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Cletis E. Stewart, 90

Posted 7/24/2014

Cletis E. Stewart, 90, passed away, Friday, July 18, 2014. He was born in Salina, Aug. 5, 1923. He was a World War II veteran of three years, spending 19 months in the European theater. He spent 195 consecutive days on front line duty.

On Aug. 31, 1947 in Hutchinson, Kansas he married Vesta Lee Carter. Cletis was employed by Beatrice Foods for 22 years and Steffens Dairy for 12 and ½ years. He is preceded in death by his wife Vesta, parents, George W. Stewart and Leah Rose Stewart, brother Willard Stewart and sister Vietta Ediger. He is survived by his daughter Linda Weir  (Richard) of Valley Center; son Richard Stewart (Claire Jepson) of Lee Summit, Mo.; sister LaVeda Thorton (Gene) of Texas; grandchildren Richard Weir, Jr. (Tanja), Catherine Vasquez (Frank), Sara Graves (David), Matthew Weir, Jennifer Wright (John), Dena Steward (Jared) and Jamie Stevens (Jon); great grandchildren, Courtney and Victoria Weir, Isaac and Gabbi Graves, Sara Vasquez, Ethan Weir and Bethan Wright.

Memorials may be designated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 5500 E. Kellogg, Wichita, Ks 67218 and Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple, Wichita, Ks 67209. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 24 at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple, Wichita. Graveside will be following the service at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Mary Kuhlmann, 106

Posted 7/24/2014

Mary Gertrude Tholen Evans Kuhlmann, 106, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation in Halstead.

Mary is survived by her children, Robert (Tweed) Evans of Forrestville, Calif., Ruth Evans of Lincoln, Neb., and Dan (Megan) Evans of Halstead; five grandchildren, Cobie Evans, Debbie Schenbeck, Tanya West, Cara Cansler, and John Evans; five great-grandchildren, Tara, Jennifer, Ray, Jack and Cate; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaidyn and Mataya; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents: Edward and Frances Tholen; husbands Louis M. Evans and A. J. “Fritz” Kuhlmann; infant daughter, Mary Virginia; sisters, Peg Andres and Virginia Gaddie; brothers, Charles Tholen (her twin) and Barney Tholen.  

The family wishes to thank the staff of Halstead Health and Rehab in Halstead and for their loving care of Mary during her time there and Gentiva Hospice for her final hours.


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Bertha K. Friesen, 94

Posted 7/24/2014

Bertha K. Friesen, 94, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Asbury Park, Newton.

She was born May 28, 1920 at Goessel to Peter R. and Anna (Reimer) Quiring. She was a graduate of Goessel High School and Halstead School of Nursing.

Upon completion of her course work she continued working at 

Halstead Hospital and after her retirement became a crossing guard near South Breeze Elementary in Newton. 

She was a member of Kingdom Life Ministries, Hesston.

On August 10, 1945 she married Harlan Roy Friesen at Goessel.  He preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1986.

Survivors include sons: John (Lillian Thompson) Friesen, Newton; David Friesen, Halstead; daughter: Jean Friesen, Newton; and a sister: Ruth Boese, North Newton.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Ernest and Otto Quiring;  sisters: Edna Schmidt, Martha Wedel and Hilda Ratzlaff.

Viewing will be from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Committal services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Halstead Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Life Ministries, Hesston with Pastor Don Sauerwein officiating.

Memorials may be given to Kingdom Life Ministries in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.


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