Nurses - Class Notes

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The KUMC Alumni Association welcomes the chance to inform your fellow graduates of the events and activities in your life. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements—you're sure to come across news from someone you remember. Browse here by class to find news of your former classmates and take a moment to submit a note of your own.

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1934 - Mae L. Meyer

Mae passed away on February 18, 2013. (Updated June 2013)


1942 – Verdine Mulkins Bettis

Verdine M. Bettis, 92, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, with family at her bedside. Deannie was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born December 4, 1920 in Hutchinson, KS, as the only child of Eugene and Mildred Mulkins. The family moved to Abilene, KS, when Deannie was a young girl and there she resided until high school graduation. Following high school, she graduated from The University of Kansas Medical Center as a registered nurse. With the start of World War II she joined the Army Nursing Corps in 1942. As an Army nurse, she had many adventures and experiences including being assigned to the field hospital on Omaha Beach, D Day+6. When the war ended, she returned to the States and was stationed at the Army/Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, AR. It was there that she met her future husband, Richard (Dick) W. Bettis, who was recuperating from a parachute jump that went awry. They were married July 12, 1946, and Deannie was discharged from the Army a short time later. Dick chose the Air Force as his career and therefore they moved often: Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Colorado, Italy, and finally retired in San Bernardino, CA. They made many lifelong friends in their journeys. In 1990, Dick and Deannie decided to move in their retirement to Green Valley, AZ. They had a beautiful home in Canoa Estates II for 13 years. Following Dick's death in 2003, Deannie decided to move to La Posada, which she said, "was the best move I've ever made." Throughout her life, Deannie was always involved in civic service, P.T.A., and church groups. She loved to entertain and host dinner parties, especially holiday parties. She was an excellent bowler, seamstress, homemaker, and avid bridge player (although admittedly not very good at it). She traveled extensively, enjoying the cultures of different lands and places. But her favorite role was that of mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and often commented how she wished the distance from her children and grandchildren was not so far. The family enjoyed many get-togethers over the years in California and Arizona that usually included swimming pools, delicious barbeques, card games, and unruly games of dominos. She is dearly missed and will always be appreciated for her love, kindness, graciousness, strength of character, and positive example. She is survived by sons, William M. Bettis of The Dalles, OR.; Daniel P. Bettis (Danalee) of Temecula, CA; daughter, Sharron D. Bird (Brad) of Ephraim, Utah; nieces, Jean (David) Swafford, Tallahassee, FL, and Susan (Eric) Stagg, Yucatan, Mexico. She also has 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard W. Bettis, a son, Richard H. Bettis, and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Bettis, preceded her in death (Updated September 2013).

1942 – Margaret Elizabeth Rand Glass

Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Rand Glass, 92 of Eustis, FL passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013. Born in Edwardsville, KS, she moved to Orlando, FL from Detroit, MI in 1972. She then moved to Lake County from the Winter Park area in 1995. She was a registered nurse in hospitals and was also a real estate broker for Glass & Pfieffer Real Estate in Orlando for twenty years. She was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy serving as a nurse in World War II. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association, Nursing Association, AmVets, VFW-Edgewater, and the Moose Lodge. She was a Methodist. She is survived by her sons: Harry Glass, Eustis, FL, Rand Glass, Mt. Dora, FL; daughter: Margo Bremen, Scottsdale, AZ; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren (Updated December 2013).

1943 – Mary H. Meyer

Mary H. Meyer, 94, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 (Updated April 2014).

1944 – Esther Reinking Graves

Esther L. Graves passed away peacefully at her home on March 12, 2014, eleven days after her 91st birthday. Her family was there with her. Esther was born and raised in Tescott, Kansas, daughter of Horace and Esther Reinking. She graduated from the KU School of Nursing as president of her class. She met and married medical student Max Graves, who was truly the love of her life. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on December 23, 2008 before Max died in 2009. Esther was the rock behind Max as he completed his residency training in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania before starting a practice in Springfield, Ohio in 1949. Max was Springfield's first psychiatrist, dedicated to providing care to the mentally ill with dignity and respect. Esther did the rest. She got her first driver's license in Springfield and from then on it was a relentless whirlwind of school activities, piano and tennis lessons, swimming and the Cincinnati Reds in the summer, family reunion trips to Kansas, sewing doll clothes and Halloween costumes, putting on great holidays and always food on the table, while at the same time working many hours in Max's office. She never offered to bring brownies to a summer potluck because she knew everyone wanted her to bring the big red bowl of potato salad. No wonder she was happy when summer camp was on the horizon. Esther and Max treasured their time with a remarkable group of friends during their 50 years in Springfield, all young couples at the beginning who raised families and grew old together. The children of those families remain friends today. Esther, like her mother, enjoyed needlework projects and flower gardens. She completed a difficult counted cross stitch depicting a red cardinal in fall foliage just a few months ago. Max and Esther moved to Lawrence in their native state of Kansas after Max retired in 1998. Living in Lawrence provided Max and Esther an opportunity to root for the Jayhawks and to spend more time with their daughter Susan's family in Kansas City. Max and Esther raised four children born between 1946 and 1950. They are Dr. Robert Graves and his wife Mary of Grand Junction, Colorado, Ms. Susan Borge and her husband Douglas of Kansas City, Ms. Christine Allen and her husband Mark of Olympia, Washington, and Dr. Jay Graves and his wife Gerry of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Their beloved grandchildren are Michael Graves and his wife Lindsay, Mavi Graves and her husband Jeff Larson, Camille Westlake and her husband Nathan, Samuel and Will Borge, Ashley and Lukas Allen and Matthew Graves and his wife Rene. She never tired of watching for photos of her four great-grandchildren to appear on the computerized picture frame in her living room, which had its own email. Esther Graves, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, showed us the way to a life of dignity, honesty, generosity, and respect. At her death, she donated her body to the KU Medical School. Her family wishes to thank St. Luke's Hospice and the community of Tallgrass Creek for their care and support in her final days. (Updated February 2015).

1946 - Carol Cashier

Carol H. Cashier, 91, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Garden Valley Manor of Kansas City, MO. A visitation will be held 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City, MO. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Platte City United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens of Overland Park, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be given to the Platte City United Methodist Church. Carol was born December 25, 1922 in Caldwell, KS to Lester and Lorena (Neff) Hoppes. She was a graduate of the Caldwell, KS High School. Carol attended Kansas State College of Agriculture & Applied Science, (presently K.S.U.), where she received a B.A. in Home Economics & Nursing. She joined the Army Nurse Corp at University of Kansas Medical Center, where she received a R.N. degree from Kansas University. Carol taught science at the Bethany School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS from 1946 – 1948. Many years later, she was school nurse for the Shawnee Mission School District for 10 years. On October 11, 1947, Carol married Albert Joseph Cashier at Washington Ave. Methodist Church in K.C., KS. The couple celebrated their Golden Anniversary; and after 53 years of marriage, Albert died on February 1999. Carol was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and her brother Marcus Hoppes. She is survived by: her sons John of Texarkana, AR, and Dwight (Joyce) Cashier of Platte City; her daughters Julie (Kurt) Straughan of Hellum, PA, and Yvonne (Roger II) Brendecke of Tempe, AZ; her sister Julia Hoppes of Wichita, KS; 10 grandchildren Alan, David, Roger, Joseph, Brett, Erin, Susanne, Patricia, Jessica, and Rae Anne; 1 great granddaughter Selena; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. (Updated December 2014)

1946 - Frances Sewell Wartman

Frances (Fran) Wartman was born in Pratt, KS to Byron Baxter and Stella Ann (Scantlin) Sewell. Raised in Pratt, KS, Fran received her nursing degree from the University of Kansas where she met and married Calvin Wartman, MD on Feb. 8, 1946. Calvin preceded her in death October 2009. Fran was next to the youngest in a family of 9 siblings, who all preceded her in death. Fran was active in her P.E.O. Chapter GD, Lady Lions, and Hospital Auxiliary. Fran's memory will live on with her 4 children, Marcia A. Guth (Michael H.) of CA, Richard A. Wartman of Bremerton, Charles J. "Jack" Wartman of Bremerton, and Nancy Jo Knight (Randell) of ND; grandchildren, Michael J. and Darren S. Guth, Zachary E. and Colton R. Knight, Jared J. and Jasper P. Wartman, and Nicole Nelson; great-grandchild, Allysa Parker; and Great-Great Granddaughter, Alaema Parker. The family would like to thank all of those who cared for Fran during her short illness (Updated February 2015).

1946 – Marry Edde Mingle

Mary Mingle passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Mary was born August 5, 1921 on a farm north of Winona, KS. Mary's achievements in 4-H and Radio Club earned her a scholarship that enabled her to attend Kansas State University. At Kansas State she earned a B.S. in Home Economics (1946) and B.S.N. in nursing (1947), a 5-year combined degree which K-State was one of the first in the nation to offer. At the University of Kansas, she earned her R.N., graduating second in her nurses' class (1946). In 1945 she married Eugene Russell Mingle, who became a petroleum engineer after his World War II service. Early in their marriage, Eugene career with Cities Service Oil Co. caused them to move frequently. While living in Pampa,TX, Mary taught physical education in the local high school (1947-48), including coaching her tennis team for the state championship. In 1961 the family moved to Guymon, where Eugene and Mary settled and lived for almost 45 years, before finally moving away to a retirement community in Amarillo, TX. and then in Kansas City, KS. For over 25 years Mary sponsored an Explorer Post for Scouts, in medical careers. This Future Medical Careers Club positively influenced many young Guymon men and women, leading Mary to be one of the first women in the nation recognized as an Explorer Post advisor and to earn the Silver Beaver Award, for distinguished leadership to Boy Scouts (1977). Mary was a private duty nurse (1960- ) and at times was a nurse supervisor at Guymon Memorial Hospital. She also served as a Red Cross Home Nursing Instructor (1966). Mary was named Oklahoma District Nurse of the Year, and she served as President of the Oklahoma Nurses Association District 23 (Panhandle) (1966-67, 1981). She taught nutrition at Frank Phillips Community College nursing program in Borger, TX. (1980). Active in nutrition education, Mary, with her husband Eugene, were among the only 200 in the nation selected by National Gardener Magazine to test garden seeds and plants (1990). Active at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon, she taught Sunday School and was president several years of the United Methodist Women, which also later nominated her for Oklahoma Mother of the Year in 1992 and 1993. She also was the third woman in the state to qualify as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church (1957). Mary was listed in Who's Who™ in American Nursing (1984), Marquis Who's Who™ (2004), Dictionary of American Biography (1972), and Personalities of the South (1967, 1969). Mary will be fondly remembered and truly missed by her family and friends (Updated July 2013).

1946 – Ava M. Klein

Ava M. Klein, 90, passed away on January 31, 2014, in Dallas. Survivors include her children, Kay Kallos, of Dallas, Kurtis Klein, of Colleyville, and Kara Thornton, of Invergrove Heights, Minn.; and four grandchildren (Updated March 2014).

1946 – Virginia Ogren Anderson

Virginia Louise Ogren was born June 16th, 1924 in Arkansas City, KS. She was the daughter of John Edwin and Grace Mae (Butler) Ogren. Ginny graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1942 and went on to nurses' training at Kansas University (KU) where she graduated with an RN degree. She then joined the "Cadet Nurses Corp" during WWII. On October 12th, 1945, Ginny was married to a very tall radiologist she met at KU named Joseph William Burnett. She worked as a private duty nurse in Kansas City, KS and MO until the birth of their first child. In 1954, after having lived many places, Ginny and Joe settled in New Ulm, MN with their four children, Butch, Barb, Fritz, and Kay. Ginny was an avid volunteer in New Ulm; she volunteered for many church activities and was also a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. Ginny held multiple leadership positions in the League of Women Voters. She was one of the first two women to be elected to the New Ulm City Council in 1974 where she sat until 1984. Ginny was instrumental in many of the improvements that occurred during her tenure on city council such as, sewer separation, Vogel Arena and Family Recreation Center, North Park, Senior Citizens' Building, The Battery Building, Nehls property acquisition, the Glockenspiel, Schonlau Park and City Hall renovation. Ginny was also a charter member and first president of the Lind House Association. Ginny and Joe were charter members for "Fan in the Stands" with the Twins baseball team. In the late 80's, Ginny and Joe retired to 10 Mile Lake near Hackensack for the summers, and resided in Florida for the winters. In 1988, Joe passed away at their home in Florida. After, Ginny moved to Hackensack permanently. In 1992, Ginny married, A. Gordon Anderson and they resided on Ten Mile and later moved to Hackensack on Birch Lake. Gordon died June 24th, 1998. Ginny moved into Birchview Gardens Assisted Living in June 2007. Ginny enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting crosswords, playing Bridge and being with her family. Ginny is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Spleiss of Minneapolis, MN and Kathryn (Kay) Elaine Martin of Staples, MN, one brother, John Charles (Santita) Ogren of Tulsa, OK, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands Joseph William Burnett, Sr. and A. Gordon Anderson, two sons: Joseph William (Butch) Burnett, Jr. and John Frederick (Fritz) Burnett, and a special friend, Loren Alderson (Updated April 2014).

1947 – Mary Ann (Post) Boliaris

Mary Ann (Post) Boliaris passed away July 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents (Neal and Corinne Post of Independence, KS), her sons Gary and Nick, brother Neal, Jr., and her husband, Tom. She leaves behind her very sad children, Tom Boliaris, Janet Szarek, Nancy Beaumier and Anita Boliaris, as well as a multitude of friends, former co-workers and members of her church.

After receiving her nursing degree, Mary Ann met, married and moved to Chicago with her husband, Tom. She worked for a few years as a pediatric nurse at Cook County Hospital pausing to raise her own children. In 1969, the family moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin. Soon after, Mary Ann began working again, as an RN, at the Congregational Home. After retiring in 1990, she worked part time for Worldwide Health Services and also volunteered for Angels Grace Hospice.

She was quite a woman and is greatly missed. (Updated March 2013)

1947 – Sarah Kurtz Schweitzer

Sarah Kurtz Schweitzer passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Inpatient Hospice Center at NCMC, following a short illness. Sarah was born in Graham County, KS, to John and Jennie (Thompson) Kurtz on April 4, 1925. At the age of 3, she would attend Miller Country School, where her sister, Lucille was teaching. She graduated from Hill City High School (Kansas) in 1942, where she was crowned the first Homecoming Queen. Sarah went on to attend and graduate from both Kansas State University (B.S. home economics) and the University of Kansas, where she graduated third in her nursing class and had the highest score to date on the Written Board exams, and was a member of Cadet Nurse Corp. She married her high school sweetheart, Benjamin C. Schweitzer in Englewood, CO, on July 13, 1947. While he attended the university, she worked at the K-State Student Health Department. From this fortunate union, three children were born, Sandra Riggs (Larry) of Logan, KS, Benjamin Kirk Schweitzer (Kathlene) of Hill City, KS, and Shelley Messer (Jim) of Cheyenne, WY. After teaching in Kansas for more than 10 years, Ben's career led them to several towns in Colorado and to their final home in Greeley in the summer of 1967, where she was the guiding force for her family and friends. She enjoyed tending her lawn, reading, politics and feeding people. Sarah had many devoted friends; among these were Shirley Wagy and Wayne Jones, her daily coffee crew. Sarah is survived by her children and their spouses; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years; her sister, Lucille Knipp McCoy; and brother, John Kurtz. Those of us who were raised by her, hope to aspire to her wisdom, compassion and sense of family. These attributes are what made her such an amazing mother, grandmother and friend. Life isn't about where you start or where you end, it's the journey that matters (Updated October 2013).

1947 – Carol McCoy Wyrick

Carol was born on August 4, 1924 and passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015. Carol was a resident of Meade, Kansas at the time of her passing and was preceded in death by her husband Clarence (Updated February 2015).

1948 – Gladys Warner Gregory

Gladys passed away in July 22, 2012. Gladys was a RN for several years specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. She is survived by a daughter, Mitzi; son, Mark Gregory; step-son Steve Gregory and four grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)

1948 – Dorothy Koepke Clarke

Dorothy Mae Clarke, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away on March 13, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on October 16, 1927 to parents Genevieve (Brown) and Werner C. Koepke (Updated April 2014).

1948 – Shirley J. Hyde

Shirley J. Hyde, 88, of Courtland, KS, passed away on July 23, 2014 (Updated August 2014).

1949 – Mary Caton Allen

Mary is doing well and enjoying the arts, music and the great hospitality of Dallas, TX for the past 23 years (Updated August 2014).


1950 - Donna VanGoethem, RN

Donna has a big family with 8 great grandchildren. She has moved to a nice two bedroom apartment and is happy to be free of house maintenance. (Updated January 2015)

1950 – Anna Marie Gunner Mapes

Anna Marie (Gunner) Mapes, 84, Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully at her home November 3, 2013. She was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Michael Joseph and Ardath Franklin (Pickett) Gunner. She was a proud graduate of Wyandotte High School class of 1947. She graduated from KU Nursing School as an RN and worked at KU Medical Center until 1956. Anna Marie married her high school sweetheart, Robert Lee Mapes on Sept. 21, 1952. They shared over 35 years of companionship, love and support in marriage before his death on Oct. 1, 1987. She started a second career as a financial planner for Waddell & Reed and later became a stockbroker for various firms and finally, as an independent. After her retirement she enjoyed traveling to many places in the world including multiple trips to the Gold Coast of Spain. She also hiked to the top of Machu Picchu with a grade school friend at the age of 75. Mrs. Mapes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Carolyn Herold; and nephew, Steve Herold. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey S. Mapes, Overland Park; her daughter, Jennifer L. Mapes-Camp, Overland Park; her sister, Virginia Terry, Carthage, MO; and various nieces and nephews (Updated November 2013).

1951 – Donis Clary Barker

Donis hopes to attend 65th Reunion for the Nursing Class of 1951 in 2016! She has not been an employed RN for 30 years, but has done a lot of volunteer and "family" nursing. Donis still spends the winters in Yuma, AZ, but has a home near family in California with a permanent address (Updated September 2013).

1952 – Donna Clark Halliday

Donna Halliday, 85, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away Friday evening, September 26, 2014, in Kirksville, Missouri, while visiting her son. She was born on January 25, 1929, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Schuyler Everett and Maude Bedigrew Clark. Donna grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Southeast High School, in the Class of 1946. She later attained her nursing degree from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas and subsequently taught nursing to the younger students. While at K.U. she met her future husband, Gordon Halliday, who at the time was a second year medical student. On November 2, 1952, they were married at Danforth Chapel on the KU campus and to this union five children were born. Donna and her husband lived a few years in the Kansas City Area before moving to Los Altos in 1960 with their first three children. There she had two more children and after raising the kids, Donna renewed her nursing license and spent many years working at Pilgrim Haven (now known as the Terraces in Los Altos). Donna enjoyed playing tennis and traveling, and she and Gordon took a special delight in spending time on the beach (with their kids) and art galleries (without their kids) in Carmel. Less favored modes of travel included marathon trips in the old Ford station wagon, driving back to Kansas in the middle of summer, occasionally with an old basset hound thrown in! Not one to complain, Donna took this in stride, as was her nature. She was also an accomplished artist and musically gifted, playing the cello and piano, a skill she shared only with family and close friends. She is survived by her children, John and his wife Linda Halliday of Benicia, California, Richard Halliday of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Beth Delanda of Livermore, California, Dr. Chris Halliday of Kirksville, Missouri and Dr. Tom and his wife Dr. Sep Halliday of Los Altos, California; four grandchildren, Rachel Halliday, Clayton Halliday, Paul Delanda and Ally Halliday; a great granddaughter, Scout Galseth; a sister-in-law, Pat Clark of Titusville, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon Halliday, her brother Duane Clark and her twin sister Doris and her husband James Garrison. (Updated October 2014)

1952 – Nina Wray Boatwright Trekell

Nina Wray Trekell, (affectionately known to many as Wray or "Raisin"), 82, of Maryville, left her earthly home on Monday, April 1, 2013. Wray was born on September 22, 1930, on the Dubach family farm in Doniphan County, KS, to Donald Leroy and Rosa Elsa (Dubach) Boatwright. She was delivered by Dr. S.S. Gross in the same bed where her mother was born. In Atchison, KS, where she grew into a young woman, she was baptized in a Methodist church on an Easter Sunday. After graduating high school in 1948, Wray attended the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS, where she received her degree as a registered nurse. During her nursing career, she was an instructor for the LPN program at Dodge City Community College, served as a traveling nurse in Western Kansas and her greatest joy was working in the obstetrics department at Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City, KS. She touched many lives and will continue to do so even now. "Raisin" was a spirited soul, with many amazing qualities that will be missed. Wray is preceded in death by her father and mother, Donald Leroy and Rosa Elsa (Dubach) Boatwright; sister, Donna Rose Boatwright; sons, Gregory Van Trekell and Mark Edward Trekell; and granddaughter, Erin Olivia Valentine. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Melissa Emlyn Trekell of Maryville; son, Stanley Earl Trekell of Lawrence, KS; granddaughter, Ashley Dubach Valentine of Denver, CO; sisters, Sharon Kay Boatwright of Denver, CO, Shirley Ann Westwood of Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

1953 - Joanne Casida Payne

Joanne passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Joanne worked as an RN at KU Medical Center for 28 years. She then retired and worked as a volunteer at KU Medical Center for 2 years. Joanne is survived by a son, Chris; sister, Rebecca; brother, Michael and four grandchildren (Updated May 2013).

1953 – Bernice Marie Altenbernd

Bernice passed away on December 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Updated January 2013)

1953 – Dr. Jeannine Prichard Dahl

Jean is teaching clinical psychology and mental health – nursing. She won the YWCA Leadership Award for community service. Dr. Dahl is also a Red Cross volunteer on the national committee to design programs to assist families of deployed to cope with PTSD issues (Updated February 2014).

1954 – Patsy Davies Nott

Patsy Ruth Davies Nott, 82, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014 near Iola, Kansas after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born May 30, 1932 in Liberal, Kansas to Price J. and Adeline Davies. She graduated from Liberal High School and attended Kansas State University, becoming a member of the KSU cheerleading squad and ADPi Sorority. In 1954 Patsy graduated with dual degrees from The University of Kansas (BS in Nursing) and Kansas State University (BS in Home Economics). From this point forward, she remained a passionate ambassador for her beloved K-State and "Purple Pride." Patsy married Edward C. "Bud" Nott, Jr. in 1954. Bud was a US Navy pilot and over the course of his 22-year career the family moved frequently with his deployments to diverse locations around the United States and the world, eventually settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1971 where Patsy continued to live until shortly before her death. Over the next 40 years, Patsy was involved in numerous organizations including the Kansas State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, International Order of Rainbow Girls, Colorado American Legion Girls State, American Business Women's Association, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Colorado Springs Symphony. She loved spending her summers at the family cabin in Cuchara, Colorado. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Price and Adeline Davies, and by her sister and brother-in-law, Willa Francis and John Ragland. She is survived by her children: Deborah Nott, of La Veta, CO; Jerry Nott (Merrie), of La Veta, CO; Judy (Nott) Works (Fred), of Iola, KS, and Monte Nott (Teri), of Monument CO; her grandchildren: Cody, Sam, and Emma Nott; Dylan, Abby and Colby Works; and Gareth and Maya Nott. (Updated October 2014)

1954 – Jeaninne Willis Schroff

Jeaninne hated to miss her friends at their 60th Nursing Reunion this year. They all had wonderful memories and received an excellent education in nursing! Thanks KU! (Updated October 2014)

1955 – Donna Schmid Phillips

Donna is doing well and enjoying retirement. She is keeping busy in church and neighborhood activities. She enjoys her grandson in tae kwon do competitions. He just received his Black Belt for his age group. Donna's granddaughter has now obtained her BSN and graduated with high honors. Donna's family helped celebrate Donna and Kenyon's 60th wedding anniversary on February 28th. Congratulations, Donna! (Updated March 2014)

1957 – June Rose Bockelman, RN

June passed away on February 22, 2013. She leaves behind her husband, Gene Bockelman and son Peter Bockelman and other family members. (Updated April 2013)

1957 – Donna Hardman Hallewell

Donna keeps in touch with several Miller Hall friends, enjoys book club and walking with her husband and German shepherd, Shasta (Updated March 2015).

1957 – Martha Morgan Sanders, PhD

Martha is a Dissertation Advisor for Nova Southeastern University, is a SANE nurse for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Trustee for the Kansas Nurses Foundation (KNF) and an adjunct clinical instructor for Hutchinson Community College (Updated March 2015).

1959 – Lila Benson DeKlotz

Lila Benson De Klotz passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014, surrounded by her family. Lila was born in 1937 and raised in Blue Mound, KS by her parents Ralph and Aileen Benson. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1959 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing. Lila worked as a nurse in Portland, San Francisco and Fresno. During her career in Fresno, she worked 27 years at both Saint Agnes Medical Center and Fresno Surgery Center. She retired from nursing in 1998. Lila spent many years volunteering for charities that included La Comida Guild, President 1974, St. Agnes Associates, President 1986/87 and the Fresno-Madera Medical Society (AWARE). She is survived by Robert J. DeKlotz, MD, her husband of 55 wonderful years and a longtime valley Urologist; her children, Franz (Judy) and Kari (Olena); grandchildren Emerson, Parker, Lloyd and Olivia; and brother, Robert Benson of Iola, KS. They, along with her many dear friends, will miss her compassionate, fun-loving spirit, warm smile, her positive attitude, great sense of humor and tender appreciation of friends and family (Updated August 2014).


1961 – Bonnie Hensleigh

Bonnie Hensleigh, 74, a resident of Stanford, CA, passed away on November 12, 2013. Born April 1, 1939 in Allen, KS. Wife of the late Paul Allen Hensleigh MD, PhD (2007). Mother of Paul Andrew Hensleigh of Elk Grove, CA, Michelle Pilarczyk of Singapore and the late Heather Gribble of Olathe, KS. Sister of Peggy Grabham of Maryland and Virgil Frederiksen of Nevada. Grandmother of 6. (Updated December 2013).

1961(BSN) – Earlene Pierce Dean

Earlene Lou Pierce Dean, 74, of Anaheim, CA, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Mrs. Dean was born March 31, 1939 in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of the late William Wade Pierce and Edith Evans Pierce. She grew up in Topeka, Kansas, graduating from Topeka High School in 1957. She graduated from The University of Kansas in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She was a member of the Wilshire Avenue Community Church and Chapter QG, P.E.O. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Murrel Dean; one daughter, Amy Mueller and husband, Ed of Anaheim, CA; two sons, Andrew Dean and wife, Viviana of Anaheim, CA and William Dean and his wife, Stephanie of Lake In The Hills, IL; and seven grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew, Rebecca, Nate, Amanda, Abigail and Caleb (Updated July 2014).

1962 – Sally Brookens Olds

Sally Brookens Olds was born in Topeka, KS September 2, l940 to Randall and Naomi Carlson Brookens. After WWII, the family moved to Emporia where her parents operated a news and book store. She was raised in Emporia, and graduated with a B.S.N. nursing degree from Kansas University in 1962. She married her husband Joe in 1961. In 1969 she, Joe, and their two children moved to Colorado, where she continued her nursing career. Sally received a M.S.N. from the University of Colorado and was a professor of nursing at Beth-El School of Nursing for over 20 years. While teaching she teamed up with Marcia London and Pat Ladewig to write the first "Maternal Newborn Nursing" book which over the years became the leading obstetrical nursing textbook in the world and is still in publication. She was well known and respected in nursing circles by both her colleagues and many students. Sally was active in the community and cared deeply about womens issues. She was an advocate of many causes and a volunteer with the SANE (Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner) program at Memorial Hospital. Traveling was a joy to her, and she visited many foreign lands as either a nurse or tourist. After retirement she finally had time for needlecraft and reading. She and Joe got involved with Old English Sheepdog Rescue, she rode many miles snuggling Sheepdogs in the back seat of the car. Sally found incredible satisfaction in helping the dogs. Sally was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Larry and Dana. She is survived by her husband Joe, son Scott and partner Roy of Salt Lake City, and daughter Allison and partner Dave of Boulder County. She will also be missed by her two Sheepdogs, Cassie and Kobie (Updated March 2014).

1965 (BSN), 1979 (MN) – Bonnie L. Peterson, PhD

Bonnie Lou Peterson, PhD passed away on April 8, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Her family was with her when she passed. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM and visitation at 2 PM, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Bonnie Lou was born in Chillicothe, MO on September 9, 1943 to John Leslie and Lucille A (Hyke) Bashor. Her family moved to Kansas City in 1945 when her father was discharged from the US Navy. Bonnie attended Knott's Elementary School. She graduated from Southeast High School in 1961. She completed her BSN at University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1965. Dr. Peterson began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse at St. Mary's hospital and then at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH), Kansas City, MO. She also taught Maternal Child and Pediatrics at Avila College where she introduced the first student clinical experience to nursing students at CMH. While Bonnie was working at CMH as a Nurse Clinician in the Pediatric Fail to Thrive Clinic, she began working on her MSN at KU School of Nursing, receiving her degree in 1979. In 1980, Dr. Peterson accepted a position as Vice President/Director of Nursing at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Hannibal, MO, a Sisters of St. Mary's Hospital. In 1985, Bonnie accepted a position as Vice President/ Director of Nursing at Children's Mercy Hospital, subsequently promoted to Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services. While at CMH, she was part of the team that planned a new wing of the hospital and the Kaleidoscope theme for the hospital. She was involved the opening of the CMH South clinics in Overland Park that evolved in an inpatient facility; the participation of CMH in the Research Eagle Air Ambulance; in co-operation of St. Luke's Hospital the establishment of an Neonatal ICU at St. Luke's; and many other innovative hospital services. Dr. Peterson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Rehab Center in Kansas City, MO; Vice President of Patient Care Services at The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. In 1998, Dr. Peterson accepted the position of Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS. During her tenure at LMH, the hospital started a Wound Healing Center with Hyperbaric treatment; a hospital based Oncology Center; a Woman's Center at LMH South; participated in the design of the new Emergency Department and many other projects at LMH. Bonnie also enjoyed mentoring her fellow employees and encouraging their professional growth. In 2004, Bonnie retired from LMH. She began her pursuit of attaining a PhD degree at the University of Kansas, a long time goal. Bonnie received her PhD in teaching and curriculum with a minor in Nursing from the University of Kansas on May 12, 2012. Dr. Peterson then returned to her first love, teaching nursing students. Bonnie taught Leadership, Ethics and graduate level Clinical Nurse Leadership at Washburn University, Topeka, KS from 2007 until retiring in July 2014. After nine years of friendship, Bonnie married Oscar Peter Peterson, Jr on May 11, 1985, in Hannibal, MO. They were married nearly thirty beautiful years. They enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. They took a final cruise to the Caribbean in February 2015. Bonnie is survived by her husband, a daughter Marcie Lynn (Steven) Costello, Whidbey Island, WA.; four sons, Matthew L. (Claudia) Ainsworth, Kansas City, MO, Michael R. Ainsworth, Shawnee, KS, Oscar P. (Lisa) Peterson III, Kansas City, MO and Douglas A. (Robbie) Peterson, Phoenix, AZ; nine grandchildren, Lucia, Rain, Hugo Costello, Liam and Will Ainsworth, Joshua Peterson, Stuart and Derrick Fields and James (Erin) Fidler and great grandchildren , Brandon Fields, Xander and Aaralyn Fidler. Dr. Peterson's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the LMH Oncology Center, at the LMH Wound Healing Center, the nursing staff at LMH 3 West and the staff at the KU Cancer Center. The family also wants to thank Dr. Matthew Stein, LMH, and Dr. Gary Doolittle, KU Cancer Center for their superb medical care and their deep caring for Bonnie during her struggles with the disease (Updated April 2015).

1965 – Norma Stone Geivett

Norma Geivett, 86, Mission, Kansas passed away at her home on Sunday, October 6, 2013. She was born February 19, 1927 to Bill and Areta Stone in rural Golden City, Missouri. She attended grade school at West Point and then graduated Valedictorian from Golden City High School. Later she received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She was a nursing instructor at Trinity Lutheran Hospital where her passion for quality nursing care was passed on to countless nursing students. Norma was a devoted and dedicated wife and daughter. She enjoyed working with flowers, embroidery, quilting and sewing. She lived most of her adult life in Mission, Kansas and developed many close friendships with people of all ages. Anyone who knew Norma became an instant friend as her heart knew no boundaries. She continued to be a teacher to her family and friends always guiding with love, trust and compassion. Norma is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul. She is also survived by three brothers, Bud, Riverside, CA, Carl, Oxford, AL and Lloyd, San Bernardino, CA, one sister, Faye Horn of Lenexa, KS and many nieces and nephews (Updated October 2013).

1966 – Nancy Barrier Meadors

Nancy Meadors found her final peace on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, with family and friends at her bedside. She is survived by her son, Trent Knewtson of Paola, KS, his wife Carly and their son, Kaiser, as well as her sister Becky Hewett of Topeka, KS and their aunt, Doris Jean Barrier of Parsons, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Roberta Barrier as well as her uncle Ralph Barrier. Born September 7, 1944, in Wichita, KS, Nancy lived most of her life in Kansas, graduating from Labette County Community High School in Altamont, KS and receiving her nursing degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She loved to travel, visiting Germany, France, Hawaii and did live for periods of time in Iowa, Texas and Louisiana. Points of pride for Nancy included the one room school house she attended in Spring Hill, KS, square dancing, cooking and being a mother (Updated July 2013).

1966 – H. Anne Coleman

H. Anne Whalen Coleman passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home. Anne was born February 24, 1942 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Charles and F. Elizabeth (Cole) Whalen. Anne received her diploma in Nursing from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing and then went on to receive her BSN in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her Masters from Baker University. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She was also a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Topeka where she was a Eucharistic minister and served on various committees. She was a chairperson and member of Catholic Charities Advisory Board, volunteered at Stormont-Vail Medical Center in Topeka with her grandson, Tyler. Anne loved to travel with family members throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She loved Tibet and China and was attempting to see the seven wonders of Kansas with her grandsons. She retired from Lawrence Public Schools where she was a paraprofessional for special needs children at Prairie Park and Quail Run Elementary Schools. Survivors include one daughter, Leslie Ham and husband, Nathan, Topeka, KS; one son, Steven Coleman and wife, Kim, Omaha, NE; four grandchildren, Tyler and Zach Coleman and Tanner and Daxton Ham; and two sisters, Mary Eden, Baltimore, MD and Eileen Whalen, Sunland, CA (Updated July 2014).

1967 – Francella Hayes, RN

Francella passed away February 27, 2013. (Updated April 2013)

1967 – Taylor Stephens Parker

We have been traveling a lot – 2 weeks in Ireland, 24 days in Germany and 10 days in Long Island, NY and Washington, DC. We were traveling with Friendship Force International, our favorite way to "get" the cultures of many countries! (Updated November 2013)


1970 – Charlotte Jane Bowers Day

Reverend Dey died May 25, 2014. She was born December 14, 1927 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer & Charlotte Bowers. Jane was a Registered Nurse. She graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, Kansas City in 1948; the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1970; and from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1975, with a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration. Her career was primarily in Public Health. She worked for the Johnson County Kansas Health Department, for the American Nurses Association and was Chief, Bureau of Community Health Nursing, and Missouri Department of Health from 1976 until her retirement in 1992. She belonged to the Missouri Nurses Association, The American Health Association, the Missouri Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honorary) and the Eastern Star. She received the Missouri Public Health Association's "W. Scott Johnson" Award and the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing's Award of Merit. She was a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice. She was a member of the Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Board from February, 2010 until August, 2013. On February 27, 1993 she was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church and served as Deacon at Grace Episcopal Church, Jefferson City, Missouri and The Church of the Transfiguration, Sisters Oregon. In 1948 she married Thomas Alexander Dey who died in 1973. They had two sons, Scott E. Dey who predeceased her and Thomas A. Dey, Jr. (Kathy) of Lenexa, Kansas. She is also survived by three grandsons, William A. Dey, Andrew J. Dey and Mathew L. Dey; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Susan Littlefield (Milton) of Redmond, Oregon. She was cremated. There will be a service 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Transfiguration, Sisters, Oregon or to a charity of one's choice (Updated August 2014).

1972 – Donetta Hellums Ramsey

Donetta was born on July 28, 1949 and passed away on Monday, March 2, 2013. She was a resident of Dallas, TX.

1972 – Miki R. Christophersen

Miki passed away unexpectedly at her home in Leawood, Kan., on March 20, 2015, after a brief illness. Miki was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Oak Park, Ill., and spent most of her childhood in Bartlesville, Okla., with siblings, Wallace Allen and Jay Lynn. She married Edward R. Christophersen on Dec. 30, 1971. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Miki was an accomplished equestrian, specializing in Dressage. She served on the board of the United States Dressage Federation for more than two decades. She was active in the Kansas City community. She served as the Chairperson for the 2012 Symphony Ball, a Sustainer of the Kansas City Junior League, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and a member of the Lyric Circle, amongst other community organizations for more than 30y years. She was also instrumental in the development of the original Ronald McDonald House. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland Charles (GC) and Margaret (Peg) Richardson. Miki is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward R. Christophersen, son, Hunter, daughter, Catherine Hanna, son-in-law, Mark Hanna, and grandchildren, Abigail Dianne and Alexander Mark Hanna, her two brothers, and countless friends. Miki's impact on the community will be a legacy for years to come, and her absence will be a loss felt deeply by all who knew and loved her. Her love of horses is seen throughout her home, with every pillow and picture. But nothing surpasses the love she had for her husband, Ed, for over 43 years, and the joy and pride she felt for her children and grandchildren (Updated March 2015).

1978 – Shirley Ann Payne Mitchell

Shirley was born on October 30, 1926 and passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Shirley was a resident of Leavenworth, Kansas at the time of her passing. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Updated September 2013).

1979 (MN) – Bonnie Bashor Peterson, PhD

Dr. Peterson has retired as of July 2014 (Updated July 2014).


1981 – Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University was elected by the AACN membership to the Nominating Committee for a two-year term. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) and was recently a member of the Leadership Advisory Board for the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium. In addition to her work with JPN, Dr. Giddens' contributions to AACN include service on the Program Planning Committees for the Master's Conference, Executive Development Series, and Faculty Development Conference. Read more.

1981– Sharon Minton Kirkpatrick, PhD

Sherri co-founded a non-governmental organization (NGO) called HealthEd Connect, which works in Zambia, Malawi, Dominican Republic, Congo and Nepal. Their mission is to work to empower women and children through health, education and advocacy programs. Please visit their website at (Updated June 2013).

1983 – Victoria Allen Crabb

Victoria is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa School of Public Health.

1983 – Norma J. Holbrook, RN, MN

Norma J. Holbrook, RN, MN, passed away on June 2, 2014 at Stormont-Vail ER in Topeka, KS (Updated July 2014).

1984 – Shawn Renee Allen

Ms. Allen passed away January 22, 2013. She leaves behind her father, two brothers and a sister. She will be greatly missed. (Updated February 2013)

1983 – Joanie K. Raab

Joanie K. Raab, 55, of Overland Park, KS, died Friday July 11, 2014, at the home. She was born July 23, 1958, at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Her parents are Louis Raab and Kay Raab. Joanie graduated from The University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1983 and enjoyed her career in nursing for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Louis in 2007. She is survived by her mother, Kay, her four brothers, Louis (Mike) Raab, Stephen Raab and Natalie, Mark Raab and Tricia and Thomas Raab and Becky; nieces and nephews, Timothy Raab, Jeremy Raab, Eliese Raab, Jami Pelzl (Mike), Gregory Raab, Stephen Roper, Daniel Raab, Kathleen (Raab) Zotti, Laura Raab, Christopher Raab, Mark Vera, Stephanie Phillips (John-deceased), Jon Vera, Paul Vera, Edward Raab, Mary Kate Raab and several grand nieces and nephews (Updated August 2014).

1985 – Ann Kuglin Jones

Ann is a nurse entrepreneur who founded Health Forward, a healthcare consulting practice, in 2009 (Updated June 2013).

1985 – Tina M. Cassella

Tina is married to Douglas Cassella and has one son, Cody Theis. She has 4 step-children: Camille Cassella, May Cassella, Travis Cassella and Jack Cassella (Updated March 2014).

1985 BSN, 1990 PhD – Judith Hileman, PhD

Judith Caroline Hileman passed away at her home Monday morning, July 7 at the age of 72 after battling Leukemia for two years. Judy is predeceased by her father, Orville Willis, her mother, Caroline Willis, her brother Dr. James Charles Seeley and her sister Janet Seeley, sister in law Anita Seeley, brother in law David Hileman and her niece Jennifer Seeley and nephew Tommy Hileman. Judy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Phil Hileman I. They were married in Miami, Oklahoma on May 4th, 1962. Judy is lovingly remembered by her sister Sue Luken and her husband Jerry, their son Rob, her brother in law Duane Nigus and her sister in law JoAnne Hileman and her sons, Philip A Hileman II and his wife Christina and Keil E Hileman II and his wife Amy, Grandchildren, Lane Claire Hileman, Suzanna (Zuzu) Caroline Hileman, Katherine Aulana Hileman, Alexia Judith Hileman, Anna Nicole Karakoussis, Anthony Nicolaos Karakoussis, and Evan Nicolaos Karakoussis, and great grandchildren Nikolaos and Keira and her Niece Annie Caroline Stanley and her husband Chris, their children, Max and Mia and her nephew James Charles Seeley II and spouse Maria Louisa Villalta, her niece Beth Kalberg and her husband Chris and their son Michael, nephews Durwin Nigus and wife Pam and their sons Trevor and Nathan and Philip Nigus and wife Chonita and son Isaac and daughter Cheyenne. Judy was born in Horton, Kansas on June 20th, 1942. She graduated from Hiawatha Kansas High School in 1960 and went on to earn a Nursing degree from St Luke's School of Nursing and a Masters in Nursing from the University Of Kansas and a PhD and APRN from The University of Kansas in 1990. She developed a research tool that has been used by more than 100 researchers in 18 countries to aid in research related to cancer. Judy worked in many areas of Nursing beginning as an Aide in the Hiawatha Hospital as an 8th grader and ending her career teaching at The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Science for the last 24 years. She turned in her grades for her last 8 classes with 163 students just 7 weeks before her death. Judy loved reading, camping and gardening and all of nature's beauty. Her grandchildren were a special light in her life. She loved teaching and her students to a person. She always said that her two favorite areas of nursing were hospice and teaching. She and the hospice nurses who cared for her during her final days traded stories about hospice experiences. Judy loved and respected all of God's creatures and was never heard to use the word hate (Updated July 2014).

1987 – Mary C. Longhofer

I have been living in Maine since 1994 after completing my MSEd., also from KU. Maine is a fantastic place to live. It is not called "Vacationland" for nothing! People out here do not appreciate the importance of KU basketball, however. I still have not adapted to that after all these years! Rock Chalk! (Updated November 2013)


1992(MSN), 1996 (PhD)- Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, was elected to a two-year term on AACN's Nominating Committee. Her work to advance the profession has included serving on the VA Health System Research Review Committee, the Nebraska Action Coalition, and the Governing Council for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's Health Professionals Education Collaborative. In addition to chairing the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP, Dr. Thomson has supported AACN's mission through service on the Faculty Development Conference Program Committee and the Gold Foundation/AACN Advisory Group. Read more.

1994 - Angela Renee Melvin Schmidt

Angela passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013. She worked at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse and a Critical Care nurse. Her first love was always working in the NICU and it was her calling to take care of babies. Angela is survived by 3 sons, Joseph, Jacob and Luke and the boys' father, Leon; her parents, Tom and Connie Schmidt; her brothers Mark, Roy and John; her aunt and uncle Sondra and Allen Schmidt (Updated May 2013).

1994 – Dan Neal McManigal

Dan Neal McManigal Jr., 41, Louisburg, died April 1, 2014. Dan was born June 26, 1972, in Fort Rucker, Ala., the son of Dan McManigal Sr. and Theresa Marcotte Spore. He attended Thomas More Prep High School in Hays, KS, from which he graduated in 1990. He attended The University of Kansas for one year. After experiencing a life-altering car accident, Dan realized his call to serve in the medical profession. He transferred to Johnson County Community College and graduated in 1993 as a paramedic. He worked for Johnson County Med-Act as a paramedic for 20 years, achieving the rank of captain. He was a CPR and ALS instructor for the department and participated on the tactical team and EMS bike team. During his tenure, he received many awards and achievements including the "Distinguished Service Award" and the "People Saving People" award from the Kansas Department of Transportation. He loved to hunt and was a fabulous cook. His specialty was cooking for the annual Saint Patrick's Day party. He loved working as a paramedic at the NASCAR races and stand-by at local football games. He was a superb instructor, teacher and mentor to countless young EMTs and paramedics. On October 17, 2000, in Las Vegas, Dan married Jolene Hartgrave of Ankeny, IA. Dan and Jolene had two children: Ashlyn, born June 18, 2002, and Colin, born Aug. 16, 2004. The McManigals settled in Louisburg in 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan McManigal Sr. and Theresa Marcotte Spore; and his grandparents, Francis and Dorothy Marcotte and Delores Goon. Survivors include his wife, Jolene McManigal, and children, Ashlyn and Colin, all of Louisburg; his sister, Debora May (Jason) and their children Hayden, Grant and Grace, all of Pratt, KS.; his grandfather, Neal McManigal (Pat) of Waldport, Ore.; his brother-in-law, Scott Hartgrave (Debbie) and their children Annika and Lillian, all of Louisburg; his sister-in-law, Jennie Woolman (Caleb) and their children Cody and Alaina, all of Suisun City, CA; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Dan will be sorely missed and continues to be loved by all who knew and worked with him (Updated April 2014).


1995 – Lisa R. Ninci-Denny

Lisa R. Ninci-Denny, RN, age 55 passed away May 28, 2014 in Merriam, Kansas. Lisa was born December 12, 1958 in Denver, Colorado to David and Patricia Ninci. Lisa is survived by her husband, John Denny, parents, sisters, Teresa Gibson (Robert), and Gina Ninci, brother, Mark Ninci, nephews, Alex and Chris Gibson, niece, Adriana Ninci. Lisa was preceded in death by her grandparents. Lisa served in helping profession for over 30 years and helped countless people throughout her life. She brought joy to all (Updated June 2014).


2005 – Caryl A. Goodyear-Bruch, PhD

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, a long-time friend of the KU School of Nursing and currently an adjunct faculty in the RN-BSN program, is accepting new position with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in California. She will be the Senior Director for Organizational Effectiveness. Congratulations, Dr. Goodyear-Bruch! (Updated February 2014)

2009 – Nicole Johnson

Ms. Johnson is working in OB labor and delivery for about 2.5 years at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal KS. (updated February 2012)


2011 – Angela Burnett, ANP-BC

Angela married Dr. Clay Burnett in May 2010. She finished the Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Program at KUMC in 2011 and started her first NP job in Pulmonary/Critical Care in October 2011 (Updated July 2013).

2011 – Michelle Scott-Young

Michelle Scott-Young is the recipient of the' 2014 St. Francis Health Pusitz Nurse of the Year Award'. Pusitz Awards were established at the bequest of Dr. Manuel Pusitz to honor nurses and nurse aides who distinguish themselves through compassionate nurse-patient relationships. St. Francis Health Center of Topeka, Kansas holds an awards ceremony in conjunction with celebrating Nurses Week by honoring some of their nurses and other health care workers. Michelle's son, Jason Joseph Young Jr., is a University of Kansas Class of 2013 Graduate - Microbiology Major. He is a current 2nd year Medical Student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, is a 4 year University of Kansas Honor Roll recipient and a 5 year Gates Millennium Scholar recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her son, Kevin Michael Young, is also a University of Kansas Class of 2013 Graduate - Double Major in African & African American Liberal Arts. He was a 4 year lettermen on the University of Kansas Football Team and a 3 year starter at Defensive End & Defensive Tackle. In 2009, he was nominated as a KU Defensive Scout Player of the Year and KU Defensive Scout Player of the Week (Southern Mississippi and Missouri). In 2012, Kevin was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during spring semester. In 2013, Kevin received Academic All-Big 12 First Team Honors and was KU's Gale Sayers Award winner as the team's Most Courageous Player. Michelle's son, Marquis JaMall Young, is in the United States Marine Corps and will be entering University of Kansas in the spring of 2015. Her spouse, Jason Joseph Young Sr., will graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2015 from the School of Business - Supply Chain Management Major (Updated August 2014).

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