuesday, July 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Services will be held at Rossville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30 am. Donations may be given to Rossville United Methodist Church, St. Marys Manor, or to Elara Caring Hospice of Topeka and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  
  19 Mar 2023
Obituary- Adkins, Mary
Obituary- Adkins, Mary
Mary Lou Swager Adkins died peacefully Tuesday June 14, 2022 at Rolling Hills Nursing Home in Topeka, Kansas.
She was born July 29, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas. The daughter of Leon J Swager and Rachel R (Gragg) Swager. She grew up in the Topeka area and graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1957.

Mary Lou was a member of the Willard Baptist church in Willard, Kansas. She was a long-standing member of The Order of Eastern Star, Fidelity Chapter #38. She retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in Topeka, KS and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her fiancé Glen Viergever; her brother Leon J Swager Jr; and her daughter Valerie Eastman.

Survivors include her children: Janet Adkins, Barnes, KS; son-in-law Darrell Eastman; Jim Adkins, Topeka, KS and Margaret Shelman, Berryville, AR; grandchildren: Chris Adkins, Barnes, Ks; Michelle Brammer, Barnes, KS; Chance Eastman, Overbrook, KS; Christi Eastman, Michigan Valley, KS; Heather Adkins, Berryville, AR; Jenna Stum, Delia, KS; Shawna Isakson, Topeka, KS, and Shane Shelman, Berryville, AR. and over 20 great grandchildren.

Family will be having a service for Mary Lou at a later date. 
  19 Mar 2023
Obituary- Baird, Jr., Vernon
Obituary- Baird, Jr., Vernon
Vernon Baird Passes Away
Vernon W Baird, Jr., 78, Rossville, KS passed away April 3, 2022. He was born May 27, 1943.

He graduated from Highland Park High School. He was a Sergeant in the Army from July 1964 to January 1970. He was a proud member of the International Union of Bricklayers Local 15 for over 50 years.

He married Peggy L Conger in May 1964. She preceded him in death. He has one son, Thomas Baird and one daughter, Karla Shafstall (Chad). Four grandchildren, Kiefer and Kody Hurla, Kayla Brown (Jeremy), and Annasha Baird. Also five great grandchildren.

He loved visiting local casinos, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the Rossville Cemetery on April 30, 2022 at 10:30a.m.

You can visit his Tribute page at: 
  19 Mar 2023
Obituary- Sulzen, JoAnn
Obituary- Sulzen, JoAnn
JoAnn Catherine Sulzen of Rossville was surrounded by her family as she passed away on the evening of March 27, 2022, in her home, at the age of 79. She was born to the parents of Paul and Josephine Rose (Reineke) Altenhofen on December 17, 1942, on the family farm near Goff, Kansas. She attended the elementary parochial schools in Seneca and graduated from high school in Kansas City, Kansas.
JoAnn worked at AT&T as a switchboard operator before her marriage and then was a homemaker for her family. JoAnn was well known for her love and kindness and welcomed everyone into her home. She was famous for her baking and sewing and loved her husband and children very much. She enjoyed family vacations and camping with them. JoAnn was greatly involved in her church and in the Altar & Rosary society of St. Vincent de Paul Church in KC, Immaculate Conception in ID, and a supporter of the New Immaculata Church in St. Marys, KS where her home has been for the last few years.

JoAnn married Paul J Sulzen on May 13, 1961, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, in Kansas City, KS. They raised 12 of their 13 children as “Baby Eddie” was directed to heaven shortly after his birth. JoAnn and Paul adopted 8 of their 13 children and they gave them a home of unending sacrifice and love. Her selflessness and sweet caring personality will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Edwin, her grandsons Phillip Sulzen, and Edwin and Isaac Schwanbeck.

She is survived by her family: her beloved husband Paul, her 5 sons and their families, Rex, John & Mary Frances (14 children, 13 grandchildren), Ron & Patty (9 children, 5 grandchildren), Fr. Carl Sulzen, and James; her 7 daughters and their families: Mary Ann (2 children), Paula & Robert (11 children, 3 grandchildren), Lori & Marc (2 children), Celia & John (5 children), Angie (3 children), Maria & Marty (3 children) and Philomena; 50 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Her brothers Paul and Gene Altenhofen and their wives remain among the living.

A Requiem Mass will be offered at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 31, at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys, KS. Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys. “Mom” will lie in state and the family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Piper Funeral Home. The Rosary will be on Wednesday evening at 5:20 in the Assumption chapel. 
  19 Mar 2023
Obituary- Swoboda, Maydean
Obituary- Swoboda, Maydean
Maydean Swoboda, 97, passed away on March 23, 2022, at Oakley Place of Rossville. Family and friends who have felt the love and compassion of this "simple Kansas girl" mourn her loss.
Maydean was born in Clifton, Kansas, to John and Margaret Knoettgen on May 3,1924, the youngest of seven,
Maydean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, and all her siblings. Thirteen years after Roy's death, she began a friendship with fellow White Lakes walker Paul Moran, which developed over coffee into a "very great relationship." He also preceded her in death. Maydean is survived by her children, Deidre Michael (Harold) of Silver Lake, Kansas, Tegan Swoboda (Cindy) of Topeka, Kansas, Seth Swoboda (Joe Anarella) of Albany, New York, and Shad Swoboda of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as grandchildren, Megan Hewitt (Rich), Shanna Martin (John), Sarah Barkemeyer (Scott), Michael Swoboda (Olivia), and great-grandchildren, Eleanor, Ryan, Jonah, Kate, Charlie, and Miles.
She was a member of the Church of The Assumption/Mater Dei Assumption Catholic Church in Topeka from 1954 to the present. The family thanks the dedicated staff at Oakley Place of Rossville and the Midland Palliative and Hospice teams for their loving care and support in the past eleven months.
The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Monday, March 28th, at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614, with visitation to follow until 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29th, at Mater Dei Holy Name Catholic Church, 1114 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka KS 66604.
The service will be live streamed on the Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home Facebook page. The family invites you to join the service by going to the funeral home Facebook page and scrolling to Videos where the live video will be active prior to 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial contributions to either Midland Hospice Palliative Care, 300 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka KS 66606 or Mater Dei Assumption Church (for the Bell Tower Project), 911 SW Clay, Topeka KS 66606.
Please take time to celebrate the life of Maydean Swoboda by viewing this video
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The actual obituary is quite long detailing the life of Maydean. You can read the complete obit at 
  19 Mar 2023


 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born   Location   Last Modified 
Navarre, Maggie 
b. 24 Oct 1888  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas  19 Mar 2023
Binns Christian, Ethel 
b. 25 Nov 1889  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas  19 Mar 2023
Dugan Walter, Jeri Lynn 
b. 18 Jun 1956  Holton, Jackson County, Kansas  19 Mar 2023
Baldwin Hundley Dugan, Letha JoAnn (JoAnn) 
   19 Mar 2023
Dugan Taylor, Amanda 
   19 Mar 2023
Lamberson, Mark 
   19 Mar 2023
Conley, William Joseph (Bill) 
b. 9 Oct 1963   19 Mar 2023
Conley, James Lewis 
b. 7 Jun 1902  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas  19 Mar 2023
Conley, Joseph Mercer (Joe) 
b. 21 Dec 1933   19 Mar 2023
Adkins, James (Jim) Jr. 
   19 Mar 2023

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
     I1611  Letha JoAnn (JoAnn) Baldwin Hundley Dugan    19 Mar 2023
     I7490  Jeri Lynn Dugan Walter    19 Mar 2023
 I7491  Nathan R Walter  I7490  Jeri Lynn Dugan Walter  14 Mar 1987  19 Mar 2023
 I9018  Joseph Mercer (Joe) Conley  I7166  Pauline Marie Timmons Conley  12 Mar 1958  19 Mar 2023
 I2916  James Lewis Conley  I2913  Bess M Mercer Conley  29 Jul 1931  19 Mar 2023
 I27382  Leon J Swager, Sr.  I27383  Rachel R Gragg Swager, Sr.    19 Mar 2023
 I31296  Edward A Caudill  I31289  Vaughndlee J Colbert Caudill  19 Apr 1958  19 Mar 2023
 I31290  Howard Colbert  I31291  Roberta Colbert    19 Mar 2023
 I31275  Paul J Sulzen  I31270  JoAnn Catherine Altenhofen Sulzen  13 May 1961  19 Mar 2023
 I31271  Paul Altenhofen, Sr.  I31272  Josephine Rose Reineke Altenhofen, Sr.    19 Mar 2023