Omar M. Thieme, 69, Topeka, died Nov. 28, 2002 at a Topeka hospital. He was born March 31, 1933 near Goff, to Henry and Lulea Brockman Thieme. Mr. Thieme was a salesman. Survivors include a son, Craig Thieme, Mulvane; two daughters, Pam Thieme, Seattle, and Penny Thieme, Topeka; and three sisters, Olive Bontrager, Holton, Pauline Bradley, Lincoln, Neb., and Shirley Wood, Big Sandy, Texas. He was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Jones. Mr. Thieme was cremated.
Ruth Veach, 81, Hoyt, died Nov. 28, 2002 at a Topeka care center. She was born May 4, 1921 at Bellaire, Mich., the daughter of Leo and Emma Felgentenger Shumaker. Mrs. Veach had worked for the Viking Corporation in Hastings, Mich., until her retirement in 1977. After retirement, she and her husband spent two winters in Corpus Christi, Texas, then moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1979. She moved to Hoyt in August 2001. She was a member of the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Apache Junction, Ariz., and attended Hoyt United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Chat and Sew Sewing Club and performed volunteer work for the American Association of Retired Persons, both in Apache Junction. She married James Louis Veach on July 3, 1939 at Bellaire, Mich. He died in March of 1994. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Julie Patten; two brothers, Otto Shumaker and Arthur Shumaker; and a sister, Mildred Tocco. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Harrigan, Hoyt; a son, James Leo Veach, Lafayette, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hoyt United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be later in the Epiphany Lutheran Church Memorial Garden in Apache Junction, Ariz. Memorials are suggested to Hoyt United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 100 Apache Drive, Hoyt, KS 66440.
John I. Nitsch, 63, Delia, died Nov. 26, 2002 at his home. He was born May 15, 1939 in Lincoln County, the son of Eric John and Minnie Irene Pounds Nitsch. He grew up in Lincoln County and had lived in Delia since 1972. Mr. Nitsch owned and operated Nitsch Trash Service and had served on the Delia City Council. He was a member of Betheny Baptist Church at rural Hunter. He was also a member of the Topeka Legends Racing Association. He married JoAnn Hyman on Jan. 29, 1971 at Lincoln. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jeannie Gerard, Beloit; a son, John E. "Dink" Nitsch, Delia; a stepdaughter, Kim Kreipe, Meriden; four stepsons, Jim Caraway, Lawrence, Rick Caraway, Denver, Colo., Tom Caraway, Delia, and Joe Caraway, Topeka; two sisters, Leota Herman, Concordia, and Janice Oetting, Sylvan Grove; a brother, Roger Nitsch, Hunter; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mr. Nitsch was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kayla Caraway. Services were held Nov. 30 at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial was in Delia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University and sent in care of the funeral home.
Maxine E. Oates, 75, Topeka, died Nov. 25, 2002 at a Topeka hospice house. She was born May 2, 1927 at Talmage, the daughter of Max W. and Chloe (Hauser) Steudte. She resided in Topeka since 1955. Mrs. Oates was employed as a nurse's aide for seven years at the Four Seasons Care Center in Topeka. She was later employed by Kansas Neurological Institute in the Dietary Unit, retiring in 1987. She was a foster grandparent for the K.N.I. Foster Grandparent Program in Topeka. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Topeka and a member of the Oakland Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Oates was also a member of the Woman of Moose Chapter 1091 of North Topeka. She married Edward Gardiner in 1943. They divorced. She married Cline E. Oates in 1952. They divorced. Survivors include two sons, Edward Eugene "Gene" Gardiner and David E. Oates, both of Topeka; four daughters, Charlotte V. Gardiner and Carol E. Welch, both of Topeka, Diane Roles, Holton, and Jeanenne Moore, residence unknown; a brother, John P. Steudte, Derby; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Topeka. Burial was in Burlingame Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice House or to the Helping Hands Humane Society, sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.
Teresa E. Richling, 77, Horton, died Feb. 1, 2003. She had breast cancer. She was born June 3, 1925 in Mercier, to John and Gertrude Schuetz. She graduated from Powhattan High School in 1943 and earned certification as a physical therapist at Highland Junior College. Mrs. Richling was a certified nurses aide at Horton Community Hospital and later a ward clerk at Tri-County Manor until retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, the altar society at the church, the Saturday night church choir and Our Lady's Mantle Prayer Group. She also led the church Prayer Chain group. She married Glenn Richling on Oct. 2, 1946 in Horton. He died July 3, 2002. Mrs. Richling also was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Glenda Richling and Linda Richling, and an infant son, Bruce Richling. Survivors include five children, Carol Swendson and Vickie Groshong, both of Horton, Phyllis Shannon, Hamlin, and Dale Richling and Mary Richling, both of Lawrence; five brothers, Howard Schaefer and Leo Schaefer, both of Horton, Lloyd Schaefer, Effingham, Vernon Schaefer, Westboro, Mo., and Kenneth Schaefer, Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Wilma Peregrine, Elmo, Mo., and Thelma McGee and Rose Willis, both of Horton; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Horton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and sent in care of the mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439.
Frank J. Steinlage, 88, Corning, died Jan. 28, 2003 at a Seneca care home. He had been a resident there since January 1997. He was born Jan. 20, 1915 on a farm southeast of Kelly, the son of Joseph and Agnes Niehues Steinlage. He grew up there, attended St. Bede's School, and worked on the family farm. On April 22, 1936, he married Frances B. Glissman at St. Bede's Church at Kelly. She survives of the home in Seneca. They lived and farmed northeast of Corning for three years before they bought a farm northwest of Corning. They had a dairy operation, farmed, and raised livestock. In 1982 they moved to Corning where they had built a home. Frank suffered a stroke on Aug. 15, 1996. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Corning, where he served on the church board when they built St. Patrick's Church and established the cemetery in Corning. He volunteered his time as custodian as well as doing other church work. Steinlage had served on the Corning school board and on the Illinois Township Board. He was a volunteer fireman when the fire district was formed and was instrumental in getting the co-op elevator built in Corning. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 1769 for more than 50 years in Seneca. He enjoyed music and played the harmonica. Other survivors include seven sons, Melvin Steinlage and Cyril Steinlage, both of Seneca, Kenneth Steinlage, Sabetha, Lester Steinlage and Leon Steinlage, both of Topeka, Ralph Steinlage, Scranton, and Lynn Steinlage, Corning; two daughters, Gladys Rempe, Corning and Janice Holthaus, Seneca; a sister, Mary Steinlage, Kelly; 42 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kathy Steinlage, on Feb. 29, 1974; great-grand-daughters, Libby Wenger on Jan. 22, 1991, and Madeline Renner on July 9, 1999; and five brothers, Henry, Lambert, Berhard, Aloysius and Benedict Steinlage. Funeral services were held Friday at St. Patrick's Church in Corning. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given for St. Patrick's Church or St. Patrick's Cemetery and sent in care of the family. Lauer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Helen Frances Hart, 91, Westmoreland, died Jan. 27, 2003 at a Westmoreland care home. She was born March 3, 1911 in Washington, D. C. to Harry L. and Bernice May Heath Hart. She graduated from Westmoreland High School in 1930 and earned a degree in physical education at Baker University in Baldwin City. She also graduated from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis with a degree in physical therapy. She moved to Westmoreland in 1984. Ms. Hart worked in the public school system in Ironwood, Mich., for 35 years. She also worked at the Potawatomie County Courthouse and served one term as probate judge many years ago. She was a member of Westmoreland United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She also has served on the board of directors of Westy Community Care Home. Survivors include two brothers, Tom Hart, Westmoreland, and Harry L. "Bud" Hart Jr., Lawrence; and a sister, Mary Broadfoot, Holton. Services were held Jan. 31 at Westmoreland United Methodist Church. Burial was in Westmoreland City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland United Methodist Church of the Westy Community Care Home and sent in care of the funeral home, P. O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.
Phyllis Chrisman Rice, 72, Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 27, 2003 at her home. She was born Oct. 2, 1930 in Holton, the daughter of John and Marie Chrisman. She was a resident of the Grandview, Mo., area for 52 years, moving there after her marriage. Mrs. Rice worked for the Grandview school district for 15 years, retiring in 1994. She married Clinton L. Rice on Dec. 25, 1950 at the Baptist Church of Sheldon, Mo. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Jean Teevan, Grandview, Mo., and Sherry Fleenor, Leawood; a son, Clinton Rice II, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Doris Hutchinson and June Pritchett, both of Belton, Mo.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Chrisman, and three brothers, John, Clayton and Clinton Chrisman. Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Longview Funeral Home in the Kansas City area. Interment was in Longview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association or Kansas City Hospice.
Sammy L. Dahl, 67, Everest, died Jan. 24, 2003 at a Horton hospital. She was born Aug. 29, 1935 in Erie, to Grant and Esther Stroup Bell. She graduated from high school in 1953 and later from the Mount Carmel Nursing Academy in Pittsburg. Mrs. Dahl was a registered nurse. She had worked at Winchester Hospital and served as director of nursing at Tri-County Manor in Horton and the Valley View Care Center in Valley Falls. She also had worked at Horton Hospital. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Everest, the Order of the Eastern Star at Muscotah, Horton Flying Club and she was a former Girl Scout Leader. She married Richard Dahl on Nov. 25, 1981 in Horton. He survives. Other survivors include three sons, Darrell Lamme, Elwood, Robin Lamme, Lansing, and Mark Lamme, Everest; two stepsons, Anthony Dahl, Hoyt, and Brandon Dahl, Lawrence; two stepdaughters, Julie Wethington, Wamego, and Laurel Murdie, Meriden; two sisters, Barbara Heady, Erie, and Connie Windsor, Grove, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in Everest. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Everest. Memorial contributions may be made to Horton Community Hospital or to Horton EMTs and sent in care of Dishon Maple-Chaney Mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439.
The Rev. Albert J. Pecinovsky, 64, Lansing, died Jan. 24, 2003 at his home. He was born July 17, 1938 at Marysville, the son of Albert J. and Eleonora T. Heinen Pecinovsky. He graduated from Alma High School in 1956. He joined the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colo. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1965 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Pecinovsky served Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Sabetha, St. Augustine's parish in Fidelity and St. Ann's parish in Hiawatha, as well as parishes in Atchison, Topeka, Leavenworth, Lenexa and Kansas City, Kan. He had been a member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his mother, Eleonora Pecinovsky, Lansing; an aunt, Sister Mary Heinen, Valley Falls; and many cousins. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church in Valley Falls. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City, Kan. Archdiocese Priest Retirement Fund or to St. Mary's Building Fund and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.
Lillian Elizabeth St. Louis, 95, Topeka, died Jan. 24, 2003 at her home. She was born Dec. 27, 1907 in Topeka, the daughter of Fred C. and Pearl Elizabeth Martin Schone. She was raised near Denison and attended business college in Grand Island, Neb. She lived in Topeka and Burlingame, and later in Battle Creek, Mich., before returning to Topeka in 1972. Mrs. St. Louis worked for Security Benefit Life for 14 years in the 1930s and 1940s. She later provided child care in her home for many years. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church, where she was active in the Children's Church Ministry for 17 years. She married Ivan "LaRue" St. Louis on April 28, 1943 in Topeka. He died Dec. 14, 1990. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy M. Schone, at home. Services were held Jan. 28 at Parker-Price Mortuary. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Side Baptist Church Mission Fund, 4425 S.E. 29th St., Topeka, KS 66605-9706.
Phyllis L. Harden, 70, Valley Falls, died Jan. 23, 2003 at a Topeka hospice. She was born Nov. 16, 1932 at Ozawkie, the daughter of Floyd S. and Pauline Arthur Moore. She moved to Independence, Ore., in 1941 and graduated from high school there in 1950. Mrs. Harden was a homemaker. She had lived in northern California before moving to Valley Falls in 1984. She married Raymond C. "Buck" Harden on Feb. 6, 1952 in Independence, Ore. He died Oct. 4, 1994. Mrs. Harden also was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Moore. Survivors include a son, Craig Harden, Independence, Ore.; a daughter, Kristin Allen, Valley Falls; her mother, Pauline Arthur Fredrickson, Coos Bay, Ore.; a sister, Deni Oliver, Diablo, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Cremation is planned. A private family memorial service will be held at Restlawn Cemetery in Salem, Ore., at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice or Jefferson County Emergency Medical Service, District 11, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.