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Etta Mae Hartke

Etta Mae Hartke, 92, of Herington died Jan. 18 at the Medicalodges of Herington. She was born March 7, 1919, to Asa Eugene and Jessie Deronda (Lamb) Cheever on the family farm near Burdick. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville.

She married Victor H.E. Hartke on Oct. 24, 1937, at her parents’ home. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1996. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest Cheever, Roy Cheever, and Harry Cheever; and a sister, Arlene Bragg.

She is survived by a son, Rayburn E. “Ray” Hartke of Pueblo, Colo.; two daughters, Nadine Lee of Herington and Donna Bennet of Salina; a brother-in-law, Junior Bragg of Springdale, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville, with the Rev. Alan Stahlecker officiating. Burial followed at Lincolnville Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, 404 South Broadway, Herington KS 67449.

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Last modified Jan. 25, 2012