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THE SALINA JOURNAL MEWS SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 A9 DEATHS & FUNERALS T RARE CANCER flay S. Francis Ray S. Francis, 85, Salina, died Friday, March 27,1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka. Mr. Francis was born Nov. 28, 1912, at Hunter and in the 1980s returned to Salina. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for The Salina Journal in the 1940s; was the owner and editor of the Cherryvale Republican from 1955 until 1969; and worked for the State Printer's Office. He was a member of the American Legion, Salina. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter. Survivors include his wife, Nadean of Salina; a daughter, Karen Chamoff of Salina; and two grandchildren. The service will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Hunter, the Rev. Paul Robbins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401. John A. Huber COLBY — John A. Huber, 82, Colby, died Friday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital, Denver. Pauls Funeral Home, Selden, is handling arrangements. Zachary James Hudec MANHATTAN — Zachary James "Zach" Hudec, 14, Manhattan, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Silver Creek Ski Area in Colorado as the result of a brain hemorrhage. Zachary James was born May 8, 1983, at Wamego and was a resident of Manhattan. He was a student at Manhattan High School East Campus and played baseball with the Mavericks traveling team. Survivors include his parents, Greg and Liz Hudec of the home; a sister, Mandi Hudec of the home; and his grandparents, Lee and Barbara Hunefeld of Omaha, Neb. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, the Rev. Omer Tittle officiating. Private inurnment will be later in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan. ; Memorials may be made to Zach Hudec Memorial Fund to be designated later, in care of the funeral Home. . The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Edwards-Yorgensen- Meloan Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan 66502. Janene Charlene Hunter Kane CONNERSVILLE, Ind. — Janene Charlene Kane, 52, Connersville, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at Extended Care, Connersville. Ms. Kane was born Janene Charlene Hunter on May 5, 1945, at Hill City, Kan. She had moved to Connersville a few months ago from Honolulu to be near her family because she was terminally ill. She was the head of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Pearl Harbor. Survivors include two brothers, Robert K. Hunter of Plainville, Kan., and Byron E. Hunter of Ness City, Kan.; and four sisters, Roberta Hendrik of Connersville, Rowena Carpenter of Selden, Kan., Kaylene Zahn of Hutchinson, Kan., and Irene Berry of Hill City. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Spencer Chapel, Hill City, Pastor Stephen Fulks officiating. Burial will be in Hill City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Center for Basic Cancer Research. Visitation will be after 8 a.m. today at the chapel, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642. Rose Krumrey Rose Krumrey, 99, Salina, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Windsor Estates Health Center, Salina. Mrs. Krumrey was born Rose Herrmann on April 22, 1898, near Qfferle in Ford County and was a resident of Kinsley before moving to Salina in 1990. She was a homemaker, a farmer and taught private piano lessons for many years. She was a member of Holy Nativity Episco- &S* county Extension Homeraakers, both of Kinsley; was past worthy matron and district aide of the Order of the Eastern Star, Gold Chain Chapter 91, St. Bernard Chapter 97, and Social Order of Beauceant, both of Dodge City; Mizpah Rebekah Lodge 603, Order of the White Shrine past worthy high priestess and life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 7349. S.he was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur C., in 1969 Today's obituaries SAUNA Ray S. Francis Rose Krumrey KANSAS BELLEVILLE: Willis G.Walker BELOlt: Nellie M. Rounkles COLBY-. John A. Huber bODGE CITY: Laurence L Stanton LINDSBORG: Leonard M. Nelson MANHATTAN: Zachary James "Zach" Hudec OLATHE: Vivian Steinle RANDALL: Clark Oplinger SMITH CENTER: Juanlta Ruth Kuhlman GRINNELL: George Schwarz OUTOESTATE Janene Charlene Hunter Kane, Connersville, Ind. and a son, Arthur H. in 1994. Survivors include a daughter, Erma Lee Nuss of Salina; two grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Evergreen Cemetery, near Offerle, the Rev. Lloyd Swindler officiating. Memorials may be made to Kinsley Public Library. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Monday at McKillip Memorial Funeral Home, 623 Marsh, Kinsley 67547. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling local arrangements. Juanita Ruth Kuhlman SMITH CENTER — Juanita Ruth Kuhlman, 78, Smith Center, died Friday, March 27, 1998, at Smith Center Memorial Hospital Long Term. Ms. Kuhlman was born Feb. 22, 1920, at Baxter Springs. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Arlene R. Kuhlman of Hastings, Neb., and Wanda Marie Scheuerman of Smith Center; a son, Frederick Gustav of Alliance, Neb.; and six grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Simmons Mortuary, Smith Center, the Revs. David Larsen and Doug Donovan officiating. Burial will be in Myer Pleasant View Cemetery, Athol. Memorials may be made to Juanita Ruth Kuhlman Memorial Fund. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, 116 W. First St., Smith Center 66967. Leonard M. Nelson LINDSBORG — Leonard M. Nelson, 88, Lindsborg, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg. Mr. Nelson was born Sept. 2, 1909, at North Chicago, 111., and was a resident of Emporia for many years before moving to Salina and then Lindsborg. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a professional medical representative for Abbott Laboratories for 37 years. His wife, Helen, died in 1992. Survivors include a daughter, Sally Ann Lowder of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a granddaughter. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Home, 321 N. Chestnut, the Rev. Don Hawk officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany home Chaplaincy Fund. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements. Clark Oplinger RANDALL — Clark Oplinger, Randall, died Friday, March 27, 1998, at the Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, is handling arrangements. Nellie M. Rounkles BELOIT — Nellie M. Rounkles, 95, Beloit, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at the Long Term Care Unit of Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. Mrs. Rounkles was born Nellie M. Thomas on Oct. 10, 1902, north of Hunter and was a resident of Beloit since 1973, moving from the Hunter area. She assisted her husband in operating the Hunter Locker Plant, retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Hunter United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent for many years. She received a 50-year pin and was past worthy matron of the Sylvan Grove Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond T., in 1990; a daughter, Atha Boranyak; and a great-great-granddaughter. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hunter United Methodist Church, Pastor Ed Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Hunter. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Kelly Bates Memorial Fund. Visitation will be until 11 a.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, 910 N. Campbell, Beloit 67420. George Schwarz GRINNELL — George Schwarz, 80, Grinnell, died Friday, March 27, 1998, at Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital, Denver. Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Oakley, is handling arrangements. Laurence L. Stanton DODGE CITY — Laurence L. Stanton, 88, Dodge City, died Thursday, March 26,1998, at Hays. Mr. Stanton was born May 14, 1909, near Emporia and was a resident of Dodge City since 1939. He had been a coach, teacher, principal, athletic director and superintendent of schools at Page City and Dodge City; and a farmer, retiring in 1974. He founded the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame in 1977 at Dodge City. He was elected to the Kansas High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1977 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1984, and Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 1980. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls Friends Church, near Emporia, and transferred to the First United Methodist Church, Dodge City. Survivors include his wife, Thelma; two daughters, Marilyn G. Davidson and Janet Pfannenstiel, both of Hays; two sons, Laurence A. of Loveland, Colo., and Dr. Steven L. of Fort Lewis, Wash. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Dodge City, the Rev. Dick Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame. Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 Sixth Ave., Dodge City 67801, is handling arrangements. Vivian Steinle OLATHE — Vivian Steinle, 83, Olathe, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at Olathe Medical Center. Mrs. Steinle was born Vivian Walz on Jan. 25,1915, at Wilson and was a resident of Olathe since 1993, moving from the Dorrance and Wilson areas. She was a homemaker and a nurse's aide at nursing homes. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Wilson. Her husband, Sam, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Melvin of Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Janet Meier of Olathe; her stepmother, Leola Rees of Englewood, Colo.; three brothers, Everett Walz, Eldon Walz and Don Walz, all of Denver; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wilson United Methodist Church, the Rev. Thomas Walsch officiating. Burial will be in Wilson City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or Gambo Dialysis Health Center in care of the mortuary. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Foster Mortuary, 610 24th St., Wilson 67490. Willis G.Walker BELLEVILLE — Willis G. Walker, 72, Belleville, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at the Republic County Hospital, Belleville. Mr. Walker was born May 23, 1925, at Belleville and was a lifelong resident of Republic County. He was a truck driver and was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Belleville. Survivors include his wife, Marge of Belleville; three daughters, Carolyn Cornett, Vicky Novak and Julie Farlee, all of Belleville; three sons, Scott of Coffeyville, and Gary and Curtis, both of Belleville; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Belleville, the Rev. John Moeder officiating. Burial will be in St. Josaphats Cemetery, Belleville. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of St. Edwards Church. Visitation will be today and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 1104 20th St., Belleville 66935. Jury finds company liable for kids' cancer Central Illinois Public Service ordered to pay $3 million to families By NICOLE ZIEGLER Tlte Associated Press TAYLORVILLE, 111. — A jury Friday ordered a utility to pay more than $3 million to the families of four children who contracted a rare form of cancer after the cleanup of coal tar at a plant that made gas from coal. Two contractors were cleared in the case. The families contend their children contracted neuroblastoma af- .ter a 1987 cleanup at the long- abandoned plant owned by Central Illinois Public Service Co. of Springfield stirred up coal tar dust and fumes. Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer of the adrenal glands or the sympathetic nervous system. It occurs about once in every 100,000 births. Family members sobbed and hugged as the verdict was read. "I wanted answers, and now I have them. Twelve jurors, God bless them, saw the truth," said Brenda May, mother of one of the stricken children. Central Illinois Public Service argued there was no direct evidence that the children were exposed to significant levels of emissions or that coal tar causes neu- roblastoma. CIPS, now known as Ameren- CIPS, said it plans to appeal. "We continue to believe that there is no causation and no negligence shown during the case," said Ed McDowall, a spokesman for AmerenCIPS. "It's very inconsistent that the co-defendents were not found liable while we were." Zachary Donaldson, Chad Hryhorysak and Erika May were diagnosed with neuroblastoma between March 1989 and March 1990 and are in remission. Brandon T HOSPITAL DEATHS The Associated Press Brenda May, the mother of one of the children striken with a rare cancer, reacts to the news that jurors found a utility company liable for the cancer. Steele was diagnosed with the disease in August 1991 and later died. Brandon's family was awarded $1,263,017.20; Chad's family was awarded $1,188,892.42; Zachary's family was awarded $358,067.75; and Erika's family was awarded $398,109.05. A leaking underground tank of coal tar was discovered in 1985 while new owners of the old CIPS site were digging for a septic tank. Hospital worker confesses to killing up to 50 patients Worker said he chose unconscious patients who were ready to die By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A hospital employee has confessed to killing between 40 and 50 patients he believed were so ill they were close to death, a state board said Friday in suspending his license. The respiratory care practitioner confessed to police to killing dozens of patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center since 1989, said Cathleen A. McCoy, executive officer of the state Respiratory Care Board. Prosecutors said they have been investigating the case for a month, but no charges have been filed against the worker, Efren V MURDERS Saldivar. Saldivar was jailed after his alleged confession on March 11 and released two days later for insufficient evidence pending further investigation, said Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young. Saldivar could not be located for comment Friday evening, and it was not clear if he had a lawyer. In a declaration to the board, Glendale police Officer William Currie described a March 11 interview in which Saldivar waived his Miranda rights and confessed. "I interviewed Saldivar at length, and he told me that he had caused between 40 and 50 deaths at GMAC since he was employed there in 1989," Currie stated. "Saldivar said some of the deaths were by lethal injections." Currie said Saldivar told him he also caused deaths by decreasing oxygen to patients on ventilators. Currie said Saldivar's criteria to kill patients was: they had to be unconscious, have a "do not resuscitate order" and they had to look like they were ready to die. "Saldivar said he prided himself in having a very ethical criteria as to how he picked victims," Currie said. Currie said he stopped killing patients in August 1997, after he heard one of his co-workers saw morphine he was storing in his locker at work. Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said prosecutors received information regarding "possible euthanasia" at an area hospital. She said "extensive further investigation" is required. McCoy said respiratory care practitioners administer medication ranging from pain killers to muscle relaxants. Woman who cut out fetus gets death By The Associated Press WHEATON, 111. — A jury recommended a death sentence Friday for a woman convicted in the murders of two children and their pregnant mother, whose full-term baby was cut from her womb. The same jury convicted Jacqueline Annette Williams, 31, a week earlier in the November 1995 killings of Debra Evans, 28, and two of her children, 10-year-old Samantha and 7-year-old Joshua. Williams also was convicted of kidnapping Joshua and the infant, who survived. A defense attorney placed a hand on Williams' shoulder when the verdict was read. Williams is due back in court in May, when the judge may formally sentence her. Prosecutors said Williams, who had been pretending to be pregnant, masterminded the killings because she wanted Evans' unborn baby. Public defenders argued that Williams participated in the killings because she was afraid of her boyfriend and co-defendant, Fedell Caffey. During the penalty phase of the trial, several police officers testified that they had seen Williams bruised and battered at the hands of Caffey and other boyfriends. A psychologist testified that Williams had a dependent personality and was vulnerable to predatory men. But that same psychologist said Williams knew the difference between right and wrong and also continued to deny any part in the killings. Separate trials are pending for Caffey, 25, and Laverne Ward, 26, Williams' cousin and Evans' ex- boyfriend. Ward fathered the baby cut from the womb and another boy, 4-year-old Jordan, who was left unharmed in the suburban Chicago apartment. Jordan and Elijah, the infant, are being raised by Evans' father. ON THE RECORD Hospital report Salina Regional Health Center PENN ADMISSIONS — None. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS — Tessy M. Hurde, Darby R. Miller, Dana Roets and Shannon M. Rouse, all of Salina; Kenneth D. Davis, Abilene; Clarence B. Biggs, Ellsworth; Terrie M. Joseph, Lindsborg; Dale F. Modig, Minneapolis. DISMISSALS — Jean M. Beaugh, Laureen M. Neal, Merle B. Price and Gladys F. Williams, all of Salina; Paula C. Fowles and baby boy, Assaria; Cynthia A. Prickette and baby boy, Concordia; Jessica L. Fletcher, Ellsworth; John E. Williams, Lincoln; Ethel I. Pitts, Minneapolis. lumbers Municipal court FRIDAY'S DRAWWG DAILY PICK 3 8-7-4 Birth* TWINS: Jerry and Tessy Hurde, Salina, girl 6 Ibs. 4 ozs., born 6 Ibs. 5 ozs., born March 27. GIRL: Mark and Dana Roets, Salina, 5 Ibs. 15 ozs., born March 26. DUI CONVICTIONS — Michael Wayne Kiemel, 45,209 S. Ninth No. 1, six months in jail, probation granted for one year after serving 48 hours, $200 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. Allen Eugene Simms, 32, Lincoln, six months in jail, probation granted for one year, $200 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. Eugene Joseph Werth, 56,412 Otto, one year in jail, probation granted for one year after serving five days, $500 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. John Solomon Gonzales, 64, 1020 State, one year in jail, probation grant- ed for one year after serving five days, $500 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. DUI DIVERSION — Joseph R. Grennan, 32,819 S. Fifth, was granted diversion from prosecution for driving under the influence. He was sentenced to perform 10 hours of community service and to pay the following: $200 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee, $175 diversion fee. TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." — 1 Corinthians 11:31

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