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Shirley J. Henry

Posted 12/22/2016

MOORHEAD, Minn. –– Shirley J. Henry, 78, of Moorhead, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Elim Rehab and Care Center, Fargo, N.D.

Shirley Jean Hefling was born Sept. 30, 1938, the daughter of Virgil and Hildred (Smith) Hefling, in Hutchinson. She was raised on a farm near Haven, and graduated from Haven High School in 1956.

Shirley then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she attended Gale Institute for Airline Stewardess Training. She then went to work for Gale Institute in their Extension Division and later Greyhound Van Lines as an office assistant. 

On Sept. 13, 1958, she was united in marriage to Paul Henry in Mount Hope.  They made their home in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, until 1963, when they moved to Sioux City, Iowa. In 1968, Paul was transferred to Washington, D.C. and later to Fargo.  The couple made their home in Moorhead. Shirley began selling AVON in 1970 and later served as District Manager until 1981. Shirley and Paul continued to make their home in Moorhead over the years. 

Shirley enjoyed quilting, soap operas, crossword puzzles, shopping on QVC, gardening and attending Trollwood plays in the summer.  While working for AVON, Shirley won a trip to London. It was during this trip, she had the chance to meet her pen pal from Liverpool, England, that she had been corresponding with for 25 years. 

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Paul; children, Brad Henry, Moorhead, and Carissa (Harold) Stirling, Fargo; grandchildren, Ian and Sydney Stirling; sister, Verla (Charles) Swindler, Sedgwick; and four nieces. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant brothers. 

Memorials may be directed to Elim Rehab and Care Center or Hospice of the Red River Valley. 

A visitation for Shirley was held one hour prior to her Funeral Service. Her funeral service was Monday, Dec. 12, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Moorhead, Minnesota.

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Gerald L. "Jerry" Hill

Posted 12/22/2016

Gerald L. “Jerry” Hill, 78, died Dec. 15, in Hutchinson.  He was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Emporia, to Ernie and Mildred (Smith) Hill. 

Jerry had an ideal childhood in Virgil, Kansas on the banks of the Verdigris River.  At the age of 12, his family moved to Halstead. He graduated from Halstead High School in 1956 and Rockhurst College in 1960.

He was in the food brokerage business for 42 years, owning Galloway Sales in Wichita and Hill Sales, Inc. with Judy. At the age of 61, Jerry won a Harley motorcycle that opened up a whole new world for both of them; many opportunities for adventures, new friends, and road trips through Mexico and across the country. After retirement, he enjoyed smoking meats for family, friends, and charity events.

On Nov. 17, 1962, he married his best friend, Judith Ann Griffith, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Halstead. 

Survivors include: his wife of 54 years, Judy; children, Carol Whitney (Dan) of Olathe, Greg Hill (Karen) of Lawrence, Amy Taylor (Tom) of Shawnee; grandchildren, Erin Knoelke (Pat), Josh Hill, Jake Taylor, Zach Hill, Jack Whitney, Nick Taylor, Alex Hill, Luke Taylor, Sarah Whitney, Madeline Hill, Ben Hill, Joe Taylor; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Knoelke and Henry Knoelke; and siblings, Denis Hill, Don Hill, Mike Hill, Mary Montgomery, Kathleen Callahan and Rita Keating.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ann Hill Pepper and Ray Hill.

He was a member of Church of the Holy Cross, belonged to Prairie Pups and A.B.A.T.E. Motorcycle Club, Faith and Light, Prairie Dunes Country Club, Salvation Army board of directors, LADS golf group, Halstead Learning Center for Health, Alcoholics Anonymous and Cancer Council of Reno County.  He passionately volunteered for his causes and was the Reno County Toys for Tots coordinator since 2003. 

Jerry welcomed everyone into his home.  In that spirit, family and friends were invited to a casual get-together at Jerry and Judy’s on Monday, Dec. 19 to share stories and memories of Jerry’s life.

Parish rosary was at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Church of the Holy Cross, 2631 Independence Road, Hutchinson, with Father Ned Blick, Father Roger Lumbre, Father John Maes and Father John Schmeidler officiating.  Burial followed in Halstead Cemetery. Friends called from 1-9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Elliott Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Reno County Toys for Tots, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS  67501.

Jerry really saw people and made all feel loved and important.  No one in need went unnoticed with his knowledge.

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Ethel J. Stahl (Iserhardt)

Posted 12/22/2016

WICHITA – Ethel J. Stahl (Iserhardt) died peacefully in the Via Christi Village on Ridge on Dec. 15, 2016 in Wichita at the age of 91.

Ethel is survived by her children, Gary and Nancy Stahl, Sedgwick; Bruce and Marilynn Stahl, Overland Park; and Robin and Rickey Miller; Sedgwick; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer, sister Paula, and brothers Ralph and Ernest.

Ethel was born on Aug. 4, 1925 in Newto to Fredrick and Mary Iserhardt. She graduated from Newton High School in 1945. She married Elmer Stahl Sept. 2, 1945. They lived in the rural Newton and Sedgwick areas their entire lives where Elmer farmed and Ethel was a homemaker.

Ethel's children remember her as a hard-working farmer's wife with some wonderful cooking and baking skills.

Ethel's early years were occupied with riding her horse, Colonel, playing the guitar and singing.  After getting married she focused on cooking, baking, sewing and caring for other domestic needs. She was a dedicated member of the Sedgwick United Methodist Church and often volunteered to help with meals of various types.

Family visitation was from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with the family receiving friends at Petersen Funeral Home. A memorial service was held Dec. 19 at the Sedgwick Methodist Church, 600 North Commercial. Pastor Janella McDaniel officiated the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sedgwick United Methodist Church or Kindred Hospice at 2622 West Central Avenue, Suite 501, Wichita, KS  67203. Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank the nurses, caregivers and staff of Via Christi Village Ridge and Kindred Hospice Services for their care and dedication.


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Martha Frances Werner

Posted 12/22/2016

Martha Frances Werner was born in Argonia, Kansas on July 13, 1916 and died in her home in Missouri on Dec. 14, 2016. She was the fifth of six children born to John Frederick Paul Werner II and Sylvia Rebecca Ruth Scott/Werner.

Her siblings all preceded her in death; Glenn Werner (Faybelle Small), Velma Werner/Welch (Melvin), Shorty Werner (Opal Walker), Edna Werner/Bond (Melvin) and Mick Werner (Norene Hungerford).

She married Boyd VanWye on May 16, 1935. She and Boyd lived and raised their family on a farm three miles East of Helena. Their children are Beverly VanWye/Hughes (Jim Hughes) Emery, South Dakota, Dick VanWye (Marjorie Fast) Burrton, Kansas, Sue VanWye (deceased), Bob VanWye, (Zeta Baker) Cassville, Missouri. 

Martha and Boyd left the farm and moved their family to Wichita in the fall of 1956.  Boyd died in June 1967 and Martha married David Allen in September 1971. They retired and moved to Table Rock Lake in 1982. Dave died in March 1984. 

Martha then married Melvin Welch in December 1992 and moved back to Helena. Following Melvin’s death in April 2010 Martha moved back to her beloved home on the Table Rock Lake where she lived until her death.

Martha was an accomplished pianist, a professional seamstress, an office manager retired from Saint Francis Hospital of Wichita and much more. She was a Christian and an active church member all her life and was a member of First Baptist Church in Helena at time of death.  She also attended First Baptist Church at Cassville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and one daughter, Sylvia Sue VanWye.

She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by two sisters-in-law JoAn VanWye/Burton, Longmont, Colo., and Norene Hungerford/Werner, Helena, Okla.  She also leaves behind many step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 19, at First Baptist Church in Helena, Oklahoma, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Pastor Scott Hofen conducted the services. The family received friends from 9:30 until services time Monday in the church.  Burial was at Good Hope Cemetery in Helena.

The family received friends in Cassville from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.17 at Fohn Funeral Home.

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