Obituaries

Kim Michelle Cousin

Dec. 23,1960 – May 5, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Kim Michelle Cousin died May 5, 2014, at her parent’s home in Osage City. She was 53.

She was born Dec. 23, 1960, at Emporia, the daughter of Donald “Ike” Dayne and Kay Anna Curley Garland. She graduated from Osage City High School in 1979.

She worked as an pharmaceutical benefits representative for Veterans Administration in Topeka.

She married Marvin M. Cousin June 22, 1990. They divorced in 2011.

She was a member of Flint Hills Baptist Church, Osage City.

Lela Helen Schmidtberger

April 22, 1933 – May 2, 2014

TOPEKA—Lela Helen Schmidtberger, Madison, formerly of Burlingame, died May 2, 2014, at Midland Care Hospice, Topeka. She was 81.

She was born April 22, 1933, at Williamsburg, the daughter of Granville L. and Ethel Marie McMurdo Griffin. She was a homemaker.

She married Lavern Joseph Schmidtberger, Nov. 22, 1956, at Burlingame. He survives of the home.

Beverly "Bev" S. Wilkin

Feb. 5, 1914 – Feb. 22, 2014

OVERBROOK—Beverly “Bev” S. Wilkin, Burlingame, died Feb. 22, 2014, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 100.

He was born Feb. 5, 1914, at Burlingame, the son of Glen C. and Lola Beverly Wilkin. He graduated eighth grade and later worked on the farm.

He married Elizabeth Jackson in 1938. She preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 2009.

Zona Kaye McKinsey

Nov. 17, 1946 – April 30, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Zona “Kaye” McKinsey, Osage City, died April 30, 2014 at Osage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Osage City, Kansas. She was 67.

A memorial service was held May 3 at Salt Creek Lighthouse Church, Lyndon. Her ashes will be buried in Osage City American Cemetery.

Charles L. Woodmas

Nov. 1, 1925 – April 28, 2014

TOPEKA—Charles L. Woodmas, Lyndon, died April 28, 2014, at Topeka hospital. He was 88.

He was born Nov. 1, 1925, on the family farm near Melvern, the son of Chester and Emma McDonald Woodmas.

He lived most of his life on the family farm until moving to Lyndon several years ago. He farmed all of his life and also worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for a time and for Albert Swallow Construction in Pomona.

Madge Lee Pannell

Dec. 11, 1931 – April 26, 2014

TOPEKA—Madge “Mama Lee” Crouch Pannell, died April 26, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. She was 82.

She was born Dec. 11, 1931, at Hector, Ark., the daughter of Fannie Crouch and Herbert Kelley.

She married Eugene Pannell July 30, 1948.

She owned and operated several taverns in Wichita and Burlingame. In later years, she cleaned commercial buildings and houses. For a short time, she operated a small second hand store, “Mama Lee’s Gently Used New and Old.”

Virginia P. Spencer

June 14, 1920 – April 19, 2014

TOPEKA—Virginia P. Spencer, Topeka, formerly of Harveyville, died April 19, 2014, at Midland Care Hospice House, Topeka. She was 93.

She was born June 14, 1920, at Harveyville, the daughter of Preston Riley and Dollie Bertha Smith Akers. She attended school in Dover and later in Harveyville, where she graduated from Harveyville High School in 1938.

Irene Tucker

Jan. 18, 1927 – April 29, 2014

TOPEKA—Irene Tucker died April 20, 2014, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka. She was 87.

She was born Jan. 18, 1927, at Vassar, the daughter of Lewis and Merle Myrick Ogle. She lived in Topeka since 1995, but had lived in the Vassar and Lyndon communities’ prior.

She worked for Hallmark Cards for five years, did wallpaper upholstery with Florence Montgomery for several years and had been a bus driver for Lyndon schools for 23 years.

Kathryn Marie Snyder

Oct. 27, 1939 – April 19, 2014

TOPEKA—Kathryn Marie Snyder, Topeka, formerly of rural Overbrook, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2014. She was 74.

She was born Oct. 27, 1939, the daughter of A.L. and Ruth Marie Conley Kingery. She was raised near rural Centropolis. A 1957 graduate of Appanoose High School, she was a cheerleader and salutatorian of her graduating class.

She married Ivan Duane Snyder Nov. 2, 1957, at Ottawa. He died in 2002.

She enjoyed gardening and being a devoted and hardworking farm wife and horsewoman alongside her husband.

Dreu Alan Smith

March 29, 1960 – April 17, 2014

PAOLA—Dreu Alan Smith, Paola, died April 17, 2014, at his home. He was 54.

He was born March 29, 1960, at Ottawa, the son of Paul F. and Elaine E. Cutuska Smith. He grew up in Lyndon, graduating from Lyndon High School in 1978.

During his high school years, he worked for local grocery stores. He moved to Paola in 1981 and began working for Queens Price Chopper. He continued his career as a meat cutter in Paola for 32 years.

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