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Marion County RECORD — Marion, Kansas

Mixed feelings


staff photo by rowena plett

Oliver Combs, 5, at right, was eager to tell Santa Claus what he wanted for Christmas, but his 2-year-old brother, Mason, wasn’t so sure. They are the children of Martin and Melissa Combs of Lincolnville. Old Saint Nick appeared at Lincolnville Community Center on Sunday.

In appreciation


Edward Jones customers were treated to an appreciation luncheon Thursday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Financial advisor Chris Hernandez said 150 people participated in the annual event. Edward Jones has been in Marion for almost 20 years. Hernandez is in his fifth year in Marion.

Norma Birdsall

Funeral services for Norma Nelson Birdsall, 91, who died at Cedar Point Dec. 11, was Saturday at the Flint Hills Community Church with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Norma is survived by daughters Cheryl Markgraf of Nebraska; Linda Warner of Grantville, Trish Boekhaus of Springdale, Arkansas, and Rebecca Wade of Cedar Point; sons Rick Birdsall of Roseville, Minnesota, and Steve Birdsall of Clyde.

Norma was preceded in death by husband Richard Birdsall, brother Clyde Nelson, daughter Susan, and son Bruce Birdsall.

Memorials to Chase County Senior Center or Angels Care Home Health.

Manuel Kuchda

Manuel Kuchda, 87, died Dec. 12 in Durham.

He was born Nov. 2, 1931, at Ft. Leavenworth to Manuel and Francis Svestka Kuchda.

He married Adeline Tambour Nov. 8, 1969, in Manhattan.

Manuel is survived by his wife, Adeline Kuchda of Durham; son Bill Storey of Charleston, South Carolina; daughter Donna Gazaway of St. George; sister Mary Yates of Durham; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Millie Gilkey.

The family will have services at a later date.

Memorials to Kansas State University Cancer Research Center.

Kathleen Ludwig

Funeral services for Kathleen Ludwig, 86, who died at Newton Medical Center, will be 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Christian Church of Florence.

She was born April 24, 1932, in Gideon, Oklahoma.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ronald Ludwig of Florence; sons Douglas and Daniel of Florence; daughters Tawnya Sokoll of Wichita and Rolana Heidebrecht of Marion; brother A.C. Taylor of Seminole, Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials to the Christian Church of Florence.


“In Memoriam” listings are expanded paid obituaries, phrased as the family requests, and may include enhanced information or photographs that might not fit within free death notices.

Joseph Sklenar

Joseph J Sklenar was born Oct. 4, 1935, to Joseph and Della Sklenar of Pilsen, Kansas.

Joe grew up in the Pilsen and the St. John Nepomucene Church Community and graduated from Marion High School in 1954.

After graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, then Abilene, Texas, where he met and married Edith Rozelle Hatton of Ranger, Texas, in 1960.

Their daughter, Janice, was born at Dyess Air Force Base in 1961, and their son, Joseph Matthew, was born in 1962 while they were stationed in Austin, Texas, at Bergstrom AFB.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Joe and Rozelle moved their family to Arlington, Texas, where Joe was employed by General Motors.

In 1967, Joe accepted a job with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was employed for 29 years as a jet engine mechanic before retiring in 1996.

Joe and Rozelle lived and raised their family in Owasso, Oklahoma, and the parish of St Henry’s until 2000. In 2000, Joe built Rozelle her dream home at the Marion County Lake.

Joe continued living in Marion, Kansas, after Rozelle passed away in 2004.

In 2014, Joe moved to Tulsa to be near family.

After a long illness, Joe passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2018, at The Gardens of Sapulpa under the care of Rose Rock Hospice.

Joe is survived by his brother, Lloyd Sklenar of Pilsen; daughter Janice Wiles Thomas of Cincinnati, Ohio; and son Joseph Matthew and his wife Regina of Bixby, Oklahoma.

He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jessica Fischbach and husband AJ, and Jacob Wiles and his wife Lexi, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jill Sklenar and Sara Roach of Tulsa; great-grandson Landen Beartusk; and by Joe’s faithful companion, his cat, Dutch.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Rozelle; brother, Donald Sklenar; and grandsons, Jordan Thomas Wiles and Adam Blake Sklenar.

Joe loved to travel, hunt, fish, eat BBQ, listen to polka music, and work with his hands, but most of all loved celebrating with family and friends.

We would like to thank his caregivers, family, and friends who loved and supported him through these last difficult months.

Joe was very proud of growing up on a farm in Pilsen and loved the beautiful St. John Nepomucene Church. He often shared with his children stories of Fr. Emil Kapaun, so we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Fr. Kapaun Legacy Fund, c/o Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm Street Marion, KS 66861.

Joe will rest in peace next to Rozelle at the Pilsen Cemetery following a Rosary 10 a.m., and Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, intersection of Remington Rd. and 275 St., Pilsen, KS 66861.


Joseph Sklenar

Marion Senior Center

Work of art matches jigsaw puzzle

Marion Senior Center

Sue Clough recently brought in a work of art she made — a painting of a pickup truck done on mesh screening. It matches the jigsaw puzzle being worked on at the center.

Lydia and Jim Gates provided the program Dec. 12. Lydia played Christmas songs on the piano with Jim’s assistance. He provided mariachi (rattle) rhythm for one song. Margaret Wilson introduced each selection.

The center will host Marion County Senior Citizens board Friday. Special activities are planned for that day and also at noon Dec. 24.

The center will be closed Christmas Day.

On Dec. 26, Sheila Kelley, news editor at Marion County Record, will speak about women in journalism, a subject she used for her thesis while attending the University of Nebraska.

Marion Senior Center

Milk available with all meals. Reservations accepted until 9 a.m. daily at (620) 382-2942.

Thursday — Pulled pork on bun, baked beans, potato salad, tropical fruit.

Friday — Roast turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied carrots, cranberry sauce, pumpkin crunch cake, whole wheat roll.

Monday — Ham and bean soup, coleslaw, peaches, pudding, cornbread.

Tuesday — Closed

Dec. 26 — Meatloaf, baked sweet potato, green beans, applesauce, fantastic cake, whole wheat roll.

Dec. 27 — Baked fish, macaroni and cheese, carrots, mixed fruit, pumpkin squares.

New board members to be installed

Senior Citizens of Marion County will have their December meeting 9:30 a.m. Friday at Marion Senior Center. Newly-elected board members Jan Frantz, Barbara Craney, Judy Mellott, and Pat Henderson will be installed.

Marion seniors will serve lunch. Reservations must be made by today by calling (620) 382-2942 or (620) 382-3580. Transportation requests must be made by Thursday. Barbara Smith reported at the November meeting that the silver-haired legislature approved eight resolutions, including raising rates for Kansas liability on vehicles, paying low-income grandparents to keep children, and working on how to better inform grandparents when there is a hearing for grandchildren in a custody or abuse situation.

Christmas story told

Neo Century members enjoyed listening to “The Christmas Story: Two from Galilee,” presented Dec. 3 by Joyce Duke. It told the experiences and accompanying thoughts of Mary and Joseph as they worked through their lives and traveled to Bethlehem, where they experienced the miracle of Christ Jesus’ birth and visits from shepherds and kings.

Karen Ehrlich, Shirley Carlson, Janice Maag, and Charlene Anderson were hostesses. Christmas refreshments were served from a decorated table.

Money donated by members will be given to Community Angels and financial needs at Marion Senior Center.

The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Chiropractor Lane Smith will present the program. Jackie Hett and Sharon Kelsey will be hostesses.

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Shirley Hamm

Surprise party set

A surprise 85th birthday party for Shirley Hamm is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 23 at Durham Baptist Church.

The family invites friends and loved ones to help her celebrate. If unable to attend, cards can be sent to 725 Abilene Ave., Durham, KS 67438.



8 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Commodities at Marion Senior Center.


1 – 6 p.m. — Blood drive, Mennonite Church, Goessel.

Card shower requested

The family of Cleta Richmond requests a card shower for her 90th birthday Dec. 27. Cards can be sent to her at Peabody Health and Rehab, 407 Locust St., Peabody, KS 66866.

Card shower requested for Roger Bitner

The Bitner family and daughter, Beth McGuire, request a card shower for Roger Bitner’s 80th birthday.

Roger was born Jan. 6, 1939.

Cards can be sent to 302 Grant St., Marion, KS 66861.

Last modified Dec. 21, 2018