THE SAUNA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY. APRIL 15, 2001 B3 DEATHS & FUNERALS Robert B. Blecha H ADD AM — Robert B. i < Blecha, 64, Haddam, died Satur- c,^day, April 14, 2001, at his home. Mr. Blecha was born June 8, 1936, in Republic County and lived in Haddam since 1987, moving from Wichita. He was a retired Vickers Service Station owner and operator and a member of National Rifle Association. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Blecha. Survivors include his wife, Becky of Haddam; two sons, *.Don of Mulvane and Rick of wMurdock; his mother, Clara ^Smith of Clyde; a brother, Paul ^of Chanute; and three grand! children. A memorial service will be at ,11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Haddam, "the Rev John Lewis officiating. * A private family service will be Sat Hawks Cemetery, rural Cu' ba. Memorials may be made to Meadowlark Hospice of Clay Center or the church. Visitation will be from 2 to 9:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9:30 • p.m. Monday at Bachelor- 1 Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral I Home, 1329 19th, Belleville •• 66935. The casket will remain closed. GaryW."Bubba" Erickson HAYS — Gary W "Bubba" Er; ickson, 36, Hays, died Saturday, ; April 14, 2001, at Hays Medical I Center. Mr. Erickson was born Feb. 13,1965, at WaKeeney and lived in Hays since 1979, moving from Great Bend. He worked in , the oil fields for Dreiling Oil, , R.P. Nixon Operations, Mid- I western Pipeworks and Craw- 1 ford Supply, all of Hays. ! Survivors include his wife. Donna S. of the home; his mother, Pauline Erickson of Hays; two sisters, Santina Dechant of Munjor and Dawn Dreher of Hays; a half brother, David Wildman of Lake Stevens, j Wash.; and a grandmother, Al. " ice Erickson of Wakefield. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. ' Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, the Rev. Michael Suchnicki officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, , Munjor. ; _ A vigil win be at 6:30 p.m. Mon" day at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, : 1919 E. 22nd, Hays 67601. „ Memorials may be made to ^ the American Heart Associa- - tion or Masses. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today, 1 to 9 p.m. Monday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary Today's obltuartes KANSAS BELLEVILLE: Raymond Seballos CENTRAUA: Earl Christian •Yarger COLBY: Alma G. Marietta, Darreii G. Trail ELLSWORTH: iVIelvinD. 'Toots" Ruetz GLADE: IVtarjorle Dariene Van . DerWegeGOODLAND: Ttielma M. Peters GREEN: Iva M. Lund HADDAM: Robert B. Bleclia HAYS: Gary W. "Bubba" Ericl^on, Catherine A. Huhn HILL CITY: James L. I\^urphy Her husband, Mont, died in 1962. Survivors include nieces and nephews. The funeral wiU be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jon Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Memorials may be made to the Superior Good Samaritan Center, Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital Auxiliary or the church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Megrue- Price Funeral IJome, 750 N. Commercial, Superior 68978. OUT OF STATE Catherine A. Huhn HAYS — Catherine A. Huhn, 58, Hays, died Thursday April T HIGHER EDUCATION Opal LIvingood, Superior, Neb. Gertrude I. Loth, Van Buren, Arl<. Eleanor Elizabeth Whittai<er, En- giewood, Colo. 12, 2001, at Hays Medical Center Mrs. Huhn was born Gather: ine A. Renshaw on Jan. 30,1943, at St. Louis and lived in Hays since October 2000, moving from Galva. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Marie Huhn; a son, Richard L. Huhn II; and a grandson. Survivors include her husband, Richard L. Huhn Sr., of Hays; a son, John of Hays; three daughters, Theresa Miller, Kristie Huhn-Estus and Misty Huhn, all of McPherson; and three grandchildren. The service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the McPherson Cemetery Memorials may be made to the Catherine Huhn Memorial Fund in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson 67460. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday with a service of memory at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Opal Livingood SUPERIOR, Neb. — Opal Livingood, 100, Superior, died Saturday April 14, 2001, at Superior Mrs. Livingood was born Opal Slates on Feb. 9, 1901, in Jewell County, Kansas. She and her husband owned and operated a jewelry store in Superior and she also worked at the J.C. Penney store. She was honored for more than 40 years of service in the Brodstone Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and almost 50 years as canteen chairman of the Nuckolls County Chapter of the Red Cross. She was a member of the Superior Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 50 years, and the Olive Chapter 63 Order of the Eastern Star. Gertrude I. Loth from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday Alma G. Marietta COLBY — Alma G. Marietta, 96, Colby died Saturday April 14, 2001, at Lantern Park Manor, Colby Harrison Chapel, Colby, is handling arrangements. James L Murphy HILL CITY — James L. Murphy Hill City died Friday April 13, 2001, at Graham County Hospital, Hill City Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel, Hill City, is handling arrangements. • VAN BUREN, Ark. Gertrude 1. Loth, 93, Van Buren, died Thursday April 12, 2001, at her home. Mrs. Loth was a retired tavern owner and a member of St. Michaels' Catholic Church in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and a daughter, Iverna "Ivy" Slavonic. Survivors include two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michaels' Catholic Church, Van Buren. Burial will be in Fort Smith National Cemetery Fort Smith. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today at Edwards Van Alma Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1345, Van Buren 72957. Memorials may be made to the church. Iva M. Lund GREEN — Iva M. Lund, 81, Green, died Friday April 13, 2001,. at the Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. Mrs. Green was born Iva M. Hawkinson on Jan. 26, 1920, at Providence, R.I. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Gorham Silver Co. in Providence. She was a member of Alert Covenant Church. Survivors include her husband, Maurice D. of Green; a son, Donald of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Nancy Kimbrough of Green; a sister, Dorothea Erickson of Victoria; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Alert Covenant Church north of Leonardville, the Rev Dwight Diller officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery east of Green. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be anytime today and Monday at the Holmes- Pfeifley Funeral Home, 303 S. Broadway Riley 66531, where the family will receive friends — Thelma M. Peters GOODLAND — Thelma M. Peters, 81, Goodland, died Thursday April 12, 2001, at Goodland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Peters was born Thelma M. Krusemark on May 2, 1919, at Newkirk, Okla., and was a longtime Goodland resident. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Hospital Auxiliary She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, in 1969; and a great-grandson. Survivors include two daughters, Wilma Young of Goodland and Jan Horney of Lakewood, Colo.; a sister, Lucille Moore of Lakewood; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral wUl be at 11 a.m. Mountain time Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Goodland, the Rev Scott Grimshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Goodland Cemetery Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland 67735. Visitation wiU be from 3 to 8 p.m. Mountain time Monday at the funeral chapel and before the service Tuesday at the church. Melvin D. "Toots" Ruetz ELLSWORTH — Melvin D. "Toots" Ruetz, 80, Ellsworth, died Friday April 13,2001, at EUsworth County Medical Center. Mr. Ruetz was born July 1, 1920, at Ellsworth and was a lifetime area resident. He was a truck driver for the Kansas Department of Transportation and a member of the Methodist Church. He was an Army Medical Corps veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge 146 and American Legion 174, both of Ellsworth, and was a Shriner of Salina. Survivors include a brother, Freeman of Ellsworth. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Parsons Funeral Religious Studies Department at KU has a unique history I Group started the : program to keep \ religion in the picture By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — The idea originated in the 19th century when a Lawrence religious group — concerned th^t the expansion of secular universities was pushing faith out of the picture — wondered if religion courses could be taught at the • University of Kansas. I Over the last century, the ; seeds of that idea have flour; ished, though they've taken on a different form. The result: The University of Kansas' Department of Religious Studies is celebrating 100 years of educating students about the nature of religion as a human phenomenon. Still, some people aren't exactly sure of what goes on in the department. Are future ministers, rabbis and monks being fashioned within the ; walls of the building? It ap- - pears that some may think so. But Paul Mirecki, associate '. professor of religious studies at the university would like to set the record straight. "We're involved in the academic study of religion. We're , teaching about religion as a hu- ; man activity" he said. "We are ;,;not teaching religion, how to be irreligious or ordaining people "for the ministry There's an oblivious difference." There may be a difference now, but the program's origins were focused on fostering faith. The Religious Studies Department at the school was founded a little more than 20 years ago. However, the teaching of religion occurred at the ; university much earlier, when members of the local Disciples of Christ denomination wanted "We're involved in the academic study of religion. We're teaching about religion as a human activity. We are not teaching religion, how to he religious or ordaining people for the ministry. There's an obvious difference." Paul Mirecki associate professor of religious studies at KU to respond to the spread of secular universities. The group's efforts started in 1899 in a farmhouse located where Smith Hall now stands and teaching began in 1901. "In the early years, I think it was a little more in a Sunday school sort of vein," said Tim Miller, a.professor of religious studies and chair of the department. By the 1920s, however, the Kansas School of Religion, an interdenominational program, was born. Heavily subsidized by the Disciples of Christ, it was a completely private enterprise separate from the university Miller said. "There was quite a bit of interest in it, and people Started to respond," he said. Eventually the university agreed to award credit hours to students taking religion courses at the school, Miller said. The school became more diverse as other denominations in Lawrence contributed to the effort, loaning ministers and pastors to teach courses. • "By the end of the '60s or the early '70s, we had the Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans and Catholics offering full-time support of one teaching position (each). The Jewish denomination contributed a rabbi as a part-time person," Miller said. By this time, the school had five or six full-time positions. S/irUBDAY'S DBAWINGg DAILY PICK 3 1-7-2 WINNERS TAKE ALL 6-12-14-20-26 KANSAS CASH 10-11-14-19-29-31 Estimated Jackpot $250,000 POWERBALL 3-8-16-29-30 POWERBALL 4 Estimated Jackpot $83.9 million Home, 307 N. Lincoln, EUsworth 67439, the Rev Al Hysom officiating. Burial will be in Ellsworth Cemetery with American Legion military honors. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 174 of Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home. Raymond Seballos BELLEVILLE — Raymond Seballos, 81, Belleville, died Thursday April 12, 2001, at Cheyenne Lodge, Jamestown. Mr Seballos was born Dec. 24, 1919, at Belleville. He was a World War II veteran and a member, of St. Edward's Catholic Church of Belleville. Survivors include two brothers, Joe of Belleville and Michael of Hastings, Neb.; and four sisters. Ruby Seballos of Belleville, Martha Hoard of Courtland, Mary Paddock of Portland, Ore., and Margaret King of Grand Island, Neb. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Bachelor-Faulkner- Dart-Surber Chapel, 1329 19th, Belleville 66935, the Rev Steve Heina officiating. Burial will be in Belleville Cemetery with military services by Robert E. Gordon American Legion Post 133 of Belleville. Visitation will be from 2 to 9:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Darrell G. Trail COLBY — Darrell G. Trail, 53, Colby formerly of Atwood, died Thursday April 12, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Atwood. Pastor James Larson officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established in his name. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is handling arrangements. Marjorie Dariene Van Der Wege GLADE — Marjorie Dariene Van Der Wege, 81, Glade, died Saturday, April 14, at her home. Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg, is handling arrangements. Eleanor Elizabeth Whittaker ENGLEWOOD, Eleanor Elizabeth 81, Englewood, died Thursday April 12, 2001, at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver. Mrs. Whittaker was born Eleanor Niemeth on Jan. 16, ' 1920, near Herndon, Kan. She was a teacher's aid at St. Mary's Parochial School in Herndon, a child provider, a waitress at the Kress Restaurant in Denver and worked for the Hallack & Howard Lumber Company in Denver. Survivors include her husband, Walter of Englewood; a daughter, Jean Kraft of Englewood; three brothers, Ralph Niemeth of Little Rock, Ark., Philip Niemeth of Herndon and Francis Niemeth of Denver; a sister, Veronica Orin of Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, Herndon, the Rev. Damian Richards officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Herndon. A parish vigil and rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at the church. A memorial has been established in her name. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday Williams Funeral Home, 109 N. Second, Atwood 67730, and after 6 p.m. at the church. Earl Christian Yarger CENTRALIA — Earl Christian Yarger, 82, Centralia, died Monday April 9, 2001, at the Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center, Topeka. Mr Yarger was born May 29, 1918, northwest of Centralia. He was a farmer and attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia. Survivors include his wife, Joann of the home; three sons, Kenneth of Hiawatha, Steven of Plattsmouth, Neb.; and Robert of Topeka; three daughters, Debra Wood of Mentor, Ohio, Christine Rhoods of Topeka and Brenda Bruntzel of Jamestown; five sisters, Leota Matthews of Centralia, Fern Weyer of Baileyville, Erma Gandy of Kansas City Mo., and Audrey Chestnut and Mildred Chatham, both of Topeka; and 15 grandchildren. The funeral was at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Centralia, the Rev. Vince Williams officiating. Burial was in Centralia Cemetery Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation in care of Colo. — Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home, Whittaker, in Centralia. T CARBON MONOXIDE DEATHS Family recovers from tragic incident Social worker found family unconcious when she arrived By The Associated Press WICHITA — A school district social worker's visit may have prevented even more tragedy for a family that lost two children to carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities say the social worker found a man, woman and their six children incapa- ciated when she stopped at their Wichita apartment Thursday She called 911. When emergency workers arrived at the studio apartment in north Wichita, they found the family unconscious on a bed, a couch and the floor "Any chance of saving those folks would have been lost if she hadn't have gone there," police Capt. Darrell Haynes said Friday Raul Puga, 50, and Laura Salazar, in her mid-30s, and their six children were pulled unconscious from the apart ment. Two of the couple's girls. Melody Puga, 6, and Laura Salaizar, 9, already were in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived. They could not be resuscitated and died at the apartment. Sometime before they arrived, however, Puga broke out a front window to ventilate the apartment and to get help, Haynes said. A neighbor said she heard glass break and Puga calling for help but did not report it because she did not want to get involved. and had outgrown its location. Through a fund-raising effort, the school raised half a million dollars, tore down the old farmhouse and in 1966 built Smith Hall, which is named for Irma I. Smith, a member of Mack.sville Christian Church who donated some land in western Kansas. ON THE RECORD TODAy'S SCRIPTUBE T}ie angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." — Matthew 28:5-6 (NIV) Police blotter THEFT — A discman and some compact discs were taken from the residence of Jeff Kelley, 17, Salina, between Thursday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 7 a.m.; loss $1,038. Someone took cash from Radio Shack, 1103 W. Crawford, Dec. 13, 2000; loss $521. Someone took a compact disc player, speakers and an amplifier from the residence of Robert Sutton, 27, Salina, between 1 and 9:30 a.m. Friday; loss $750. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY — The rear window of a vehicle belonging to John Logan, 37, Salina, was broken between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday; loss $1,041. Marriage licenses Robert Bradley Beveridge, 25, and Amanda Claire Morgan, 21, both of Salina; Christopher Jason Baker, 20, and Denise Deanne Harper, 19, both of Wichita; Ricardo A. Bayona, 29, and Debbie Jean Wagner, 40, both of Great Bend; Jason Edward Moyer, 21, and Christine Lee Birkle, 19, both of Salina; Travis Ray Whiteside, 25, and Heather Renee Harper, 23, both of Salina; Chad Jeffrey Norris, 21, and Nicole Tai Reecer, 21, both of Solomon. Divorces Charles E. Rowson vs. Rosemel- da S. Rowson (filed March 6); Susan J. Nail vs. Howard D. Nail (filed March 7); Bradley R. Oriez vs. Jill J. Oriez (filed March 8); Leann Collier vs. Francis Collier (filed March 9); Irma Lopez Quezada vs. Arnulfo Quezada (filed March 9); Melisia Stailings vs. George A. Stallings (filed March 12); Jami G.Thompson vs. Darrin L. Thompson (filed March 12); Michael Raymond Schoenhofer vs. Dana Rena Schoenhofer (filed March 13); Joyce E. Harris vs. John Harris filed March 12); Annette Coburn vs. Thomas Coburn (filed March 14); Christine Elaine Davis vs. Jerry Wayne Davis (filed March 15); Brian W. Cure vs. Cheryl L. Cure (filed March 15); Alfredo Esparza vs. Graciela Santioio (filed March 16); Crystal Cairie J. Bledsoe-Lageman vs. Danial Thomas Bledsoe (filed March 16); Julia K. Molstad vs. Jerome M. Molstad (filed March 19); Lora L. Anderson vs. Loren D. Anderson (filed March 20); Bonita Joan Hartzell vs. Timothy Wayne Hartzell (filed March 21); Ronald E. Serene vs. Jane E. Serene (filed March 30); David J. Caswell vs. Deanne D. Caswell (filed March 22); Wesley D. Myers vs. Toni L. Myers (filed March 30); Sandra Richard vs. Stacy C. Richard (filed March 30); Lori L. Brown vs. Thomas D. Brown (filed April 2); Teana Rae Person vs. W. Dennis Person (filed April 3); Teresa Marie Heath vs. Larry Scott Heath (filed April 3); Alice Shakespear vs. Howard Shakespear Jr. (filed April 4); Michael Thomas Middleton vs. Chantel Ranee Middleton (filed April 4); Katie C. Stitt vs. Scott A. Stitt (filed April 4); Kelly M. Norman vs. Dustin L. Norman (filed April 5); Jennifer Lee Cramer vs. Michael Bryan Cramer (filed April 5); Alyssa S. Jennings vs. Chad B. Jennings (filed April 5); Jason S. Bell vs. Sarah C. Bell (filed April 5); Debra L. Bobbett vs. Mark E. Bobbett (filed April 5); Diana Leigh Gay vs. Randel Lee Gay (filed April 6). Animal shelter These animals were picked up April 13 and 14 at the locations listed and taken to the Salina Animal Shelter, 329 N. Second. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Black female Labrador, 900 block of Merrill; golden female Retriever mix, 1300 block of Arlington; tan and black female German Shepherd, 200 block of Des Moines; black and white female Shih Tzu with red-purple collar, 1400 block of South Ohio. Hydrant flushing Flushing of the city's water-distribution system Monday may cause water in the following area to be discolored, though it is safe to drink: The area bounded on the east by Centennial Road, the west by west city limits, the north by Cloud Street and the south by south city limits. City staff discourages people in the area from doing laundry Monday because of possible water discoloration.
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