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Leavenworth Area 2017 Obituaries

January 2017 Obituaries

Sharon Rae Mowery

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Sharon Rae Mowery, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie (Kelly) Panek.

On June 15, 1963, she married Charles W. Mowery. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Bambi (Ray) Darrow of Leavenworth; a son, Chad (Robbin Ratcliff) Mowery of Winchester, Kan.; two granddaughters, Chelsey (John) Connors of Leavenworth and Kylee (Matt Demaranvile) Darrow of Atchison; a great-granddaughter, Colby Connors; and a brother, James (Joanie) Panek of Manhattan, Kan.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

She enjoyed art and making jewelry.

Sharon worked for St. Johns Hospital where she retired in 2009 due to health issues.

Her greatest joy was her great-granddaughter, Colby Lynn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Association for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Jean Marie Goetting

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Jean Marie Goetting, 84, of Topeka, went home peacefully to be with her Lord, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, the daughter of William and Jane (Manning) Bradley.

Jean Marie Goetting

On Dec. 17, 1948, Jean married Kenneth Goetting Sr. He preceded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth Goetting, Jr.; two daughters, Peggy Harvey and Deborah Kearney; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Kenny) Blaski of Leavenworth; a brother, Bob (Linda) Bradley of Topeka; a very special nephew, Ed (Miranda) Green; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Goetting; a special niece, Kathy Green; her lifelong friend, Leona Bradford; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jean retired from the Kansas State Penitentiary after several years working in Personnel.

She is best known for her kindness, selflessness and “Mom” to all.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to ALS in the name of her daughter, Deborah Kearney.

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Louis Tupa

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Louis Tupa, 75, died, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. George was born July 30, 1941, in Larimore, N.D. the second of five children for his loving parents Ann and Edward Tupa.

George Tupa

George graduated from Larimore High School in 1959. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Upon graduation, he joined the Army, served two tours in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic. During his time in the military he earned a master’s degree in European History from the University of North Dakota.

In 1972, George married Lonnie Maier from Emerado, N.D. During their time in the military in North Dakota, their three boys, Trajan, Yuri and Anton, were born.

Other duty stations included Fort Leavenworth, Kan. where George attended Command and General Staff College, Fort Lewis, Wash. where their daughters, Natasha and Alexia, were born, Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, West Germany, and a final assignment at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. George retired from the Army in 1987 making Leavenworth home. He then began his second career as a civilian contractor with the Army for the next twenty-seven years. During this time, he enjoyed travelling around the world, carrying out battle simulation training for units of the United States Armed Forces. In 2015, he proudly ended his fifty year career of service to his country.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lonnie Tupa; his sons, Trajan, Yuri and Anton Tupa; his daughters, Natasha and her husband Billy Burns; Alexia and her husband Dave Vondrachek; his siblings, Ed, Tom, Ron Tupa and Carol Malley; and his six grandchildren, Hannah, Lydia, Billy, Vince, Jake and Bobby.

As a devout Catholic, George was an active member of Saint Casimir parish, serving as lector. He enjoyed attending daily Mass during his retirement. He was a tireless supporter of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System, having all five of his children graduate from Xavier Catholic School and Immaculata High School.

His greatest passion was caring for his yard. He hand-made 22,000 concrete bricks over the span of a decade, laying them down for two patios and a sidewalk that looped around the yard. He also built four retaining walls, a deck, and planted over two hundred trees and shrubs. He and his family spent countless hours enjoying the environment he created. George will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation beginning with praying of the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for tuition assistance for any preschooler wishing to go on to Xavier Catholic School.

Leon Allen Torkelson

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Ret U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leon A. Torkelson, CFP, 73, of Atchison County passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at St Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born on Aug. 17, 1943, to S. Albert and Ella C. (Tobiason) Torkelson in Horton, Kan. He married Glenda C. Sims on Aug. 25, 1963, in Kansas City, Kan.

Leon Allen Torkselson

Leon grew up in rural Everest, Kan. and after graduating from ACCHS, he attended Kansas State Teachers College where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from the Univ of Kansas with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting and was headed to law school at the Univ of Florida when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Air Force as a fighter pilot, he flew the F-4, F-5, and F-16, served in Vietnam and was stationed all over the world, including five years in Germany. In 1987, after over 20 years of service, he retired and moved back to the family farm. He then worked with MetLife Ins Co as a Certified Financial Planner serving businesses and families throughout the mid-west up until his death. Leon enjoyed flying his 1942 Interstate Cadet WWII Trainer airplane in his off time. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the Everest Lions Club, Everest Historical Society and numerous professional organizations. Leon enjoyed traveling with his wife Glenda, taking many cruises all over the world. They loved spending time with their family, especially in Winter Park, Colo. and Table Rock, Mo. Less than a week before he passed, he spent the holidays with his family in the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise.

Leon is survived by Glenda, his wife of over 53 years, son Kurt Torkelson and wife Amy of Basehor, Kan., daughter Kari Anderson and husband Brian of Leavenworth, and five grandchildren, Aubrey, Chase, and Brody Torkelson and Jonas and Anya Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Eileen Herbert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church (1521 Prairie Rd., Everest, Kan. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the church, the Everest Lions Club, or the Leon Torkelson Education Scholarship, all in care of the Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave Leavenworth, KS 66048…913-351-0200).




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