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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).
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).
Mary H. Meyer, 94, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 (Updated April 2014).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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).
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)
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
Bernice passed away on December 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Updated January 2013)
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).
Evelyn Marie Harris Brown, daughter of Velma Gonder and Arthur Harris, died on May 12, 2014. Evelyn was born on August 11, 1929 in Monticello Arkansas, and was raised by her father and stepmother Bertha Harris in Kansas City, Kansas. Evelyn was a proud alum of the University of Kansas, where she received her RN degree at a time when it was uncommon for African Americans to even attend college. She was the first African American 'Jay Jane' and was active in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority throughout her life. She met fellow student Reuben Brown and they married in 1950. They settled their growing family in Rancho Cordova, California. Evelyn was employed as a Labor and Delivery Room nurse in Sacramento. She also pursued her love of the game of Bridge and achieved the status of a Silver Life Master with over 1000 gold points (which means she was really, really good). Having visited over 50 countries, she and Reuben continued to travel in retirement, with Hawaii and Alaska being their favorite destinations. Playing dollar slots was also a passion, and to the dismay of the house, she almost always won. She considered her quarter slot playing kids 'wussies'. 'Play big to win big!' was her motto. Her husband Reuben, children Denise, Julie, Martin and Lauri, nieces and nephews are heartbroken, but know Mom is having a blast in heaven downing endless strawberry malts, breaded shrimp and peanut brittle surrounded by a garden of roses, and cheering her favorite basketball team on to every victory. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Mom! (Updated June 2014)
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. (Updated January 2013)
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)
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)
Martha is still working as Dissertation Advisor for NSU and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. This summer she plans to be a Clinical Instructor for Hutchinson Community College for their online LPN & Paramedic to RN. (Updated April 2013)
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).
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).
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).
Bonnie graduated with a PhD in Education (Curriculum and Teaching) with a minor in Nursing in May 2012. She will be welcoming a new baby granddaughter that is due on August 25, 2013. Congratulations! (Updated July 2013).
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).
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).
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).
Francella passed away February 27, 2013. (Updated April 2013)
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)
Donetta was born on July 28, 1949 and passed away on Monday, March 2, 2013. She was a resident of Dallas, TX.
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).
Dr. Peterson has retired as of July 2014 (Updated July 2014).
Dr. Giddens is the Dean of the VCU School of Nursing and created the nationally known web-based program, "The Neighborhood." She is widely recognized for creating innovative teaching and learning models in nursing sciences. Read more about her career and accomplishments in the VCU Connections magazine.
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 www.healthedconnect.org (Updated June 2013).
Victoria is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa School of Public Health.
Norma J. Holbrook, RN, MN, passed away on June 2, 2014 at Stormont-Vail ER in Topeka, KS (Updated July 2014).
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)
Ann is a nurse entrepreneur who founded Health Forward, a healthcare consulting practice, in 2009 (Updated June 2013).
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).
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).
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)
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).
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).
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).
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)
Ms. Johnson is working in OB labor and delivery for about 2.5 years at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal KS. (updated February 2012)