TONY CHARLES FRANCKA
Tony Francka, age 77, of rural Strong City, KS, died Monday, June 15, 2015, at his home. Tony Charles, the son of Mike and Anna Francka, was born September 18, 1937, on the home farm near Brighton, MO. He attended school in Morrisville, MO, and Southwest Missouri State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was then requested to take a hardship discharge to help on the family farm. Later, he attended Body and Fender School in Kansas City and worked in several body shops around Kansas City and Springfield, MO.
He began working for MoorMan Mfg. and was later transferred to Chase County as District Manager. After leaving MoorMan, he became part owner of Stubenhofer Plumbing for a time, sold memberships for Farmers Union, and then started TOKA Refuse Service for Chase County. After retiring from the trash service, he did odd jobs along with painting and tree trimming, until 2010, when he officially retired to enjoy life on his acreage outside of Strong City.
Tony served as president of the Chase County Jaycees, was a board member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a member of the Strong City Council, and served as Strong City fire chief. He was a member of the Flint Hills Rodeo, serving as president for five years, was nominated as Grand Marshall in 2005, and held an honorary membership until his death. He was a member of the local golf country club and the Chase County Chamber of Commerce. He coached little league baseball and loved to hunt and fish. Tony was, also, a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying private planes. His greatest pleasure was helping people.
Tony and Diane Van Hooser were married September 8, 1962, in Springfield, MO. He is survived by Diane of the home; three children: Ted Francka (Denise) of Strong City, Anthony Francka (Karensa) of Norton; and Tammy Romani of Peoria, AZ.; two brothers: Mike Francka (Carol) of Bolivar, MO and Joe Francka (Patty) of Jefferson City, MO; two sisters: Helen Stander (Ronnie) of Bolivar, MO and Ann Griesemer (Regis) of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren: Jace, Trey, and Danika Francka of Strong City and Amanda, Giovanna, and Matthew Romani of AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 20, at 12:00, at the Chase County Junior/Senior High School in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Celebrants will be Father Theodore Khin, Father Edmond Kline, and Deacon Buzz Harris. Military honors will be presented by an Air Force Honor Guard. Tony chose to have a natural interment, at St. Anthony Cemetery, which was held Tuesday, June 16.
There will be no visitation. The family requests that family and friends join them for a community dinner following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the St. Anthony Altar Society or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MARTHA RUTH (SCOTT) KLINE
Martha Kline, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, after a short illness, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Martha was one of eight children born to Silvey and Dixie (Shumate) Scott, Martha was born May 8, 1925, in Larned, Kansas. She graduated from Larned High School and Wichita Business College. Before her marriage, she worked as an executive secretary for oil companies in Great Bend and Wichita.
Martha and Melburn C. (Mit) Kline were married in 1959 and he died in 1968. After her marriage, she worked for the Strong City State Bank before accepting a position as the first Clerk of Board of Education for Chase County Unified School District #284. She served as clerk from 1965 until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of the ABC and Wednesday afternoon bridge clubs. Martha was an avid quilter.
She is survived by four step-children: Nancy Greeno (Ken) of Palm Desert, CA, Steven Kline of Fairway, KS, David Kline of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Mark Kline (Berit) of Copenhagen, Denmark, and; two sisters: Patricia Thompson of Alba, TX and Mystel Shiney (Fred) of Kechi, KS; three grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no service. Her remains will be interred at Elmdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Burnley Memorial Library in Cottonwood Falls may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BETTY JO (LAMMON) POWERS
Betty Powers, age 86, of Emporia, KS, died Friday, May 29, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia. The daughter of Jay and Ora (Dill) Lammon, she was born December 6, 1929, in Hartman, CO. She graduated from Holly High School in Holly, CO. She and William Carl Powers were married January 20, 1950, in Emporia, KS.
Betty was a homemaker and drove a school bus for the Hickman-Mills School District in the Greater Kansas City, MO area for years. She enjoyed drawing and painting (pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor), quilting, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She and Carl spent much time camping. She was a member of the West Side Baptist Church in Emporia. She loved her family and the great-grandchildren were “the loves of her life.”
Betty is survived by her husband of the home; two sons: Marvin E. Powers (Ellen) of Emporia and Jesse J. Powers (Kay) of Longview, WA; a brother, Lawrence Lammon, of Torrington, WY; a sister, Charlotte Swift (Bob) of Colony; three grandchildren: Adam, Casey , and Kelsey Powers; and two great-grandchildren: Mackynzee Jo and Kamryn Powers. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Nancy Lammon.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 1:00, at the West Side Baptist Church with officiate, Pastor Kenneth Armstrong. Interment of her cremated remains will be at Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield Green, KS.
Memorial contributions to the West Side Baptist Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MARGARET ANN (KELLY) SWARTZ
Margaret Swartz, age 45, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Strong City, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. The daughter of James and Kathleen (Dickerson) Kelly, she was born December 21, 1969, in Emporia, KS. She worked as a certified nurse aide before she was employed as a personal care assistant. She enjoyed swimming and camping.
She is survived by a son, Daniel S. Elliott of Chicago, IL; a daughter, Kathleen N. Keeton (Eric) of Kansas City, MO; a brother, James Kelly, Jr (Camille) of Strong City; a sister, Kimberly Kelly of Emporia; her father, James, of Cottonwood Falls; and six grandchildren: NeVaeh Stevenson, Maggie, Crystal, Trinity, and Kreeann Matoney, and Eric, Jr. Keeton.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 2007 and her grandparents.
A gathering, to share memories, will be held Saturday, May 23, from 2:00 until 4:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Interment of cremated remains will follow in Strong City Cemetery. Memorial contributions to assist with payment of funeral expenses may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LORRAINE CHRISTINE “CHRISTY” COPPLE
“Christy” Copple, age 54, of Independence, KS, formerly of Strong City, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. The daughter of Robert I. and Sharon M. (Garrison) Glanville, she was born February 23, 1961, in Emporia, KS. She graduated from Chase County High School in 1979 and graduated from Newman School of Nursing in Emporia. She and Larry Deering were married and Alisha Dawn was born to this union. They divorced. She and James Copple were married June 10, 1995, and Talitha Tremaine was born to this union before they divorced.
Christy worked, as a registered nurse, at several nursing homes in this area and was a homemaker. Recently, she had worked as a care provider for disabled individuals in Independence. She was a talented artist and enjoyed pencil drawing. Her family cherishes these drawings.
In 2008, Christy embarked on a new adventure, re-uniting with Larry Deering to become an active role in their auto restoration business, first located in Strong City and then re-located to Independence, KS, in 2010. She continued to pursue her hobbies and passions for Motorsports by joining the Wilkens/Leyda Outlaw fuel altered drag racing team as a photographer. She traveled with Larry and other team members for two seasons and was on the 2010 World Fuel Altered National Champion team of Wilkens/Leyda. She enjoyed her quiet time in the many flower and vegetable gardens at their home in Independence.
Christy lived a full life and her family and friends were always her sole priority. She will be dearly missed by all. Her family is honored to say that Christy was an organ donor. Her final act was to give a gift that will ensure that she will live on in the lives of many other people.
She is survived by her mother, Sharon Patton, of Cottonwood Falls; her father, Bob Glanville (Bert) of Cottonwood Falls; two daughters: Alisha D. Daw of Emporia and Talitha “Tia” T. Copple of Parsons; two sisters: Vickie Peterson and Carla Gallmeister (Scott) of Cottonwood Falls; a brother, Joe Glanville, of Gladstone, MO; and other family and friends.
A celebration of memorial service will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 10:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Interment of her cremated remains will follow in Strong City Cemetery. There will be a visitation Friday, from 2:00 until 4:00, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to help pay her final expenses may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
CECILE BERNEICE (GRAHAM) POTTER
Cecile Potter, age 72, of rural Emporia, KS, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia. The daughter of James Louis “Jimmie” and Mary Allen (Ramsey) Graham, Cecile was born October 2, 1942, in Strong City, KS. She and William Harold “Bill” Potter, Jr. were married September 30, 1957, in Emporia. He died June 17, 2003.
Cecile was a convenience store manager and a homemaker. Previously, she had worked as a bookkeeper, waitress, and an employee of a birdseed factory. She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds, reading, and working crossroad puzzles.
She is survived by two sons: Bill “Chauncey” Potter (Cheryl) of Fulton, MO and Brian Potter (Christy) of Omaha, NE; a brother, Jimmy Graham (Linda) of Yates Center; two sisters: Karen Nurnberg (Howard) of Saffordville and Billie Jo Potter of Sublette; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Bradley Potter; a daughter, Julie Ann Potter; and a sister, Mary Jane Tyler.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Monday, May 18, 11:00 AM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with officiant, Pastor Rick Smith. Interment of cremated remains will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to the American Lung Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WYATT DEAN BROWN
Dean Brown, age 94, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The son of John Frank and Pearle Alice (Wyatt) Brown, he was born April 27, 1921, in Cottonwood Falls. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1940. He was serving with the U. S. Maritime Services in the Aleutian Islands when he was drafted into the U. S. Army. He served in Company D 424th of the 106th Infantry which was instrumental in the Battle of the Bulge victory during WWII. Dean and Rosa Joan Thompson were married October 19, 1956, at Elmdale.
He farmed and worked construction, with his brother, Keith, and then worked as a mechanic for Trayer-Jelf Chevrolet in Cottonwood Falls. He worked, on a production line, at Dolly Madison and retired, in 1983, after 18 years. After retirement, he worked, part-time, at Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply. He loved to “tinker” in his shop and never threw anything away because he knew he could take a piece of junk and turn it into something useful. When his sons were young, he coached Little League baseball. He, also, raised miniature horses and enjoyed playing golf.
Dean was a member of Elmdale United Methodist Church, the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80, Falls Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in Cottonwood Falls and the Scottish Rite and Arab Shriners of Topeka. He was, also, a member of the American Legion Post #78 in Cottonwood Falls and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 971 in Newton. One of the highlights of his life was going to Washington, D.C. in 2012, with other WW II veterans, as part of the Honor Flight project. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home; two sons: Michael D. Brown (Pamela) of Hockessin, DE and Mark L. Brown (Brenda) of Mesa, AZ; three granddaughters: Alison Brown, Annie Brown, and Emma Brown; and a nephew, Richard Brown (Kathleen) of Eudora. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Keith Brown.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, May 8, at 10:30 AM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with officiate, Pastor Kimberly Shank. Burial, with military honors conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard, will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
A visitation will be Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Chase County All-Veterans Memorial or to the Elmdale United Methodist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BETTY L. (HADEN) MOSBY ZIMMERMAN
Betty L. Zimmerman, age 86, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Jack and Genevieve Haden, she was born January 1, 1929, in Appleton City, MO. She graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1946. She was married to Jerry Mosby (deceased) of Wellington, KS, for 20 years and they were the parents of five children. She and Robert Zimmerman were married December 13, 1969, in Tacoma, WA. While they lived in Washington, they raised peacocks, geese, ducks, and hogs, plus had a pack burro to protect the other animals from bears.
Betty enjoyed sewing, quilting, doing and teaching ceramics, and also owned craft stores in Wellington, Cottonwood Falls, and Strong City. She crocheted many hats and blankets for premature infants through a program from hospitals. She worked at Beverly Enterprises nursing home as a certified nurse aide and activity director. For several years, they managed the motel in Strong City. She and Bob were gate attendants at Council Grove Reservoir for 22 years. They enjoyed “RVing”.
She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob), of the home; two sons: Mike Mosby (Kay) of Haviland and Pat Mosby (Tonja) of Strong City; three daughters: Sandy Brown of Strong City, Debbie Blasi (Bill) of Wellington; and Betty Page (Steve) of Lake Stevens, WA; a brother, Billy Haden (Ruth) of Wamego; 13 grandchildren: Roy Brown of Strong City, Brian Brown of Wellington, Michelle Brownlee (Mark) of Wellington, Melissa Janzen of Wellington, Jason Blasi of Wellington, Jessica Mosby of Americus, Angela Mosby of Haviland, Marie Lester of Granite Falls, WA, Lori Hyvari (Steve) of Granite Falls, WA, Bill Lilgreen of Lake Stevens, WA, Kelli Armour (Tim) of Palestine, TX, Derek Mosby of Emporia, KS, and Chris Mosby of Strong City; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and three step-children: Bobby Zimmerman, David Zimmerman, and Loree Deede all of WA. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Hillside Cemetery at Toledo Township. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HAZEL PAULINE (VARELMAN) DEEMY
Hazel Deemy, age 93, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Ben, Jr. and Ruby Varelman, she was born March 24, 1922, in Emporia, KS. She and Verlan F. Deemy, Sr. were married March 23, 1940, in Topeka, KS. He died October 4, 1976.
Hazel worked for the telephone company as an operator and operated a wallpapering and painting business. She completed her GED at age 69 and went on to get additional computer training and worked as a receptionist/bookkeeper. She was particular about the quality of her work and was always busy helping others. She sold Avon products for years. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Council Grove and a member of the Altar Society.
She is survived by two sons: Dan Deemy (Mary) of Waxahachie, TX and Verlan Deemy, Jr. (Margaret) of Strong City; 18 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Richard Deemy; a daughter, Myrna Deemy; a great-grandson, Ian Lockwood; and a great-granddaughter, Angela Deemy Sarracino.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, at 10:00 AM, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Council Grove with celebrant, Father Theodore Khin. Interment of cremated remains will be held, immediately following the Mass, in Calvary Cemetery in Council Grove.
The family will meet friends Sunday, April 19, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BLANCHE ANTONIA (URBANEK) SHERFFIUS
Blanche Sherffius, age 88, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of John and Agnes Ladman Urbanek, she was born February 2, 1927, in Marion County, KS. She and Ray M. Sherffius were married June 9, 1951 in Pilson, KS. He died in September, 1979.
She was a homemaker and worked at the Chase County Nursing Home, as a dietician, for 12 ½ years, before retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Guild in Strong City.
She is survived by her son, Bradley Sherffius (Sue) of Atchison, a daughter, Nancy Sherffius of Salina, two grandchildren: Stacie Duitsman (Eric) and Chase Sherffius (Aubrey); and three great-grandchildren: Teahen and Harper Duitsman and Rogan Sherffius. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Georgia Bezdek; and a brother, William Urbanek.
A rosary, led by Father Edmond Kline, will be held Saturday, May 30, at 9:00 AM, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. Interment of her cremated remains will be held in St. Anthony Cemetery, north of Strong City.
Memorials to St. Anthony Catholic Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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