The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 2001 · Page 7
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 30, 2001
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H8 MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL DEATHS & FUNERALS T KANSAS LEGISLATURE Catherine Brungardt HIL,L CITY — Catherine Brungardt, Hill City, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Graham County Hospital, HUl City. Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel of Hill City is handling arrangements. William F. "Bill" Cochran NORTON — WiUiam F. (Bill) Cochran, 40, Norton, died Saturday, April 28, 2001. Enfield Funeral Home, Norton, is handling arrangements. Elmo J. Cooper GRAINFIELD — Elmo J. Cooper, 92, Grainfield, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter. Mr. Cooper was born June 13, 1908, at Gove County and was a lifetime Granfield area resident. He was a farm fuel truck operator for Standard Oil for 37 years and was an member of Grainfield United Methodist Church. He was a member of Grainfield Lions Club and Grainfield City Council. His wife, Pearl Edith, died in 1994. Survivors include three sons, George and John, both of Grainfield, and Galen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Barbara Schumacher of Victoria; two brothers, Arthur "Mex" of Hoxie and Ralph of Grinnell; two sisters, Ella Hetzel of Tribune and Marjorie Bensen of Bryan, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great­ grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grainfield United Methodist Church, the Rev Paul Woodall officiating. Burial will be in Grainfield Cemetery Memorials may be made to the church in care of Kennedy- Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley 67748. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church where the family wiU receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Effie A. Cronn SMITH CENTER — Effie A. Cronn, 86, Smith Center, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Smith County Memorial Hospital. Miss Cronn was born Aug. 3, 1914, at Smith County and was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and a past member of Grace Baptist Church and a member of Church of the Nazarene, both of Smith Center Survivors include two brothers, Vern Cronn and Harold Cronn, both of Smith Center. The service will be at 2 p.m. today at Meyer-Pleasant View Cemetery, Athol, the Rev Francis Runyon officiating. Memorials may be made in her name. There will be no visitation. Simmons Mortuary, 116 W, First, Smith Center 66967, is handling arrangements. Perry A. Dunlap Perry A. Dunlap, 93, Salina, died Sunday April 29, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Violet Elizabeth Greever NEWTON — Violet Elizabeth Greever, 94, Newton, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Newton Presbyterian Manor Mrs. Greever was born Violet Today's obituaries SALINA Perry A. Dunlap Levi E. Hill CliarlesA Pray KANSAS GRAINFIELD: Elmo J. Cooper HILL CITY: Catherine Brungardt NEWTON: Violet Elizabeth Greever NORTON: William F. "Bill" Cochran OBERLIN; Rena A. Hickson SMITH CENTER: Effie A. Cronn OUT OF STATE Theodore V. Sainfz, Johnstown, Pa. Esther A. Wittrock, Deshler, Neb. MRS. GREEVER Elizabeth Herrmann on Oct. 13, 1906, at Detroit and lived in Newton since 1998. She was a school teacher and was co-owner of the Flower Nook in Salina for 25 years. She was a former member of the BPW and Altrusa clubs of Salina and and a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church of Newton and Order of Eastern Star in Enterprise, where she received her 50-year pin. She was preceded in death by her husband. Merle in 1991; two daughters, Carol Sue Greever and Gail Elizabeth Copp; and a grandson. Survivors include a daughter, Roberta Heckman of Newton; three grandchildren; and eight grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Newton, the Rev. Joyce Holmes officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, the Rev Cynthia Guthketch officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Operational Fund or Newton Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway Newton 67114, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today Rena A. Hickson OBERLIN — Rena A. Hickson, 90, Oberlin, died Sunday April 29,2001, at Decatur County Good Samaritan Center, Oberlin. Mrs. Hickson was born Rena A. Rydquist on Sept. 13,1910, in Decatur County She was a homemaker and a member of Oberlin Covenant Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and a son, Gerald. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanice A. King of Elloree, S.C., and Carolyn Nelson of Clay Center, Neb.; a brother, Kenneth Rydquist of Oberlin; three sisters, Goldie Raulston of Oberlin, Eunice Dunn of Red Cloud, Neb., and Neva Brown of Woodland, Colo.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin 67749, the Rev. Heidi Weibe officiating. Burial will be in Oberlin Cemetery Memorials may be made in her name. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. untU the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Levi E. Hill Levi E. Hill, 98, Salina, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Hill was born June 14, 1902, in Saline County and was a Salina resident since 1953, moving from Minneapolis. He was a maintenance man for Saline Covmty Highway Department for 25 years, farmed west of Salina and had been a green's keeper for the Salina Country Club. He was a former Golden Years member. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lina, in 1978; and his second wife, Estel, in 1990. Survivors include three daughters, Marjorie Long of Salina and Betty White and Mary Miller, both of Grass Valley Calif.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral wiU be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, the Rev Paul Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery near Culver. Memorials may be made to Pregnancy Service Center, 719 E. Crawford, Suite 6, Salina. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary Charles A. Pray Charles A. Pray 81, Salina, died Sunday April 29, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, Abilene, is handling arrangements. Theodore V.Saintz JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Theodore V Saintz, 64, Johnstown, formerly of Norton, Kan., died April 19, 2001. Survivors include three children, Mark, Kathy and Teddy Lou; a sister, Sylvia Freeman; a brother, Leonard Saintz; two grandchildren; and two great­ grandchildren. A private funeral wUl be handled by Daniel T. D'Alessandro Funeral Home, 4522 Butlor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Esther A. Wittrock DESHLER, Neb. — Esther A. Wittrock, 88, Deshler, formerly of Davenport, died Sunday April 29, 2001, at Deshler Mrs. Wittrock was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest. Survivors include a son, Leonard of Waverly; a stepson, Raymond Wittrock of Waverly; two sisters, Alvina Pubanz of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Verna Thomilson of Sedona, Ariz.; four grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral wUl be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Davenport, the Rev. John Cotton officiating. Burial wUl be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery Memorials may be made to the church and Parkview Haven Nursing Home, Deshler Visitation wiU be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home, 100 S. Linden, Davenport 66335, and and from noon until the service Wednesday at the church. Bill addresses new rules for underground storage facilities KDHE estimates the cost of implimenting program at $583,500 By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Questions of liability and cost continue to slow passage of a $1 million gas storage law for Kansas. Senate President Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson, said last week the measure definitely would hit the finish line before the Legislature leaves town. "We're getting real close," he said. Consumers pay less to heat their homes when companies can stockpile summer's cheaper, more plentiful gas. But explosions that rocked Hutchinson in January prompted the state to look at the safety of current storage pVactices. The bill directs state agencies to draw new rules for underground storage and to establish a program for plugging abandoned wells. Legislators, trying to iron out differences between House and • FOSTER CARE Senate versions of the bill, reached tentative compromise on who could be held legally responsible for plugging abandoned salt or water wells. "Somebody's got to take responsibility, and I don't think it should be the state," said House Utilities Chairman Carl Holmes, R-Liberal. Negotiators agreed that the court should first look to current and past owners and operators. Industry lobbyists opposed the wording of a proposal by Rep. Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, that would hold operators responsible if the well created "a potential path for movement" of the gas. Negotiators tentatively agreed to remove the word "potential." Officials think the gas that shook Hutchinson traveled from storage facilities about seven miles outside town. O'Neal told negotiators that his proposal "preserves your claim — let's call it like it is — against operators of Yaggy field." Lobbyists said such broad lia­ bility could halt planned new storage operations in their tracks. Ron Caches, who represents Williams Companies, said he knows of two projects now being considered but declined to give details. He said removing the word "potential" helps because it doesn't hold firms liable for "some freak of geology" Liability is one issue; cost, another. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, responsible for salt formation »d aquifer gas storage, estimatejit will need $583,500 to deveRp and implement program provisions. That includes two attorneys, five environmental geologists, a technician and two office assistants, plus office expenses and travel. The Kansas Corporation Commission, responsible for natural gas storage in abandoned oU and gas wells, estimates a cost of $414,000. Money would come from fees that industry pays to be regulated. Paper tiger Foster care documentation bites lawmakers By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — The lawyer who challenged Kansas foster care 12 years ago thinks it's time for auditors to quit chasing paper and start looking at how children are served under privatization. Because a child-rights agency still involved with the case disagrees, legislators took no action. Rene Netherton, Topeka, sees the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services so caught up in documentation that it misses the bigger picture. "I don't want them spending all their time pushing papers," she told the Legislative Post Audit Committee last week. "I want them to spend their time helping children." • NEBRASKA Joyce AUegrucci, assistant secretary of SRS, said many remaining foster care problems involve documentation. Susan Lambiase, a New York attorney with Children's Rights, who spoke to legislators by phone, isn't so sure. She noted that while audits show SRS making improvement, problems remain with adoption, foster parent training, and information management. "1 can't teU you today it's only documentation and not practice," Lambiase said. That left legislators in the middle. "Being obsessed with documentation doesn't help kids that much," said Senate President Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson. But, he said, if the Kansas didn't follow terms of the settle­ ment, it could leave itself open for trouble. Netherton, parting company with Children's Rights, is no longer involved in the case. In 1990, the Topekan sued the state for additional foster care beds for Shawnee County children. Children's Rights filed an amended petition and joined Netherton in a class action lawsuit. When Kansas settled the case in 1993, SRS adrhinistered the entire foster care system. In 1997, it began contracting with nonprofit agencies to manage individual cases and find suitable placements. SRS continues to be responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect, and for managing cases of children in its custody who remain at home. Small town cuts the volume with ordinance By The Associated Press ALBION, Neb. — It's expected to be a little more peaceful around here because of a city ordinance intended to reduce unwanted sounds, especially from car stereos and radios. The ordinance, which prohibits playing music on any street if it can be heard more than 50 feet away, was passed at Police Chief Jim Vrbsky's request. Vrbsky said he routinely fielded complaints about passing cars rattling home windows with their stereo systems. The problem was especially bad after school, he said. "The adults in town are for it, and I think most of the kids we've talked to so far understand it, even if they don't agree with it," Vrbsky said. Loud rriusic is a safety hazard in addition to being annoying, Vrbsky said. "If you can hear it coming a block away it's not appropriate and it's not safe," he said. The ordinance is in effect around the clock, but so far police have only issued warn­ ings. Tickets will be issued once the ordinance is established and fines will be determined by a judge on an individual basis. Vrbsky said he likes music, too, and understands some music fans may not want to turn down the volume. "I like to listen to music, too," Vrbsky said. "But if you want to turn it way up, then you need to do it when you're driving down the highway." BRIEFLY T MEDICINE Mother's beliefs puts son in foster care 7-year-old needs transfusion for sickle cell anemia By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — A 7-year- old boy with sickle cell anemia has spent the last week in foster care after his mother refused to consent to a blood transfusion because of her religion. Martez LeFlore has been receiving blood transfusions twice a day after police took custody away from his mother, who would allow only alternative treatments because she and the boy are Jehovah's Witnesses. Members of the religion refuse blood transfusions as being against the Bible, citing passages that say it is wrong to ingest blood. Such beliefs are considered when it comes to emergency health care, but police still have authority on whether the child gets treatment. "Ultimately, we're responsible for making a life-and-death decision," said Lt. Mike "I said 'no' to the end — 'no blood, no blood, no blood'— all the way to the end. I want these other treatments." Anika LeFlore mother of sick boy Butera, who oversees Omaha medical neglect investigators. "When it comes down to it, we are going to do what we believe is legally in the best interest of the child." Anika LeFlore brought Martez to University Hospital on April 21 after the boy who had been sick with flu symptoms for several days, complained he couldn't breathe. Doctors told her that Martez's heart was enlarged, his red-blood cell count was low and he needed a transfusion. LeFlore said she would allow other treatments, but not a transfusion. "I said 'no' to the end — 'no blood, no blood, no blood' — all the way to the end. I want these other treatments," LeFlore said. Doctors called police, who around 4 a.m. got the boy in foster care so he could be treated. Martez continues to get transfusions twice a day LeFlore thinks police and social workers overstepped their bounds. "I don't want my child to die," the 31-year-old mother said. "I brought him to the hospital for treatment. I just want these alternative treatments." Martez has had sickle cell anemia since birth, his mother said. The disease causes red blood cells to be deformed, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, dizziness and weakness. Alternative treatments such as medications, artificial blood and different surgical techniques are available but require planning, said Harlan Haupt, an overseer with the Jehovah's Witness Fontenelle congregation. Butera said police carefully consider whether the child could die, why the parent is refusing to consent and whether the child is old enough to have his or her own opinion. "This wasn't a rash decision just based on our hearts and our feelings," Butera said. "It was a rational decision that we made in consultation with others based on the medical personnel's opinion that death was imminent." The U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly has ruled that the child's health outweighs a parent's right to religion, said Catherine Brooks, a Creighton University professor specializing in children and family law. "The parents have a right to believe, the parents have a right to teach, the parents have a right to practice," she said, "but they can't impose that practice in cases in which the state believes the children's health to be at risk." Habitat for Humanity auction raises $5,000 A charity auction Saturday at Salina's Central Mall raised $5,000 for Salina Habitat for Humanity about half of what was raised at a similar auction last year. Nathan Swanson, director of the organization that build houses for low-income residents, said there were not as many items for sale or people at the auction this year Still, Swanson said he was happy with the money raised, noting $5,000 is more than what some, past auctions have garnered. A sculpture by Salina artists Rich and Dick Bergen sold for $250, and a large playhouse sold for $850. Truclcer injured in interstate wreck OAKLEY — A Pittsburgh, Pa., man was injured Sunday afternoon when the tractor- trailer he was driving rolled over on Interstate Highway 70 SVi miles west of Oakley Lynn Smith, 49, was driving west when the truck drifted onto the right shoulder at 3:18 p.m., said the Kansas Highway Patrol. Smith attempted to bring the truck back on the road and lost control. The ve- TODAY'S SCRIPTURE And he said to man, "The fear of the Lord — tfiat is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding." -Job 28:28 (NIV) hide turned over on its right side. Smith was taken to Logan County Hospital for treatment. He was not admitted to the hospital, said a hospital spokeswoman. From Staff Reports ON THE RECORD Police blotter THEFT — Cash belonging to Teaon M. Fitzgerald, 23, Salina, was tal^en from 100 E. Ciaflin No. 116 between 9 p.m. April 21 and 11 p.m. April 22; loss $700. 1^ i^Numbers SiffURDAY'SDBAVtflWBS DAILY PICK 3 5-7-1 WINNERS TAKE ALLi: 1-2-23-26-31 KANSAS CASH ^ 5-8-9-18-20-22 Estimated Jacl<pot $100,000 ^ POWERBALL 1-11-20-34-39 POWERBALL ' 37 EstimatedJackpot$^6 million SUNDAY'S DRAWING ^ DAILY PICK 3 ,„ 6-7-9

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