The Salina Journal Monday, May 15,1995 A5 DEATHS Edith Elmira Beatty NAPA, Calif. — Edith Elmira Beatty, 88, Napa, died Thursday, May 11, 1995, at her home. Mrs. Beatty was born Edith Cox on June 23, 1906, at Birkville, Kan., and was a longtime resident of California. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Jerry of the home; a daughter, Jan Gutzman of Almena; a brother, Wesley Cox of Almena; a sister, Leota Luther of Almena; two grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Almena, the Rev. Todd Anthony officiating. Memorials may be made to the Queen of the Valley Hospital Home Care Service, Napa. Visitation will be today and Tuesday at the Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton 67654. Stewart E. Earhart WASHINGTON — Stewart E. Earhart, 77, Washington, died Friday, May 12, 1995, at the St. Luke Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Earhart was born Feb. 15, 1918, at Hollenberg, Kan., and was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer-rancher and a member of the Presbyterian Church, Stelle City, Neb.; the Frontier Masonic Lodge, Washington; and the York Rite Temple, Maryville. Survivors include his wife, Agnes of the home; a son, Michael of Indianapolis; a daughter, Patti Milius of Indianapolis; two sisters, Maxine Dees and Leota Menke, both of Beatrice, Neb.; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church, Stelle City, the Rev. Gail Cross officiating. Burial will be in Washington City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Ward Funeral Home, 115 W. Second, Washington 66968. Hilda I. Kobetich LONGFORD — Hilda I. Kobetich, 81, Longford, died Sunday, May 14, 1995, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Salina. Mrs. Kobetich was born Hilda Ayre on June 19,1913, at Talmage and was a longtime Longford area resident. She was a teacher and sold Avon and was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, John of the home; a daughter, Ann Kendall of Newton; a son, Edward of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two brothers, Roland Ayre of Sabetha and Delmar Ayre of Salina; two sisters, Hazel Helback of Romona and Velma Creep of Longford; four grandsons; two stepgrand- children; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Longford United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ron Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Athelstane Cemetery, north of Industry. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene 67410, is handling arrangements. Leo H. Mayer WICHITA — Leo H. Mayer, 86, formerly of Industry, died Saturday, May 13, 1995, at the Lakewood Health Care Center, Wichita. Mr. Mayer was born July 9, 1908, at Grenola, Kan., and was a longtime resident of Industry. He worked for the state highway department. His first wife, Vesta, died in 1973; and his second wife, Hazel, died in 1987. Survivors include a son, Richard of Wichita; a sister, Audrey Dahlstrom-of Abilene; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Martin-Becker- Carlson Funeral Home, Abilene, the Rev. Ron Williams officiating. Burial will be in .Greenridge Cemetery, near Industry. Visitation will be at the Martin- Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 N.W. Third, Abilene 67410. Gardner C. Sellers SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Gardner C. Sellers, 85, Seal Beach, died Sunday, May 14, 1995, at Los Alamitos Medical Center, Seal Beach. Domoney Funeral Home, Downs, is handling arrangements. An Old-Time Train Ride LEFT: Roxanne Mathis, Fort Riley, kisses her son Zane, 3, while the excursion train makes a stop in Enterprise Sunday afternoon. ABOVE: The Rev. Richard Taylor, Topelca, preaches to passengers aboard the excursion train Sunday leaving from Abilene, bound for Enterprise. Thirty years ago, Taylor delivered the sermon "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad," while riding on a narrow-gauge steam train out of Durango, Colo. Since that day, he has given the sermon many times, but Sunday was the first time in 30 years that he has delivered it while aboard a moving train. Members of the First United Methodist Church in Abilene also sang at Sunday's service aboard the train. Photos by LOURIE ZIPF / Salina Journal *-FROM PAGE A1 Ell-Saline grads challenge one another 35 students receive diplomas Sunday By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal BROOKVILLE — Jennifer Rassette didn't just shake hands with the Ell-Saline School Board member who gave her a high school diploma, as did the other seniors who graduated Sunday. Jennifer gave the board member a hug. After all, this was not only an important milestone for Jennifer; it was Mother's Day. And it was Jennifer's mother, Ell-Saline board member Sherry Rassette, who gave Jennifer her diploma. With the document in hand, Jennifer stepped down from the Ell- Saline High School stage and returned to stand with her classmates where she exchanged a "high five" with fellow graduate Shannon Radford. Jennifer was among the 35 Ell- Saline seniors who graduated Sunday. Also graduating Sunday in the usual pomp and circumstance of a military affair were the senior cadets of Salina's St. John's Military School. And Benedictine College in Salina had commencement exercises Sunday evening. The class of 1995, now Ell-Saline alumni, accepted their diplomas with dignity. But every class has a clown. Marco Kanneberg started his trek across the stage waving with both hands to cheers from the audience. Before they took that walk, the graduates listened to Roger Cooper, a musician, humorist and motivational speaker from Bogue, and two of their own classmates. Amid jokes and singing, Cooper dared the seniors to dream big and struggle to reach those dreams. He advised them to approach their future with the attitude and enthusiasm to make the most of their lives. "I dare you to be somebody," he said. "Chart your course by the dream in your heart." From the time she was a freshman, Melissa Mosher said she couldn't wait until she was a senior. But the class president and salutatorian said she discovered her senior year wasn't necessarily smooth sailing. "I learned this year lots of precious things in my life," Mosher said. "But some of the most memorable moments were some of the worst." And she remembers who helped her through those times. "Friendships carried us through the bad and made the good that much better," she said. "Believe it or not, I'm going to miss your faces in. the halls." Jennie Hocking , valedictorian, said the challenges of high school included being on time for the bus, competing in sports, cramming for tests and socializing over pizza. "Those will seem trivial to what we will face after we receive our diplomas and take our place in the real world," Hocking said. And whether they start work, college, basic training or get married, she challenged the seniors to work at their dreams. "Remember realizing your dreams is a lot of hard work/" Hocking said. But she also had some challenges to those present who weren't graduating. She asked the faculty to push students to learn. "Don't let them just get by," Hocking said. To the students' families, she said they should continue to provide love and support. And to the community, Hocking asked for a commitment of more technology and course offerings, because education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. "Don't measure success only by GPAs," Hocking said, referring to grade point averages. "Success is measured by how much you challenge yourself." Nichols' in-laws say he loved children But his second wife was reportedly ready to leave him By The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino in-laws of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols say they cannot believe he was in, volved in the bloody attack that killed 168 people because "he loves children." The family al- TFRROR so is worried •••will about the safety •M THEM O f Nichols" wife, HEARTLAND Marife > wh ° was taken into protective custody by the FBI. "Maybe some of the relatives (of people who) died in the bombing will do harm to her," Nichols' father-in-law, Eduardo Torres, said in an interview Friday in the Pacific Daily News of Guam. Torres said his family was surprised to hear that Nichols had been charged in the April 19 bombing. "I don't think Terry could do it," Torres said. "He loves children." Nineteen children were among the victims of the blast. family photograph Terry Nichols sits with his infant son, Nichol, who later suffocated, and his son Jason in an undated family photograph. Terry and Marife Nichols were married in Cebu City, about 350 miles south of Manila, on Nov. 20, 1990. Nichols had come to the Philippines in response to a magazine advertisement about mail-order brides. The couple lived in Herington, Kan., when Nichols was arrested. Torres, a traffic police officer in Cebu, said he knew Nichols was a gun-enthusiast who was at odds with the federal government but never considered him dangerous. "My daughter once told me that Terry was a member of those antigovernment activists," Torres said. "She was worried because Terry withdrew his Social. Security number and when she was about to deliver her child. The bill was much bigger if you didn't have Social Security." The couple first lived in Nevada and then moved to Michigan, where they were joined by Terry's brother, James, and fellow suspect Timothy McVeigh, Torres said. At that point, her letters indicated the marriage was going sour. "My daughter was the only one who prepared their food," Torres told the newspaper. "She wrote us a letter that she wanted to divorce Terry because she has three husbands. She is like a maid." The couple had their first child, Jason, in September 1991. A second son, Nichol, died in November 1993, Torres said. The couple returned to the Philippines in November 1994 and spent Christmas with Marife's family. "He talked to us but not so often," Torres said. "He told us it was hard looking for a job. He was talking about raising children but his job wasn't good enough." In her last letter, postmarked March 31, Marife wrote that Nichols' son by his first marriage, 12-year-old Joshua, had said his father and mother were getting back together. Nichols' first wife, Lana Padilla, flew home to Las Vegas Friday from Oklahoma without testifying. Students could switch between schools easier Brown said some faculty at Wesleyan believe KSU-Salina has failed to observe its commitment to work with Wesleyan. "That issue is still out there, but we're trying to move beyond it," he said. "There's still a concern. We'd like to see K-State honor its • commitment to the community." Brown doesn't believe the merger hurt Wesleyan, although he said some people on the Wesleyan campus would disagree. They believe KSU-Salina offers some general courses that Wesleyan should be offering. "My personal view is, their focus is on technology," he said. "They are not students we would attract to any large degree." He said competition is healthy. "If they're offering the same class we are, fine," Brown said. "The school that does the best job of teaching will attract students. If we do a good job with liberal arts, and they do a good job with technology, we'll both grow in the long run." The colleges have started work on cooperative efforts. For a start, Wesleyan will teach a physics class and a chemistry class for KSU-Salina this summer, while the state college refurbishes the building where those courses are taught. KSU-Salina is planning to start a technology management degree, which would require upper- level humanities classes. The college is identifying courses that could be taught by Wesleyan, rather than KSU-Salina hiring more staff to teach the courses, said Loren Riblett, assistant dean at KSU-Salina. The colleges also are working on setting up a learning center for students who need extra help. The Salina Area Vocational-Technical School, Salina School District and other entities are working with them as well. The learning center likely won't be located on either campus, Riblett said. KSU-Salina wants the program because the campus lost 250 students during the fall semester. The college gained back 200 students at the start of the spring semester, but officials want to improve the retention rate, he said. Brown said Wesleyan has a similar problem with retention. Working together, the colleges can afford to start a learning center to improve retention. Working separately, they couldn't afford such a program, officials said. "We refuse to lower our standards on our college courses," KSU-Salina Dean Jack Henry said. "We're trying to help students get to the point they can take college-level courses. "These students we're talking about are not dummies. They may be lacking competencies, but it's not because they're not smart enough to learn them." The colleges also are looking at a plan that would allow students to take classes at either college with no additional charge to the student, Brown said. "We don't duplicate programs, so it makes perfect sense for us to work together," he said. Top administrators at Wesleyan have approved the concept, he said. The goal is to have a program in place by fall. KSU-Salina officials also favor the idea, Riblett said. "We put a lot of thought into this and we can't come up with any negatives," he said. "Probably the biggest concern would be imbalance. " Brown said Wesleyan has looked into the balance of hours taken by Wesleyan students at KSU-Salina and vice versa. Neither college came up with large numbers of students attending classes at the other school. "People are convinced students are flocking over (to KSU-Salina), but there's no evidence of that,"' Brown said. However, there have been instances of Wesleyan students attending KSU-Salina classes. For example, Riblett said he taught a chemistry course that drew some Wesleyan nursing students. "This naturally happens," he said. "One reason is due to the difference in cost." Hourly tuition at Wesleyan in the fall will be $140 an hour. At KSU-Salina it will be $59.85. The new payment plan the colleges are working on should relieve that problem, he said. Yard ornament home from Europe By The Associated Press GRAPEVINE, Texas — The. quack is back. And what a vacation it was! A yellow plastic duck that disappeared from the front yard of Jess and Judy Daniel last spring reappeared recently. They'd feared it had fallen victim to a maurading dog, but no. The culprit left a photo album logging the duck's travels to some of the landmarks of Europe and the United States. "I went out to get the paper a few weeks ago, and the duck was back with the photo album beside it," Jess Daniel said. The album had 43 vacation photos, including Ducky cavorting with Canada geese in London's Hyde Park, peering out from the gardens of Notre Dame in Paris and at the Arch in St. Louis. It doesn't matter who took the little yellow duckling, said the couple, because they enjoyed Ducky's travels vicariously. "We haven't been anywhere over the last year," Judy Daniel said. "For the 30 minutes I looked through the pictures, it was like I went on that trip." FOR YOUR INFORMATION Hospital admissions ASBURY — Bernadette Augustine, Lori Baxter, Ethel Gane, Benjamin Greider and Shell! Rehmert, all of Salina; Regina Allen and Dennis Bunch, both of Beloit; John Carney, Abilene; Florence Free, Court land; Carla J. Kearns, Lindsborg; and Josephine Leckron, Abilene. ST. JOHN'S — Bobby D. Campbell, Delphos; Kenneth D. McCall, Bennington. Hospital dismissals ASBURY — Raymond Gasper, Osborne. ST JOHN'S —Helen W. Schw- erdt-fager and Ellen L. Todd, both of Salina; Sharon L. Zerbe, New Cambria; Lena M. Campbell, Geneseo. Births BOYS: Samuel and Lori Baxter, Salina, 8 Ibs., born May 12. Richard and Shelli Rehmert, Salina, 9 Ibs. 4 ozs., born May 14. CORRECTION Because of a Journal error, the school of one of the top scholars in Saline County was incorrect in Saturday's edition. Tally Prophet is a senior at Salina Central High School.
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