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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1950 - In Memoriam: Marilee Woodruff Jones
Marilee was born on April 23, 1927 on the Woodruff homestead in Ada, Kansas to Oliver and Vera (Redding) Woodruff. Her early years were filled with the daily activities of farm life in the depression era of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s. First educated in a one-room school house, she went on to become a proud graduate of both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, earning degrees in home economics and nursing, and laying the foundation for a lifetime of caring for others ahead of herself. A beautiful woman, she married Robert A. "Bob" Jones in Ada on August 29, 1950. The couple first lived in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, then moved to Southern California in 1959. They settled in Great Falls in 1966, and shortly thereafter, Marilee went to work as a registered nurse at the old Columbus hospital, caring for countless patients for 24 years with compassion and a personal touch, always quick to ask, "How can I help?" She was also instrumental in developing the new Columbus hospital's emergency room in the1980s. Following retirement in 1990, Marilee continued working in service to others in numerous volunteer positions. Throughout her life, Marilee loved spending time with family; enjoyed vacations that included camping and fishing; traveled throughout the Western United States; and tended a beautifully landscaped yard and garden that bloomed with a variety of roses. She also enjoyed creatively decorating her home, working on sewing projects with her daughters, and teaching her children the simple joys of cooking using the flavors of the Kansas plains in the shadows of the mountains of Montana. Marilee is survived by her children, Kathy Jones (Paul "Buzz") Erb of Great Falls, Barbara Jones (Tim) Pearson of Kalispell, Kenneth Michael Jones of Casper, Wyoming, and Gary Alan Jones, also of Casper; her brother Robert (Beverly) Woodruff of Minneapolis, Kansas; and her cherished friend of more than 20 years, Jim Noble. Grandchildren Lance (Melissa) Foley, Amber Foley (Kevin) Westie, Krystal Erb Phares, Ryan Pearson and Casey Pearson, and five great grandchildren: Darleen Westie, Isabel Foley, Cale Phares, Jordan Phares, and Alexandra Phares. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Bob; her parents; sister Darlene (Corky) Freeman; and her dearly loved parents-in-law, Robert A. and Beatrice Jones. The family would like to thank the staff of Bluebird House for their tireless and loving care of Marilee. (Updated June 2015)

1950 - In Memoriam: Jeanne L. Morrell
Jeanne L. Morrell, 89, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016, at Salina Regional Health Center surrounded by family. She was born November 25, 1927 in Beloit, KS, to the late Laurence and Mabel Poelma. On June 3, 1951, she married the late Kenneth Morrell in Beloit. Jeanne attended and graduated St. John's High School in Beloit. She then went to Marymount College in Salina, and achieved her bachelor's degree as a registered nurse. She later attended Kansas University and received her master's degree. She worked as a school nurse and at local hospitals for many years. In her spare time, she volunteered at the Salina Community Theatre, read many books and visited the library as often as she could. She enjoyed playing golf and cards, especially bridge, cross stitching, traveling with her family and friends, and attending all her grandchildren's events. She founded a women's group based on a community of friends who supported each other through spirituality and companionship. Survivors include her sons, John and Denise Morrell of Wichita, and Daniel Morrell of Salina; sisters, Laurene McCall of Wichita and Teddy Sherman of Bellevue, WA; grandchildren, Troy and Jessica Morrell, Ryan Morrell, Shaun and Noelle Morrell, Melissa and Justin Price, Trevor Morrell, and Paige Morrell; great-grandchildren, Dylan Morrelll Matthew Morrell and Madelyn Morrell, Zoe and Kenny Price, Lucy Boling, and Simon Morrell. (Updated December 2016)

1950 - In Memoriam: Patricia King Nickell
Patricia Jean King Nickell, 88, Prairie Village, Kan., passed away November 5, 2016. Patricia received her RN at KU Medical Center and began her nursing career there. She earned her BSN at Ottawa University and became known as "Nurse Pat" to many students and staff at Trailwood and Brookwood Elementary Schools for 24 years. In order to fill her summers, Patricia was also a nurse at Camp Towanyak. She was preceded in death by husband, Donald Oakley Nickell; son, Steven Nickell; her parents, Arthur and Goldie King. She is survived by daughters, Nancy R. Pratt and Amy L. (Richard) Vincent; granddaughters, Tami Ingalls, Abbi Pratt, Devyn Vincent, Taylor Vincent and Casey Vincent; and great grandchildren, Truitt Ingalls, Taryn Ingalls and MacKenzie McLaughlin. (Updated November 2016)  

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)

1951 - In Memoriam: Bernita Stoecker Thorn
Bernita Stoecker Thorn's life came to an end October 27, 2016 at Brookdale Care. She was the daughter of Barney and Grace Stoecker, born September 13, 1928 in Oakley, Kansas. The family lived in rural southwest Logan County where her father was a wheat farmer. She attended a rural one room school through grade 8 before attending high school in Monument, Kansas. She graduated valedictorian of her class of 5. Her father enrolled her at Kansas State College in 1945 in Home Economics and Nursing. She completed 3 years at Kansas State and then transferred to Kansas City to the KU Medical School where she graduated in the summer of 1951 with her combined degrees in Home Economics from K-State and nursing from KU. She was employed by Vail Hospital before becoming office nurse for Dr. Harry Davis. Upon his retirement she went back to Kansas State University to earn her Master Degree in Aging. She was then employed by Presbyterian Manors of Mid America where she traveled Missouri and Kansas visiting with congregations about developing Presbyterian Manors. She was very active at Westminster Presbyterian where she was the second woman to be elected to the Session Board. She was an active member of Chapter FI of PEO and an avid golfer at Shawnee Country Club. September 3, 1950 she married Robert Thorn in the Chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Topeka, Kansas. They celebrated 66 years of marriage. They have two children, Richard Thorn of Longmont, Colorado and Judy Nichols of Scottsdale, Arizona, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Updated November 2016). 

1952 - In Memoriam: Marilyn Perkins Karns
Marilyn Perkins Karns passed away peacefully in Draper, UT on March 8, 2016 in the loving company of her daughter, son and son-in-law. Marilyn was born to Robert S. and Therese Blair Perkins in Bartlesville, OK on November 20, 1929 and moved to Oswego, KS at a young age. Following her graduation from Oswego High School in 1947 she attended the University of Kansas School of Nursing from which she graduated with honors in 1952. She married in 1953 and while married she was a dedicated military wife, moving all over the United States and world, where she leaves many dear friends. Throughout her life, Marilyn loved sharing the fruits of her great artistic talents and flair with her many friends and family. Those gifts will be cherished reminders of Marilyn's presence in their lives. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her daughter Leslie (Victor Sandoval), son Scott (Rita) and four grandchildren (Sean and Tristan Karns, Blair and Robert Schumacher). Marilyn was an exceptional mother, a caring grandmother, and a loyal friend to many across the country. She is deeply missed. Marilyn's family would like to thank the caring staff at Beehive Homes in Draper, UT for their devotion to her over the past three years as well as Silverado Hospice for the compassionate care they provided Marilyn during the six months prior to her passing. A memorial service celebrating Marilyn's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Oswego Cemetery, in Oswego KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marilyn's honor to the University of Kansas School of Nursing Scholarship Fund. (Updated March 2016) 

1953 - In Memoriam: Donna Mills Budke
Donna Lou Mills Budke, 84, Overland Park, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Throughout her long illness with dementia, she remained positive and cheerful. Donna was born in Topeka, Kan., to parents Donald and Jewell (Dennis) Mills. She graduated from Washington High School and obtained a nursing degree from the University of Kansas. She loved children, animals, art and gardening. Donna was an active member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and volunteered as a docent at the Kansas City Zoo. Donna married Harry T. Budke, Jr. in 1962. She was dearly loved by brother, Bill "Jazzbo" Hargrave, children, Leslie (Peter) Malle, Jennifer (David) Roselli, Christopher (Deborah) Budke, and David (Diana) Budke, her grandchildren, Scott (Monica) Reed, Tim Reed, Matthew (Kelsey) Roselli, Luke and Sam Roselli, Allison, Rachel and Sarah Budke, and Daniel Budke, and her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Vivian, and Mikayla Reed. Her husband and parents preceded Donna in death. (Updated December 2015)

1954 - (Winona) Joyce Holmes
Joyce reports that at 85 years old, she is still around (and presently healthy)! She was pleased to receive a number of Christmas/annual messages from 1954 nursing graduates this last December and ponders that maybe our KUMC Nursing education included "longevity?! (Updated January 2017) 

1954 - In Memoriam: Marian Hoecker Montgomery
Marian passed away on September 12, 2015. (Updated October 2015)

1954 - Jeaninne Willis Schroff
Jeaninne lost her husband, Carle, on July 7, 2016 after 63 years of marriage. He was a kind and loving husband, great Dad, "Doc" to grandchildren, and a wonderful Doctor. He was loved by many and is truly missed (Updated October 2016). 

1955 - In Memoriam: Marietta Shannon Powers
Marietta passed away on May 31, 2015. (Updated July 2015)

1955 - In Memoriam: Grace Whitenack Hayden
Grace (Whitenack) Hayden of Parkville, MO died April 4, 2016. Grace was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Trenton, N.J. to Verda A. Harris and Raymond H. Whitenack. She met her future husband Leo on a blind date in Kansas City; they married on May 20, 1956. Grace wore a pair of beautiful wristlets with her dress to cover a perfect set of bite marks from a patient who had bitten her couple of days before the wedding. She always said the fact that Leo was SO pro-KU and she SO pro K-State was what kept their marriage interesting! Grace worked as an R.N. and retired from NKC Hospital. She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran since 1966; she was a member of the women's group and sang in the church choir for over 40 years; she stated "you meet the nicest people in choir." She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her three children: Dan Hayden of Parkville, his daughter Kara; Bruce Hayden (Barbara) of Clinton, IA, their daughter Tynah of Johnson City, NY; Jill Hagel (Mike) of Lenexa, KS, their children Nick and Michelle. We have lost a wonderful mother, grandma, neighbor, and friend. She will be greatly missed. We thank God, family and all the wonderful friends who have shown support throughout her life and recent health issues. The family will receive friends 10 a.m., Saturday April 9 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO. The memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Peter Rehwaldt officiating. (Updated April 2016).

1955 - In Memoriam: Charlene Smith Teare
Charlene Teare (Smitty) passed away September 8, 2016, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney, Kan. She was born Dec. 24, 1929, to Jesse and Marie (Hutchings) Smith, on a farm outside of Excelsior Springs, Mo. She graduated from Excelsior Springs High School, and received her B.S. in Nursing from The University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she met many lifelong friends who have been close throughout the years. She met Max E. Teare, M.D., at KUMC, where she was a nurse, and they married in November of 1957 in Excelsior Springs. He preceded her in death in 2014. They have two children, Marijo Teare Rooney (husband Davis) of Hays, Kan., and Thomas M. Teare of Chicago, Ill., and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah and Dawson. Charlene dedicated most of her life to her family, however, later continued her education, receiving a M.S. in Nursing from The University of Kansas in 1984. She was a nursing instructor and taught at KU, Avila College, and Garden City Community College. Charlene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family very much and also held a love for nature and the outdoors. She was especially fond of bird watching from outside her kitchen window, growing tomatoes, helping others and traveling adventures with her husband. She will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her. (Updated September 2016)

1955 - In Memoriam: Dorothy E. Williams
Dorothy E. Williams, 83, Salina, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Holiday Resort, Salina. She was born May 26, 1932 in Nekoma, KS to Joseph Emerie and Irene Inez (Harris) Williams. The family moved to Minneapolis when Dorothy was a young child. She attended Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Minneapolis High School where she was a 1950 graduate. Dorothy attended Hutchinson Junior College and then the University of Kansas where she graduated in 1955 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked at various hospitals including Asbury in Salina, Women's Hospital in Utah, Passavant in Chicago, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Bates County Hospital in Missouri, and Newman Hospital in Emporia. Dorothy retired in 1992. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Marva Jolene Adee and her husband Evan; and brother-in-law Willard Moeder. Survivors include her sisters Lenna Hope Moeder of Salina and Karen Lucille Iselin and her husband Bill of Tempe, AZ; longtime friend Arinetta Bolton of Salina; and seven nieces and three nephews (Updated February 2016).

1955 (BSN), 1989 (PhD), Cynthia Q. Woods, PhD
Dr. Woods reports that she is enjoying living in an active retirement community. She is active as a volunteer especially, tutoring refugees in English. (Updated February 2017)

1956 - Martha Ohmsieder Baker
Martha is excited for the Nursing Class of 1956 Reunion this fall.  She hopes she can attend!  (Updated January 2016)

1956 - Barbara G. Bachus
Barbara was born on October 3, 1932 and passed away in July 2012.  Barbara was a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado at the time of her passing.  Barbara graduated from Norwich High School and then attended Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kansas.  She was married to Nelson.  

1956- Laura (Bobbie) Herring Cummings
Laura will have been married for 59 years on February 4. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. 5 of her grandkids are soon to be married. (Updated January 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Janice Fosha Kirkpatrick
Janice Faye (Fosha) Kirkpatrick age 82 of Denver, Colorado quietly passed away at her home on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  She was born on September 15, 1933, the daughter of Leo and Lena (Renz) Fosha. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1951. Her pre-nursing education was at Kansas State University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She became the Head Nurse on the Pediatrics Unit at the KU Medical Center that cared for seriously ill children with burns, congenital heart diseases and blood diseases such as leukemia.  It was at the K.U. Medical Center that she met a medical student named Charles (Chuck) Kirkpatrick. They married on July 11, 1959. Janice supported the household while Chuck studied Internal Medicine and Immunology. Together they raised Heather, Michael and Brian. For several years, she also was a home-hospice nurse with the Denver Hospice and was quite skilled at preparing families and patients for acceptance of death. She excelled in four fields; as a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a nurse. Read more. (Updated April 2016)

1956 - In Memoriam: Grace Bogart Lewin
Grace Marie Bogart Lewin, 82, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Northcare Hospice in Kansas City. Grace Bogart was born and raised on a farm near Kirwin, Kan. She received her BS in Nursing from the University Of Kansas, and later worked at the KU Medical Center. She married Walter Lewin, MD, and they have four children. Grace enjoyed travel, and participated in various social clubs. She served on the Altar Guild for St. Michaels and All Angels, was a P.E.O. member, and involved in multiple book clubs. Grace spent 36 years as a Docent for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She developed lifelong friendships with her study group members, and loved learning about art from different periods and styles. She and Walter traveled to the major world art museums and enjoyed many overseas trips. Walter and Grace were 40 year members of a supper club group, and enjoyed many years of friendship with their book club groups. Grace is survived by her four children, Margie (Michael) Cox, Oklahoma City, Okla., Tom (Vanessa) Lewin, Grayslake, Ill., Bill (Debra) Lewin, Lawson, Mo., and Jim (Elisabeth) Lewin, Des Moines, Iowa, six grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Eva, Catherine, Brad (Katrina), and Lindsay, and two great grandchildren, Gunther and Eloise Lewin. Grace was preceded in death by her dear husband, Walter, sister, Jane Jameson, and brother, William Bogart. She leaves sisters-in- law, Pat Bogart, and Ilse Cavalierre, brother-in-law, Frank Cavalierre, and many dear nieces and nephews. (Updated February 2017). 

1957 - Donna I. Hallewell
Donna Hallewell's son Tom is working for Homeland Security and resides in Washington, DC. Her daughter Jean is a professor in Linz, Austria. (Updated March 2016).

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)

1958 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth B. Almer
Elizabeth "Liz" Almer of Phoenix passed away peacefully on January 19th. Liz is survived by her husband Eugene "Duffy", daughter Shelley Stanley, son Courtney Anthony Almer and grandchildren Christopher Stanley, Amy Stanley, Isabel Almer and Alyssa Almer. Liz was born in Denver, Colorado to Richard and Dorothy Brandon, and spent a wonderful active childhood living with her mother on her grandparents' farm in Kansas. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Kansas she met her future husband Duffy. After they married in 1958, Liz and Duffy lived in San Antonio and Baltimore before settling in Phoenix in 1966. A devoted mother who always supported her children's interests, Liz was also active in the arts. For many years Liz served as a Docent for the Phoenix Art Museum, including Docent President 1990/1991. She was also an active supporter of the opera. Her love of arts and music led her on many travels around the world including Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. She was also an avid reader and bridge player who loved to host gatherings at their home. Liz's warm and gentle nature was felt by all who met her. Liz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she will be truly missed by all who knew her. 

1958 – In Memoriam: Dolores Cook Christesen
Dolores M. Christesen, 79, of Shawnee, KS, passed away July 2, 2015. (Updated August 2015)

1958 - In Memoriam: Dorothy Johnson Head
Dorothy Head of Kearney, MO entered eternal rest on Tuesday July 5, 2016. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday July 10, 2016 at Second Baptist Church, Liberty, MO. Visitation will precede the service at 1:00 pm. Burial following the service at the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs. Dorothy was born August 19, 1936 to H. Orlando and Rose Betson Johnson in Purdin, MO. She attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing with a BSN. She married her high school sweetheart Gilbert Head on August 22, 1959. At the start of their married life they lived in a log cabin near Columbia while Gilbert attended the University of Missouri. Dorothy began her nursing career at KU Medical Center and was a school nurse for Excelsior Springs Schools for 26 years. Of utmost importance to Dorothy was her faith in God, followed by her devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and a third generation member of the PEO Sisterhood. She served as church organist for 25 years at Woods Memorial Christian Church. Dorothy found much joy in music, gardening and quilt making and was a master pie baker. She possessed a gentle and loving spirit and was a kind friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Janet Faulkner, and brother-in- law Jack Faulkner. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 56 years, two children, Sara Miller (Daniel) Rocheport, MO and Geoffrey Head, Kansas City, MO, two grandchildren Laura Miller Schonhardt (Thomas) Columbia, MO and Anna Miller, Rocheport, MO, brother Dean Johnson (Marlene) Purdin, MO and many other cherished family members. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Gilbert Head for a scholarship fund in Dorothy's name to be awarded to a Linn County R-1 student pursuing a degree in nursing. (Updated July 2016)

1959 – In Memoriam: Rose Roberts Langland
Rose Mary Langland, 78, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at home.Rose Mary was born to Guy and Blanche Roberts on June 8, 1936. She married Roger Langland on March 16, 1963, while serving as a short-term missionary nurse in Lahore, Pakistan. Rose Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of Missouri. She taught gerontological nursing at MU and was the staff nurse during the early years of the Adult Day Connection at MU. She was a lifelong member of Missouri United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Gwen Langland of Columbia and Robin Batt of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Lance (Mindy) Langland of Houston, Texas; one brother, Roger (Sandy) Roberts of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren. (Updated April 2015)


1960 - In Memoriam: Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel
Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel lived a life of service to others. Predeceased by parents Edwin D. and Margaret M. Bolenbaugh. Survived by spouse, Wayne; two children: Rachelle (Parshall) and Curtis; seven grandchildren: Courtney Parshall (Young), Danielle Parshall, Sgt. Brent Parshall, Jordan Parshall, Matthew Griesel, Benjamin Griesel, Andrew Griesel; and two great grandchildren: Ariana and Wesley Young. (Updated October 2015)

1960 – In Memoriam: Karen Allphin
Karen Allphin was born Aug. 9, 1938 in Stafford, Kan. to Delwin H. and Helen G. Black Allphin and passed away Aug. 8, 2015, one day short of her 77th birthday. She graduated from Beloit High School, Beloit, Kan., in 1956 and from Kansas University School of Nursing in 1960. After working in pediatrics at the K.U. Medical Center for a couple of years, Karen lived in Santa Monica, Calif. and worked at The Neuropsychiatric Institute until 1965. For a year and a half she worked as a private duty nurse in Italy and England. In August, 1967 she moved to Boston, Mass. where she received her Master's Degree in Child Psychology at Boston University in 1969. While in Boston she worked with special needs children at Mass. Mental Health Center and in 1978 helped with disaster relief following severe flooding along the northeast coast. In May, 1979 Karen moved to Washington State where she lived with her sister's family for ten months; then moved to Klamath Falls, Ore. Karen taught in the School of Nursing at Oregon Institute of Technology and later worked for a CNN Home Health before her retirement. Karen was very attached to the many Golden Retrievers she had over the years and was very proud of Tess, the most recent dog she had. Karen and all of her dogs enjoyed the training process and they have been special companions for her - from Brandy in Boston, who would go to work with Karen, caring for the austic children as only a caring animal can do - to Tess. Karen was especially fond of the many friends she and Tess made out at Double C in Klamath Falls. Karen was preceded in death by her parents; Douglas File, nephew; and Julie and James File, great niece and great nephew. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Dee Ann Dickerson, Webb City, Mo. and Patricia and Brian Hogan, Kent, Wash.; six nieces and nephews: Donald (Colleen) File, Beloit, Kan.; Kathleen (Bill) Barstnar, Lone Tree, Colo.; Karyn (Brian) Hoffman, Castle Rock, Colo.; Deborah (Dave) Brannan, Puyallup, Wash.; Eric (Laurel) Hogan, University Place, WA; and Tricia Larson, Savannah, Ga. She also leaves twenty great nieces and nephews and six great great nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. Karen was always full of questions about these nieces and nephews and their children. She loved them one and all. Karen cared deeply for the many animals cared for by the Klamath Animal Shelter and memorials may be sent there at P. O. Box 482, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. (Updated August 2015)

1961 – In Memoriam: Ilene Smith Brawner Hall
Ilene Y. Hall (Brawner), 75 of Kansas City, Mo passed away April 15, 2015. She was born in Brewster, KS and later moved to Goodland, KS where she graduated high school in 1957. Ilene was passionate about nursing, education, and leadership and touched many people as she was a school teacher, school nurse, HR Director, and motivational speaker across the United States. Ilene was preceded in death by parents Roy and Ethelyn Smith, brother Delmer, nephew Jeff Zielke and brother-in-law Ted Zielke. She is survived by her husband Kent Hall; children Scott (Jamie) Brawner, Amy (Jay) Felton, her sister Phyllis Zielke, along with Kent's three children Kathy, Shon, and Brian. Ilene also has twelve grandchildren that she dearly loved. (Updated May 2015)

1961 - In Memoriam: Susan Nelson Morris
Susan F. Morris, 76, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, at her home. Susan was born July 26, 1939, and grew up with her older brother Robert in Leawood, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Helen Gibbs Nelson. She was proud to receive her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas and was a working Registered Nurse most of her adult life, continuing after retirement to provide volunteer service at Healthcare Access in Lawrence until her unexpected passing. Susan married the love of her life, Galen Z. Morris, in 1962 and together they made a wonderful life, making a home and raising a family in Salina, Kansas, until Galen's death in August of 1991. After moving to Lawrence in 1993, Susan embraced a new life making great friends, nursing at Brandon Woods in Lawrence and Alterra Sterling House in Topeka, Kansas, doing volunteer work and traveling around the world with friends and family. She is survived by her two best friends, sons Fred N. Morris of Stuyvesant, New York and Jeff D. Morris, of Kansas City, Missouri, and her daughter-in-law Mary and two grandchildren, Gibbs Morris and Evelyn Morris, who filled her heart and made her so proud to be "Granny Sue." She is also survived by many friends who she accepted into the family of her heart. Susan lived a life of action and purpose. She loved her country life near Salina, her dachshunds, working in her yard, the smell and look of a mowed lawn and her daily Jumble. She lived for meaningful times with her many friends, visits to Fred at his farm in New York State, time with her grandchildren, fishing at her family cabin and the adventures of daily life. (Updated October 2015)

1963 – Carolyn Budd Rogers
Carolyn finally retired at age 72 from Marlboro County Health Department in South Carolina.  At the time of retirement, she was enjoying being the Post-Partum Newborn Home Visit Nurse. (Updated August 2015)

1963 - Janie Curtis
Janie continues to serve as CEO of Curtis Machine Company, Inc. in Dodge City, KS, where gears and gearboxes are designed and manufactured. (Updated February 2016)

1964 - Bonnie Webb Cutler
Bonnie reports that she feels fortunate to have the perfect "retirement" job-12 hours a week in Family Medicine. She is staying busy with friends, family, travel, and staying mobile. (Updated December 2016). 

1964 - In Memoriam: Karen Atkins Epps
Karen Lou Epps, age 72, a resident of rural Fulton, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Martin Heine Atkins and Lou Sample Atkins. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1960. She attended nursing school at the University of Kansas, graduating with her RN degree in 1965. She married Jim Epps on July 9, 1966, in Fort Scott. She worked part time at the Newman Young Clinic while raising their two girls. She also handled office duties for the family business, Epps Seed Company. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and deacon. She was also a treasurer of the Hack Memorial Fund. She served on the board for the Beacon, volunteered for the Red Cross, and was a member of the P.E.O. She loved her faithful dog "Lucky." Her greatest pleasure was watching and supporting all the activities of her grandchildren. She was a loving, faithful wife and cherished mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband Jim of the home; two daughters, Lisa Epps, Kansas City, Mo., and Lori Patterson and husband Sam, Leawood, Kan.; two grandchildren, Isaac and Abigail Patterson; and a brother, Kent Atkins and wife Alison, Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents. (Updated January 2016)

1964 - In Memoriam: Aletha Thomas Cushinberry, EdD
Bishop Aletha J. Cushinberry Bishop Aletha J. Cushinberry, 79, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2015 in Topeka, KS. Bishop Cushinberry will lie in state on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 12pm - 6pm at Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. A public service will be held immediately following in the evening at 6pm at Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Bishop Cushinberry will lie in state on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9am - 10am, with a Homegoing Celebration following at 10am, all at Victorious Life Church. (Updated February 2016)

1965 - In Memoriam: Rosie L. Acton, RN, MSN
Rosie L. Acton, R.N. MSN, age 77, of Parkville, MO. and previously of Eugene, OR. passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Rosie L. Acton, was born October 01, 1939 in Belle Plaine Borough, Minnesota. She graduated from Carrollton High School, Carrollton, MO. in 1957. Rosie became a Registered Nurse and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She completed her education at the University of Minnesota graduating with a Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1969. She enjoyed world travel, cross word puzzles, fishing and hunting, automobile racing, skiing, making chocolates, and gardening. She loved the outdoors and was an advocate for Nature Conservancy. She was preceded in death by her father George Acton, mother Anna Koepp, brother Wesley Acton, and sister Dorothy Leffler. She is survived by: Sisters: Lois Daly and Mary Litchfield, Sister in Law: Judy Acton (Wesley), Nieces and Nephews: Jimmy Acton, Tammy Ellis, David Blevins, Todd Wombell, Anita Stock, Brenda Soto, Carla Daly, Stacey Crew, Amanda Pritchett, Trisha Litchfield and 15 Great nieces and nephews. (Updated October 2016)   

1965 (BSN), 1979 (MN) – In Memoriam: Bonnie 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)

1966 - In Memoriam: Marsha Forcum
Marsha Mary Forcum, 71, died at Kidron Bethel Village in Newton, KS on January 31, 2016. She was born on November 13, 1944 in Eureka, KS, the daughter of Harold and Elinor Forcum. Marsha grew up in Kansas. In her early years the Forcum family lived in a house with no electricity. It was there that her love for nature and the outdoors began. She enjoyed riding horses in her younger years, playing piano, singing, and has always been an avid reader. Marsha felt her biggest achievement was receiving "The Girl Achievement Award," which was a county 4-H award. Marsha considered 4-H her education for life and direction. She was a member of the Harmony Sunflower 4-H Club in Greenwood County. Her club leader, Lois Andrew, was a great mentor to her. Marsha attended Harmony school for half of 1st grade before transferring to Piedmont where she attended 1st grade through her senior year of high school. She extended her education at Emporia State University and went on to Kansas University Medical Center to pursue a Nursing degree. While a nursing student, she attended several conventions with San Francisco and New York City being two of the highlights. Read more(Updated February 2016)

1967 - Judy Butts Davis
Since retiring, Judy has indulged her passion for long distance backing. She has hiked over 1,900 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  In 2014, she hiked 1,000 miles on various trails. (Updated September 2014)

1967 - Carla A. Bouska Lee, PhD
Dr. Lee continues to serve on the American Nurses' Association's Committee on Nursing Standards, a 4 year term 10 to 14. Prior to this she was elected to the Congress on Nursing and Economics, 10-14 term. She is the president emeritus of District 6, KS State Nurses Association and will be the upcoming president protem for the local Chapter of the Southeast Regional Nurses Association. (Updated March 2016)

1967 - Sue Stauffer Swender
Because of her husband's Alzheimer Disease and her sister's battle with breast cancer, Sue retired on February 29, 2016 from her position at Child Start in Wichita. She had worked with Head Start and Early Head Start for over 39 years (Updated January 2017)

1967 – In Memoriam: Dorothy Ball Williams
Dorothy B. Williams age 91 of Bushnell, IL passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday April 14, 2015 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. Dorothy was born on August 17, 1923 in Bushnell, IL to George M. and Helen Leonard Ball. She married Lowell E. Williams in Bushnell, IL on July 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 24, 1999. She is survived by 1 Son and 1 Daughter Lane E. Williams of Lawrence KS, and Laurie G. Connelly of San Diego, CA, 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her Parents. Dorothy attended Cottey College, Western Illinois University and she graduated from the University of Iowa with a diploma from the Nursing program in 1947. She later received her BSN Degree from the University of Kansas in 1967. Dorothy was a Member of Chapter X P.E.O. in Bushnell, IL and was an active member in the Bushnell Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted Mom and a caring person to others in the community. (Updated May 2015)

1968 - Sharon Hutchison
Sharon has been retired for 10 years and keeps busy with philanthropic projects through her church and Johnson County Young Matrons. (Updated January 2015)

1969 - In Memoriam: Paula Waxse Goering, PhD
Paula (Waxse) Goering was born in Oswego, Kansas, on March 6, 1947, to Mary and I.J. Waxse. She grew up in Oswego with her brothers David and Jody and her sister Sylvia. She attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (summa cum laude) in 1969. Paula then spent two years in New Haven, Connecticut, earning a Masters of Science degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. In 1971 she moved with her husband to Toronto, Canada and took up the position of Assistant Director of Nursing, Projects and Research, at Queen Street Mental Health Centre, a position that she held from 1971 to 1976. In 1980, she took a position as Senior Mental Health Consultant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (later CAMH) and began work toward a PhD degree in the Institute of Medical Science of the University of Toronto which was awarded in 1985. The PhD led to a continuing Professorship in the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry and to a number of Research and Consulting positions in Community Psychiatry at the Clarke Institute/CAMH. All of this training culminated in the recently completed five-year, five-city, multimillion dollar study of the homeless mentally ill in Canada. The study, known as "At Home/Chez Soi," demonstrated the importance of putting "Housing First" in any successful strategy of treating the homeless mentally ill. Paula died of cancer on May 24, 2016, at Princess Margaret Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Joe Goering, by their two children, Seth Goering and Johanna (Ben) Jones and by her grandson, Charles Joseph Jones. She was the best friend and the best colleague that many of us have ever known. For her husband and her children, Paula will always be "the cat's pyjamas."  (Updated June 2016)



1970 - In Memoriam: Arlene Nurre Alfino-Minnis
Arlene Alfino-Minnis, 88, of Overland Park, KS, passed away January 2, 2017 following a brief illness. Arlene was born on September 1, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa to Albert and Ida Nurre. She attended The Visitation Academy and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Arlene went to nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she met Frank R. Alfino and they were married in May of 1950. They raised five children while living in Milwaukee for five years, New Jersey for five years, and Illinois for six years. Frank R. Alfino passed away in August of 1965. Arlene moved to Overland Park, KS, in 1968 to be close to her sister and brother-in- law, Glen and Mary Alice Wells, and resided there until her passing. She earned her master's degree and worked as a Registered Nurse, primarily in the school setting. Arlene retired from the Shawnee Mission School District. She led a very active lifestyle and enjoyed playing her accordion, tennis, cards, in addition to walking her beloved dog, Maxie. Arlene was also involved in the Monday Morning Bowling League, Sunshine Club of Holy Cross, and Johnson County Unos. She served her parish as a Eucharist minister. She was very generous, loved to travel, and spend time with her family. Arlene was married to Don Minnis, of Overland Park, KS, in 1983 and preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ellen Alfino, her brother-in-law, Glen Wells, and her son-in- law, John Lillig. Arlene is survived by her sister, Mary Alice Wells, of Overland Park, KS, sister-in-law, Marion Fricano, of Germantown, WI, and four children: Vicki Lillig of Basehor, KS; Tony Alfino of San Diego, CA; Diane Alfino of Arlington, TX, and Frank Alfino of Overland Park, KS. She also leaves behind five grandchildren: Christy, Carrie, Shawn, Aidan, and Molly; as well as six great-grandchildren: Madison, Devon, Clayce, Carson, Cora, and Sylvia. The family would like to thank the caring and dedicated ICU and respiratory staff at SMMC. (Updated February 2017)

1971 - In Memoriam: Betty Umbehocker Amdall
Betty Marie Amdall passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015, eighteen days before her 90th birthday. Betty was born May 3, 1925 in Princeton, MN, to the late parents; Charles and Ina Marie (Hill) Umbehocker. Betty grew up in Princeton, MN and married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Amdall, on July 27, 1946. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed 68 years together, traveled the world and lived in over 30 locations including: Caracas, Venezuela; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and since 1977, Naperville, Illinois. Betty is survived by her husband and two children, John (Sharon) Amdall and Eileen (Asimios) Malliakos. Betty is also survived by her two grandchildren, Elizabeth Malliakos and Christina Malliakos. Preceding her in death are her parents and one brother, Gordon Umbehocker. Betty attended St. Olaf University in Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas – Kansas City in 1971. In 1978 Betty received a Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Betty completed most of her PhD in Nursing Education at Rush University in Chicago.  Betty started her career teaching home economics at the Clear Lakes, WI high school. After raising her family, she continued her education and taught nursing in Kansas City and Chicago. Betty was always ready to travel and to meet new people. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed an annual fishing trip to Minnesota, played bridge several time each month, and participated in square dancing for over 20 years. Betty always said that she, “enjoyed every minute of life” and that “she would do it all over again.” After retiring in 1988, Betty and Kenneth explored the option of relocating, but decided that Naperville offered the best opportunities. In addition to travel, fishing, bridge and square dancing, after retiring, Betty volunteered with several organizations including Naper Settlement Museum, AARP and the US Post Office. (Updated May 2015)

1971 - In Memoriam: Evelyn Driscoll Dallman
Evelyn passed away March 23, 2016 at the University of Washington Medical Center. She was born November 11, 1926 to Frank and Lena Driscoll in Langley. Evelyn was raised on the family farm at Mutiny Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington. She attended Mutiny Bay School before Langley High School, and graduated early in 1944 to attend Nurses Training at Columbus Hospital in Seattle. During her training, she met her husband, Howard Dallman, while he was stationed in the Northwest following his tour as a pilot in the 8th Army Air Corps. They were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 13, 1947. Evelyn worked as a nurse in Milwaukee, before she and her husband started their family. They moved to Prairie Village, Kansas in 1954 where they raised their three children - Roger, Doug and Nancy. Sometime in the late 60's, that passion awakened in her heart to become a nurse again, and enrolled in the University of Kansas medical center to earn her BSN in 1971. Read more(Updated April 2016)

1971 - In Memoriam: Myra L. McLeod
McLeod, Myra Lynn 69, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on March 20, 2016. A private family graveside will be held per Myra's request. Myra was born March 16, 1947 in Marysville, KS. She graduated from Marysville High School and Kansas State University where she received her degree in nursing. Myra had a passion for painting and everything cultural. She was a loving and compassionate lady who cared for so many and gave so much. She will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank the staff of Fountainview Nursing Center for their exceptional and compassionate care. Myra was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Elizabeth McLeod and sisters and brother-in-law, Leah McLeod and Myrna and Richard Long. She is survived by her sister, Mary Green of Azle, TX, nieces, Mary Shannon of Wichita and Betsy (Matt) Long-O'Brien of Denver, CO; nephews, Craig (Brenda) Green of Aurora, TX and Nicholas (Delana) Long of Wichita; a host of great nieces and nephews; and best friend, Judy Nash of Wichita. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Fountainview Nursing Center. Share condolences at Services by Broadway Mortuary. (Updated April 2016)

1972 - In Memoriam: 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)

1974 - In Memoriam: Doris F. Carson
Doris was born on June 1, 1939 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Doris was a resident of Joplin, Missouri at the time of her passing. Doris graduated from Joplin High School in 1957 followed by St. Johns School of Nursing in 1961. She later earned her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas. She was married to Richard. (Updated February 2017)

1975 - In Memoriam: Judy Cook-Bowsky
Judy Cook-Bowsky passed into eternal life on June 7, 2016, with her two children by her side and soothing hymns playing in the background. She was born on March 2, 1952, in Sandusky, MI, and was raised in Great Bend, Kan. After attending Graceland and KU, she worked as a nurse in the KC metro area for 40-plus years. Memorial service at her church on June 25, 2016. Gathering will begin at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. service and potluck following. (Updated June 2016)

1978 - Thomas D. Campbell, Jr.
Tom is residing in Portland, Oregon, and working for Kaiser Permanente as an Operating Room RN, anticipating retirement the end of February, 2015. We wish him well in his retirement! (Updated January 2015)

1979 - In Memoriam: Kathleen M. Beer
Kathleen Margaret Beer, 64, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 in Lawrence, KS. (Updated December 2015)


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 (MN) - Janet Houser, PhD, MN'81
Janet Houser, PhD, MN'81, was named Provost at Regis University in Colorado. She will oversee five colleges serving over 11,000 students. Dr. Houser joined the Regis Health Service Administration faculty in 2000 and advanced through several leadership roles before being named provost. Congratulations, Janet!  (Updated February 2016)

1981 - In Memoriam: Norma Fenley Kuhn
Norma L. Kuhn, Overland Park, Kan., passed June 25, 2015, at the age of 88. Her husband, Cleo and her son, Karl preceded her in death. Norma is survived by sister, Bonnie Churchwell (Jim) and brother, Howard Fenley (Peggy), plus many nieces, nephews and friends. She lived most of her life in Kansas City. Norma was a registered nurse serving in hospitals, clinics and home health care. She graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing and received a BSN degree from the University of Kansas. After retiring, she continued to serve others as a Kansas City Hospice volunteer. Cleo, Norma and Karl loved to travel and enjoyed many trips together. Norma was an avid reader and enjoyed the Arts. (Updated August 2015)

1981 – Kathy (Schaefer) Lubetich
Kathy’s oldest daughter, Kelsey, 25, obtained a physics degree from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  She will complete an associate’s degree in baking and patisserie from The Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA in August 2015.  Kathy’s youngest daughter, Shannon, 21, double majored in computer science at Pomona College in Claremont, CA in May 2015.  She has accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA.  Kathy has been married to John since 1984.  John graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1987.  Since 1991, Kathy has spent her time volunteering with many organizations as well as supportive volunteer roles with her children.  Volunteer opportunities include Medical Society, Hospital Foundation, Hospital volunteer, PTSA, Destination Imagination, Girl Scouts, soccer and support in classrooms.  Kathy’s hobbies include exercise, snow skiing, reading, travel, visiting Disney parks often, music and volunteering. (Updated June 2015)

1981 - In Memoriam: Sheryl Flick Sloan
Sheryl Lynn Sloan, 58, Overland Park, KS, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Sheryl was born July 7, 1958, in Kansas City, KS. Sheryl was a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a bachelor degree in nursing. She had worked at Research and Menorah Medical Centers, and for the last 10 years as a clinical research analyst. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Flick and a brother, Jerry Flick. Sheryl is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bill, a son and his wife, Jeffrey and Kristi, daughter, Jennifer, granddaughter, Kendall, her mother, Joann Flick and a brother, David Flick. (Updated February 2017)

1981 – Debbie A. Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN
Debbie Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN, has been awarded tenure at the University of North Carolina. She is faculty in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School of Nursing.  Debbie and colleagues were recently awarded a grant from UNC Healthcare to study emergency department (ED) triage with the goal of reducing ED patient wait times. (Updated May 2015)

1982 (MSN) - Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN
Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN '82 has been Project Director for the Kansas City chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility since 2008.  PSR-KC recently hosted an exhibition at UMKC marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Included in the exhibit were several films, speakers and photographs regarding current nuclear issues.  Suellentrop also represents PSR-KC in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a nationwide network of organizations of people living near nuclear weapons production and waste sites.  PSR-KC will host the annual fall meeting of ANA Nov. 5-7, 2015, in Liberty, Mo.  A panel discussion open to the public Thursday, Nov. 5, will focus on cleanup of the Bannister Federal Complex, a recently closed nuclear weapons parts factory in Kansas City and on the WestLake Landfill fire near radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project in St. Louis. (Updated November 2015)

1983 - In Memoriam: Cheryl Acock
Cheryl Ann Acock, 61, of Eudora, died on July 27, 2016, after a decades-long courageous battle with illness. Born on Nov. 15, 1954, the youngest child of James "Bud" and Anna Acock of Bonner Springs, Kan., she was the baby of the family had an idyllic childhood in the small tight-knit community. With cousins who lived around the corner, there was no shortage of fun. This also provided a built-in best friend. From school dances to other adventures, her cousin Paula Dickensheets Zarrillo was a constant companion. Cheryl's mother and father were doting parents, who were highly active and respected in Bonner Springs, as well as within their church community (Community of Christ). Read more. (Updated August 2016)  

1983 - Victoria Allen Crabb
Vicki started work on her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Iowa (School of Public Health) in August 2016. (Updated January 2017)

1984 - In Memoriam: Diane January Ashley
Diane K. Ashley, 55 Olathe, KS. Passed away April 04, 2016. Visitation: Friday April 08, 2016 6 to 8 PM. Rosary 6:00PM Prince of Peace Catholic Church Olathe, KS. Mass: Saturday April 09, 2016 10:00 AM at the church. Survived by Darryl K. Ashley of the home and their four children. (Updated April 2016) 

1984 – In Memoriam: Carol J. Politsch, RN, MSN, APRN
Carol J. Politsch, 53, Kansas City, MO, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Updated May 2015)

1985 - Ann Kuglin Jones
Ann is currently a PhD student at University of Utah.

1986 (MN) – In Memoriam: Diana Reiser
Diana J. Reiser, 71, of Kansas City, MO, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Hospice House on July 5, 2015. Diana was born Diana Whitney on October 28, 1943, in Joplin, MO. She was the youngest child of Wayne and Lucille Whitney, and little sister to Richard Whitney. She grew up in Lincoln, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1965. She moved to Kansas City, MO after graduation where she met and married Frank B. Reiser on August 16, 1969. She completed her Master's in Education at UMKC in 1972, shortly after welcoming her daughter, Joan E. Reiser, into the world.Her son, Gregory C. Reiser, followed in 1975. The family were long-time members of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where the children attended school, and Diana was often found donating her time and talents. In 1986, Diana completed a Master's in Nursing at the University of Kansas, School of Nursing. She worked at Research Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and taught nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She devoted much time to the families and new babies at St. Luke's Hospital for more than 20 years. She retired in 2008 after previously serving for many years as the Director of Inpatient Perinatal Services. Over the years, Diana served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Societies. In 2002, Diana was appointed a charter member of a new multidisciplinary advisory council by the Vermont Oxford Network, an international database for neonatal care. Diana was one of only 13 neonatology experts internationally who comprised the new council. She was nominated for the position by Katherine Chaflin, M.D., a neonatologist at St. Luke's hospital. She assumed her favorite role in 2005 when she became a grandmother to Ella, daughter of Greg and Annemarie Reiser. More blessings followed with grandchildren Jack in 2007, Graham in 2009, and Audrey in 2011. Diana was well known for her beautiful needle-pointing, especially the Christmas stockings that she made for family and close friends. She loved to cook and enjoyed listening to Motown while driving around with the top down on her purple convertible. Diana also enjoyed nature watching with her husband, Frank, on family range-land in Northern NE. An area named Diana's Falls, in her honor, was a particularly favorite spot. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; Wayne and Lucille Whitney. Surviving to cherish her memory are her devoted husband, Frank; daughter, Joanie Reiser; son, Greg (Annemarie) Reiser; her brother, Richard (Elizabeth) Whitney; four delightful grandchildren, Ella, Jack, Graham and Audrey; and her nieces. Also Julie Fugate, who started as a college roommate, but became a beloved sister over the years. Her smile, sense of humor, love of chocolate, and big heart will be missed by all who knew her. Her family could not conclude this celebration of life without thanking the many caregivers who have cared for Diana during her long illness: The staffs of Brookside Adult Day Health Care, St. Luke's Hospital, Life Care Center of Grandview and St. Luke's Hospice House. (Updated July 2015)

1987 - In Memoriam: Cheryl A. Bastion
Cheryl Bastion, 55, of Harrisonville, MO, died February 17, 2016. Visitation is at 11am, services at 12pm on Tuesday, February 23 at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland, MO. (Updated March 2016)

1988 - Kathy K. Cunningham
After moving to Prescott, AZ in 2004, Kathy and her husband Jerry recently moved back to Kansas in April 2016.  She retired from Nursing in 2011.  She now enjoys travel, volunteering at the animal shelter, and remodeling her house in Olathe. (Updated July 2016)   

1988 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth J. Dillon
Elizabeth J. Dillon RN, BSN, MS, 84, Prairie Village, KS, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital. Elizabeth was born June 17, 1932 in Cleveland, OH and had lived most of her life in the Kansas City area. She was a graduate of University of Kansas with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Nursing. Elizabeth was the oldest current working professor in the Nursing Department at Johnson County Community College. She was a member of Village Presbyterian Church and served with the parish nurses. She was also an accomplished organist and pianist and a far better nurse practitioner than a cook. Elizabeth was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda Jean Dillon and Gail Ann Dillon. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Albert Dillon, two children and their spouses, John R Dillon (Sherry, favorite daughter in law) and Debbi Dillon Yeoman (Paul, favorite son in law), 3 grandchildren, Ashley Bullard, Kelsea Dillon and self- proclaimed favorite, Hannah Yeoman. (Updated February 2017)


1990 - Barbara Kelly
Barbara reports that she got married on May 30, 2015.  Both of her sons are enrolled at K State.  Her youngest also serves in the Kansas National Guard.  She begins classes in a family nurse practitioner program in a few weeks. (Updated January 2017)

1990 - Linda Johnson Seymour
Linda and her husband, Grey, were in Overland Park for Linda's high school reunion in October. They drove by KU Medical Center to check things out, but didn't have time to stop in. They did catch a Royals division playoff game and they won!  What a treat!  (Updated November 2015)  

1990 - In Memoriam: Tamra Wolfe-McMahon
Tamra Jo Wolfe-McMahon, 57, of Independence, Mo., passed away peacefully at her home, Feb. 29, 2016. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service, on Saturday, March 5, at Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel.

1991 - In Memoriam: Kimberly Harms Parrish
Kimberly “Kim” Jean Parrish, 51, of El Dorado Springs passed from this life at 3:02 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Mo., after fighting the battle with cancer for over 2 1/2 years. She was born on October 10, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Eugene “Gene” Charles and Bonnie Jean (Amick) Harms.
Kim attended kindergarten in Kansas City, Mo., while her father worked for General Motors and farmed on the weekends. Her family then moved to Schell City in 1971 to begin farming full time. Kim attended school at Schell City as a first grader, until graduating with the Schell City High School class of 1982. While living in Schell City, Kim spent most days as a child outside on the farm, going to the creek or pond with her older sister Karen or helping her dad out in the fields. She raised bottle calves through a cow she named Priscilla. She used the money she made to pay for her first car in cash. Kim always had an interest for nursing beginning at a young age. She worked at multiple nursing homes and hospitals around the area while in high school, including Appleton City and El Dorado Springs. From high school Kim pursued a degree in nursing beginning at Avila in Kansas City from 1982-83 followed by MSSU in Joplin from 83-84 and then finally graduating with her Associates Degree in Nursing on May 9, 1986 from Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. She took her state board nursing exam in July, 1986 and became a Registered Nurse. Kim would later further her education by getting her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1991. On October 7, 1989, Kim was married to Jeffrey Michael Klenklen, of Independence, Mo., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. To this union, a daughter, Kelsey Elizabeth, was born on August 7, 1992. View full obituary online. (Updated August 2015)

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.

1993 - In Memoriam: Mark White
Mark White Mark White, 45, Topeka, died in his sleep unexpectedly, February 15, 2016 in his home, related to a heart condition. Mark was born April 7, 1970 in Highland, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He worked at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore and Mt. Sinai, NYC; and after moving to Topeka, at St. Francis Medical Center and Topeka Presbyterian Manor. Mark was an avid reader of British and Russian history and had a special passion for Broadway Theater and musicals. While living on the east coast, Mark treated his parents to professional productions of Les Miserables and The Lion King. He and his brother David shared a special enthusiasm for Lord of the Rings, Lost and many other outstanding shows. Mark is survived by his parents, George and Sandy White, Topeka; and his brother, David White, Martinborough, New Zealand. Following Mark's request, a memorial service and visitation will not be held. (Updated March 2016)


2001 - Major General Barbara Holcomb

Major General Barbara Holcomb just became the first female commander of Fort Detrick and the first nurse in charge of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. She received her master's degree in nursing administration at the University of Kansas. Read more. (Updated August 2016)


2010 - In Memoriam: Lora Green-Meade
Lora Jane "LJ" Green-Meade, age 37, of Basehor, KS. passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Lora was born on Sept. 27, 1979 in Kansas City, KS and grew up in the Piper area, graduating from Piper High School in 1998. She went on to work at US Bank in Kansas City, KS. and worked her way up to Branch Manager at the 110th & Parallel location. She had also worked at Evans, Green and Wallen Oral Surgeons in Kansas City, KS and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College and was proud to be in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society while there. Lora then attended the University of Kansas, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2009. She was very active in the Student Nursing Association while at the University of Kansas. Lora had worked at the Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Leawood, Shawnee Mission Medical Center in the Orthopedic Department, and was presently working at Olathe Medical Center in the Orthopedic and Oncology Departments. Lora was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Ralph A. & Enoree R. Green, maternal grandparents JD & Eleanor T. Funnell. Survivors include her husband of six years; Brian Meade of the home. Six children; Joseph Schmaltz (Sarah Guse) and Jonathan Meade of Basehor, KS., Katie, Morgan and Meghan Schmaltz of the home, and Jordan Meade of Gallipolis, OH. Her parents John A & Janet T. Green of Basehor, KS., one brother David J. Green (Jackie R.) of Piper, KS., two nieces; Jordan Green (James Singleton) of Blue Springs, MO., and Paige Green (David Hegwald) of Leavenworth, KS. one great niece Tanna Hegwald. Her father & mother-in-law Donnie W. & Debbie L. Meade of Elkhorn City, KY. brother-in-law Brett Meade (Susan) of Virginia and nieces Allie, Bryanna and Deanna, and grandmother-in-law Joann Meade of Elkhorn City, KY. (Updated February 2017)

2011 - Brenna M. Krampf

Brenna Krampf has just returned from volunteering aboard a hospital ship in Madagascar. Brenna was on a Mercy Ship caring for patients with facial tumors, deformities, and cleft lips and palates. Now that she has returned, Brenna will be starting a new job in April in the pediatric cardiac ICU at the University of California, San Francisco. (Updated March 2016)

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