Obituaries

Donald W. Kurtz

Donald W. Kurtz
Feb. 16, 1931 – April 2, 2017

AUBURN — Donald W. Kurtz, Auburn, formerly of Burlingame, died April 2, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living. Auburn. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 16, 1931, at Downs, the son of Howard E. and Mabel H. Carey Kurtz. He graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in 1949.

He had a variety of careers including farmer, taxi driver, stone cutter, meat cutter and cooperative truck driver. He most recently retired from Hallmark Cards after 14 years in security and maintenance.

Lucienne Harold

July 24, 1963 – April 6, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Lucienne Harold died April 6, 2017, at her home in Osage City. She was 53.

She was born July 24, 1963, at San Diego, Calif., and was adopted by Ed and Leah Bergquist. She lived most of her life in the Osage City community.

She graduated from Osage City High School and attended Emporia Nursing School where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at a private medical practice, Hilltop Nursing Home in Lyndon, and the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City.

Steven X. Cross

Dec. 27, 1953 – March 29, 207

OVERBROOK — Steven X. Cross died March 29, 2017, at his home in Overbrook. He was 63.

He was a construction foreman for Frisbie Construction and then Wolf Construction. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1972. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Crappie Master’s and Crappie Busters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Cross and Ronnie Wilkinson.

Anna Kay Schemm

Oct. 11, 1957 – March 30, 2017

OTTAWA — After battling sustained illnesses, Anna Kay Schemm moved on to a better place. She passed away March 30, 2017, at Ottawa. She was 59.

She was born Oct. 11, 1957, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Bonna Driver Heitman and was one of four siblings. She graduated from Park Hill High School on May 22, 1975.

R. Steven White

Jan. 15, 1950 – March 27, 2017

SHAWNEE MISSION — R. Steven “Steve” White, Osage City, passed away in his sleep March 27, 2017, at the Health Care Resort of Shawnee Mission. He was 67.

He was born Jan. 15, 1950, the son of Howard M. and Marcia M. White, Ulysses. After attending Washburn University, he made his home in Osage City.

Larry Keith Swanson

March 30, 1940 – March 23, 2017

OVERBROOK — Larry Keith Swanson died March 23, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 76.

He was born March 30, 1940, on the family farm near Melvern, the son of Charles A. and Elizabeth E. Dillard Swanson.

Gary Lee Wilhite

July 3, 1939 – Feb. 7, 2017

READING — Gary Lee Wilhite died Feb. 7, 2017, at his Reading home. He was 77.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2 to 4 p.m. April 8 at Reading Community Center, Reading.

Karen Jean Fiebiger

Aug. 2, 1940 – March 24, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Karen Jean Fiebiger died March 24, 2017, at Vintage Park of Osage City, Osage City. She was 76.

She was born Aug. 2, 1940, at Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Mervin Lester and Hazel LaVonne Hilton Oleson. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1958.

She was a teacher’s aide. She was an member of Grace Lutheran Church, Osage City.

Mary Ann Warner

April 10, 1929 – March 24, 2017

TOPEKA — Mary Ann Warner, Topeka, died March 24, 2017. She was 87.

She was born April 10, 1929, at Osage City, the daughter of Andrew B. and Esther A. Rich Nelson.

She was a 1947 graduate of Lyndon High School, attended Washburn University, and Clark’s Business College.

She was blessed to be a homemaker that allowed her to care for her family. She was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, American Legion, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid KU fan and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds.

Rosella E. Krautkremer Riesgraf

Jan. 22, 1922 – March 15, 2017

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. — Rosella E. Krautkremer Riesgraf, Belle Plaine, Minn., died March 15, 2017, at The Lutheran Home, Belle Plaine, Minn. She was 95.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Helena Township, Scott County, Minn. the daughter of Nick and Christina Lambrecht Krautkremer. She attended school at St. Benedict, Minn., and was raised in the St. Benedict area.

She married Severin Riesgraf May 14, 1946, at St. Benedict, Minn. The couple farmed outside of Union Hill until the mid-1980’s. They latter moved to New Prague, Minn.

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