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Leavenworth Area 2015 Obituaries Archives

January 2015 Obituaries

Robert Leslie Knopp

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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.

Robert Leslie 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

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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 V. Mlynarski

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 Spridgen

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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

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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.




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