Obituaries

Deborah Lee Greenfield

April 10, 1947 – Dec. 15, 2016

OVERBROOK—Deborah Lee Greenfield, Overbrook, died Dec. 15, 2016, in the presence of her loved ones. She was 69.

She was born April 10, 1947, at Michigan Valley, the daughter of John R. Athon and Margaret E. (Trendel) Athon. She graduated from Overbrook Rural High School with the class of 1965.

She was known as “The Lunch Lady” at Santa Fe Trail High School cafeteria for over 25 years.

Romona Alice Bartee

Oct. 7, 2016 – Dec. 14, 2016

TOPEKA—Romona Alice Bartee, Osage City, died Dec. 14, 2016, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, after a brief illness. She was 76.

She was born Oct. 7, 1940, at Burlington, the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle Kennard. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1958. She graduated from beauty school in Topeka, after high school.

She worked as a beautician for over 40 years, and enjoyed having her shop in her own home.

She was a member of the Sunflower Steppers, Red Hats, volunteered at ECAT, and hosted a Wednesday’s sewing group.

Lois I. Osborne Hannigan

March 7, 1931– Dec. 12, 2016

COTTONWOOD FALLS—Lois I. Hannigan, Cottonwood Falls, died Dec. 12, 2016, at Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center, Cottonwood Falls. She was 85.

She was a long time resident of Miller.

She was born March 7, 1931, the daughter of William G. and Margaret Ann Nettie Bolinder Osborne, at the family farm near Admire. She graduated from Admire High School.

She married Patrick M. Hannigan March 16, 1957, at Emporia. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Vera Knisley

Jan. 15, 1912 – Dec. 10, 2016

WAVERLY—Vera Knisley died Dec. 10, 2016, at Sunset Manor, Waverly. She was 104.

She was born Jan. 15, 1912, on the family farm near New London, Iowa, the daughter of Frederick and Bettie Toft Miller. She grew up around New London, where she graduated from New London High School in 1929.

She moved to California for four years until she returned to the Burlington, Iowa, area in 1940. She had lived in and around the Topeka community from 1957 to 2008 when she moved near Melvern.

Gerald D. Garrett

Aug. 14, 1939 – Dec. 6, 2016

CARBONDALE—Gerald D. Garrett, Carbondale, opened his final gate on Dec. 6, 2016. He passed away in his sleep at home. He was 77.

He was born Aug. 14, 1939, near Wakarusa, the son of Noble Glenn and Junia Geneive Perry Garrett. He was the youngest of nine siblings.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Glenn, Rex, Floyd “Buster,” and Max Garrett and a sister, Elsie June Tucker.

Jolinda Rose

January 6, 1952 – December 3, 2016

LYNDON—Jolinda Rose, 64, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Eskridge, Kansas, where she had resided since 1997.

She was born on January 6, 1952 at Vassar, Kansas the daughter of Orville and Willine Wiggins Rose.

Jolinda grew up in the Vassar and Olivet communities. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1970.

Jolinda was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Willine and by two older brothers, Larry Rose and Donald Rose.

Warren Allen

Dec. 28, 1927 – Dec. 6, 2016

TOPEKA—Warren Allen, Lyndon, died Dec. 6, 2016, at Healthcare Resort, Topeka. He was 88.

He was born Dec. 28, 1927, at Lyndon, the son of George and Cadde White Allen. He grew up in Lyndon where he graduated from Lyndon High School in 1945.

He lived in California for many years before returning to Lyndon, where he lived until 2004, when he moved to Topeka.

Todd Osborn

July 13, 1962 – Dec. 1, 2016

VASSAR—Todd Osborn died Dec. 1, 2016, at his home near Vassar. He was 54.

He was born July 13, 1962, at Emporia, the son of Walter “Ozzy” and Dixie Wright Osborn. He grew up in Lyndon and lived most of his life there. He had lived in Ottawa before moving to Vassar.

He attended the Lyndon Schools. He worked for Ellis English Plumbing in Lyndon, Haven's Steel in Ottawa, and as a loader for Wal-Mart Distribution for the last 15 years. He was an avid fisherman and pool player.

James G. Thompson

March 25, 1923 – Dec. 3, 2016

OSAGE CITY—James G. Thompson died Dec. 3, 2016, at his home in Osage City. He was 93.

He was born March 25, 1923, at Barclay, the son of Louis C. and Gladys Walker Thompson. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1941. After high school, he started farming and continued throughout his life and dearly loved it.

He married Lenore F. Kaniper Feb. 22, 1947, in Lyon County. She survives of the home.

Janie Jewell Foster

Feb. 17, 1955 – Dec. 3, 2016

TOPEKA—Janie Jewell Foster, Topeka, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, Dec. 3, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 50.

She was born Feb. 17, 1966, at Topeka the daughter of John and Kip Jewell, Overbrook. She attended Santa Fe Trail High School, Class of 1984. She received a degree in marketing from Emporia State University in 1988.

She married Pat Foster June 8, 1990, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa. He survives.

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