Obituaries

Alice Leland Cooper

Aug. 13, 1922 – Feb. 5, 2019

ST. JOHN — Alice Leland Cooper died Feb. 5, 2019, at Kenwood Plaza, St. John. She was 96.

She was born Aug. 13, 1922, at Cummings, the daughter of Walter and Daisy Jarrott Leland. She was a lifelong resident of St. John, where she was a homemaker and former Stafford County Extension Agent.

She graduated from Manhattan High School and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Kansas State University.

She married Carleton Cooper June 4, 1950, at Manhattan. He preceded her in death in 2007.

Mary Kay Rappard

May 11, 1945 — Feb. 2, 2019

FULTON, Texas — Mary Kay Rappard, Fulton, Texas, died Feb. 2, 2019, at her home after a very long battle with cancer. She was 73.

She was born May 11, 1945, at Emporia, daughter of James and Ermal Parre, Osage City. She lived and attended school in Osage City.

She married Jon Rappard Sept. 4, 1964. He survives.

Mary and Jon lived at Topeka, and Omaha, Neb., prior to moving to Fulton, Texas, in 2004.

Kathleen M. Kessinger

Nov. 21, 1947 – Jan. 13, 2019

LAWRENCE — Kathleen M. Kessinger, Lawrence, formerly of Burlingame, died Jan. 13, 2019. She was 71.

She was born Nov. 21, 1947, Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Emmett M. and Margaret J. Burns Spain.

She married K. Kurt Kessinger, April 3, 1971, at Junction City. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2002.

Wanda Paxton

Nov. 13, 1922 – Jan. 29, 2019

TOPEKA — Wanda Paxton, Osage City, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. She was 96.

She was born Nov. 13, 1922, at Miller, the daughter of Ira and Helen Hoglund Smith. She grew up around the Miller community and lived in Osage City for many years.

Jackie Vigola

Feb. 7, 1932 – Dec. 24, 2018

BOSTON, Mass. — Jackie Vigola, formerly of Osage City, died Dec. 24, 2018, at Boston, Mass. She was 86.

She was born Feb. 7, 1932 at Osage City, the daughter of Bill and Julia Vigola. She was a supervisor for Girl Scouts of America.

She was a 1950 graduate of Osage City High School and a graduate of Emporia State Teacher’s College with a major in music.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Beverly Hannigan and Judy Vigola.

Eunice Christina (Pohl) Breithaupt

Jan. 12, 1924 – Jan. 25, 2019

OVERBROOK — Eunice Christina Pohl Breithaupt, Overbrook, went to be with the Lord Jan. 25, 2019. She was 95.

She was born Jan. 12, 1924, at the family home in rural Baldwin City, the daughter of Henry and Alma Pohl, the youngest of three children.

She married Fred Breithaupt April 4, 1945, at her parent’s home at Ottawa. He preceded her in death. Fred and Eunice farmed and raised cattle for over 50 years on their farm outside of Overbrook.

Norman "Node" Gerisch

July 7, 1923 – Jan. 25, 2019

TOPEKA — Norman "Node" Gerisch, Overbrook, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 95.

He was born July 7, 1923, at Richland, the son of Charles and Kathrine Sheetz Gerisch. He lived most of his life around Richland and Overbrook communities.

He was a farmer all of his life and a dozer operator in construction. He was a member of Masonic Lodge at Richland and Overbrook for 74 years and Arab Shrine for many years.

William “Bill” Donald Linden Jr.

Aug. 14, 1949 – Jan. 26, 2019

TOPEKA — William “Bill” Donald Linden Jr., Topeka, died Jan. 26, 2019. He was 69.

He was born Aug. 14, 1949, at Emporia, the son of William Donald and Nathalee Harrison Linden. He graduated from Overbrook High School with class of 1967.

He excelled at sports in his school years and was an avid Jayhawk, Chiefs and Royals fan.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a niece.

Glenn Allen Adamson

Jan. 5, 1952 – Jan. 21, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Glenn Allen Adamson, Osage City, and a former resident of Cashmere, Wash., died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. He was 67.

He was born Jan. 5, 1952, at Wenatchee, Wash., the son of Allen T. and Marion E. Brown Adamson. He grew up in Cashmere.

He was active in many youth organizations. Some of his favorite times were spent visiting his grandparents in Chehalis, Wash.

Earnest Wheeler

June 29, 1935 – Jan. 24, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Earnest Wheeler died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. He was 83.

He was born June 29, 1935, at Guthrie, Okla., the son of Henry and Ethel Casey Wheeler Sr. He lived in Arkansas City for many years and lived in Osage City since 1997.

He worked as a mechanic for General Electric Aircraft, Arkansas City. He was a member of Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, Lyndon.

He married Sue Hix, Jan. 26, 1959, at Stillwater, Okla. She survives.

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