Norma Lorraine Martin Holt, 77, Westminster, Colo., died Jan. 23, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1929, the daughter of Lovelle and Bernice Cornelison Martin near Hoyt. She attended Hoyt High School and Christ Hospital in Topeka, where she received her registered nursing diploma in 1949. Mrs. Holt was a homemaker. She and her husband moved to Westminster, Colo. in 1956. She married James Holt on May 22, 1949. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jamie Mowery and husband Raymond, Pierce, Colo.; three sons, Samuel Holt and wife Tammy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Holt, Pueblo, Colo., and Timothy Holt and wife Flo, Fort Collins, Colo.; a sister, Jean Sims, Hoyt; a brother, Bruce Martin, Topeka; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bernard Martin. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Calvary Baptist Church of Thornton in Denver. Memorial contributions may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church of Thornton, 1604 E. 88th Ave., Denver, CO 80229; or to VNA Hospice-At-Home, Visiting Nurse Association, 390 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203.
Lloyd A. "Tubby" Venneberg, 85, Havensville, died Jan. 23, 2006, at an Onaga hospital. He was born Nov. 11, 1920, in the Bucks Grove community, the son of Arthur and Effie Elsie Kroth Venneberg. He attended Bucks Grove Grade School and graduated from Havensville High School in 1938. Mr. Venneberg was a farmer and a self-taught welder. He was a member of Bucks Grove United Methodist Church, where he held many offices and taught Sunday school. He was sexton of the Bucks Grove Cemetery from 1939 until the mid-1990s and had dug about 120 graves by hand. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge, having been Grand Master at Havensville and Onaga. He served on the Rural Electric Cooperative, PR&W from 1961 to 1990, and was on the Agriculture Advisory Board for State Representative Martha Keyes. He married Marjorie F. Manuel on July 30, 1950, at Bucks Grove United Methodist Church. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Venneberg and wife Jean, Onaga, and Frederick Venneberg, Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Nancy Mattke and husband Frank, Andover; two brothers, Claude Venneberg, McLean, Va., and Clyde Venneberg, Solomon; three sisters, Mildred Wind, Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary Fletchall, Hutchinson, and Elizabeth Davis, Topeka; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell Venneberg, who died on the island of Okinawa during World War II, and Paul Venneberg. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Bucks Grove United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, sent in care of Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 300, Onaga, KS 66521. Online condolences may be sent to www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Francis Leander Koch, 55, Holton, died Jan. 21, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Baileyville, the son of Vincent and Helen Hulsing Koch. He graduated from Axtell High School and completed technical training in Wichita. Mr. Koch worked as a mechanic at Henry Brothers Implement in Holton since 1978. Survivors include seven sisters, Verita Schmitz, Baileyville, Mary Kramer, Grand Junction, Colo., Edna Lackey, Alice Porting and Joann Porting, all of Axtell, Barbara Korte, Goff, and Sharon Skalla, Beattie; six brothers, John Koch, Baileyville, Ralph Koch, Leroy Koch, Carl Koch and Roger Koch, all of Axtell, and Mike Koch, Lindsborg; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Axtell, with Father Albert Hauser, O.S.B. officiating. Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Baileyville.
Mary A. Nott, 77, Wetmore, died Jan. 21, 2006, at Onaga Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 9, 1928, at Soldier, the daughter of Spencer and Edna Dunn Chrisman. She graduated from Soldier High School. Mrs. Nott was a postal clerk at the Wetmore Post Office. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion 282 at Wetmore and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 1367 Veterans of Foreign Wars at Holton. She married Clements Claudean Nott on June 10, 1947, in Topeka. He died June 12, 2001. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Chrisman and Kenneth Chrisman. Survivors include two sons, Clement C. "Dean" Nott Jr. and Randall S. Nott, both of Wetmore; four daughters, Claudia F. Murphy, Beattie, Pamela J. Heckerson and Paula L. Rogers, both of Holton, and Edwina G. Collins, Wetmore; a sister, Juanita Pierce, Abilene, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Jan. 25 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Olive Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion 282 at Wetmore, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Logan Alan Denton, infant son of Brad and Jerri Banaka Denton, Wardsville, Mo., died Jan. 20, 2006, at a Columbia, Mo., hospital. He was born Jan. 3, 2006, at Jefferson City, Mo. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Nicholas A. Denton, of the home; and maternal grandparents, Jim and Janet Banaka, Netawaka. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at Freeman Chapel in Jefferson City, Mo., with the Rev. Chris Dumas officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery at Jefferson City. Memorial contributions in Logan's name may be sent to The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The University of Missouri Health Sciences Center, Columbia, Mo.
Frank R. Gibson, 93, Holton, died Jan. 20, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 1, 1912, in Coffey County, the son of James and Lena Madden Gibson. Mr. Gibson was a farmer and a dairyman north of Circleville. He was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church. He married Rozella Hutchinson on June 30, 1931, at Hiawatha. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Gary Gibson and wife Clara, Holton; a brother, Orlan Gibson, Holton; two grandchildren, Rick Gibson and Penny Parker; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Gibson, in 1942; three sisters, Mabel Weidenbaker, Ruth Daugherty and Opal Heberling; and two brothers, Orville Gibson and Wilbur Gibson. Cremation is planned. Memorial services were held Jan. 24 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Inurnment will be at a later date in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Circleville United Methodist Church, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Margaret A, Hund, 67, Holton, died Jan. 20, 2006, at Onaga Community Hospital. She was born on Sept. 7, 1938, at Topeka, the daughter of Walter M. and Marguerite A. Richmond Hund. She graduated from Paxico High School in 1956 and from Kansas State University in 1960. She attended the University of Minnesota and later received her master's degree from KSU in 1982. Miss Hund was Jackson County Extension Director from 1960 to 1978 and later in Shawnee County until 1987. Following retirement, she worked at Kickapoo Indian Nation School. She served as president of the Kansas Association of Extension Home Economists. She had received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Home Economists in 1979. She received the Holton Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1979 and was a Jackson County 4-H Fair Grand Marshal. She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton. Survivors include her mother, Marguerite A. Hund, Paxico; and two sisters, Roxie Hund, Lakeland, Fla., and Marilyn Poovey and husband Dick, Paxico. Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 25 at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Paxico. Memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H Foundation or the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Center, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Ada Mae Richter, 84, Holton, died Feb. 1, 2006, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born May 11, 1921, near Oskaloosa, the daughter of Price and Myrtle Mast Myers. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School. She married Joe David Richter on March 4, 1943, at Perry. He died March 2, 1993. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary, who was stillborn April 10, 1946; a sister, Una Marie Myers, who died as a child; and a brother, Everet Myers. Survivors include three sons, Henry Lee Richter, Holton, John David Richter, Circleville, and Wayne E. Richter, Topeka; two daughters, Anna Marie Starkson, Holton, and Joyce E. Richter, Topeka; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Mrs. Richter will lie in state until service time at the funeral home, where family and friends will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holton Manor Activity Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be sent to chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Norma Jean Fechner Simecka, 75, died Jan. 30, 2006, at a Topeka hospice after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Junction City, the daughter of Glenn and Jessie Fechner. Mrs. Simecka worked for 26 years as a dietician at Delia Grade School after raising six children. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Delia, and later attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. She married Benjamin Simecka on June 1, 1949. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Sheryl Gudenkauf and husband Mike, Topeka, and Michelle Simecka, McPherson; four sons, Joe Simecka and wife Colleen, Silver Lake, Mark Simecka and wife Tonya, Ozawkie, Bennie Simecka and wife Mary, Olathe and Dave Simecka, Delia; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. She will lie in state after 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Piper Funeral Home, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice House, sent in care of Piper Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com
Danny Joe Stephenson, 65, Muscotah, died Jan. 30, 2006, at a Horton hospital. He was born July 23, 1940, in Horton, the son of Paul and Effie Owens Stephenson. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1960. Mr. Stephenson worked at Muscotah Hardware Store and then at Atchison Casting. He was a member of Muscotah United Church. He also was a member of Local 6943 United Steel Workers Union. Survivors include a sister, Sally Blunt, Holton; and a brother, Darrell Stephenson, Muscotah. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carroll Stephenson and Larry Stephenson; and a sister, Barbara Stephenson. Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton. Burial was in Muscotah Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Danny J. Stephenson Memorial Fund to be designated later, sent in care of Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439.
Helen Whitehead, 81, Holton, died Jan. 30, 2006 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born July 7, 1924, in Monett, Mo., the daughter of Orville Columbus and Irma Irene Dickinson Crossland. She graduated from Gridley High School in 1942 and lived in Gridley until she moved to Holton in 1967. Mrs. Whitehead worked for Bender Hardware in Holton for 10 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Holton Hospital Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary, both in Holton. She also was a member of Gridley United Methodist Church and Phillips Stuckey Shaffer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 296 in Gridley. She married Joe Whitehead on May 21, 1942, in Burlington. He died Oct. 30, 1990. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Crossland, and a grandson, Paige Carmichael. Survivors include two daughters, Diana Jo Archer, Topeka, and Peggy Sue Carmichael, Livingston, Texas; three sisters, Juanita Trafton, Betty Anderson and Mary Ann Dierker; four grandchildren, Jeff and Jason Beyer, Heather McMurphey and Shane Carmichael; and 10 great-grandchildren. Cremation is planned. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Gridley Cemetery in Gridley. Mrs. Whitehead will lie in state at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, where family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Marjorie L. Gray, 64, Perry, died Jan. 29, 2006. She was born June 15, 1941, daughter of Lewis and June Jones. She married Scott Gray on Nov. 21, 1959. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Carrie Forshee and husband Garry; a son, Brian Gray and wife Ann; three grandchildren, Brianna, Taylor and Adam; and a brother, Richard Jones. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel's Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Gray will lie in state after noon Feb. 1 at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com