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Marvin D. Bartel, 88

Posted 3/26/2015

LITITZ, Penn. – Marvin D. “Bart” Bartel, 88, of Lititz, Penn., passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Landis Homes. 

Born in Halstead, he was the son of the late David Andrew and Marie F. (Dyck) Bartel. 

He is survived by his wife, Martha (Stoltzfus); five children: Cindy Sohar, Margaret Freed, Rose Weaver, Albert Bartel, and Jane Haught; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three sisters:  Mildred Mueller, Halstead, Frances Bartel, Moundridge, and Dorothy Dick, Halstead. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Marvin W.; and five siblings:  Albert, Ruth Marie, Roland, Olen, and Edna. 

A celebration of life was held Wednesday, March 18 at Landis Homes. 

Groff-High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



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Charleen Conners, 92

Posted 3/26/2015

HALSTEAD – Charleen "Blondie" Conners, 92, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born March 7, 1923 at Wichita, to Howard Floyd and Amber Vivian (Hunt) Titus.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Halstead  and Matron and past Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 5, Newton, for 60 years,  39-year member Ruth-Wilson American Legion Post 231 Auxiliary and Halstead Red Hatters

On March 7, 1944 she married Elden F. "Red" Conners at Wichita.  He preceded her in death Nov. 24, 2013.

Survivors include a daughter: Liz (Terry Hofmann) Boyd, Halstead; grandsons: Bryce (Amy) Boyd, Wichita; Billy (Michelle Heimerman) Boyd, Wichita, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Kaufman Funeral Home with Chaplain Rick Schrag officiating. Burial at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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John Nemeth, 60

Posted 3/26/2015

NEWTON – John J. Nemeth, 60, fought a long, courageous battle and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his bachelor's degree from Kent State University and he earned his master's degree of social work from the University of Houston.

John is survived by his wife, Beth; children Chelsea and Taylor. He is also survived by his son Zach (Molly) Nemeth of Ohio.

Celebration of Life Service was Monday, March 23, at Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson, Newton, with Pastor Steve Friesen officiating.

Memorials may be given to Grace Community Church Benevolence Fund, 1600 S. Anderson, Newton, KS 67114. Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. Condolences may be left for the family at



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Nellie Mae Wall, 96

Posted 3/26/2015

MOUNT HOPE – Nellie Mae Wall, 96, passed away march 15, 2015 at Mt Hope Nursing Center. 

She was born March 3, 1919 in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Sherman Dean and Estie Miles Dean.  She married John H. Wall.  He preceded her in death on Sept.12, 1974.  Survivors include one daughter, Karen Nightingale of Newton and two grandchildren.  There will be no visitation. 

Graveside inurnment service was March 21 at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to either the Mt. Hope EMS or Mt. Hope Fire Department in care of Ott Funeral Home, Haven.

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Edna (Boam) Westfall, 96

Posted 3/26/2015

HALSTEAD – Edna Lucille “Eddy” (Boam) Westfall, 96, died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Newton Medical Center.

She was born on March 11, 1919 the daughter of Eada (Ault) and Benjamin K. Boam in Topeka, Kansas.

“Eddy” graduated from Topeka High School and then attended college at Park College in Parksville, Mo.

On Jan. 15, 1944 she married Dr. George A. Westfall, Jr. in Topeka. During her lifetime “Eddy” only held three jobs. Entering the workforce, she was employed by Price Candy Company while George attended medical school.   After “Eddy” and George relocated to Halstead she was a housewife and mother.  Later she  became the head city librarian for the Halstead City Library and then went on to work for the Hertzler Clinic as the Medical Research Librarian.

“Eddy” held a longtime membership with the Halstead Presbyterian Church. She was active in her church and spent years teaching Sunday school classes.

Family was important to “Eddy” and she loved having the children and grandchildren come to visit. The Fourth of July was one of her favorite celebrations, with friends, family and lots of firework displays. During the Christmas season, she would decorate the entire home, with Christmas trees in nearly each room.

Her passion for the library and helping others to learn, involved her being a member of the Halstead Helianthos Club, board member for the Kansas Learning Center for Health.  “Eddy” was an active member for over 64 years with the chapter AK PEO.

“Eddy” was also a huge enthusiast for KU basketball team and NASCAR races. She had also served multiple years as the Girl Scout Cookie chairperson. In her spare time you could find” Eddy” in her garden, where she would always produce the best tomatoes around.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse; two brothers, Clarence and Jack Boam ; sister Josephine Boam and daughter-in-law, Paula Westfall.

Her survivors include son, Geo. A. “Chip” (Terri) Westfall, Newton; daughter Marcia Westfall, Halstead; two grandchildren, Jacob (Tonya) Westfall, Halstead, Andrew (Katie), Edwardsville; five great-grandchildren, Alexis Westfall, Valerie Westfall, Addison Westfall, Paul Westfall and Molly Westfall.

Funeral Services were at Halstead Presbyterian Church on March 24. Reverend Tony D’Olio presiding.

Burial at the Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Halstead Public Library or Kansas Learning Center for Health in care of the funeral home at 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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John White

Posted 3/26/2015

BURRTON ­– John White, resident of Burrton, went to eternal life on Friday, March 13.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Halstead, Fr. Edmond Kline officiating.

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