DAVID W. FOLEY
David Foley, age 68, of Florence, Kansas, formerly of Clements, Kansas, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at his home in Florence, Kansas. The son of Homer and Nettie A. (Snyder) Foley, he was born July 9, 1946, in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1965. He served in U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Norma Elizabeth Tassanari on July 31, 1965. To that union were born four children. They, later, divorced. He married Susan Chessman on December 28, 1990, in Lodi, CA. She died August 3, 2006.
He worked as a supervisor at a Del Monte Food Processing Plant and at Tyson in Emporia before his retirement in 2006. He was a member of the Florence United Methodist Church.
He is survived by two sons: David Foley, Jr. (Kathy) of Portland, OR and James Foley of Fresno, CA; two daughters: Stephanie Foley of Dothan, AL and Tammy Whitmire (Jason) of Ozark, AL; a brother, Leslie Foley of Rose Hill ; two sisters: Lola Pierce of Rose Hill, KS and Alberta Wenke of Nogales, AZ; a step-sister, Paula Maxwell of Anderson SC; 8 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Susan, and a sister, Jamie Monfort.
He has been cremated and his family had a private inurnment, with a U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard in Clements Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, April 12, at 11:00, at the Florence United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions to the Florence United Methodist Church or the Wounded Warriors Project may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 which was in charge of arrangements. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
KENNETH “KAIN” PALERMO
Kenneth “Kain” Palermo, age 73, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Ernie and Susan (Kramer) Palermo, he was born December 11, 1941, in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Linden High School in Chicago. He and Jeanette Grevich were married February 14, 1969, in Chicago.
Kain’s first job was with the Chicago Gas Co. as a driller. He was a musician, truck driver, and home restorer. He was an electric bass studio musician who played both a 4- and 5- string bass guitar. He had several groups of his own and was associated with Ronnie Dio, The Door’s, and Richie Blackmore Rainbow groups in Los Angeles, CA. In New York, he played with Atlanta Georgia Jazz and George Sessum. He and Jeanette restored homes in Glendale, CA, Park Rapids, MN, Little Falls, NY. The house in Little Falls was a Victorian home with stained and leaded windows and painted solid mahogany woodwork which they stripped and refinished. When they lived in this house, he had a large model train display and he would entertain groups and share the history of the trains and the beauty of his work. He would even change the scenery with the change of seasons of the year. He has hoped to do something similar on the second floor of this house. They have been working to restore their home in Cottonwood Falls to its original beauty. When they moved into this house, it was divided into 12 apartments with 12 bathrooms and four fireplaces (three of which Jeanette stripped and finished). They took out 20 walls and refinished woodwork. He re-wired (leaving the metal bases of the gaslights which were still there), built a staircase to the third floor, uncovered two oak pedestals, re-plumbed the entire house, and built kitchen cabinets. He wanted to preserve the history of each home. He was a carpenter and could plaster walls to their original beauty. Kain and Jeanette spent hours constructing O gauge scale model trains and the scenery around them. He had planned to create a similar display here in this house. He, also, enjoyed stamp collecting.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of the home; a daughter, Jennifer Mills, of Chicago, IL; a sister, Jill Palermo, of Los Angeles, CA; cousins: Phillip Palermo, who plays with the Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, of Indianapolis; Greg Grasselle of Lake Forest IL; Linda Semple, Jack and Eleanor Semple, Karen and Tom Sanfillippo of Santa Rosa, CA, and Alan Marti of Chicago, IL, and members of Jeanette’s family Patty and Duane Dziechiasz and their daughters whom he nicknamed “his girls,” Stacey and Shannon Dziechiasz of Tacoma, WA . He was preceded in death by his parents.
A gathering, to meet and share memories, will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Kain has been cremated and Jeanette will take his cremains to Saint Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, IL, to be entombed next to his parents. Memorial contributions to the Burnley Memorial Library or to the ALS Association (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-Lou Gehrig’s Disease), for research, 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.
Carvel Oldham, age 83, of Cottonwood Falls, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, KS. The son of Emery Curtis and Caroline “Carrie” Marie (Kaufman) Oldham, he was born October 9, 1931, in Florence, KS. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1949. He received a football scholarship to Kansas State College in Manhattan and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts in 1954. He and Shirley J. Holmberg were married June 1, 1953, in Strong City. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1957.
His father opened Midway Garage and they worked together until his father’s retirement. He owned and operated the garage until he retired in 2003.
He was a member of the Claude Newlee Post #78 of the American Legion in Cottonwood Falls, the Cottonwood Falls Country Club, and the Golden Cats Club (former football players at Kansas State). He enjoyed golfing, bowling, dancing, and deer and pheasant hunting.
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Tom C. Oldham (Margaret) of Collierville, TN; two daughters: Tonya M. Utech (Tim) of Herington and Taryn L. Ratcliff (Kelly) of Lebo; and four grandchildren: Joshua and Caroline Oldham, Tristan Kirkland (Jacob), and Tyson Utech (Nora). He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Freda Donald.
A rosary will be recited Friday, March 27, at 7:00, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City and a mass will be held Saturday, at 11:00, at the church. Father Theodore Khin will celebrate both services. Interment will be in St. Anthony Cemetery north of Strong City. Military funeral honors will be presented by the Air Force Honor Guard.
The family will meet friends, following the rosary, at St. Anthony Hall. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church or 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.
ELDORA MAE (SHERFFIUS) BURTON
Mae Burton, age 96, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia. The daughter of Edward Charles and Ella Minnie Anna (Meierhoff) Sherffius, she was born September 28, 1918, on a farm 10 miles west of Elmdale, Kansas, on Middle Creek Road. She graduated from Chase County High School in 1937. She and John E. Burton were married February 1, 1940, in the Chase County Courthouse at Cottonwood Falls. He died July 25, 1973. They owned and operated a dairy farm near Cottonwood Falls for 33 years. A hard worker, Mae raised five children while working alongside her husband on the farm. Until 1956, she washed and sterilized 300+ milk bottles by hand daily, and all of the milking equipment while he delivered the bottled milk to homes in Cottonwood Falls and Strong City. In 1960, The Emporia Gazette recognized John and Mae Burton and family as the “Farm Family of the Month.” She was a 4-H project leader, a Red Cross blood donor, and a Garden Club member. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, and crocheting and made many treasured heirlooms for her family; including a crocheted wall hanging of “The Lord’s Prayer” for each of her five children and herself. She will be lovingly remembered for her good nature and love of family. She never had a bad day; always smiling and always kept a positive attitude. She loved telling stories and sharing anecdotes of her childhood. As a child, she attended one-room schools, saw the Depression, the dust bowl, and WWII. She was a strong and giving person and will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by three sons: Dallas E. Burton (Linda) of Berryton, KS, Vaden L. Burton (Sharon) of Sloan, IA, and Delwin K. Burton (Sharon) of Emporia, KS; a daughter, Velva Burton Carter (John) of LeCompte, LA; a daughter-in-law, Deanna K. Burton of Emporia, KS; 13 grandchildren: Jim Carter (Pixie) of Lafayette, LA, Lori Vanderlick (Thomas) of Cheneyville, LA, Kristi Butler (Ricky) of Woodworth, LA, Shawn Burton (Deb) of Basehor, KS, Kevin Burton (Alleyn) of Peoria, AZ, Sarah Harvey (Andy) of Falls Church, VA, Kyle Burton (Michelle) of Sioux City, IA, Matthew Burton (Markie) of Sloan, IA, Renae Hagemann (Jeff) of Emporia, KS, Adam Hagemann (Stacy) of Allen, KS, Jared Hagemann (Abby) of McPherson, KS, Shawn Forsberg (Michelle) of Rose Hill, KS, Shae Forsberg of Assaria, KS; and 25 great-grandchildren with two expected in 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Dennis D. Burton; her parents; and her brother, Ray Sherffius.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, March 30, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Ireland officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls.
A visitation will be held Sunday, from 6 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice and or a charity of your choice 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.
JESSIE E. (AMBLER) WILLIAMS
Jessie Williams, age 69, of Strong City, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia. The daughter of John H. and Daisie H. (Frazier) Ambler, she was born May 14, 1945, in Jasper, MO. She was married to James Adam Whiting on October 13, 1962, in Carson City, NV and they divorced. She and Lee Williams were married May 1, 1971, in Carson City, NV. They were divorced. She worked at IBP in Emporia before working at Beverly Enterprises as the Activity Director and then as a Health Care Elder for the Chase County Health Department. She was always there to help anyone who needed her. She was a talented “crafter” spending hours crocheting, knitting, and tatting. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Damien Williams (Kendra) of Strong City; a daughter, Missy Fulkerson (Jamie) of Cherryvale; a sister, Helen Jean; and five grandchildren: Logan Moore, Laramie Walford, Mattew Walford, Ashlee Williams, and Madison Williams. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Ambler and Daisie Garcia, and a sister, Daisy Bonetta.
She has been cremated and the family will have a memorial gathering, to share memories of Jessie, at a later date. Memorial contributions to the H. Dale Buck Animal Welfare Memorial Fund may be sent to the fund at P.O. Box 1613, Emporia, KS 66801 or 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.
RUTH M. (BILLS) STAHL
Ruth Stahl, age 79, of Strong City, KS, died Monday, March 16, 2015, at her home in Strong City. The daughter of Carl Watson and Lois Maurine (Dillon) Bills, Ruth Marian was born August 25, 1935, in Friendswood, Texas. She was the valedictorian of the Class of 1953 when she graduated from Friendswood High School. She moved to Wichita where she attended Friends University and was a member of the Singing Quakers and select choral groups. She completed her nursing program at Wesley School of Nursing.
She and Kenneth H. Stahl were married December 29, 1960, in Friendswood, TX.
She worked as a Registered Nurse at Beverly Enterprises in Cottonwood Falls and at Newman County Hospital in Emporia. She, also, worked Red Cross Blood Drives, took blood pressures and clipped nails at the senior center, and drove many people to and from doctor’s appointments. She was a member of the Northridge Friends Church in Wichita, the Homestead Friends Church in the Homestead Community, and the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. Music was important in her life and she sang with the Praise Team at the church. She was a great cook and baker and an avid reader. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and sewing and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Ken, of the home; a son, Heath Stahl (Melinda) of Olathe; two daughters: Carla Siemens (Russell) of Eaton, CO and Cathy Reimer (Stan) of Wichita; a brother, David Bills (Jean) of Greensboro, NC; and nine grandchildren: David Siemens (Bethany), Miranda Siemens, Braden, Rebecca, Olivia, and Philip Reimer, and Emma, James, and Kristen Stahl. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Kim Stahl, and a sister, Mary Snyder.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, March 21, at 11:00 AM, at the Flint Hills Community Church with Pastor Bill Damberg officiating. There will be a private inurnment in Homestead Cemetery.
A visitation, with the family, will be Friday, March 20, from 6 until 8:00 PM, at the church. Memorial contributions to the Ruth Stahl Memorial Fund 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.
PERRY LEWIS DAINS
Perry Dains, age 82, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Walter G. and Martha L (Craig) Dains, Perry Lewis was born August 2, 1932, in Emporia, KS.
He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator and served in the U.S. Army for 17 years.
He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Barbara May, of the home; a brother, Paul Dains of Cottonwood Falls; a sister, Norma June Cunningham, of Emporia; and three children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mike Dains.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home of Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
GERALD E. JOHNSON
Gerald Johnson, age 92, of Topeka, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka. The son of Eugene and Inez (Foxworthy) Johnson, he was born November 20, 1922, at the Crocker Ranch home near Matfield Green, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1940 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He and Virginia VanSickle were married May 26, 1946, in Strong City at her parents’ home. They moved from Chase County in 1957, but kept their ties in this area.
Gerald worked construction before his employment with Peabody Coal Company. He was a foreman for the reclamation department of the company, who was responsible for filling the pits and returning the land to be used for agriculture. He retired in 1987.
He was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church. He was, also, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1980, the American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5 in Emporia, and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80 AF & AM in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters: Geralyn Ament (Mike) of Mesa, AZ and Lucinda Borra (John) of Hays, KS; four grandchildren: Joseph Borra, Matthew Ament (Mary), Aaron Ament (Casey), and Sarah Wisda (Bryan); and four great-grandchildren: Colby Ament, Cale Wisda, Dane Wisda, and McKenzie Ament. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Cramton.
A graveside service will be held Friday, March 13, at 2:00, at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, KS. Lee Hoskins will officiate and military honors will be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1980 and the American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5 honor guards.
He has been cremated and there will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Midland Care Hospice 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.
VIOLET E. (RENDLE) DICKE DRINKWATER
Violet Dicke Drinkwater, age 96, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, KS, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia. She was born February 23, 1918, near Emmett, KS, the first child of William P. and Wilmina Kirkpatrick Rendle. The family moved to Pryor, OK, and farmed there two years, before returning to Emmett. After Violet’s mother died in 1922, Violet and her brother, Marvin, were cared for by her father and grandparents, Charlotte and William Rendle of Topeka, and an aunt and uncle, Lena and Burton Clark of Edgerton. Her infant sister, Evelyn, was adopted by George and Elsie Rendle of Pomona, CA. She attended schools in Topeka, KS.
Violet and Arnold Dicke were married May 31, 1936, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Topeka, and made their home in Topeka until 1947, when they moved to Cottonwood Falls to operate A.W. Dicke Livestock Truck Line. He preceded her in death February 2, 1986. Violet sold Avon products for 16 years. She was active in her community where she volunteered in church and children’s activities. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, several women’s groups, Kensington Club, and several bridge clubs. She played bridge for over 60 years. She cared for her three grandsons when they were small. She was a self-taught seamstress and quilt maker. She loved to dance and her picture was in The Emporia Gazette when she was a resident at Holiday Resort. During the 1980’s, Violet was a Chase County Courthouse tour guide, an activity she found interesting. She loved meeting new people and showing the beautiful courthouse to them. She loved preparing many dinners her family and extended family. After Arnold’s death, she traveled to Hawaii and enjoyed several bus tours. On March 22, 1992, she and Harold Drinkwater were married at the Congregational Church in Emporia. They traveled in Kansas and enjoyed family and friends. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2003.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Dexter ( Floyd) of Emporia; a daughter-in-law, Jane Dicke of Cottonwood Falls; three grandsons: Mikel Dexter (Jeanne) of Broken Arrow, OK, Mitchell Dexter of Paradise Valley, AZ, Todd Dicke (Dana) of Emporia, and three great-grandchildren: Paige, Aubrey, and Reagan Dicke; two step-daughters: Jane McAdoo of Wichita and Winnie Endly of Emporia; four step-grandchildren: Anita Spainhoward of Topeka, Brett Pippin (Janet) of Milford, Eric Pippin (Nicole) of Silver Lake, and Dustin Pippin (Suzanne) of Topeka; seven step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1922; her father in 1989; her grandparents, William and Charlotte Rendle andWilliam and Leota Kirkpatrick; Lena and Burton Clark who helped care for her and her bother George Marvin; her brother, G. Marvin; her sister, Evelyn D. Miller; her son, Gary A. Dicke on January 25, 2003; and a step-great-granddaughter, Alicia Jo Pippin.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, at 2:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Keller officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls. There will be no family visitation.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to Grace Lutheran Church or Gentiva Hospice 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
JANE MARIE (CLARK) MEYER
Jane M. Meyer, age 76, of Wichita, KS, formerly of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Meadowlark Adult Care Home in Wichita. The daughter of Kenneth and Florence “Flo” (Crum) Clark, she was born October 17, 1938, at Fort Smith, AK. She graduated from Strong City High School in 1957 and attended Emporia State College for one year. While she was there, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She and Raymond L. Meyer were married August 31, 1958, in Strong City. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2010.
She and Ray owned and operated the Strong City Grocery for 16 years. She worked at Strong City State Bank, at Newman Hospital, in the personnel department, and at Sheplar’s and Wescon Products as the Human Resources Manager. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her children’s and grandchildren’s school events including baseball and football games and wrestling matches. She always had time to play catch and spend time with them. She was a member of Strong City United Methodist Church and was active in the church and United Methodist Women.
She is survived by two sons: Steve Meyer (Jackie) of Wichita, KS and Gary Meyer (Nancy) of Monett, MO; one brother: Keith Clark of Salina, KS and his four children: Crista (Clark) Dorsey, Jan (Clark) Miller, Cam Clark, and Stacy (Clark) Driver; five grandchildren: Levi Meyer, Dalton Meyer, Kyle Meyer, Elise Meyer, and Ian Meyer; and one great-grandson: Hadler Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Clark.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls with Mr. Floyd Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery.
The family will meet friends Monday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to Amedisys Hospice of Wichita may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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