Obituaries

Ida Jo Haag Swisher Jones

April 21, 1936 – Nov. 6, 2017

EMPORIA — Ida Jo Haag Swisher Jones died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Presbyterian Manor, Emporia. She was 81.

She was born April 21, 1936, at Emporia, the daughter of Albert Joseph and Helen Rose Brown Haag. She attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s at Olpe and graduated from Reading High School with the class of 1953.
She married Lowell “Dean” Swisher Oct. 30, 1954, at Assumption Catholic Church, Reading. They were later divorced.

Virginia L. Getsinger

Aug. 19, 1928 – Nov. 8, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Virginia L. Getsinger, Burlingame, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at an Osage City nursing home. She was 89.

She was born Aug. 19, 1928, at Perry, the daughter of Leo Michael and Laura Alice Collett Werner.

She married James Michael Getsinger Feb. 10, 1948, at Topeka. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1995.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Michael Getsinger on Oct. 22, 1973.

Ruth Masters Whitaker

Oct. 24, 1944 – Oct. 19, 2017

TOPEKA — Ruth Masters Whitaker, Topeka, died Oct. 19, 2017. She was 72.

She was born Oct. 24, 1944 the daughter of Gilbert and Mary Masters.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer; and two brothers, Don and Mick.

She is survived by a son, Christopher; seven grandchildren; and three brothers, Terry, Gilbert(Bud) and Jim.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local library.

Charles McNelly

Died – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Charles McNelly left Nov. 2, 2017, for an extended hunting and fishing trip. He was 89.

He was a veteran of WW II, Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee and the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Cross and many other medals. He worked as a park ranger at Tuttle Creek and Pomona Lakes.

He enjoyed rodeos, dancing and spending time with his beloved wife, Chris McNelly, family and friends.

Ellis Swarts

May 11, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Ellis Swarts died Nov. 2, 2017, at Osage City. He was 95.

He was born May 11, 1922.

Funeral services are pending.

James Sosebee

Dec. 10, 1941 – Aug. 26, 2017

TOPEKA — James “Rock” Sosebee, Vassar, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at V.A. Medical Center, Topeka. He was 75.

He was born Dec. 10, 1941, at Beaufort, S.C., the son of James and Blanche Cobb Sosebee. He grew up in South Carolina and lived in North Carolina and Arizona before moving to Lake Pomona near Vassar in 1994.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He worked most of his life in construction as a steel worker. He was a member of the Tar Heel Stompers Motorcycle Club and then the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Humbert Emil Rosetta

July 14, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Humbert Emil Rosetta passed away peacefully Nov. 2, 2017. He was 82.

He was born July 14, 1935, at Osage City, the son of Grace Bailey Rosetta and Humbert S. Rosetta. He lived his entire life in Osage City.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Osage City.

He married Darlene Sahlberg July 17, 1954. She survives of the home.

Sue Marie Martin

June 25, 1956 – Oct. 31, 2017

OLATHE — Sue Marie Martin died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe. She was 61.

She was born June 25, 1956, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, the daughter of George Ellis Martin and Evelyn Nadine Chambers Martin. She lived most of her life in the Overbrook and Ottawa communities.

She graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School and Ottawa University. She worked for Ransom Memorial Hospital for 40 years as a social worker and then as executive director of human resources.

Donald Atchison

Jan. 20, 1923 – Oct. 31, 2017

DENTON, Texas — Donald R. Atchison died Oct. 31, 2017 at Denton, Texas. He was 94.

He was born Jan. 20, 1931.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at Overbrook Cemetery.

Edie Adams

Dec. 24, 1948 – Oct. 22, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Edie Adams, Osage City, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at her home. She was 68.

She was born Dec. 24, 1948, at Topeka. She retired from U.S. Airways in 2010.

She married Dale Adams Jan. 20, 1973. He preceded her in death.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Georgia, Wanda, Sue and Sonia; and two brothers, Marvin and Tom.

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