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Margaret Isabel (Blase) Steitz

Margaret Isabel (Blase) Steitz, 94, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on May 11, 2017. Born Dec. 16, 1922 as the daughter of George and Edna (Finkenbinder) Blase in Syracuse, Kan. She grew up to attend country school in Hamilton County and 8th grade through high school in Syracuse public schools, graduating in 1942. That same year, she met and married Alfred Steitz. To this union, five children were born: Kenneth Eugene, Robert Alfred, Steven Wayne, Joe Alan, and Susan Margaret.
Margaret lived in Hamilton County, Kansas for 72 years assisting with the family farm and working as a phone operator for Bell Telephone, a clerk in retail drug stores, and a bookkeeper for Gould Implement Inc. Her final job was as the Hamilton County Register of Deeds, where she won on a write-in vote. She retired to Arizona in 1994, and 13 years later moved to Kansas City, Mo. Margie loved to quilt, sew, bake her famous cinnamon rolls, and enjoy all of the talents of her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered most for her unwavering love of family, friends, and the Lord..
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Edna Blase; her husband, Alfred Steitz; two sons, Kenneth Steitz and Joe Steitz; three brothers, Albert Blase, Adrian Blase, and Alvin Blase; and one sister, Dorothy Blase.
She is survived by two sons, Robert (& wife Sandra) Steitz of Kansas City, and Steven (& wife Toni) Steitz of Sun City, Ariz.; a daughter, Susan (& husband Clint) Cole of Weatherby Lake, Mo.; six grandchildren, Chad (& wife Michelle) Steitz of Phoenix, Ariz., Ryan (& wife Shanna) Steitz of Parkville, Mo., Jay (& wife Melody) Steitz of Peoria, Ariz., Justin (& wife Amanda) Steitz of Parkville, Clint III Cole of Weatherby Lake, and Clayton Cole of Weatherby Lake; 10 great grandchildren, Kiven, Kaelyn, Lauryn, Patrick, Jacob, Margaret, Audrey, Leah, Gavin,
and Brody; and nine nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in  Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, of Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, First Presbyterian Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Robert Bruce Koehn

Robert Bruce Koehn was welcomed into the world on May 21, 1963 by his parents, Chuck and Nadella Koehn in Tribune, Kan. He was the firstborn grandchild of Robert and Mary Evelyn Drew and, he was therefore, proudly named after his Grandpa Bob. His other grandparents, Ed and Esther Koehn, were equally excited to add Bruce to their growing family and list of grandchildren.

Bruce spent his entire childhood in Tribune where he graduated high school in 1981 alongside his life-long classmates and friends. In 1985, Bruce made a historic discovery. Following a big rain, Bruce spotted something near his family farm in Greeley County. It was the tusk of a mammoth protruding from the earth. It caused quite a commotion around western Kansas for some time and caught national attention as well. An archaeological dig ensued and the mammoth's first stop was Greeley County historical museum per Bruce's request.

He left Tribune and headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to learn to fly and became a pilot. After getting his pilot’s license, he moved back to Tribune to use his new skills as a crop duster and also volunteered as an emergency medical technician. This work was followed by many other interesting occupations and experiences in Colorado and Utah where he was also baptized into the Mormon faith.

He eventually returned to Tribune and worked in the oil and gas industry installing and maintaining wells. He was talented and his dad taught him and his younger brother, Mike, how to build or repair most anything. His adventures continued there in Tribune and his artistic abilities shown brightly as he single-handedly designed and built his own very unique home. His creativity and ingenuity had no boundaries!  This home was always filled with fun, friends and laughter. When he was not at home, he could be found at his mom and dad’s farm home sipping from his signature giant Quick Shop soft drink, chatting and telling stories. He especially loved when his three nieces came to town for a visit!   They couldn’t wait to see what fun crafts or adventures their awesome Uncle Bruce had in store for them at Grandma’s house!

Bruce had an intense interest in people. He wanted to learn from them and about them. When he had a conversation with someone, he had the ability to make him or her feel as though they were the most important, most interesting person in the world. He listened intently and truly cared and wanted to know. He was kind and generous to a fault. He even obtained his hypnotherapy license in hopes of helping others through therapy as well. He was a giver who gave quickly, easily and without regret--never wanting or expecting anything in return.

He was his own man and a free spirit. He typically wanted nothing to do with conventional ways or means. He was proud and independent. He was special and determined to live his life on his own terms.

He made the decision in early 2012 to leave the dust and wheat fields of Kansas to chase his dream of living a carefree life in the sun, sand and on the sea!  He packed up a bus he’d built and said goodbye to his family and friends and moved to Panama City Beach, Florida. During the off-season, he worked at Largo Mar Condominiums where the residents loved and relied on him for maintenance (and friendship!). During tourist season, he was a part of Paradise Adventure Tours and worked on the crew of a catamaran. He was most at peace on the water and the marina was his favorite place to be--making friends and meeting many kind people who also grew to love our Bruce.

During the last month of his life, he quietly fought a difficult battle with severe pneumonia and passed away suddenly on April 8, 2017. His life ended in Florida filled with the things he loved--interesting people, freedom and the ocean waters.

Bruce was loved by everyone that met him. His huge heart, silly giggle and big smile will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his Uncle Charlie Dunham, Grandpa Ed Koehn, Grandpa Bob Drew and Grandma Esther Koehn. He is survived by his Grandma, Evelyn Drew of Syracuse, Kan.; his parents, Chuck and Nadella Koehn of Tribune, Kan.; his brother, Mike Koehn, sister-in-law Rhonda Koehn and his beloved niece Emily Koehn all of Castle Rock, Colo.; his sister, Charene Crosby and his beloved nieces Brooke and Drew Biermeier all of Frisco, Texas; his Aunt Rene, Aunt Jo and all of his cousins (Jeff, Brenda, Barbara, Ron, Bev and Steve) and their families; as well as many friends across the country, and… his best friend, companion and pet dog, Hiway.

A celebration of Bruce’s life is planned in Panama City Beach, Florida with a sunset cruise on the catamaran on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Family and friends are also planning a graveside memorial in Tribune.

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Grace B. Crist

Grace B. Crist, 91, died on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Homestead Assisted Living in Garden City, Kan.  She was born March 8, 1926, in rural northwest Hamilton County, Kansas, to Daniel and Erma (Schenbeck) Bruchy.  At about age four, her family moved to Holcomb, Kansas, where she attended school and, on May 18, 1944, graduated as valedictorian at Holcomb High School. 

She married Leland Crist on Oct. 13, 1946 at Anthony, Kan.  They lived and farmed near Friend, Kan., and together raised four children: Johnny, Danny, Mel, and Jacque.  Grace was a housewife and helped on the farm with day-to-day tasks.  She taught Sunday school at Prairie View Church of the Brethren for many years and served on the Friend School Board of Education.  During this time, she also learned to fly.  She obtained her private pilot’s license in 1961, a commercial license in 1975, and became instrument rated in 1979.  Grace enjoyed flying immensely.  She was a member of the Kansas and International Ninety-Nines, an international organization of licensed women pilots, and was very active in the local Cimarron Chapter. 

In 1970, she moved to Garden City.  She had various employers in Garden City including the Garden City Municipal Airport (Garden Air, Inc.), Security Savings and Loan, and KSU Farm Management as a bookkeeper/tax preparer.  Early into retirement, she was a part-time substitute teacher for USD 457.  She went to college as a non-traditional student and graduated cum laude from Saint Mary of the Plains College in 1981 with a B.A. in Business Administration.  Grace thrived on education and throughout her life was always eager to learn new things on any subject matter.        

Grace was a member of the Garden City Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday school for many years.  She entertained frequently in her home for family, friends, and Women’s Fellowship.  She enjoyed traveling and traveled Europe extensively.  A highlight was retracing her father’s footsteps during his service abroad in WWI.  Among her many other interests were cooking and baking, flower gardening, bird watching, reading, crocheting, volunteering, genealogical research, and spending quality time with her family.  Grace was a member of the Finney County Historical Society, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, the local TOPS club, and other organizations throughout her lifetime.  She will be remembered most for the unconditional love she showed to others and for her endearing wit and charm.

Left to honor Grace and remember her love are her four children, Johnny (Leveta) Crist, Danny (Nancy) Crist, Mel (Jane) Crist, and Jacque Crist-Dabney; her grandchildren, Kelly Crist, Jeremy Crist, Elissa Crist, Darrin (Audrey) Crist, Sara (Marcus) Jones, Danny (Krystal) Crist Jr., Todd (Amber) Crist, Toye (Darren) Wheatley, and Katrina (Julian) Brown; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jarvis (Kay) Bruchy, sisters Lola Richards, Doris McAdams, and Orrilla (Jerry) Stonehocker, and nephew, Troy McAdams.  
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, April 19, at the Church Of Brethren in Garden City with Von Hunn officiating.  Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.  Memorials are suggested to either the Church Of The Brethren or Friends Of Lee Richardson Zoo in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at

Scotty Eugene Walkinshaw

Scotty Eugene Walkinshaw, of Johnson, Kan. passed away on April 14, 2017, at the age of 84. He was born Oct. 3, 1932 in Garden City, Kan. the son of James Henry Walkinshaw and Faith Rose (Burnett) Walkinshaw.

Scotty grew up northeast of Syracuse, Kan. on the farm.  He went to Kendall school grades 1 through 4.  He went to grades 5 through 8 in Holly, Colo. He went to High School in Hugo, Colo. where he met Ramona Rae Ball and married in 1950. To this union three children were born, Patty, Scott, and Kathy. In 1959 they moved to Syracuse where he began farming. Scott and Ramona divorced.  In 1978, he married Opal L. Vesper in Syracuse and became a stepfather to Val Roderick, and Van Vesper. Scotty enjoyed living in Syracuse most of his adult life and was very involved in the community. In May of 2011 they moved to Johnson and began living at the Memorial Living Center assisted care and resided there until his passing.

Scotty was a member of the Tamarisk Golf Course, Presbyterian Church, was on several bowling leagues in his younger years. He also enjoyed playing poker, playing cards, dominoes, feeding birds, and taking care of his flower garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Faith Walkinshaw; his first spouse, Ramona Rae (Ball) Walkinshaw; his second second spouse, Opal L. (Vesper) Walkinshaw; a daughter, Kathy Walkinshaw; three brothers, Burnett Walkinshaw, James Kermit Walkinshaw, Steven L. Walkinshaw; a sister,Kathryn Schwinger; and a grandson, Christopher Eugene Hasik.

He is survived by a daughter, Patty (& husband Gary) Helsel of Hillsboro, Kan.; a son, Scott (& wife Laurie) Walkinshaw of Spearfish, S.D.; a stepdaughter, Val (& husband Bryce) Roderick of Golden, Mo.; a stepson, Van (& wife Janice) Vesper of Pleasonton, Texas; a sister-in-law, Emogene Walkinshaw of Holly; a good friend, Eileen Kilian of Johnson, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Doug (& wife  Chris) Carr of Wakeeney, Kan.,Shane (& wife Jory) Haslett of Berthoud, Colo., Jeff (& wife Collette) Haslett of Hillsboro, Kan.,  Bryant (& wife Becca) Walkinshaw of Fort Collins, Colo., Kelli (& husband Jeff) Doyle of Fort Collins, Colo., Amie Riemann of Lenexa, Kan., Abie (& husband Aaron) Clark of Shawnee, Kan., Ashley (& husband Dean) Burns of Holton, Kan., and Emily (& husband Casey) Leis of Garden Plain, Kan.; 16 great grandchildren, Derek, Allison, Elyssa, and Adrianne Carr, Zander, Zayne, and Zaylee Haslett, Kaydence Thurston Walkinshaw, and Lyla and Lily Doyle; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, in Syracuse. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation was held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, Memorial Living Center, or Tamarisk Golf Course, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Myrtle Louise Boltz

Myrtle Louise Boltz, of Golden Shores, Ariz. passed away on March 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the age of 67.

To sum up someone’s life in few words is hard to do. We have all been blessed by Myrtle’s life with us.
Myrtle was the beautiful blonde haired, always smiling, baby of Art and Christie Boltz who came into the world on July 19, 1949. Three years later she became the big sister to her brother Artie.

At the age of five, she started her schooling as a Kindergartner graduating in a little white cap and gown. She continued her education at Syracuse, Kan., participating in many activities such as Pep Club and singing in various ensembles. One of the jobs she had in high school was working for her Aunt Velma and Uncle Les in the Montgomery Ward Store. She graduated from Syracuse High School with the colors of orange and black in 1967. She then headed to Wichita, Kans. to graduate from Wichita Business College.

Myrtle came back to Syracuse to live and work. She worked at the Pizzaria which was a center of activity for Syracuse and the surrounding area. She was able to meet people and keep up on their families and know what was going on around the area. At the Pizzaria, she worked with lots of young kids who loved playing jokes on her and Rose. Also where she earned the nickname of Myrtle Turtle, which was not the speed she went. She always loved to get in a car and go someplace to see what was happening. She particularly loved her green 1969 Mustang. She enjoyed helping and working with youngsters her whole life.

Another love was to play the piano, a talent she inherited from her mother. She would go to Uncle Harold’s and Aunt Lena’s house and play the piano while Aunt Lena accompanied her on the organ. She played piano for church for many years.

She moved to Golden Shores, Ariz. in 1999. Myrtle never knew a stranger, a trait she inherited from her father. With her friendly smile, she made a complete new set of friends and Golden Shores became her new home. She went to work at a daycare and then Fort Mojave Elementary School. Here she served the children as the food manager. She became involved with every part of the community. A member of the Baptist Church, Friends of the Library, Golden Shores Women’s Club, Fireman’s Board, Senior’s Nutrition Board, and Civic Board was just a few of her activities.

So watch out for her car still running around town, or as you walk in to one of her favorite place you might hear someone call out “HEY GIRL!”

She is survived by her brother, Artie Boltz and wife Penny of Syracuse.

Graveside services are pending and will be announced at a later date. The services are under the direction of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel of Holly, Colo.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

James Bryant Farnham

James Bryant Farnham, age 28, of Johnson, Kan. died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Stevens County, Kan. He was born Sept. 25, 1988, in Scott City, Kan. the son of Daniel and Janet (Bruner) Farnham.

James grew up in Dighton, Kan., Pine Bluffs, Neb., and Johnson, Kan. James was a long time employee at Syracuse Sales Commission Co. at Syracuse, Kan. He was a devoted father and enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He was always learning. He was a skilled carpenter and all around handy man. He also had a great passion for cooking and enjoyed experimenting and preparing meals for his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Trevor James Farnham and Matthew Lee Farnham both of Syracuse; one daughter Olivia Kay Farnham of Johnson; his parents; Dan and Karen Farnham of Grant, Neb. and Janet and Rick Tobin of Manter, Kan.; grandparents, Karen Farnham of Casper, Wyo., Helen Bruner of Forgan, Okla. Siblings; Nataleigh Nieto of Las Cruces, N.M., Brett Tobin of Manter, Cassie Campbell of Wichita, Kan., Travis Tobin of Johnson, Brian Davis of Claremore, Okla., Jay Martinez of Garden City, Kan., Cassandra Minjarez of Manter, Amanda Davis of Nebraska, Heather Josjor of Wichita, Christina Mayes of Kansas City, Mo., Nicole Bruner of Great Bend, Kan., and Katy Tobin of Manter; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

James was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leo Bruner and James Farnham; one sister, April Dawn Farnham; and a cousin, Matthew Stoner.

Memorial service will be Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. (MT) at the First Christian Church in Syracuse, with Pastor Tom Reynolds officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery. Family suggests memorials be given to the Stanton County High School or Syracuse High School for a Wood Shop Scholarship in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.

Joyce Marie (Mangan) Hartshorn

Funeral services for long time Prowers County resident, Joyce Hartshorn will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Curtis Hartshorn officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 1 - 7 p.m. with family present from 5 - 7 p.m.

Joyce Marie (Mangan) Hartshorn was born on June 29, 1934, in Holly, to David and Helen (Howell) Mangan.  She passed away on March 26, 2017 at Holly Nursing Care Center, in Holly, at the age of 82.

Joyce was united to Wallace “Babe” Hartshorn on Feb. 10, 1957 at the Baptist Church in Holly.  To this union, five children were born.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holly where she was also baptized.  Joyce was a telephone operator, waitress, farm wife, and a receiving clerk at Neoplan, but her true love was providing a home for her family. 

Joyce is survived by her children, Kerry (Shawna) Hartshorn of Granada, Colo., Vincent Hartshorn of Granada, Monte Hartshorn of Lamar, Colo.; and Lonna (Del) Westeman of Milford, Texas; son-in-law, Ronald Seybert of Granada; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; siblings, Bill Sparks of Two Buttes, Colo., Roylynn (Don) Von Hemel of Hot Springs, Ark., Maryann O’Brien of Denver, Colo., Sher Mangan of Denver, George Buniger of Grand Junction, Colo., and Junior Buniger of Grand Junction; many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David Mangan and Helen and Clarence Sparks; husband, Babe Hartshorn; daughter, Christina Seybert; grandchildren, Kaitlin Hartshorn and Dustin Hartshorn; brother, Terry Mangan; sister, Jean Lightner; as well as many other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the organization of donor’s choice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052. For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit

Mary Ann (Griego) Fair

Mary Ann (Griego) Fair, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the age of 62. She was born on June 12, 1954 in Hartman, Colo. to Danoto Griego and Leonarda (Sena) Griego and was one of twelve children.
Mary Ann was a strong woman, especially strong in her faith and for the love of her family. She loved her position serving St. Raphael Catholic Church more than 25 years as the Parish Administrator and Director of Religious Education. She especially loved singing in the church choir and sharing her knowledge of the Catholic faith as a spiritual mentor. Mary Ann enjoyed relaxing in her backyard swinging in her hammock, hosting parties for her girlfriends, decorating her home (especially during the holidays), taking train trips to the West Coast, taking walks on the beach, cheering on the Denver Broncos, dancing and listening to music.
Mary Ann’s greatest joys in life were being a wife (married to Gary Fair for 40 years), a mother to Kristopher, Lindsay and Ashley and grandmother to Callan, who she referred to as Gammy’s “Little Angel Faces.” Mary Ann will be remembered for her great sense of humor, animated story-telling and infectious laugh.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donato and Leonarda Griego; two sisters, Lilia Winkler, and Mary Ann Bernadette Griego; four brothers, Ruben Griego, Pula Griego, Johnny Griego, and Eloy Griego. She is survived by her husband, Gary Franklin Fair of Syracuse; one son, Kristopher Fair of Hays, Kan.; two daughters, Lindsay (& husband Seth) Chapman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ashley (& husband Eric) McConnell of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; one grandchild, Callan Asher McConnell of Palos Verdes Estates; one pet, Louie (Cat); four sisters, Ida (Manuel) Gonzales of Granada, Colo., Gloria (Aurther Harrison) Holbert of Hartman, Albina (Terry) Branine of Pueblo, Colo. and Virginia (Guy) Damron of Yelm, Wash.; one brother,          Francisco (Patricia) Griego of Hartman; and many beloved family members and friends.
A Rosary will was on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Mass Memorial Services was held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Inurnment will be held on Monday, March 27 at 3 p.m. (MDT) at the Hartman Cemetery, Hartman. Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the St. Raphael Catholic Church or Kearny County Hospital, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

G. Logan Boltz

G. Logan Boltz died in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the age of 89. He was born July 17, 1927 in Syracuse, Kan., the son of Henry C. and Mildred Logan Boltz.

He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1945. He graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa and later graduated from Tulsa University in 1954.

He married Joyce Frost Graham Boltz on Sept. 11, 1977. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Randy Boltz and Jeff (Jayne) Boltz; and one grandson, Joshua Boltz, all of Tulsa. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Maurine Boltz Urton, of Syracuse.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Tulsa.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date in Syracuse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Seasons Hospice, 6532 E. 71st Street,  Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133.

Dorothy Jane (Plumber) Willis

Dorothy Jane (Plumber) Willis, age 91, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Pleasant View Home in Inman, Kan. surrounded by her family.
Jane Willis was born on a farm in Lane County, Kansas on July 28, 1925 to Joseph Hugh and Nancy Ann Plumber. She graduated high school at Scott City, Kan., attended Fort Hays State University and attained a teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in Macksville, Kan. She met her husband, Charles Earl Willis Jr, at a dance in Garden City, Kan. in 1946. They married on February 8, 1947, and in October of that year, moved to Syracuse, Kan. They cerebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in February of this year. Jane was a secretary with the Hamilton County Extension office and did substitute teaching in the Syracuse school system. She was also on the board of the regional Mental Health Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nancy Plumber; three brothers, Glenn Johnston, Norvill Johnston, and Paul Johnson. She is survived by her husband, Charles Earl Willis of Syracuse; one son, Chuck (& wife Sharon) Willis  of Wadsworth, Ill.; two daughters, Beth (& husband Mike) Butler of Salina, Kan. and Janey (& husband Joe) Redetzke of Buena Vista, Colo.; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and many beloved family members and friends.
Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, March 29,  2017 at 11:30 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Syracuse.
Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the Compass Behavioral Health Services, 531 Campus View Dr. Garden City, KS, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral  Home &  Monuments LLC, P.O. Box  1253, Syracuse, KS 67878, 620-384-5100.

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