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Graveside services were held Monday afternoon in Memorial park Cemetery in Topeka for Mrs. Edith Margaret Alspach, 101, who died Thursday, August 5, at a San Clemente, Calif. Nursing home.
She was the mother of Mrs. Gladys K. Haughawout, of San Clemente, Calif., former co-publisher of The Onaga Herald.
She was born May 10, 1881 at Oneida, Kans., the daughter of John and Jennie Robertson Kirk. She lived in Topeka from 1910 to 1946 and in California the past 335 years. She was a former member of the First Methodist Church at Topeka.
She married Cornelius F. Alspach in 1903. He died July 16, 1946.
In addition to the daughter in San Clemente, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bess Nicodemus of Long Beach, Calif.
Lorna G. Abitz, 89, Duluth, died Monday, June 29, 1998, at Onaga Community Hospital.
She was born January 19, 1909 at Wheaton, Kansas, the daughter of Ferdinand F. and Rosalie P. Teske Kufahl. She was a lifelong resident of the Wheaton and Duluth communities and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1927.
She was married to Richard F. Abitz on March 15, 1928 at Duluth. He preceded her in death June 2, 1995.
Mrs. Abitz was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Duluth, and the St. Paul's Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of the church. She and her husband, Richard Abitz, farmed in the Wheaton and Duluth communities.
Survivors include two sons, Martin Abitz, Duluth, and Eldon Abitz, Denver, Colo., two daughters, Lois Bishop, Salina, and Marilyn Schwartz, Onaga; one brother, Vernon Kufahl, Wheaton; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth, with burial in the church cemetery.
Emil Frank Abitz, son of the late Herman and Emilie Abitz, was born February 9,1901, on a farm northeast of Wheaton. He passed away at Community Hospital at Onaga, October 7, 1963, at the age of 62 years, seven months and 29 days. On April 7, 1901, he was baptized in the name of the Triune God by Pastor Theodore J. Juengel. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith on Palm Sunday, march 28, 1915, by Pastor A. G. Degner at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Duluth, Kansas. He grew to manhood in this vicinity and lived here all his life. On January 27, 1927, he was united in marriage to Laura Hetzler. To this union two daughters and one son were born.
He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, Laura, of Onaga; two daughters, Dorene Wege of Marysville, and Verda Brunkow of St. Charles, Mo., one son, Donald, of the home; two sons-in-law and six grandchildren; two brothers, Richard, of Duluth, and Otto of Wheaton; five sisters, Esther Bosse and Lorna Taylor of Wamego, Emma Brunkow and Marie Zabel of Onaga, and Ida Howell of Topeka; nine brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edwin, and two sisters, Louise and Leona, who died in infancy.
Mr. Abitz body was laid to rest in the Onaga cemetery, October 10, 1963. The funeral service was conducted at the St. Paul Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m.
Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Abitz, 75, of Duluth were held Saturday Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. J. A. E. Bauer. Interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial wreaths in her memory amounted to $102.50.
Emilie Aguste Honig, daughter of the late Frederick and Wilhelmine Honig, was born three miles north of Onaga on Oct. 4., 1874. This average life span was signally blessed by God. She was baptized in infancy, one of the first ones in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, by the sainted Rev. H. C. Senne on Mar. 21, 1875. Records show that she renewed this covenant in her early youth by the act of confirmation and she remained faithful and loyal to her Lord during her entire life, especially in the past few weeks before her death showing her Christian patience. She was united in marriage to Herman f. Abitz on Oct. 15, 1896, who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1937. She lived her entire lifetime in this community and for a number of years made her home in Duluth. Shortly after the holidays she was suddenly stricken with a heart ailment which resulted in her death Dec. 27, 1950.
She is survived by five daughters and three sons: Mrs. Esther Bosse of Onaga; Richard of Duluth; Emil of Onaga; Mrs. Emma Brunkow of Onaga; Otto of Wheaton; Miss Ida of Duluth; Mrs. Marie Zabel of Onaga; Mrs. Lorna Taylor of Manhattan; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Sereyka of Medford, Ore.: two brothers, Wm. And Albert Honig, of Onaga; 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Her husband, three children and two brothers preceded her in death. She attained the age of 75 years 3 mos. And 23 days.
Pallbearers were: Almon Abitz, Geo. Matzke, Arthur Honig, Lorenz Brunkow, Lorenz Marten, and Lawrence Honig.
Charles C. Allen was born October 22, 1903, near Wheaton where he spent most of his early life on the farm with his parents, George and Lula Allen.
On October 21, 1925 he was united in holy wedlock with Miss Eva Miser, of Onaga, Kansas, at Westmoreland, Kansas.
This union was blessed with two children; a son, George, who preceded his father in death in 1941; and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Grafton of Kansas City, Kansas.
Mr. Allen was baptized in the Methodist church in Onaga. On May 21, 1950, he was confirmed by the Rev. J. A. E. Bauer and received into St. Paul's Lutheran Church membership. Since that time he held membership in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth, Kansas.
As an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad for 35 years, he and his wife have been residents of Pottawatomie County most of their married life, having lived the past number of years at Emmett.
Mr. Allen departed this life December 25, 1964, at St. Marys Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. At the age of 61 years, 2 months, and 3 days. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife, Eva of the home in Emmett, a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Grafton, Kansas City, Kans., three grandsons, Scott, Ross and Ned Grafton, Kansas City, Kans., two brothers, Floyd (Allen) ward, Danville, Ill., and Lloyd Allen, Phillipsburg, Kansas., three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Gough, Silver Springs, Md., Mrs. Mae Exler, Laramie, Wyo., and Mrs. Lorraine Basham, Los Angeles, Calif.; three aunts, Mrs. Alfred (Esther) Junod and Mrs. Minnie Davin., Onaga, and Mrs. Likkie O’Keefe, Topeka, and many other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Charles McGeeney, James Flanagan, Evan Kolterman, Dale Lefebvre, Vic Perez and Raymond Zabel.
Those from out-of-town who attended the services were:
Mr. and Mrs. John Miser, Rawlins, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Wanda, Charles and Georgie, Phillipsburg, Kans; Mrs. And Mrs. W. R. Miser, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Conaway and Johnny, Holton; Mr. and Mrs. Almon Andrick , -------
Otto Christian Abitz, son of Herman and Emilie Abitz, was born May 19, 1905 near Wheaton and passed away September 20, 1964 in the Onaga Hospital at the age of 59 years, 4 months and 1 day.
He was baptized in the Lutheran faith June 25, 1905 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth, by Pastor Th. Juengel. He was confirmed by Pastor Degner in Duluth on April 18, 1920.
He was married to Jessie Day on April 16, 1932 in Eldorado, Kans.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie, of the home; their five children, Roger of the home, Otto Eugene, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Janice Loughmiller, Onaga, Franklin, Bonner Springs, Erma Kufahl, Wheaton; one daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Abitz, Bonner Springs; two sons-in-law, Max Loughmiller, Onaga, and Lyle Kufahl, Wheaton; three grandchildren, Gerry, Jay and Cindy Kufahl; five sisters, Esther Bosse and Lorna Taylor, both of Wamego, Ida Howell, Topeka and Emma Brunkow and Marie Zabel, both of Onaga; and one brother, Richard of Duluth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Emil. Two sisters, Leona and Louise, and a brother, Edwin, died in infancy.
Services were held in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Wheaton, with Rev. H. A. Middendorf officiating. Burial was in St. Luke’s cemetery at Wheaton on September 23, 1964.
OTTAWA – Ira A. Adams, 91, of Route 3, Ottawa died Tuesday in a hospital here. He had lived in an Ottawa nursing home since 1961. He was a retired farmer.
The son of William R. Adams and Sarah e. Marshall Adams, he was born Jan. 8, 1875, in Jefferson County. He lived at Onaga before moving to the Richter area west of Ottawa in February 1926.
Mr. Adams was a member of the First Baptist church of Ottawa.
He and Emma Jane Jenison were married Sept. 15, 1898, at Westmoreland. She died Feb. 13, 1929, and he was also preceded in death by two sons, Howard Francis Adams and Lyle Kenneth Adams.
Survivors include a son, Dene Adams, 2432 James in Topeka; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Staadt of the Pomona community and Mrs. Aldin R. Miller of the Ottawa community; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Lamb Funeral Home at Ottawa with graveside services at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the cemetery in Onaga. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon Thursday until the time of services.
Wilhelm Frederick Abitz, son of Christian F. and Wilhemina Zabel Abitz, was born on June 10, 1877 at Deelitz Pommern, Germany. He was baptized by Rev. Lutz at Doelitz in a Lutheran church as an infant.
He came to this country at the age of five years with his parents, four sisters and two brothers. They homesteaded on a farm northeast of Wheaton with his parents. In his early years he was instructed in the Christian faith and was confirmed by Rev. Schmidt on March 22, 1891 at the age of 14 years in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth, Kansas. He remained a faithful member of the Lutheran Church until his death.
On February 23, 1905, he was united in marriage to Helena Marie Hinzman at Western, Nebraska by Rev. H. Limper. They made their home on a farm northeast of Wheaton until four years ago when they moved to the town of Wheaton, where they joined the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Wheaton. He passed away on October 16, 1954, at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 6 days. He underwent a serious operation three years ago and had been in failing health since and was admitted to the Onaga hospital 4 weeks prior to his death.
He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, Helena, three sons and eight daughters: Lydia, Mrs. Arnold Schwant, Blaine, Kansas., Meta, Mrs. Walter Figge, Wheaton, Kansas; Hilda, Mrs. Henry Kufahl, Onaga, Kansas; Martha, Mrs. August Schwisow, Powell, Nebraska; Selma, Mrs. Louis Wegner, Manhattan, Kansas; Herbert, Wheaton, Kansas, Almon, Wheaton, Kansas; Frieda, Wichita Chester, Onaga; Lavina, Mrs. Arnold Vorderstrasse, Plymouth, Nebraska; Olga, Manhattan, Kansas. Thirty grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Marten and Mrs. Lena Brunkow, both of Onaga. Five brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law and a host of friends and relatives. Two sisters, two brothers and one grandson preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held in the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Kansas, Monday, October 18, 1954. Burial was made in the Duluth cemetery.
ONAGA – Elmore M. Ackley Sr., 75, Onaga, died Friday, July 18, at a Topeka hospital.
Mr. Ackley worked in Pueblo, Colo., from 1929 until 1943, then in Waverly a year and Silver Lake a year before he moved to Zeandale in 1945. He there operated Zeandale Store and Lockers until 1957 when he moved to Onaga where he owned and operated Ackley Plumbing and Heating Co. He later operated the Tidy Bite Drive-In, then Golden Knight Supper Club, both at Onaga. He also built and operated the Golden Spur Mobile Home Court at Onaga.
He was born May 4, 1911, at Belvue, the son of George and Ella Ewing Ackley.
Mr. Ackley was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth. He was married to Sylvia Teske of Duluth June 4, 1929, at Falls City, Neb. She died Feb. 16, 1978. A daughter, Darlene Sylvia Ackley, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ruthella Tabler, Salina, and Mrs. Betty Smith, Clifton; three sons, Elmore Ackley Jr., Topeka, Herman Ackley, Port Bryan, Ill., and Jimmie Ackley, West Chester, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Scully, Silver Lake, and Mrs. Dora Spacek, Waverly; a brother, George Ackley, Havensville; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Duluth. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Duluth. Mr. Ackley will lie in state after noon today at Tessendorf Mortuary in Onaga and an hour before service time at the church. Contributions may be made to the E.M. Ackley Memorial Fund to be designated at a later time by the family and sent in care of the funeral home.
Herbert F. Abitz, 74, Wheaton, died Tuesday, January 24, 1989, at Onaga Community Hospital.
He was born February 5, 1914, northeast of Wheaton, one of 11 children of William F. and Lena Marie Hinzman Abitz.
Mr. Abitz farmed in the Wheaton area all his life. He also was a self-employed carpenter many years and had worked several years at Kufahl Hardware in Wheaton.
Mr. Abitz was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton and St. Luke’s Men’s Club at the church. He also had served on the former Pleasant Hill School Board northeast of Wheaton.
He was married to Adelina L. Honig March 16, 1938 at Duluth. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Jerry Abitz of the home, Lee Abitz, Emmett, and Ron Abitz, Wheaton; eight sisters, Mrs. Lydia Schwant, Blaine, Mrs. Meta Figge, Wheaton, Mrs. Hilda Kufahl and Mrs. Olga Fairbanks, both of Onaga, Mrs. Martha Schwisow, Fairbury, Nebr., Mrs. Selma Wegner, Manhattan, Frieda Abitz, Wichita, and Mrs. Lavina Vorderstrasse, Plymouth, Nebr., two brothers, Almon Abitz, Wheaton, and Chester Abitz, Onaga; and five grandchildren.
Services were at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, in St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wheaton. Burial was in St. Luke Lutheran North Cemetery at Wheaton.
Laura E. Hetzler Abitz, 88, Onaga, died Friday, December 31, 1993, at Eastridge Nursing Home in Centralia, KS.
Mrs. Abitz was born March 2, 1905, in Onaga. She was the daughter of Henry and Emma Hetzler and lived in the Onaga area all of her life.
She was married to Emil f. Abitz January 27, 1927, in Duluth, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband October 7, 1963, and a daughter, Mrs. Dorene E. Abitz Wege, October 15, 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Verda M. Brunkow of St. Charles, Mo., and a son, Don Abitz of Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was a life member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker and was employed 14 years as a dietary aide at Onaga Community Hospital.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 3, 1994, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth. Burial was in the Onaga cemetery.
Lyle Kenneth Adams, age 28, son of Ira and Emma Adams, was born at Onaga, Kansas, June 4, 1910, and passed away at his home at Stonleigh Court, 2005 Independence Ave., Kansas City, Mo., May 3, 1939 after a very short illness.
He attended grade school at Victory near Onaga, and in the year 1926 the family moved to Ottawa, where he completed his schooling at the Ottawa High School. Lyle was baptized in the Onaga Baptist Church at the age of 11. On moving to Ottawa his membership was transferred to the First Baptist Church at Ottawa, where it remained until the time of his death.
On March 4, 1934, at Lawrence, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Mildred M. Vaughan. They resided in Ottawa until September, 1937, then moving to Kansas City where Lyle was an employee of the Folger Coffee Company.
Funeral services were held at the Stine McClure Funeral Chapel, 3235 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, Mo., May 6, with Rev. W. H. King of the Maywood Baptist Church officiating. Mr. Robert Walden, tenor, sang In the Garden, and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere. Pallbearers, all employees of the Folger Coffee Co., were Fred Roby, Wayne Luscomb, Harold Emery, Louis Miller, F. B. Bolch and George Miller. Burial was at Buckner cemetery, Buckner, Mo., the home of the wife, Mildred.
Mrs. Jessie M. Abitz, 75, died Monday, November 3, at a Seneca hospital. She had been ill several years and had been a resident of a Seneca nursing home.
The daughter of Frank and Ida Tunison Day, she was born March 5, 1911, at Wheaton and lived in the Wheaton and Onaga communities for approximately 57 years. She was a cook at the Wheaton schools for a number of years.
Mrs. Abitz was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wheaton, and a member of the Ladies Aid of the church. She was also a Sunday School teacher at St. Luke’s for a number of years.
She was married to Otto C. Abitz on April 16, 1932 at El Dorado, Ks. and they made their home on a farm northeast of Wheaton for many years. Mr. Abitz died September 20, 1964.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Erma Kufahl, Wheaton, and Mrs. Janice Loughmiller, Onaga; three sons, Franklin Abitz, Blaine, Eugene Abitz, Westmoreland, and Roger Abitz, Manhattan; a sister, Mrs. Fern Kosel, Texon, Texas; two brothers, Guy Day, San Angelo, Texas, and Claude Day, Big Springs, Texas; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wheaton, with burial in St. Luke’s cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, at Kufahl Funeral Home, Wheaton.
Mrs. Abitz will lie in state from 1:00 p.m. Wednesday until 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Kufahl Funeral Home, then at the church until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jessie Abitz Memorial Fund or to a fund of the donor’s choice.
EMMETT – Mrs. Eva Frances Allen, 79, Emmett, died Thursday, March 5, at her home.
Mrs. Allen was a Stanley Home Products dealer more than 30 years.
She was born May 23, 1907, in Centralia, a daughter of J. S. and Mary McIntyre Miser. She attended rural schools in several Kansas communities.
Mrs. Allen was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Duluth.
She was married to Charles Allen of Wheaton on Oct. 31, 1925. He died Dec. 25, 1964. A son, George, B. Allen, died in 1941.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Grafton, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Conaway, Holton, and Mrs. Dorothy Andrick, Onaga; a brother, John Miser, Rawlins, Wyo., three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Duluth. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery northeast of Wheaton. Mrs. Allen will lie in state until noon Sunday at Tessendorf Mortuary in Onaga and from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. The family will meet with friends from 7:30 until 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Duluth.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego for George W. Ackley, 86, of rural Havensville. He died Saturday, December 22, 1990, at a Topeka hospital, where he had been a patient for a short time.
Mr. Ackley was a farmer and stockman north of St. Clere in Pottawatomie County for most of his life.
He was born August 20, 1904, near Belvue, the son of George and Ella Ewing Ackley. He attended Lost Creek rural school and Belvue High School.
Mr. Ackley was a former member of the Lions Club in Havensville.
He was married to Mary Ruth Arganbright on September 16,1925, in Westmoreland. She survives.
Other survivors include two sisters, Ellen Scully, Silver Lake, and Dora Spacek, Waverly.
Burial was in the Wamego City Cemetery.
George Benjamin Allen, son of Chares and Eva Allen was born at Onaga, Kansas November 5, 1926. Here he spent the first six years of his life and attended the Onaga Grade School. In the spring of 1933 he came with his parents to Frankfort where he has since lived. He attended the grade and Junior High School completing his work with the class of 1939, and enrolled in the Frankfort High School the following September. He was a member of the Sophomore class at the time of his demise. For the past two years George has been a carrier of the Topeka State Journal in Frankfort, which has placed him in direct contact with many of the citizens there who were his patrons and who unsolicited speak of his honesty, his faithful and courteous service.
George was a healthy, hardy boy to whom sickness was unknown until he experienced an unfortunate accident which with complications resulted in his death at Christs hospital in Topeka on Sept. 24, 1941.
He is survived by his father and mother and one sister Evelyn, all of the home; three grand-parents, J. S. Miser and George B. Allen of Onaga, and Mrs. Jim Richardson, Phillipsburg; also his great-grandmother, Mrs. L. F. McIntyre of Kansas City, Mo.; also a number of aunts, uncles, and other relatives and many friends who sympathize with the bereaved family and mourn his untimely departure.
Funeral services were held at the Oelkers Funeral Chapel in Frankfort, Friday with Rev. O. J. McCulloh officiating. The music was in charge of Miss Drusilla Beadle of the High School and the boys sang “In the Garden” and “Sometime We’ll Understand”. Pallbearers were George’s boy friends: Gerald Mosher, David Jones, Harold Pittenger, Tell Perrelet, Roy Osborn and Bobbie Pennington. The body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
George Allen, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen, passed away at Christs hospital in Topeka September 24 at 8:00 a.m.
While playing with schoolmates in the park last Thursday evening George suffered a compound fracture to his left arm. Early Saturday morning when the injured arm was giving him much pain, it was discovered that the wound had become seriously infected and he was rushed to the hospital in Topeka. It was necessary to amputate his arm and from that time on he showed improvement and was believed to be out of danger.
Vincent Monroe Abrams, 84, rural Havensville, died Saturday, February 1, 1992, at Onaga Community Hospital. He was a farmer.
He was born May 22, 1907, in Flush, the son of Aaron Monroe and Monica Umscheid Abrams. He attended Flush schools.
Mr. Abrams was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church in Onaga.
He was married to Flora Morlan December 7, 1930, in Manhattan. ; She survives. A daughter, Juanita Abrams Lynch, died October 13, 1982.
Other survivors include two sisters, Elsie Watson, Manhattan, and Stella Watson, Grove, Okla.; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church in Onaga. Burial was in Sunset cemetery in Manhattan.
A rosary and vigil were held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Tessendorf Mortuary in Onaga. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Onaga.
Richard F. Abitz, 96, Duluth, died Friday, June 2, 1995, at his home.
Mr. Abitz was a farmer and stockman.
He was born October 13, 1898, on a farm north of Wheaton, the son of Herman and Emelle Honig Abitz.
Mr. Abitz was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Duluth and the Voters’ Assembly and the Men’s Club at the church. He was a former member of the board of education and the cemetery board at the church.
He was married to Lorna Kufahl on March 15, 1928, at Duluth. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Lois Bishop, Salina; and Marilyn Schwartz, Onaga; two sons, Marvin Abitz, Duluth, and Eldon Abitz, Denver; two sisters, Ida Howell, Onaga, and Lorna Taylor, Wamego; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Linda Abitz, died October 12, 1953.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Duluth. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery in Duluth.
Rose Marie Allen, 71, Topeka, died Monday, August 4, 1997, in a Topeka hospital.
She was born January 4, 1926, at Onaga, the daughter of George and Marie Savago Graf. She lived most of her life in Topeka.
Mrs. Allen was a homemaker. She was a Roman Catholic.
She was married to David e. (Jack) Allen on April 23, 1951, at Holton. He survives. A son Steven Eugene Allen, died July 4, 1997, a grandson, James Lee Bellinder, died in 1968.
Survivors beside her husband include: two sons, Michael D. Allen and Theodore Allen, both of Topeka; three daughters, Linda A. Finch, Ramona J. Bryant and Rebecca J. Vines, all of Topeka; two sisters, Norma Jeanneret, Onaga, and Mary Frances Ard, Stafford, Va.; eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 1997, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Topeka. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Onaga cemetery.
Mrs. Allen will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Brennan-Mathena Fuleral Home, Topeka, where a parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.
Almon W. Abitz, 81, Wheaton, died Saturday, April 19, 1997, at a Westmoreland hospital where he had been a patient two weeks. He had cancer.
He was born, January 10, 1916, northeast of Wheaton, the son of William and Helena Hinzman Abitz. He attended Pleasant Hill School northeast of Wheaton and St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Duluth. He was a farmer and stockman and spent his life in the Wheaton community.
He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton and the Lutheran Laymen’s League Men’s Club at the church.
He was married to Wilma Kufahl, April 24, 1940, in Duluth, she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Billie Abitz, Wheaton; a daughter, Donna Piehl, Sumner, Iowa; a brother, Chester Abitz, Wheaton; five sisters, Lydia Schwant, Blaine, Selma Wegner, Westmoreland, Frieda Abitz, Wichita, Lavina Vorderstrasse, Plymouth, Nebraska, and Olga Fairbanks, Onaga; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton. Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton. Burial was in St. Luke Lutheran North Cemetery in Wheaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour radio program or to the building fund at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton, 66551.
Emma Jane Jenison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Jenison, was born July 2, 1873, south of Onaga, Kansas. She died February 13, 1929 at her home west of Ottawa.
She was united in marriage to Ira Andrew Adams September 15, 1898 at Westmoreland, KS. To this union were born Howard Francis, who died in infancy; and four others, Lois, Lyle, Norma and Dean all living at the home address. She is also survived by her husband and four sisters, Mrs. N. K. Kelly of Onaga, KS; Miss May Jenison of Holton, KS; Mrs. Minnie Herrick of Ottawa, KS; and Miss Pearl Jenison of Chicago, IL.
At the age of sixteen she joined the Baptist Church of Onaga, of which she was a member until three years ago, when the family moved to Ottawa. Her membership was then transferred to the First Baptist church of Ottawa. She was vitally interested in the program of the church, always a faithful attendant.
In her home she was the ideal wife and mother having constantly in mind the welfare and comfort of her family. Her sweet Christian character was ev***need throughout all her suffering.
She had been ill since December 1, becoming seriously so the last three weeks. All who came in contact with her life were enriched by that association. She leaves many friends besides her family who will miss her greatly.
Those who attended the funeral services which were held for Mrs. Emma Adams at the Baptist Church last Saturday heard a wonderful sermon. Dr. Elliott has a rare personality, and the simple manner in which he presents his message makes it very impressive. On account of sickness in the family services were held in the home, and also at Ottawa for the large circle of friends before the body was brought to Onaga, where she had lived for so long and was so dearly loved by all who had known her.
From The Grape Vine, the Official publication of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Assoc., the following article is taken which will be of interest to the many friends of the late Clare Wilson Abell, of Onaga.
“Members of the Fire Department were grieved to learn of the untimely passing of Clare Wilson, who was Accounting Secretary of the Los Angeles Fireman’s Credit Union during the years 1936, 1937, and 1938. During that time she made many friends throughout the Fire Department. Clare was liked by all of us who have worked side by side with her, and her friendly accommodating way of handling our business made many grateful friends among our borrowers and investors. Modest and unassuming, she handled the hardest jobs without complaint. Every one of us here feels that we have lost a special friend and we know that many of our members will miss her kindly, helpful guidance.
Wilson was born at
July 1935, she came to
connection with her work as Accountant Secretary, she became acquainted with
Bert W. Abell, to whom she was married on Oct.
2, 1937, at
services were held at St. Domonic’s Church in Eagle Rock, and interment was made
Ada Frieda Abitz, 80, Wichita, died Monday, June 29, 1998, at a Wichita hospital.
She worked at Swallow Aircraft Company and Wescon Products in Wichita until her retirement in 1986.
She was born July 15, 1917, northeast of Wheaton, the daughter of William and Helena Hinzman Abitz. She attended Pleasant Hill School northeast of Wheaton and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was a member until she transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Wichita.
Survivors include one brother, Chester Abitz, Wheaton; and two sisters, Lavina Vorderstrasse, Plymouth, Nebraska, and Olga Fairbanks, Onaga.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wichita and 2 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton. Burial was in St. Luke Lutheran North Cemetery in Wheaton.
LenaMarie Abitz was born December 6, 1879, to Ferdinand and Minnie Hinzman, nee Zieman, in Doelitz Pommern, Germany, and was baptized at Doelitz, Germany.
She came to this country and was confirmed September 23, 1894, at Evangelical St. Johns Church in Western, Nebr.
On February 23, 1905, she was united in marriage to Wilhelm Frederick Abitz by Pastor H. Limper. They made their home on a farm northeast of Wheaton until 1950, when they moved to the town of Wheaton.
After the death of her husband, October 1954, and her health started to fail, she made her home with her children. The last years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Schwant.
She passed away January 21, 1970, at the Dechairo Hospital, Westmoreland, at the age of 90 years, one month and 15 days.
She leaves three sons and eight daughters: Lydia, Mrs. Arnold Schwant, Blaine; Meta, Mrs. Walter Figge, Wheaton; Hilda, Mrs. Henry Kufahl, Onaga; Martha, Mrs. August Schwisow, Fairbury, Neb.; Selma, Mrs. Louis Webner, Manhattan; Herbert, Wheaton; Almon, Wheaton; Frieda, Wichita; Chester, Onaga; Lavina, Mrs. Arnold Vordestrasse, Plymouth, Neb; Olga, Mrs. Lynn Fairbanks, Onaga; 38 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Gross, Milford, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Martha Hinzman, Fairbury, Neb.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, four sisters and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 24, at St. Luke, Wheaton. Burial was at the Duluth Cemetery.
Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia Ackley, 70, were at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Duluth with burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Mrs. Ackley died Thursday morning at her home in Onaga. She had been in ill health for several years.
She was born September 8, 1907, near Duluth and attended schools in the Duluth area. She lived at Pueblo, Colo., Waverly, Silver Lake and Manhattan before moving to Onaga in April 1959. She and her husband operated restaurants in Onaga for many years.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Duluth.
On June 4, 1919, she was married to Elmore M. Ackley at Falls City, Nebr. He survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Elmore J. “Sonny” Ackley and Jimmie D. Ackley, both of Topeka, and Herman G. Ackley of East Moline, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Lee Smith of Clifton and Mrs. Ruth Ella Tablerof Salina; five brothers, Emil Teske and Ralph Teske of Wheaton, Ben Teske of Onaga and Elmer Teske and Clarence Teske, both of Duluth; three sisters, Mrs. Lydia Fischer and Mrs. Loma Figge of Wheaton, and Mrs. Clara Hudson of East Aurora, N.Y., and 14 grandchildren.
Mr. Henry Allen, 85, of Wheaton passed away Sunday in Community hospital. He had been in ill health for the past several months.
Services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton with burial in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Bertha Allen of the home; four daughters, Mrs. Roy Taylor of Nevada, Mo., Mrs. John Keating, of Campbell, Calif., Mrs. Walter Wrosch of Onaga and Mrs. Lawrence Graf of Wheaton; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Davin, Mrs. Lillie O’Keefe and Mrs. Ester Junod all of Onaga; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Steven Eugene Allen, 21, was found dead at his home at 206 Terra Drive, Topeka. He died July 4. He was a former Marine Corps enlistee, being honorably discharged June 20, 1976.
He was born June 25, 1956 at Onaga where he grew up and attended Onaga schools.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Allen, Topeka; three sisters, Mrs. Linda Bellinder, Topeka, Mrs. Ramona Bryand, Carbondale, and Rebecca Allen, at home; two brothers Michael and Ted Allen, both at home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Allen, Lawrence and Mrs. Marie Graf, Onaga.
Funeral services are being held today) Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Tessendorf Mortuary in Onaga. Interment is at Onaga cemetery.
Florence Sherman, daughter of Hiram and Julia Sherman, was born at Cedar Falls, Iowa, February 19, 1860. She passed away at her home March 3, 1949, at the age of 89 years and 14 days. Three sisters preceded her in death, Mrs. Charlotte Powell, Mrs. Zelda Brown and Miss Maude Sherman. One sister, Mrs. Blanche Myers, of Ottawa, Kans., remains.
With her family she came to Kansas in 1871 and settled in the Arispie neighborhood. She was united in marriage to Jacob Alsip in 1878 and resided on a farm with his father eight miles east of Westmoreland. To this union three children were born, Mrs. Edith Tabaka and Mrs. Effie Laughlin, of Wamego, and Kenith Alsip, who resides on a farm south of Wamego.
In 1909 they moved to Wamego and purchased a general store. The husband and father passed away January 5, 1913. The mother lived in Wamego until the death of her son’s wife in 1924, leaving two small children. The grandmother then made a home for the son and his family on the farm where she passed away.
She joined the Christian church when a girl. After moving to Wamego she became a member of the Baptist Church.
In the pioneer days when Mrs. Alsip came to Kansas there were many natural hardships to endure and there was a great opportunity for neighborly service. She always stood ready to help in sickness or need of any kind. By these kindly deeds she won the friendship of all who knew her. This spirit she drew from her knowledge of her Lord.
She leaves to mourn her passing the three children; four grandchildren, Mrs. Jouetta Luthi, of Junction City, Howard Alsip of the home, Clarence Wykert, of Portland, Oregon, and Chester Laughlin, of Salina; also, one great grandchild, Jackie Laughlin, of Salina, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Wamego Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 7th, in charge of the Rev. O. H. Perry.
Hattie Alma Witham, only daughter of Herbert L. and Vera C. Witham, was born near Onaga, Kansas on May 25, 1907, and departed this life on Saturday, June 28, 1947 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, following a serious illness of five weeks duration, at the age of 40 years, 1 month, and 3 days.
On February 5, 1933 she was united in marriage to W. J. Allen of Centralia, Kansas. To this union three children, two daughters and a son were born. The baby son, Martin, was born Sept 20, 1946 and only lived until January 9, 1947.
She was baptized and joined the Baptist Church in Onaga in 1920, and later changed her membership to the Christian Church at Havensville, to which she was a faithful member at the time of her death.
She leaves to mourn her departure her loving husband, W. J. Allen; two little daughters, Verabel and Veryl; her mother, Mrs. Vera C. Witham; and foster brother, P. Whitney Bateman of Banana River, Fla., a step-son, Milton Allen; a number of other relatives and a host of friends. Her father passed away just three years to day before her passing.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Havensville Tuesday afternoon, July 1, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Alvin Deatwiler, with burial in the Havensville cemetery. A large crowd attended to pay their last respects to the departed.
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