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Glenn Kerbs of Dodge City took his mother, Lucille Kerbs, to Topeka on April 17. Connie Thompson of Abilene joined them there to attend the visitation for Lucille’s sister, Cecile Penney. Russ and Julie Kerbs went up April 18 for the funeral, and Lucille returned home with them. Cecile grew up in the Tampa community and had many friends in the area.

Adeline Bernhardt and Leona Kleiber enjoyed dinner out April 17 in Salina.

For the first time since she developed some health problems about six months ago, Tillie Hein was baking cinnamon rolls April 18.

Most Tampa residents got reacquainted with their basements April 14. Fortunately the tornado missed Tampa, but there was damage in the surrounding area. A number of farmers had wheat fields destroyed by hail, and some had outbuildings blown away or a roof blown off a home.

Mary Clemmer shared some historical recollections. April 18 was the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. Her cousin, Tom Bills, was the navigator bombardier on the second plane. He is one of those whose names are on a plaque on the moon. Jim Barnette, our former legislator and Clemmer’s doctor, had an uncle, Harold Spatz who was also in the raid. He was captured by the Japanese, interrogated, and killed.

Dinner guests of Paul and Edna Backhus on April 15 were Jenny and Mike Jay and Cody of Hillsboro, Bev, and Tom Reid of Marion, Brad Backhus, Jason Backhus, and Alisha Barney. The occasion was a celebration of Cody’s fourth birthday.

Linda Ihde, Mary Clemmer, and Adeline Bernhardt attended fun night April 15 in Ramona.

Daniel and Melissa Stuchlik and Allie were hosts for a birthday party and barbecue supper April 15 at their home. It was for Tanner Stuchlik’s eighth birthday. Guests were Frances Stuchlik and Monte and Sarah Stuchlik of Lost Springs, Terry and Cindy Vinduska of Marion, Mike and Candee Thode of Wichita, Ross and Megan Stuchlik of Lincolnville and Leona Kleiber. Tanner chose to have a kitty litter cake made by his mother Melissa and served with ice cream.

Mary Clemmer reports that her son Dale Clemmer of Salina has been helping a friend clean up after Saturday’s tornado. The friend, who lives near Salina had all of his outbuildings destroyed.

Lucille Kerbs, Julie Kerbs, and Ashton Smith and Sydney attended a baby shower for Allison Sluder at the Abilene Senior Center Sunday afternoon.

About 85 people attended the American Legion catered dinner at the senior center April 14. Some of the crowd went home when the tornado warnings were announced but others took shelter in the basement and stayed for bingo.

Nikki Stenzel of Manhattan and Lori Moldenhauer visited Frank and Anna Mae Stika on April 14. Anna Weber and a friend were visitors on April 13.

Adeline Bernhardt visited Lucille Kerbs on April 14.

Georgia Spohn met Lenora Graham and Paulette Zook of Florence in Hillsboro April 13 for Learning in Retirement and dinner out.

Jane Vajnar visited Lucille Kerbs on April 13.

The Saint John’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League met April 12 in the church basement with Leona Kleiber as hostess. Pastor Clark Davis led the topic, and Joyce Medley gave devotions. Others present were Adeline Bernhardt, Janet Bielefeld, Kathy Davis, and Betty Mueller.

Members of the Shady Ladies chapter of the Red Hat Society enjoyed an outing on April 9 to Hillsboro. The event included dinner out, an in-house fashion show presented by Nancy’s Fashions and shopping around town. Those participating included Joyce Cox and Dixie Kracke of Abilene, Anita Hummel, Betty Schlesener, Rhea Kolling and Helen Sorenson of Herington, Sue Yanda, Ramona Beisel, Adeline Bernhardt, Leona Kleiber and Dee Duggan of Tampa. Rose Mary Deines was unable to attend because of illness.

Last modified April 26, 2012

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