Catherine P. Lake, 87, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at the home of her son, Harley “Chub” Lake on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was born May 4, 1927, the daughter of John “Tot” and Olympia S. (Brzozowski) Panek.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harley “Dusty” Lake, her son Roy John “Jay” Lake and her son-in-law, James Mallein, two sisters, Mary Benton and Cecelia Heckman and two brothers, Byron “Pooch” Brzozowski and Joseph Panek.
Catherine is survived by her sister, Martha Mumm; her children, Robert (Frannie) Lake, Marsha Birk, Harley (Melissa) Lake, Sandra (Thomas) Kowalewski, Cathy Sue Mallein; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She retired from Leavenworth County Infirmary as a C.N.A., in the mid-1990s. Later, she went to work at High Noon Saloon as a prep cook. Catherine “Taji” enjoyed her family, her beloved pets and will be sadly missed by all.
A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11,2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth County Humane Society in honor of Catherine.
Kathelyn B. Matzeder, 90, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was born on June 22, 1924, in Copeville, Texas, the daughter of Wesley and Laura (Seay) Pitts.
On Feb. 1, 1943, Kathelyn married Ralph Matzeder. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Gerald Matzeder and Donald (Dianna) Matzeder; two grandchildren, Kristi (Randy) Mayfield and Sarah (Rick) Decker; five great-grandchildren, Christena Matzeder, Cade Decker, Heather Mayfield, Emory Mayfield and Ike Mayfield; and two sisters, Lynn Carmichael and Nancy Brewer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles Pitts and James Pitts.
Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
James Alton Amason, 56, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. He was born on July 17, 1958, the son of Alton Virgil and Patricia Ann (James) Amason.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Amason; a son-in-law, Samuel Clinton Doty; two sisters, Deborah Ann (Rickey) Hicks of Little Rock, Ark. and Susan Elaine (Tommy) Miller of Lake Claiborne, La.; a brother, Jesse Michael “Mike” Amason of El Dorado, Ar.; and a large extended family.
James was a decorated rifle marksman with the United States Army and the German Military.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sybille Amason.
A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Fukue "Ruby" Dominick, 80, a resident of Lansing for 48 years, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City, Mo. She was born May 9, 1934, in Nagasaki, Japan, the daughter of Tokiko and Yasuo Doi.
On April 9, 1953, she married James. E. Dominick. He preceded her in death July 12, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a grandson, Kevin Williams.
She was a long-time employee of Hallmark Cards and was the owner and cook of Fuji Restaurant Groceries and Gift Store in Leavenworth. She was also a military wife.
Ruby is survived by her children, Michael Dominick of Leavenworth, Judy (John) Martin of Lansing, James (Robin) Dominick Jr. of Leavenworth, Darryl (Sindy) Dominick of Kansas City, Kan. and Donald Dominick of Ottawa, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She loved her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Nancy C. Esher, 84, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at her home. She was born on Aug. 29, 1930, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of Harry and Elsie (Carter) Cocking.
She lived most of her early life in upper Darby, Pa.
On Sept. 10, 1949, Nancy married John D. Esher in Upper Darby. Shortly after John began serving in the U.S. Army. Like many Army wives, Nancy raised a family while John was serving his country at various assignments across the globe. Nancy earned a Master’s Degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and began a teaching career. She also wrote a local newspaper column titled “Over the Coffee Cup.” She had a great sense of humor which she shared with all of her avid readers.
While her husband was assigned at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Nancy taught for many years at Nettie Hartnett until her retirement. Nancy was a member of DAR, Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She touched many lives as both a loyal and supportive Army spouse and as an enthusiastic and caring elementary school teacher. She will never be forgotten by family and friends for all of her wonderful and unique qualities. We will always remember the many weekends spent having family cookouts and swimming in the pool.
Nancy is survived by her children, Ret. U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Mark R. Esher, Esq. (Suzanne) of Fort Meyers, Fla., Susan L. (Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Wilson) of Leavenworth and Barbara J. (Rob) Bristow of Leavenworth; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Wilson, Nicole Bristow, Robbie Bristow, Andrew Bristow, Jennifer Esher and Jason Esher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John D. Esher and her son, Ret. U. S. Air Force Maj. Michael D. Esher, Esq.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be a cremation and a private family inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Her family will cherish her memory in private and wishes to thank all family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Humane Association in memory of her beloved West Highland Terrier, Maggie.
William Jeffery West, 43, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Overland Park, Kan. He was born Nov. 23, 1971, in Parkersburg, W.Va., the son of Reverend Bill and Wilma (Elder) West.
He is survived by his parents of Leavenworth; sisters, Amber (Matt) Wolfe and Kelly (Travis) Shoaf both of Overland Park; grandparents, Bill and Helen West of Parkersburg; uncle, Jeff West of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; nephews, Tyler, Tanner, and Adam Shoaf; and nieces, Taylor and Hayden Wolfe.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. all at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetic Society or the American Cancer Society.
Larry B. Henderson, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 17, 1950, in Nuremburg Germany, the son of Harry Gibson and Norma (Ward) Henderson.
Larry grew up an Army “Brat” but spent most of those years in the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. area, specifically Waynesville, Mo. Larry grew up in a big family including his three brothers, Harry “Gibby”, Steve and Jim and sister, Doris Jean.
In 1968 he graduated from Waynesville High School and in September entered the US Air Force, remaining until honorably discharged in August of 1972 as a Staff Sergeant. Larry served in South Korea and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
On June 7, 1969, Larry married Linda Decker at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. From that marriage came two children, Amanda and Bryan.
Shortly after completing his time in the Air Force he moved to Leavenworth, where he worked for the Department of the Army at Ft. Leavenworth until 1984. He moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, and worked at Ft. Hood, Texas, until 1989.
He received an Associates of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Larry married Pamela (Bacon) Martin July 22, 1989, in Copperas Cove, Texas and he helped raise her daughter, Nicole. Pamela survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Amanda (Dan) Winton and Nicole (Jason) Bell; a son, Bryan (Lindsay) Henderson; a special son-in-law, Jerry (Daneen) Bell; his grandchildren include Mary Beth and Christopher Winton, Allie and Nolan Henderson, Thorin, Issac, Haley, Julien and Liam Bell; a brother, Steve of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a sister, Doris Jean (Greg) Howard of O’Fallon, Mo. He was known as the “Handsome Uncle Larry” to many nieces and nephews.
Larry returned to work as an air conditioning equipment mechanic at Ft. Leavenworth, retiring in 2005 with more than 37 years of Federal service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harry “Gibby” Gibson Jr. and James.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 19, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will being at 9 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kendallwood Hospice.
Robert Louis Mitchell, 82, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the VA Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 13, 1932, in Georgetown, Ky., the son of Joe and Lois (Penney) Mitchell.
He is survived by five children, Deborah K. Jenkins of Topeka Kan., Daryle T. Mitchell and Tamela P. Mitchell Hamilton both of Leavenworth Kan., Mina Michelle Versher of Overland Park, Kan. and Sherri R. Mitchell of Jamaica N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Renaldo (Roshanda) Colbert, Terry Versher Jr., Shautario (Sylvia) Hamilton, Melisa (Eric) Versher Larue, Andre Carter Jr., Armis Carter, Anthony Carter, Shamira Brown; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lillian Toliver of Dayton, Ohio.
On June 9, 1957, Robert married, Barbara J. Reece in Topeka Kan.,she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andreika T. Hamilton.
Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served for six years. He also worked at V.A. Medical Center for 34 years.
Robert was an active member of the Leavenworth Church of God. He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and watching sports.
Visitation will be from 10 to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the Leavenworth Church of God. Funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Stephen Wayne Traglio, 59, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House, with his wife Lisa by his side. He was born March 17, 1955, in Portland, Ore., the son of Command Sergeant Major Eugene E. Traglio and Yvonne M. (Massie) Traglio.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Stephen married Lisa Garrison on June 23, 1990. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Lindsay M. Traglio and Michael W. Traglio both of Leavenworth and Brandon M. Garrison of Kansas City; his two brothers, Allen Traglio and Richard Traglio both of Portland, Ore.; his two grandchildren and their mother, Christofer N. Garrison, Alexander G. Garrison and Lilieth D. Garrison; his nieces and nephews; his brothers and sisters in-law; his church family; his brothers and sisters in arms with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Leavenworth Police Department and the Kansas Army National Guard.
After High School, Stephen enlisted in the United States Army, which eventually brought him to Leavenworth, where he completed his initial period of military service. He served as a Police Officer for the Leavenworth Police Department for 30 years and then concluded his law enforcement career as a Deputy with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death. He received many awards and honors including and not limited to multiple medals of valor, as well as State and National Law Enforcement Awards. He loved his work and everyone he worked with and dedicated his life to it.
Stephen was devoted to the service of his country. He served in the United States Army for seven years on active duty and he re-enlisted with the Kansas Army National Guard in 2000. During his 22 years of military service, Stephen completed multiple overseas deployments, to include Bosnia, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Stephen dedicated his life to the service of others and loved people. Some of his greatest joys in life were spending time with his wife and family and being a mentor to others. He loved riding his motorcycle, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas City Royals.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to "Traglio's Fund a Turkey". (This was organized by Steve, two years ago, so some of Leavenworth Counties less fortunate families, could have a Thanksgiving dinner.)
Larry M. Armstrong, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born on March 2, 1950, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Alfred E. and Mary R. (Charbonneau) Armstrong.
On July 31, 1970, Larry married Deborah McLaughlin. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Cary (Patrick) Collins; a granddaughter, Rachel Collins; a grandson, Zachary Collins; three sisters, Patty Harris, Diane (Dean Sr.) Johnson and Carol (David) Hicks; a brother, Allen (Sherri) Armstrong; his step-mother, Dee Armstrong; a brother-in-law, John (LouAnn) Williams; four sister-in-laws, Roberta Lough, Vicky McLaughlin, Janet (Kenny) Payne and Terry Williams; a large extended family and many friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving kid sister, Debbie Marie Armstrong; father-in-law, Robert McLaughlin; mother-in-law, Virginia McLaughlin; and two brother-in-laws, Tom Williams and Samuel Lough.
He served in the Army on Active Duty from Feb. 1970 to Sept. 1971. Larry then served in the Army Reserves until 1976.
Larry worked for American Roofing for nearly 40 years. It was a “brotherhood” where lifetime friendships were made.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bikers for Babies, St. Luke’s Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Jesse F. Jones III, 76, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Luke's Cushing Medical Center. He was born on July 28, 1938, in Vicksburg, Miss. the son of Jesse F. and Josephine R. (Morissey) Jones Jr..
Jesse graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1961 where he was commissioned through the ROTC program into the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He served two tours in Viet Nam, graduated from the Command General Staff College, and went on to serve with the Joint Airborne Command Post then concluded his career at Ft. Leavenworth, first as an instructor at CGSC and served as the director of the Nuclear Chemical Directorate. During his service, Jesse was recognized for his leadership and received various military honors, including the Meritorious Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster) as well as numerous foreign decorations. Jesse retired from the Army in April, 1984, and was able to explore his lifelong fascination with technology when he opened Computers ASP which he operated until 1997.
After that time he was able to concentrate on what was important to him, his family and finally, grandchildren. Jesse was an active member of the community and served as Senior Warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was active in the Downtown Business Association, founded the Silverback Men’s Book Club, a member of the OB coffee group and was an active member of the Democratic Party. He was known for his booming voice and personality. Jesse enjoyed a lively debate, reading, playing on the computer, model trains and sharing a meal and a story or two with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nina Jones Alvarez of Metairie, La. and Mary Jones Kavanaugh of Vicksburg, Miss.
Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Anne Nutt Jones; eight children, Julie Ann Marcus of Prairie Village, Kan., Steven (Katie) Marcus of Vicksburg, Miss., Jesse Fuller Jones IV of Weaverville, Calif., Miles (Angela) Marcus of Jackson, Miss., Belle (Michael) Morgan of Wichita Falls, Texas, Treadwell (Karin) Jones of Prairie Village, Kan., Thomas (Dr. Jill Urban) Jones of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth (David) Karkosky of Portland, Ore.; eleven grandchildren, Don, Sara, Blanche, Emma, Forrest, Michaela, Sam, Rowan, Patrick, Anna and Catherine; Jesse leaves an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including Mittie Towne and Josephine Pratt of Vicksburg, Miss. and friends who he would want to gather together, share a story and raise their glasses in celebration of his journey home.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall. Memorial service with full military honors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Keith Lloyd Barker, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 26, 1933, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Lloyd R. and Elsie M. (Scott) Barker.
On Nov. 24, 1956, Keith married Beverly Malotte. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Stinnett; a son, Gary (Diana) Barker; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; and a sister, Irene Cooper.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kan. 66109. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial will follow at Maywood Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Maywood Community Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home
Jimmy Lee Jones Jr., 77, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Medical lodge. .
He was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Fairfield, S.C., the son of Jimmy and Bertha (Martin) Jones Sr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will take place in South Carolina.
Karin Barbara Lada, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Golden Living in Edwardsville, Kan. She was born on April 27, 1942, in Swiebodzice, Germany.
Karen came to the United States in her early twenties and worked as a caregiver for the Sisters of Charity at St. Mary College for 19 years. She then owned and operated a day care for over 20 years in her home. She was a loving caregiver and cared for many children.
Karin enjoyed sewing, especially for her children she cared for, crocheting, working in her garden and flower garden as well as caring for her cats. She had many friends and neighbors and will missed by all.
On Nov. 30, 1968, Karin married George A. Lada in Leavenworth Kan. He preceded her in death in 1993.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Aspera Care Hospice.
Lois Maxine Bacon, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. .
She was born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Clifford and Irene (Sally) Walters
Lois married Albert Bacon on July 5, 1952 in Wolcott, Kansas. He survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Dennis (Linda) Bacon, of South Carolina; a daughter Vickie Montgomery of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Lashaun (Stephen) Oliver of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Danielle (Glen) Baker of Easton, Kan., and James (Shanna) Bacon of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren including Kali Boydston, Ashlynn Boydston, Will Oliver, Tristen Baker, Wyatt Baker, Cody Bacon and Colten Bacon; three brothers, Calvin Thompson of Bonner Springs, Kan, Newton Thompson of Pensacola, Fla. and Wayne Thompson of Grain Valley, Mo.; and two sisters, Pearl Garvey of Leavenworth, Kan. and Gloria Curl of St. Joseph, Mo.
Lois was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association from 1969 to present date. She was also a member of the Gateway Regional Retreads from 1980 to present date, where her and her husband, Albert, served as the Kansas State Representatives for the region.
Lois had many hobbies including shopping, crafts, games, and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.
Later in life she enjoyed being a home maker.
Lois will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.
Robert Leslie Knopp, 68, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born on May 2, 1946, in Sidney, Mont., the son of Walter and Evelyn (Phillips) Knopp.
On Feb. 12, 1988, Robert married Christina Granberg. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Matt Knopp of Lawrence, Kan.; and 3 sisters, Carol (Larry) Pierce of Sidney, Mont., Jean Steiner of Dickinson, N.D. and Sue (John) Klempel of Hazelton, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in-law, Ronald Steiner.
Robert graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech. He then attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. and received a Law Degree.
After 23 years of service, Robert retired in 2012 after working for the Department of Defense in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He enjoyed garage sales, auctions and woodworking. He also enjoyed all KU sports. Robert loved technology and was a tech “whiz”
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow. Memorials are suggested to the KU Med Palliative Care Unit (913-588-2800).
Marie V. Mlynarski, 96, of Leavenworth, passed away, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hillview Rehab in Platte City, Mo. Marie was born on April 17, 1918, in Brooklyn N.Y. the daughter of John and Martha (Maleski) Jurek.
Marie worked for Morehouse Gorham Publishing, NYC, N.Y., upon graduating high school and for the John F. Jurek Funeral Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., owned by her father.
After the war she met her husband of 62 years, John Mlynarski, a WWII veteran. He preceded her in death in May 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister.
Marie is survived by two daughters, Martha (John) Minniti of Trumbull, Conn. and Joan (Randy) Ponder of Leavenworth; four grandchildren, Phillip J. Ponder of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nicholas J. Minniti of Lake Charles, La., Alexis M. Minniti of Morristown, N.J. and 2nd Lt. Gregory W. Ponder currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Immaculate Conception Altar Society or Immaculate Conception Church in Marie’s name. Funeral arrangements in care of R. L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Patricia Marillac Spridgen, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was born on March 17, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Mays) Nipper.
Pat is survived by five daughters, Laura (Dan) Malizzi, Gloria (Jim) Buono, Karen (Frank) Nordmeyer, Barbara Bullard and Theresa (Randy) Pennington; four sons, Michael (Stacia) Spridgen, Roger (Holly) Spridgen, Vernon (Joan) Spridgen and Edward (Deanna) Spridgen; 28 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Spridgen and a granddaughter, Patricia Benavente.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales building fund, St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. Casimir's Altar Society.
Berniece M. Caenen, 75, of McLouth, Kan., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 6, 1939, in Olathe, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Emma (Leeker) Fanning.
On Nov. 7, 1959, she married, Arthur J. Caenen in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.
Berniece is survived by her children, Art Caenen Jr., Debbie (Ron) Schmidt, Denise (Ron) Schuller and Charlie Caenen; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Stefanie, Melissa, Nicole, Zachary, Tyler, Logan and Luke; her great-grandchildren, Mason, Anderson, William, Miles and Bennett; and a brother, Harold Fanning.
Berniece has been a proud member of the McLouth community for the past 30 years. She will forever be remembered and her spirit will continue to be alive in our hearts. We loved her dearly and will miss her.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and inurnment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family will receive guests for lunch, at the funeral home, after the graveside service. Memorials are suggested to the Heart of America Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.