01.23.12

PHYLLIS ANN GRIZZARD SOUKUP

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:48 pm by Sue Alexander

PHYLLIS ANN GRIZZARD SOUKUP
Phyllis Soukup, age 67, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the home of her brother in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Curby and Helen Potocnik Grizzard, Phyllis was born July 12, 1944, in Savannah, GA. She and Raymond A. Soukup were married in 1975, in Minneapolis, MN. He died in 1981. She was a homemaker. Cremation has taken place.
She is survived by her son, Bradley A. Soukup of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; two brothers: Jim Grizzard of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and John Grizzard of Scottsdale, AZ.; MaryJo Menke-Grizzard of Virginia, MN.; and two grandchildren: James M. Soukup and Bradley A. Soukup, Jr. of Cottonwood Falls, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is charge of arrangements. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

01.09.12

MARY A. SAMS SAWYER PIPER

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:55 pm by Sue Alexander

MARY A. SAMS SAWYER PIPER
Mary Piper, age 86, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County, in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Greenwood Cemetery in Council Grove, KS. The Rev. Young-Gil Bahng, of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church will officiate.
The daughter of Dewuain and Pearl Mae Mcdiffett Sams, Mary was born August 15, 1925, at Parkerville, KS. She married Roy Sawyer on January 30, 1941, in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death in 1975. She married Milford Piper and he preceded her in death in 1989. She was a certified nurse’s aide and worked at Marion Manor for 12+ years. She, also, ran a restaurant and was a co-owner of a bar in Marion. She was a Baptist. She was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Marion. She was an avid dancer and could do almost anything she wanted to do.
She is survived by a son, Robert D. Sawyer of Marion; a daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Miller Long of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; a step-son, William G. Sawyer of Prairie Village,KS.; a step-daughter, Carolyn Phillips of Olden, KS.; 21 grandchildren; and 20+ great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Randy G. Sawyer;a step-son, Clarence Sawyer, brother, Dewuain Sams; a sister, Valda Neumeyer; four grandchildren: Troy Sawyer, Chelsea Spicer, Brian Miller and Jaden Sawyer.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Monday, from noon until 6:00 P.M., and Tuesday, from 9:00 until noon, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Florence United Methodist Church, Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church, or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

12.29.11

GEORGIA M. BROWN HAILEY

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:59 am by Sue Alexander

GEORGIA M. BROWN HAILEY
Georgia Hailey, age 68, of Elmdale, Kansas, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. A rosary will be held and conducted by Marvin Brown on Thursday, December 29, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Church in Strong City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 30, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Church. Father Harold Schneider will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmdale Cemetery.
The daughter of George M. and Mary Catherine Schneider Brown, Georgia Marie was born December 28, 1942, in Emporia, Kansas. She married Alvin Hailey on November 21, 1964, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olpe, Kansas. She worked as a secretary at Peoples Exchange Bank in Elmdale for 14 years. For 17 years, she and Alvin cared for 37 foster children, and she was the Elmdale Postmaster for 12 years. She worked with the Healthy Start Program through the Chase County Health Department.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society, sponsored CYO, and taught catechism. She had the city books for Elmdale Cemetery and for Elk Cemetery. She was active in the Hymer Women’s Group who planned various celebrations for the Hymer community. She worked with 4-H and was a “crafter” who made rosaries, sewed, and helped out whenever there was a need. She was a ticket seller at the Flint Hills Rodeo for over 30 years.
She and Alvin attended their grandchildren’s activities as often as possible.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin, of the home; one son, Jeff Hailey and his wife, Kim, of South Sioux City, NE.; one daughter, Tonia Gonzales and her husband, Robert, of Wichita, KS.; four brothers: Marvin Brown of Emporia, KS., David Brown of Quinlin, TX., Virgil Brown of Olpe, KS., and Mike Brown of Redmond, WA.; five grandchildren: Cathryne and Stefanie Gonzales, Jordan Green, Dallas Gonzales, and Cody Ellis; one great granddaughter, Kendylle Green.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Brown.
The family will meet friends, following the Rosary, at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. Friends may call at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Thursday, from 9:00 until 4:30 P.M. and at St. Anthony Church from 5:00 until 6:30 and following the rosary until 8:00.
Memorial contributions to the St. Anthony’s Hall Renovation Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

12.28.11

LENA L. DEWOLFE

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:37 pm by Sue Alexander

LENA L. DEWOLFE
Lena Dewolfe, age 94, of Bonner Springs, died December 25, 2011, at the Bonner Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Bonner Springs, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Cremation will follow the service.
The daughter of Joseph M. and Iva A. James White, Lena was born July 8, 1917, in Strong City, KS. When she lived in Emporia, KS., she worked at the Broadview Hotel in the laundry and in the Reebles Bakery. She and Harold E. Dewolfe were married in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death October 10, 1978.
She is survived by a son, George White, of DeSoto, KS.; one brother, Earl White, of Wichita, KS; one sister, Dorothy Martin, of Stockton, MO., four grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers: Harold, Charles, Henry, Clarence, and Jack White; and four sisters: Dottie Nichols, Mildred Hale, Marguerite Jones, and Myrtle Aurvater.
There will be no family visitation. Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 until service time at the funeral home. Messages may be left at /www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

LLOYD “LADDIE” DESKINES

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:35 pm by Sue Alexander

LLOYD A. “LADDIE” DESKINES
Lloyd “Laddie” Deskines, age 71, of Cottonwood Falls, died Monday, December 19, 2011, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside memorial service, at Hillside Cemetery, in Toledo Township, will be held at a later date when the weather is nice.
Lloyd, the son of Harden J. and Ella McMillian Deskines, was born November 23, 1940. in Emporia, KS. His father worker for Cities Service near Matfield Green and he graduated from Matfield Green High School and attended one year at what is now Emporia State University. He was a member of the Matfield Green baseball team. He and Joyce Stuck were married November 6, 1959, in Kansas City, MO. He worked for Bill Baker Dairies at Clements, Hoch Dairy, and Braum Dairy. He was a supervisor at Dolly Madison for 15 years, and worked at Bunge, as a soybean extruder, for 19 years, when he retired. He owned and operated Deskines Roofing and Construction for 20 + years. He was a barber, also. He was an active member of the AFL-CIO for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Scott Deskines of Emporia; a daughter, Cynthia Deskines Rausch of Cottonwood Falls; three grandchildren: Jessica Rausch, Justin Rausch, and Stephanie Deskines; and two great grandchildren: Kaitlyn Kocher and Saul Walgren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven Deskines on May 12, 2000.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

VERNON E. EBERHART

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:26 pm by Sue Alexander

VERNON E. EBERHART
Vernon E. Eberhart, age 93, of Valley Center, died Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Newton Medical Center in Newton, Kansas. A graveside service will be held December 30, 2011, at 10:30 A.M., at the Valley Center Cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Livingston will officiate. There will be full military honors by a Fort Riley Funeral Honor Guard.
The son of Frank and Anna M. Schmidt Eberhart, Vernon was born March 2, 1918, in Preston, Kansas, in Pratt County. He married Laveta Hartsell on November 8, 1941, in Topeka, Kansas. They celebrated their 70th Anniversary this year. He attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He was employed as a county agricultural agent in Kearny County. He served with the 2nd Tactical Air Communications Squadron in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an Administrative Specialist 502 and was qualified as a carbine marksman. His squadron served in Rome-Arno, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. They made nine invasions in Europe. He separated from the Army with the rank of Sergeant.
When he returned, he and Laveta farmed in Kearny County until 1970 when they moved to Garden City. They moved to Valley Center in 2000. He was a 50 year member of the Lions Club and served as SW District Governor of the International Lions Club. He made canes and walking sticks and gave one to everyone who needed them including those in Joplin and Greensburg and to veterans in the Seattle, WA. area. He was a member of the Valley Center United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Franklin LaVern Eberhart and his wife, Joyce, of Buena Vista, CO. (formerly of Deerfield, KS.) and Dr. Keith Eberhart and his wife, Carol, of Edgewood, WA; one daughter, Susan Stratton and her husband, Bill, of Valley Center; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Glenda Branscom Adams and Lorene Bright and a great-granddaughter, Tosha Reese.
Memorial contributions to the Valley Center Library or “Talking Books” may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

12.18.11

RUSSELL EUGENE BAKER

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:17 pm by Sue Alexander

RUSSELL EUGENE BAKER
Russell Baker, age 70, of Emporia, formerly of Chase County, died Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Stormont Vail Health Care, in Topeka, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, December 19, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Bazaar Community Schoolhouse. Rev. Jeremiah Lang will officiate. Cremation will follow the service and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.
The son of Arthur E. and Johnas Russell Baker, he was born February 13, 1941, at Matfield Green, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Marines.
He and Nell Clark were married on February 16, 1969 in Ulysses, KS. She preceded him in death.
He was bull hauler truck driver and retired in 2010.
He was a member of the VFW in Emporia and enjoyed the Flint Hills Rodeo.
He is survived by a son, Tom Varelman of Brush, CO.; three daughters: Karen Baker and Sue Parker of Emporia, KS., and Nancy Yoho of Bartlesville, OK.; two sisters: Irene Swift of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Mary Alice Harrison of Lousiana; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a son, Dennis Varelman.
The family will meet friends Sunday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Sunday, from 1:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may call Monday, after 10:00A.M. until service time at the Bazaar Schoolhouse.
Memorials to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

12.12.11

BONNIE JEAN OSBORN SHORT

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:27 am by Sue Alexander

BONNIE JEAN OSBORN SHORT
Bonnie Short, age 88, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, December 12, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls.
The daughter of Harvey and Ethel Lenora Myers Osborn, Bonnie was born May 28, 1923, at Cottonwood Falls, KS. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941.
She and William “Bill” Short were married April 6, 1945, in Wichita, KS. They spent most of their married life as ranchers/farmers in Chase County. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2005. She worked in three Chase County offices: Extension, Triple A, and Soil and Conservation District, all in Cottonwood Falls. She was president of the Chase County Historical Society for eight years as well as serving as a Director of the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka for 12 years. She was on the State Board of Extension Home Economics and has a pin which says ”Past President: Home-Family-Community Cooperative Extension Service.” She was, also, State Citizenship Chairman and a Director of the Southeast district of that organization.
She was diagnosed with diabetes in June, 1930 and started taking insulin injections in August of that same year. The Joslin Diabetes Foundation and The Diabetic Fund, both of Boston, awarded her medals in 1981 for having taken insulin for 50 years. She also received a medal for 54 years from the Kansas American Diabetes Association of Wichita in 1985. In 2007, Bonnie received three medals, one bronze for 25 years, one silver for 50 years, and a gold for 75 successful years of “Insulin Therapy” from the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis, Ind.
She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Pinkston of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS., nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Helen Maxine Osborn and Juanita Faye Miser and two brothers: John “Jack” Wesley Osborn and Harvey “Roy” Osborn.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Sunday, 1:00 until 4:00 P.M. and Monday, 9:00 until service time. Memorial contributions to the Cavalry Barn Preservation Fund or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. She would tell you that “ you can live a long and healthful life as I have done.”

11.28.11

ANTHONY “TONY” PIETROWSKI

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:29 pm by Sue Alexander

ANTHONY “TONY” PIETROWSKI
Tony Pietrowski, age 46, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Friday, November 25, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. He has been cremated. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 11:00 at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Rick Smith will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The son of Anthony and Sharon Kreiling Pietrowski, Anthony A. was born May 27, 1965, in Bristol, PA. He and Brenda Mahon were married February 20, 2004, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He worked as a laborer at CT Systems in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his mother, Sharon of Strong City; two daughters: Jean Marie Pietrowski and Jessica Lynn Pietrowski of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; five brothers: Tom Pietrowski, Gene Pietrowski, and Billy Pietroweski of PA., Jim Pietrowski of S.C.; and Charles Pietrowski of KY.; and one sister, Shari Fisher of PA. He was preceded in death by his father.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. and Wednesday, from 9:00 until service time at the funeral home. Casual dress, please. Memorial contributions for an Education fund for his daughters may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

ROBERT WAYNE FILLMORE

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:15 pm by Sue Alexander

ROBERT W. FILLMORE
Strong City-Dateline
Robert W. Fillmore, age 71, of Strong City, KS., died November 23, 2011, at the Morris County Hospital, in Council Grove, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor David Hatch will officiate at the service. Interment will follow in Bazaar Cemetery at Bazaar, KS.
The son of Edward W. and Zelda Spain Fillmore, Robert Wayne was born February 26, 1940, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He and Carol Jean Garr were married July 16, 1967, in Cottonwood Falls, KS.
He was a truck driver/rancher/farmer. He drove a truck for years,
worked at the Z Bar Ranch, managed Fox Creek Ranch for several years, and worked for Chase County Road & Bridge Department as a road grader. After his retirement in 2005, he drove a truck for Murphy Agri, and Palenski Ranch. He worked with rodeos most of his life and served as director for the Flint Hills Rodeo Association Board.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; son, Roy Wayne Fillmore, of Strong City, KS.; two daughters: Marilee Jean Brittain of Matfield Green, KS. and Lisa Marie Fillmore of Emporia, KS.; a brother, Bill Fillmore of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; six sisters: Peg Kent of Smackover, AR., Pat Donelson of Cottonwood Falls, KS., Betty Yoakem of Kennesaw, GA., Carol Sue Talley of Rockport, TX., Carla Gibb of Charlotte, NC., and Kay Kleinsorge of Buda, TX.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers: Hop Fillmore and Gene Fillmore.
There will be no formal family visitation. The family requests casual attire for those attending the service. Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and Tuesday, from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions to the American Lung Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be sent to
www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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