CLOUD COUNTY, KANSAS

OBITS

BLOCHLINGER, P. J.

P.J. Blochlinger, a longtime and well-known resident of Cloud County, died at St. Joseph’s hospital Friday morning, Jan. 2 following a month’s illness. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Blochlinger was born on Nov. 6, 1878, at Glen haven, Wis., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Casper Blochlinger. He came to the Miltonvale community with his parents when he was one year old and has lived in Cloud County since. H was married to Adzanna Poulin in the Catholic Church at Meredith on March 3, 1908. Mrs. Blochlinger died April 30, 1957.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. For many years he was chairman of the Cloud County Democratic Central committee and was a past director of the Federal Land Bank of Concordia. He was a member of the Board of Education of the former district 67 and was active in other community and church work.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife and a son Francis Joseph.

Survivors are these children: Joseph A. Blochlinger, Concordia; Adzana, now Mrs. Eli Pinney, Hutchinson: Laurence A. Blochlinger, Concordia; Bernadette, now Mrs. Roy Oeser, Wichita; and Mrs. Bernadine Cummings, Manhattan; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; five sisters: Miss Clara Blochlinger and Miss Ida Blochlinger of Miltonvale, Mrs. Lenora Hally, Delphos; Mrs. John Neises of Flint, Mich., and Sister M. Cletus, CSA, Beloit, Wis. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Concordia on Monday, Jan. 5, at 10:00 o’clock. Burial will be at St. Concordia Cemetery. (Kansan, January 8, 1970, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BRAY, RUSSELL J.

MTLTONVALE - The funeral for Russel J Bray, 42, Miltonvale, will be at 11 am Saturday in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Miltonvale, the Rev. James Leitrim officiating. Burial will be in the Miltonvale cemetery. A Rosary will be said at 8 pm Friday at the Phelps funeral home here.

Mr. Bray died Thursday in a car accident seven miles south of Miltonvale. He was a rural mail carrier here for more than 10 years. He was born April 6, 1928, at Coldwater, Kas. He was graduated from Miltonvale rural high school and from Fort Hays State College. In World War 2 he served in the Navy, then returned to teach

in his former high school. Later he became a mail carrier.

He is survived by the widow, Ava Breen Bray, of the home, three sons, Mike, Russel and Kevin, all of the home; three daughters, Carol, Sheri and Pat, of the home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claud E. Bray, Phillipsburg; seven brothers George, Ellis; Claud, Overland Park; Dr. Dean Bray, Minneapolis; Don, Montclaire. Calif.; Bill, teaching in Guam; Melvin, Atwood and Charles, Goodland, and a sister, Mrs. Gerald Vincent, Hays. (Salina Journal, September 10, 1965, submitted by Maurene Miller)

MILTONVALE — A neck is listed as the cause of death of Russell Bray, Miltonvale rural mail carrier who died Thursday morning after a collision south of here. Dr. Dean Bray, Minneapolis, Mr. Bray's brother, said there was no doubt about the cause of death. The city marshal's office here said after the accident there was speculation Mr. Bray died of heart failure following the crash. Dr. Bray said this is incorrect. (Salina Journal, September 12, 1965, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BREEN, EDITH VIOLA

MILTONVALE - Edith Viola Breen, 88, Miltonvale, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1993, at Asbury-Salina Regional

Medical Center, Salina. Mrs. Breen was born Edith Viola Shepard on March 30, 1905, at Miltonvale and was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the Miltonvale American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband, John Thomas Breen, died in 1968.

Survivors include two sons, Leo of Concordia and Johnnie of Puerto Rico; three daughters, LaDonna Didde of Belleville, Irene Green of Pharr, Texas, and JoAnn Hauck of Miltonvale; a brother, Loren Shepard of Miltonvale; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Miltonvale, Monsignor John

George Weber officiating. Burial will be in Miltonvale Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at the Phelps Funeral Home, 217 N. First, Miltonvale, 67466. Visitation will be at the funeral home. (Salina Journal, December 6, 1993, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BREEN, IRMA E.

MINNEAPOLIS —Irma E. Breen, 89. Minneapolis, died Friday, Nov. 2. 2007.

Mrs. Breen was born Irma E. Sherbondy on Nov. 2. 1918, in Delphos. She was a retired postmaster of Miltonvale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval, in 1987.

Survivors include a son, Tim of Carmel. Calif.; a brother-in-law, Bob Breen of Minneapolis; and two sisters-in-law. Annie Bredengerd of Colorado and Mary Lou Hoolilian of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Minneapolis. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, rural Cloud County.

Memorials may be made to Ottawa County Health Center, Long Term Care, in care of Wilson Shields Funeral Home. (submitted by Maurene Miller)

BREEN, ORVAL JAMES

MILTONVALE — Orval James Breen, 77, Miltonvale, died Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Delphos Rest Home.

Mr. Breen was born April 26,1910, in Meredith Township in Cloud County. He was a retired farmer and stockman. He was a member of the St. Peter's Catholic Church of Meredith, the Moose Lodge of Concordia and the Elks Lodge of Clay Center.

Survivors include his wife:, Irma of the home; a son, Tim of Pebble Beach, Calif.; three brothers, Mark and John Bob, both of Miltonvale, and Paul of Delphos; and three sisters, Corrine Richard of Salina, Annie Bredengerd of Lakewood, Colo., and Mary Lou Hoolihan of LaVerne, Calif.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Peter's Catholic Church, Meredith, Consignors James Hake and Alfred Wasinger officiating. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Meredith. A rosary will be 7:30, p.m. Tuesday at the Phelps Funeral Home, Miltonvale. Memorials may be made to the Delphos Rest Home. (Salina Journal, October 5, 1987, submitted by Maurene Miller)

MALONEY, SISTER ADOLPHUS

CONCORDIA - The funeral for Sister Adolphus Maloney, 88, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and a former faculty member at Marymount College, Salina, will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel, Concordia, the Rev. Henry Kieffer officiating. Sr. Adolphus died Sunday at St. Mary's Convent, Concordia, where she had lived since 1965. She had been head of the Marymount home economics department from 1927 to 1964. She was born March 14, 1893, at Minneapolis and entered the Concordia convent in 1909. She served on some of the earliest teaching missions of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois before studying at Kansas State University and the University of Wisconsin in preparation for a teaching career at Marymount.

Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Norma Shaw, Desert Hot Spring, Calif.

A Bible service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery at the Motherhouse. (Salina Journal, September 21, 1981, submitted by Maurene Miller)

PEARSON, DOROTHY ELIZABETH

LEONARDVILLE — Dorothy Elizabeth Pearson, 99, Leonardville, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004.

Mrs. Pearson was born Dorothy Elizabeth Montgomery on Feb. 7, 1905, in Ionia. She worked for the American Cancer Society as a dispatcher for the Concordia Police and Fire Department and as a nurse for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin, in 1974; and a son, Richard.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Dyson of Clay Center; a son, Robert of Clay Center; a sister. Alma Fate of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Chapel, Clay Center. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia.

Memorials may be made to Leonardville Nursing Home, in care of the funeral home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. (The Salina Journal, March 19, 2004, submitted by Maurene Miller)

PEARSON, ROBERT EUGENE

CLAY CENTER — Robert Eugene Pearson, 81, died Saturday, July 4, 2009. He was born Jan. 31, 1928, in Concordia, to Benjamin and Dorothy Pearson. He was raised in Concordia and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Robert moved to Hollywood, Calif., and worked as an actor, producer, writer and artist for both stage and film productions. He will always be remembered for his uncommon sense of humor and colorful use of the English language. He suffered from Parkinsons disease and had an article published in the Parkinsons Foundation Journal.

He returned to Clay Center in 1997. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Survivors include his sister, Karen (Garold) Dyson, of Clay Center.

Funeral service will be at a later date in California. Memorials may be made to Clay Center Medicalodge, in care of Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, Clay Center. His ashes were scattered at Joshua Tree National Monument. (Salina Journal, July 7, 2009, submitted by Maurene Miller)

PEARSON, BENJAMIN W.

CONCORDIA — The funeral for Benjamin W. Pearson, 73, lifetime resident of Concordia, will be at 2 pm Friday at the Smith funeral home, Concordia, the Rev. Robert Fleenor officiating. Mr. Pearson died Tuesday at the Cheyenne Lodge nursing home, Jamestown. He was a retired Concordia interior decorator. He was born Sept. 15, 1901, at Jamestown.

Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, Concordia.

Surviving are the widow, Dorothy, of the home; a son, Robert, Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Garold Dyson, Clay Center; 2 brothers, Arch C. and Elzie, both of Concordia; and 2 grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home. (Salina Journal, October 30, 1974, submitted by Maurene Miller)

CASPAR, SISTER ROSE THERESE

CONCORDIA — Sister Rose Therese Caspar, 90, Concordia, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1991, at St. Mary's Convent, Concordia. Sister Rose was born Lena Caspar on March 19, 1901, at Junction City. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1925 and made final vows in 1931. She spent 16 years teaching at Catholic schools in the Salina Catholic Diocese, including schools in Abilene, Herington, Tipton, and New Almelo. She also taught for three years in the Catholic school at Fairbury, Neb. She retired from teaching in 1944. She retired from other work for the order of nuns in 1974, moving to the Motherhouse. She had lived at the convent since 1976.

Survivors include a brother, Leo Caspar of Hutchinson; and a sister, Clara Caspar of Junction City.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Motherhouse Chapel, the Rev. James Hoover officiating. Burial will be in the Convent Cemetery. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Motherhouse Chapel. The Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, Concordia is in charge of arrangements. (Salina Journal, August 14, 1991, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BRINKER, SISTER CLAUDIA

CONCORDIA - Sister Claudia Brinker, 80, Concordia, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1993, at the Nazareth

Convent, Concordia. Sister Claudia, an identical twin, was born Grace Catherine Brinker on July 3, 1912, at Gorham. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1932 and received the habit and her religious name, Sister Mary Claudia, on March 20 and pronounced final vows on Aug. 15, 1957. She taught parochial elementary school for 14 years in Kansas and Illinois. In 1949, she was asked to minister among the Mexican immigrants for about 10 years. She traveled between Salina, Manhattan and Kanopolis teaching religion classes, visiting the homes and providing adult classes in sewing, cooking and religion for the women. In 1958, her work came under the direction of the Catholic Charities Office, and she continued working with the Mexican community and Guadalupe Parish. She acquired a degree in social work and began working in the placement of foster care children and adoptions. In 1969, she and her twin sister, Sister Claudia, cared for their parents. She continued social work with the arriving Vietnamese immigrants sponsored by the Diocese of Salina and in 1991 entered the Motherhouse in Concordia.

Survivors include her brother, John Brinker of Glen Elder; and a sister, Louise Brinker Greif of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Motherhouse Chapel, the Rev. Alfred Wasinger officiating. Burial will be in Motherhouse Cemetery. A Bible vigil will be at 7 p.m. today at the Motherhouse Chapel, with eulogist Bette Moslander. The Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth St., Concordia, 66901 is handling arrangements. (Salina Journal, September 29, 1993, submitted by Maurene Miller)

CLARK, KATHERINE "KAY" F.

CONCORDIA — Katherine "Kay" Faye Clark, 83, Concordia, died Monday, July 12, 1993, at the Mount Joseph Care Home, Concordia. Mrs. Clark was born Katherine F. Baldwin on April 16, 1910, at Ada. She was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Oklahoma City, the Catholic Daughters and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Her husband, Thomas C., preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sisters, Grace Gasaway of Concordia and Stella M. Beltz of Oklahoma City; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the Mount Joseph Chapel, Concordia, the Revs. Henry Kieffer and John Lahey officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Oklahoma City. Memorials may be made to Mount Joseph Care Home or the church. Visitation will be an hour before the service today at the chapel. The Chaput-Bouy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth St., P.O. Box 606, Concordia, 66901, is in charge of arrangements. (Salina Journal, July 14, 1993, submitted by Maurene Miller)

GASAWAY, J. GRACE

CONCORDIA — Julia Grace Gasaway, 92, Concordia, died Saturday, March 8, 1997, at Mount Joseph Care Home, Concordia. Mrs. Gasaway was born J. Grace Baldwin on April 11, 1904, at Ada and was a resident of Plainville and Oklahoma City before moving to Mount Joseph Care Home, Concordia in 1985. She was a member of the Catholic Church. Her husband, Raymond, died in 1977.

Survivors include a sister, Stella Mildred Beltz of Oklahoma City.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. today at Mount Joseph Care Home Chapel, the, Rev. Henry Kieffer officiating.

Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials may be made to the nursing home. Visitation will be at the nursing home. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia 66901, is handling arrangements. (Salina Journal, March 11, 1997, submitted by Maurene Miller)

READEY, SISTER ANTOINETTE

Sister Antoinette Readey, 67, longtime Marymount College faculty member and former alumni director, died Monday at the college after a long illness. A Bible vigil and rosary are set for 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Marymount chapel. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel, Bishop Cyril J. Vogel and the Rev. Stephen Letourneau, officiating.

A mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, with burial in the Sisters' cemetery there.

Sr. Antoinette graduated from Washington University at St. Louis, and received an M.A. degree from St. Louis University. Her doctoral study was at the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan. She first joined the Marymount faculty

in 1939 and headed the speech and drama department. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in 1959 and was Marymount alumni director from 1962 to 1966, when she became associate professor of English. Before joining the Marymount faculty, she was director of the St. Louis USO Club's women's division, operated by the National Catholic Community Service. She later held an administrative post with the Girl Scouts in Chicago.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Ready Jr., Aug. 12 in Tucson, Ariz.

Friends may call at the college chapel until the 10 a.m. service Wednesday. Memorials to Marymount are suggested. The Ryan Mortuary is in charge of Salina arrangements. The Chaput-Buoy Funeral home is in charge of arrangements in Concordia. All classes at Marymount will be cancelled Wednesday in respect for Sr. Antoinette, Marymount president Sr. Mary Paul Buser announced. College offices will remain open. (Salina Journal, September 4, 1979, submitted by Maurene Miller)

LANG, SISTER AMELIA

Sister Amelia Lang Is Dead At Age 69

Sister Amelia Lang. 69. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lang of Victoria died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Concordia where she had been a patient four months. Sister Amelia was born and raised in Victoria and entered St. Joseph of Nazareth Motherhouse Convent in Concordia in 1909. She taught last year at the Damar High School and previously was a teacher at Tipton, Leoville, and Park in Kansas and Grand Island, Neb., and Silver City. New Mexico. She was one of thirteen children and is survived by four living brothers and two sisters: John J. and Bernard Lang, Victoria; Joseph Lang, Ellis; Anthony J. Lang. Hays; Mrs. George G. Dinkel and Mrs. Joe T. Pfeifer, Victoria. Funeral services will be Friday morning at 9:30 at the Motherhouse in Concordia and the body interred in the Mother House cemetery in that city.

The body will lie in state at the Mother House today and Thursday from S a.m. until 9 p.m. (Hays Daily News, September 4, 1963, submitted by Maurene Miller)

KRUSE, SISTER ALFREDA

Sister Alfreda Kruse, 78, who had been a Sister of St. Joseph for 59 years, died Saturday at St. Mary's Convent in Concordia. Sister Alfreda was born Feb. 1, 1904, in Selden. Anna Kruse entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in 1922 and was given the name of Sister Alfreda when she received the habit on March 19, 1923. Her early mission assignments took her to St. Peter, Antonino, Vincent, Cawker City and Sabetha. She was a registered dietitian and a member of the American Diabetics Association. She spent nearly 40 years in the dietary department of St. Mary Hospital at Manhattan before she retired at the convent in 1976.

Surviving are a sister, Philomene Ritter, Dresden; and two brothers, Lawrence, Selden, and Joseph, Littleton, Colo.

There will be a wake service Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mother-house Chapel. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Henry Kieffer officiating. Burial will be in the Motherhouse Cemetery. (Salina Journal, December 5, 1982, submitted by Maurene Miller)

FELDMAN, SISTER MACARIUS

CONCORDIA - The funeral for Sister Macarius Feldman, 95, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia for 64 years, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia, the Rev. Leroy Metro officiating. Burial will be in Nazareth Cemetery at the Motherhouse.

Sr. Macarius died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia. She was born June 24, 1883, at Unteralfen, Baden, Germany, and joined the Concordia congregation of sisters in 1914. For many years, she served as housekeeper in many of the school missions and institutions operated by the sisters. Since 1967, she has lived at the Motherhouse and at St. Mary's Convent, Concordia.

No survivors are known because she lost contact with relatives in Germany during World War II. (Salina Journal, December 11, 1978, submitted by Maurene Miller)

GARVEY, SISTER MARY DANIEL

CONCORDIA — The funeral for Sister Mary Daniel Garvey, 74, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia for 55 years, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel, the Rev. LeRoy Metro officiating.

Sister Mary Daniel died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia. She was born Nov. 10, 1903, in Wentworth, Mo., and joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1922. She was an elementary and high school teacher in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. Kansas communities where she served include Concordia, Salina, Tipton, Beloit, Park and Aurora. She had lived at Nazareth Motherhouse since 1970.

Surviving is a sister, Sister Francis Clare of the Concordia Congregation.

A Bible vigil will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Motherhouse. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. (Salina Journal, March 3, 1978, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BRESNAHAN, SISTER MARGARET MARY

Sister Margaret Mary Bresnahan, 79, retired Marymount College instructor, died Saturday afternoon at St. John's Hospital. The funeral is pending at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia.

She taught at Marymount until retiring several years ago to the Medaille Center, 148 N. Oakdale. She was born June 15, 1898, in Iowa, and entered the Nazareth Motherhouse convent, Concordia, in 1915. After training there, she taught at several Kansas Catholic schools.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. (Salina Journal, February 26, 1978, submitted by Maurene Miller)

O'CONNELL, SISTER RITA MARIE

CONCORDIA — The funeral Mass for Sister Rita Marie O’Connell C.S.J., 77, Concordia, will be at 10:30 am Monday in the chapel of the Nazareth Motherhouse here. Sr. Rita Marie, who spent the greater part of her 61 years in religious life as a primary-school teacher, died Friday at St. Joseph's hospital, Concordia. She was born Gertrude O’Connell on Nov. 3, 1899, at McCook, Neb. She entered the Roman Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph in 1914 and pronounced her final vows Aug. 15, 1916. Sr. Rita Marie taught in Herington, Fairbury, Neb., and for 10 years in Manhattan. Ill health forced her retirement in 1967 to St. Mary's convent,Concordia.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Margaret Woleben, Baytown, Tex.

Preceding her in death were her parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, one of whom was Sister Purificta of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

A Bible vigil will be at 8 pm Sunday in the Nazareth chapel. (Salina Journal, February 8, 1976, submitted by Maurene Miller)

NEWELL, SISTER ROSE ALMA

SALINA — Sister Rose Alma Newell, 83, a native of Damar, died Thursday, April 14,1994, at Medaille Center. She was born July 30, 1910, to Fred and Celina (Morel) Newell. She was baptized and named Irene in Damar, She attended public

grade and high school in Damar. On Sept. 18, 1929, she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia. She received the religious habit and her religious name, Rose Alma, March 19, 1930, and made first vows on Aug. 15, 1932, and final vows Aug. 15, 1935. She received nurse's training at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Concordia, in 1937. She served as a registered nurse in the hospitals staffed by the Congregation for 45 years, until her retirement in 1982. She has lived at Medaille Center since that time.

Survivors include a sister, Evelyn Trembley, Damar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The liturgy of Christian burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Motherhouse Chapel, Concordia, with Father Alfred Wasinger officiating; burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. A wake service is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel, with Sister Helen Urban giving the eulogy. Arrangements are being made by Chaput-Buoy Mortuary. (Hays Daily News, April 15, 1994, submitted by Maurene Miller)

FLESHMAN, BRADY SCOTT

CLYDE — Brady Scott Fleshman, 26, Clyde, died Saturday, June 15, 1996, near Valley Falls. Mr. Fleshman was born May 4, 1970, at Concordia. He had been employed by several Kinney's Shoe Stores as manager and also had worked for Full Circle Network in Chicago. He had been farming recently for Leroy Peterson in the Clifton and Clyde area.

Survivors include two daughters, Brooke and Britni, both of Salina; his mother, Ty Fleshman of Clyde; two brothers, Richard of Chicago and Charles of Salina; and his grandmother, Marie Fleshman of Delphos.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, Concordia, Msgr. James Hake officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Glasco. Memorials may be made to an education fund for Brooke and Britni Fleshman. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia 66901. (Salina Journal, June 17, 1996, submitted by Maurene Miller)

FLESHMAN, RICHARD B. JR.

GLASCO — The funeral for R.B. Fleshman, 57, rural Glasco, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, Concordia, Monsignor James Hake officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Glasco.

Mr. Fleshman was found dead Sunday, Dec. 13, 1992, at his home. He was born June 25, 1935, at Delphos.

He was an Army veteran. He was manager of Gamble Stores in Salina, Beloit and Concordia and was owner and operator of an irrigation supply business. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors include three sons, Rick of Grand Junction, Colo., Brady of Denver and Chuck of Salina; his mother, Marie Fleshman of Delphos; a stepson, Paul Luttig of McPherson; a stepdaughter, Dawn Luttig of Garnett; a sister, Kathy Gehrke of Delphos; and two grandchildren. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. today at the chapel, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia, Kan., 66901. (Salina Journal, December 16, 1992, submitted by Maurene Miller)

THURSTON, CHARLOTTE ALDINE

DELPHOS — Aldine Thurston, 76, Delphos, died Saturday, June 4, 1994, at her daughter's home in Olathe. Mrs. Thurston was born Aldine McCollough on Jan. 21, 1918, at Minneapolis and was a resident of Delphos for 57 years. She and her husband operated Thurston's Produce, Delphos, for many years. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and a past president of the Delphos American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband, Vernon "Vernell," died in 1981.

Survivors include two daughters, Tyera Fleshman of Clyde and Elaine Wilson of Olathe; a sister, Mary Lou Eaton of Salina; seven grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Shields Funeral Home, Minneapolis, the Rev. Chad Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Delphos Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Delphos American Legion Post for Girls State. Visitation will be at the funeral home, 405 Argyle, Minneapolis 67467. The casket will remain closed. (Salina Journal, July 6, 1994)

DILLON, MICHAEL

The community again mourns the passing of one of her most respected citizens, Michael Dillon, who for more than half a century has resided here, and died June 1, at his home southeast of Glasco.

On June 1, 1870, Mr. Dillon settled on a homestead, and for fifty-two years he has faithfully carried on, at first enduring the hardships and privations that only a pioneer knows so well.

The history of his more than half a century is a history of hard productive work, persistent courage to meet the dangers and struggles of frontier days.

Such faith, endurance and industry can well be remembered by those of us who note the passing of the first settlers in this splendid section of the West.

To have been a vital part in the progress of a great American frontier, to a foremost community is indeed a worthy accomplishment and a monument to the splendid character of the man who so earnestly and generously did his part.

Michael Dillon was born in Kilomeroe, County Kerry, Ireland, in 1840. In 1861 he married Miss Mary Downey. A year later, with his wife, he came to America and lived in Pennsylvania for five years. From 1867 to 1870 he lived in Iowa, where as a construction engineer, he was connected with the pioneer railroad building in that state.

On June 1, 1870, Mr. Dillon, with his wife and their two children, Mary and Julia, Mr. William Cantlin, Mrs. Hanorah Downey and their pioneer companions, the John Downey, James Hurley, Thomas Butler and Pierce Butler families arrived at Glasco, beginning a life ending fifty-two years later. He was a life-long and devout member of the Catholic Church. For many years he was a trustee of the Glasco parish.

Mr. Dillon is survived by his widow, his children: Mrs. D.R. Driscoll, Mrs. Frank Bolwood, Mrs. M.E. Brady, Charles, Mrs. Walter Kimerling, Mrs. Wm. Richard, Mrs. Agnes Pilcher, Miss Margaret, James and Michael Dillon. Besides his immediate family there survive him, twenty-four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his brother of Lisselton, Ireland.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock, Father McErlean officiating. Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery. (Glasco Sun, June 8, 1922, page 1, submitted by Maurene Miller)

DILLON, MARY

The community again mourns the passing of one of her most respected citizens, Mrs. Mary Dillon, who for more than half a century has resided here, and died December 4 at her home south east of Glasco.

On June 1, 180 (missing number) Mrs. Dillon with her husband and family came to Kansas from Iowa with some of the very early settlers when Cloud county was an uninviting bare plain with no homes or improvements upon it, and settled on their homestead south east of Glasco and for more than 60 years lived a quiet and Christian life there with her family, first enduring the hardships and Privations that only a pioneer knows so well.

Such faith, endurance and industry can well be remembered by those of us who note the passing of the first settlers in this section of the west.
By frugality and hard work she helped to make the old homestead upon which she and her husband settled to blossom as the rose and give place for a good home. To the pioneer mothers this generation owes a great debt and respect.

Mary Dillon was born in Killomeroe County, Kerry, Ireland in 1844 and in 1861 she was married to Michael Dillon and a year later came to America.

She is survived by one brother, John Downey of Glasco, her children, Mrs. D. Driscoll, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Julia Bollwood, Kansas City; Mrs. M.E. Brady, Topeka, Kansas; Mrs. Walter Kimerling, Simla, Colo.; Charles, Miss Margaret, James and Michael of Glasco; Mrs. W.H. Richard of Aurora and Mrs. Agnes Pilcher, Salina, twenty-four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services with a Requiem High Mass were held at St, Mary's church Tuesday morning, Father Wolf officiating, assisted by Father McErlean of Concordia, and Father Lenaghan of Minneapolis. A beautiful Requiem Mass was sung by the Belleville choir and interment was made in St. Mary's cemetery. (Glasco Sun, December 18, 1930, page 1, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BOLTWOOD, JULIA

Julia Boltwood Dies, Former Glasco Woman

Mrs. Julia Boltwood, 88, died early Thursday morning, April 11, at St. Joseph's hospital, Concordia, following an illness of about a year. Mrs. Boltwood, whose home was in Kansas City, formerly lived at Glasco.

She was born Nov. 8, 1871 in Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dillon, and came to Cloud county with her parents and lived near Glasco until she was married. She and her husband lived in Kansas City until his death at which time Mrs. Boltwood returned to Glasco and lived with her brother, the late James Dillon, until his death. She returned to Kansas City where she lived until a few months ago when she came to the Aurora community and lived with a sister, Mrs. Kathryn Richard.

Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Ella Kimerling of Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Kathryn Richard of Aurora, Kans.; Mrs. Agnes Pilcher of Aurora, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Rosary services were held Friday evening at Chaput's funeral home, Concordia. Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glasco Saturday morning at 10 o'clock and interment was in St. Mary's cemetery. (Glasco Sun, April 18, 1957, page 1, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BRAY, CLARA

The funeral for Clara Bray, 75, Glasco, will be 2 pm Thursday at the Dean Funeral Home, Glasco, the Rev. Hugh Apple "officiating”.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. H. C. Spicher, Greeley, Colo.; Mrs. H. C. Powell, Elgin, Ill.; Mrs. C. J. Schartz, Wheaton, Ill.; Mrs. E. V. Lash, Ottawa; and Mrs. Fred Ball, New Brighton, Penn. (Salina Journal, May 31, 1960, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BROWN, WILL

CLYDE - Will Brown, 89, Clyde, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia. Mr. Brown was born Oct. 25, 1894, in Clay County and had lived in Clyde since 1932. He was a retired district manager for the United Telephone Company.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Clyde; Lions; Club, American Legion Post 245, Concordia Voiture of the 40/8, Elks Lodge, and a 62-year member of the Oak Hill Lodge No. 334 AF & AM.

Surviving are his wife, Frances, of the home; a daughter, Donna Berner, Concordia; a sister, Anna Arnesen, Oak Hill; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, the Revs. Darrell Silkman and C. Milton Lenz officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Clyde. The family suggests memorials to the Clyde Ambulance Service or the United Methodist Church, Clyde. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home. (Salina Journal, June 5, 1984, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BROWN, FRANCES H.

CONCORDIA — Frances H. Brown, 89, Concordia, died Sunday, May 5, 1991, at the Sunset Nursing Center, Concordia. Mrs. Brown was born Frances McCollough on Sept. 1, 1901, at Glasco. She moved to Clyde in 1932, where she lived until August 1985, when she moved to the nursing center. She taught at a rural school for one year and later was employed as a telephone operator in Concordia. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Women, both of Concordia, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Past Matrons Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as district president of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1968 and served two years as department chaplain.

Her husband, Will, died in 1984. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Jo. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Berner of Concordia; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church, Concordia, the Rev. Darrell Silkman officiating. A service will be conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Clyde. Memorials may be made to the Sunset Nursing Center or the Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, Concordia. (Salina Journal, May 6, 1991, submitted by Maurene Miller)

HUGGERTH, GLADYS M.

CLYDE — Gladys M. Huggerth, 92, Clyde, died Thursday, March 6, 1997, at Park Villa Care Home, Clyde.

Mrs. Huggerth was born Gladys M. Raff on June 30, 1904, at Clyde, where she was a resident most of her life. She was a resident of Park Villa Care Home since 1990. She was a teacher at Minersville School, north of Concordia; wrote a column for the Clyde Republican newspaper; was a seamstress for many years; and served on the library board for many years. She was a member of the Christian Church and CWF, both of Clyde.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Juanita Huncovsky and Jo Ann Fregon; and two grandsons.

Survivors include her husband, Waldon of Clyde; two daughters, Barbara Arpin of Wichita and Joyce Dockins of Clyde; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, the Rev. C. Milton Lenz officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Clyde. Memorials may be made to Park Villa Care Home or Randolph-Decker Library. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at the mortuary, 310 Washington, Clyde 66938. (Salina Journal, March 7, 1997, submitted by Maurene Miller)

HUGGERTH, WALDON C. "HUG"

CLYDE — Waldon C. "Hug" Huggerth, 96, Clyde, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. Mr. Huggerth was born Jan. 23, 1904, at Concordia. He had been a farm hand, a cemetery sexton and a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys in 1927; two daughters, Juanita Huncovsky and JoAnn Fregon; and two grandsons.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Arpin of Wichita and Joyce Dockins of Clyde; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, the Rev. Fred Applegarth officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Clyde. Memorials may be made to Clyde Arboreteum. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, 310 Washington 66938. (Salina Journal, February 4, 2000, submitted by Maurene Miller)

BRAY, WILLIAM

William Bray was born on November 3, 1853 at Bourbonnais, Illinois, and departed this life on December 9, 1941, in his home in Glasco, Kansas, at the advanced ago of 88 years, 1 month and 6 days. Mr. Bray was the youngest of a family of eleven children. His three sisters and seven brothers have preceded him in death.

On September 14, 1874, he was married to Phoebe Alexander at Kankakee, Illinois. Into this home nine children were born.

In 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Bray came to Kansas and resided in Cloud County the remainder of their lives, living in Arion for 28 years, and moving to Glasco 16 years ago. It is now 8 years since Mrs. Bray passed away.

One daughter, Mrs. Adda Biven, preceded her father in death two years ago.

The eight surviving children are: Ed. Bray, Mrs. J.S. Dotson, Mrs. W.H. Spicher, all of Glasco; also Clara of the home; Mrs. Fred Ball of Concordia, Mrs. Horace Powell, Elgin, Illinois; Mrs. Josephine Lash, Ottawa; and Mrs. C.J. Schats of Wheaton, Illinois.

He also leaves 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

His daughter Clara has taken loving care of both her mother and father in their declining years, with a devotion that spared no pains or trouble where their comfort or ease were concerned.

Mr. Bray was a member of the Christian church.

This grand old pioneer will be greatly missed by his children and friends.

Funeral services were held in the Glasco Christian Church on Thursday, December 11, 1941, at 2:00 p.m., Rev. R.R. Braddick, pastor of the Glasco Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Glasco cemetery. (Glasco Sun, December 18, 1941, page 1, submitted by Maurene Miller)

HOUSEHOLTER, MARINE LANCE CPL. TERRY

CONCORDIA, Kan. --- Services were pending here Wednesday for Marine Lance Cpl. Terry Householter, 18, former track star who was killed in action in Vietnam.

A native of Concordia, Householter graduated from Concordia High School in 1967. He attended Fort Hays State College, Hays, Kan., and enlisted in the Marines in march 1968. He would have completed his tour of duty in Vietnam in September.

Householter was a triple winner in the 1967 Kansas State Outdoor Track Meet, taking first places in the 100-yard, 220-yard and 440-yard dashes. He clocked at 48.9 in the 440-yard dash, for a state record.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Matthew Duffy, Salina, Kan.; a brother, Allen, Wichita; two half-brothers, Mike Duffy, Salina, and Nick Householter, Van Nuys, Calif.; six half sisters, Susan, Candie and Tina Duffy, of Salina, and Mrs. Velma Marcotte, Mrs. Maxine Huffman and Mrs. Betty Moreno, of Van Nuys, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Strait, Concordia.

Smith Funeral Home has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ June 27, 1969)

TESTU, ALEX

Concordia, Kan., May 17 --- Alex Testu, one of the oldest residents of this city and a man of large means, died yesterday of asthma and was buried this afternoon. He was 71 years of age and was one of Concordia's leading French residents. He leaves a widow, a son in Iowa and a married daughter, Mrs. George Forgin, in Chicago.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ May 3, 1901)


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