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Jean Penry

Dec 02, 1926 - Dec 02, 2023

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Topeka, KS

Adeline "Jean" Penry, 97, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023. She was born April 1, 1926, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Bessie (Kasselhout) Hockett. Jean married John W. Penry on February 16, 1946 in Topeka, KS. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2013. Jean had the best laugh. She adored her children and grandchildren. She treasured her time spent with them. She enjoyed going to the casino with her sisters and playing the penny slots. After retirement, he...Read More

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Gerva E. Sunneberg

Feb 27, 1937 - Feb 19, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Gerva E. Sunneberg, 86, of Topeka, KS, died February 19, 2024, at McCrite Plaza in Topeka.A rosary service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 24, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Axtell followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m.Burial will be in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, north of Axtell.Gerva was born February 27, 1937, at Pawnee City, NE, the tenth child of Clement and Marie (Mitchell) Sunneberg. In 1954, she graduated from St. Peter and Paul High School in Seneca. In August of 1954, she entered the convent of Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, where she was known as Sister Mary Carmel. In 1969, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Benedictine College in Atchison. She taught elementary school in Kansas, Iowa and California schools for 14 years. In 1976, she earned her master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University in Seattle, WA. She then worked as Director of Religious Education at several parishes in Kansas including Eudora, Westphalia, Osage City, Shawnee Mission and Topeka. Gerva was employed at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka as the Director of Staff Training and Development for 19 years. As her last and favorite job, she was a nanny.Gerva never married but maintained a long and close relationship with her best friend, Carl Crumpton, who shares her love of writing and family get-togethers. She loved Christmas and being Santa (St. Nick).She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Esther, Rosemary, Joan, Alberta and Bernita; brothers, Gerald and Bob; and best friend, Carl.Survivors include her siblings, Bill (Elsie) Sunneberg, Pawnee City, NE, Norene (Gene) Lackey, Lincoln, NE, Regis (Jane) Sunneberg, Topeka, and Janice (Jerry) Heinen, Topeka; 45 nieces and nephews; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.A memorial fund has been established to McCrite Plaza, Health Center Activity Department. 1610 W 37th St., Topeka, KS 66611. Contributions may be sent there directly.The Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Martha (Beth) Elizabeth Neuer

Nov 01, 1936 - Feb 03, 2024

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Topeka, KS

In Loving Memory of Martha (Beth) Elizabeth NeuerBeth Neuer - beloved mother, grandmother, artist, and friend passed away peacefully on February 3, 2024, at Brewster Place in Topeka, KS at the age of 87. She valiantly battled Parkinson's Disease, leaving behind a legacy of artistry, love, and cherished memories.Beth was born on November 1, 1936, in Raytown, Missouri, to Harold and Gertrude Lee.Beth graduated from Raytown High School and after raising her children she attended Washburn University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a local and regional artist, she co-founded the Collective Art Gallery in Topeka, leaving a memorable mark on the art community.Her life was graced with a loving family and many meaningful friendships, each contributing to the rich tapestry of her life. On July 30, 1955, Beth married Frederick William (Bill) Neuer at St Francis Xavier Church, Kansas City, MO. and was married 34 years until his death in 1989. Later, in the Fall of 1996, she married Thomas Book at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Topeka, KS.Beth’s interests were many, she used her green thumb volunteering at Ted Ensley Gardens and was a member of the choir at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Camping, games, cooking, and her passion for the arts and love of color filled her days. Her family and pets were her greatest joys, surrounding her with warmth and love.Beth is preceded in death by her husband Bill Neuer, her beloved son Greg Neuer and second husband Thomas Book and is survived by her children: Mark Neuer (Kay), Marci James (Michael), Phillip Neuer (Imelda), and Jim Neuer (Melissa). Grandchildren: Elise Bargas (Jesse), Lauren Neuer (Gary Albano), Meridith Neuer (Alex Kincaid), Rhett Neuer, Austin Fehn (Brittanie), Evan James, Phillip Neuer Jr, CJ Neuer, Garrett Neuer (Rachel), Grant Neuer (Cassandra), Marissa Neuer. Additionally, she is survived by six great-grandchildren and her brother Richard Lee.Beth’s vibrant spirit will forever be cherished in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the colors she so passionately brought to life on canvas.The family will receive friends from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Friday, February 9 with a parish rosary prayed at 6:30pm at Brennan Mathena Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00am Saturday, February 10, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Committal services will be private at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s, Ted Ensley Gardens, and Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, sent in care of Brennen-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave. Topeka, KS 66603.

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Phyllis Rocha

Jul 11, 1949 - Feb 03, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Phyllis Rocha, 74, of Topeka, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Lexington Park Health & Rehab.She was born July 11, 1949, in Topeka, to Rudolph and Beatrice Ramirez Rocha. Phyllis graduated from Topeka High School in 1967.She worked as a paraprofessional with District 501.Phyllis attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and her faith was very important to her. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafting, collecting stuffed bears, and dancing. She was a Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas State fan.She is survived by five sons, John Hernandez (Svetlana) of Kansas City, Kansas, Phillip Hernandez of Topeka, Kansas, Nicholas Hernandez of Topeka, Kansas, Andrew Hernandez of Denver, Colorado, and James Hernandez of Denver, Colorado; four brothers; five sisters; seventeen grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nicki Hidalgo; and granddaughter, Sophia Hernandez.A rosary will be prayed at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 7, at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am, Thursday, February 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas.The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph Catholic Church, sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave. Topeka, KS 66603.

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Linda Rose Burghart Gilchrist

Aug 23, 1948 - Feb 05, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Linda Rose Burghart Gilchrist, 75, of Topeka, died February 5, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.She was born August 23,1948, to George and Margaret Hartman Burghart.She married William Charles Gilchrist on July 18, 1968. They have one son, Brian Thomas Gilchrist.Survivors include her husband, William Gilchrist of Topeka, Kansas; son, Brian Gilchrist and wife Heather of Topeka, Kansas; sisters, Patricia Taylor and Marilyn McLaughlin of Kansas City, Missouri, Rita Greene of Webster, Florida, Christine Gassen of Topeka, Kansas; brothers, George Burghart of Valley Falls, Kansas and Rick Burghart of Topeka, Kansas.A sister Theresa Griffiths and brother John Burghart preceded her in death.At her request, no memorial services are planned and cremation has taken place.

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Lauren DeBuhr

Sep 09, 1942 - Feb 11, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Mr. Lauren DeBuhr, age 81, of Topeka, KS, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, February 11, 2024.He was born the son of the late Lavere and Marion (Kostalek) DeBuhr on September 9, 1942, in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from high school in Milwaukee, Lauren made his way to Sterling, KS, to attend Sterling College. While at Sterling College, Lauren met Melody McFarland. They married on August 18, 1964, in Sterling and together shared 59 years of marriage. He received his bachelor’s degree and continued his education at Emporia State University where he received his master’s degree. Lauren was a longtime educator and counselor in middle school education. His kind and helpful nature helped him succeed while teaching his students. In his spare time, Lauren enjoyed photography, cheering for K-State, KC Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was active with his church and loved to travel with his family and help on mission trips. Survivors include his beloved wife, Melody; son, Eric DeBuhr and his wife Dana; daughter, Wendy Katsbulas and her husband Steve; brother, Tom DeBuhr. Other survivors include his five grandchildren, Samantha Sacks (William), Kaylie LeFils (Joseph Waller), Ryler DeBuhr (Rebekah), Arden DeBuhr, Brogan DeBuhr; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Noah, Jonah, Heloise, Cassi, Eldo, William, Linus, and Patrick. Burial will take place at Sterling Cemetery in Sterling, KS. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 SW 21st St., Topeka, KS 66615, on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. Memorial contributions can be made in Lauren's memory to Cornerstone Community Church. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com.

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Thomas Lee Parmley

Jul 11, 1936 - Feb 14, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Thomas Lee Parmley, 87, of Topeka, Kansas died February 14, 2024, in Topeka.Tom was born in Arkansas City, Kansas, on July 11, 1936, to George and Dracine Parmley; attended school there and began a career in radio broadcasting. Tom moved to television broadcasting in Great Bend, KS, moving to WIBW in Topeka, where he started as a reporter and finished as the News Director and anchor of the evening news. After a distinguished broadcasting career, he worked in real estate sales and as Director of Marketing at Coldwell Banker, and in the Real Estate Department at Southwestern Bell. Tom was an avid golfer and big fan of all sports, especially the Kansas City Royals; his unique sense of humor and impressive sports knowledge served him well whenever his buddies offered him a "friendly wager". Tom was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Aunalee and daughter Connie Dawson (Eddie) of Topeka, daughter Debbie Norton of Wichita Falls, Texas, sister Pam White of Arkansas City, grandchildren Sean Dawson, Kelsie Jefferson, and Adam Norton and great-grandchildren Mia Dawson, Madaline Jefferson, and Grant Jefferson.A private family service was held on Friday, February 16th, with burial taking place at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, KS.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com. Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

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Patricia A. Buser

Aug 10, 1934 - Feb 17, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Patricia A. Buser, age 89, of Topeka, KS, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Topeka. She was born the daughter of Anthony J. and Emma M (Enneking) Rethman on August 10, 1934, in Baileyville, KS. She attended and graduated from Baileyville High School. She was always proud that she was able to play and excel in high school basketball. After graduation, Patricia attended Clark’s School of Business. Her working career led her to five years at the Topeka Capitol Journal, 12 years as a computer operator for the Santa Fe Railroad and worked for over 20 years at a law firm that led to retirement.On June 9, 1956, she married Burton "Bud" Leon Buser in Baileyville, KS. To this union they had two children together and later divorced. Patricia will always be remembered for her incredible cooking skills and always having dinner ready at 5:30 P.M. She was a great seamstress and passed along her sewing knowledge to her sister and granddaughter. Patricia was very organized, took care of her family and was considered the Matriarch. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, collecting different items and most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her son, Steve Buser; daughter, Stacy Buser; 4 grandchildren, Kurston Buser, Damon Buser, Devon Buser, Jadon Buser; 4 great-grandchildren, Kamara, Julyan, Remi, Kaybri; as well as one sister, Betty Blankenship-Smarker. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ken, Norm, Jerry, and Jim Rethman; and one sister, Karyl Lee Schiffelbein. She will lie in state at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 9-10:00 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made in Patricia’s memory to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 SW 17th St., Topeka, KS 66604. Contributions can be left or mailed to the funeral home. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com. Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

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Maria Irene Reyes Bolaños

Jun 28, 1930 - Feb 21, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Maria Irene Reyes Bolaños, 93, of Topeka, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The family will receive friends after the Mass with viewing being at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Wednesday.Inurnment will take place at a later date in Mexico.

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Ollie Mae Stadler

Nov 17, 1932 - Feb 22, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Ollie Mae Stadler, age 91, of Topeka, KS, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at The Gardens at Aldersgate.She was born the daughter of Harold and Mable (Shelton) Woodard on November 17, 1932, in Foreman, Arkansas. She graduated from Washburn Rural High School. Shortly after, she began working for Adams Business Forms until she met, fell in love, and married Francis E. Stadler. They married on July 2, 1951, in Topeka, KS. After 59 years of marriage, Francis passed on November 24, 2010. Ollie also worked for Flemings, eventually returning to Adams as a proofreader and retiring from there. She and Francis were founding members of St. Matthew Catholic Church where she was active with the Ladies Guild and with the church. In her spare time, Ollie enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, baking, fishing, and was always willing to socialize with anyone. Her hobbies included puzzles of any kind, playing games, and staying active with the German Club. Survivors include her two daughters, Christine Beauchamp, Margaret Holt (Jon); six grandchildren, Dawn Hulce (John), Misty Neely, Dustin Neely (Jennifer), Joshua Stadler (Amanda), Rebekah Geni, and Paul Holt. Other survivors include 6 great-grandchildren, Bailey Hulce, Emily Hulce, Corina Roberts, Dominic Geni, Amelia Neely, and Owen Neely; as well as one sister-in-law, Janice Stadler.Ollie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis; two daughters, Elizabeth and Martha Stadler; son, Thomas Stadler; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Hulce; son-in-law, Roger Beauchamp; and two brothers and one sister. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M., on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Inurnment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Topeka. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ollie’s memory to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and/or March of Dimes. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com. Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

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Kevin Ray Robel

Feb 18, 1972 - Feb 18, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Kevin Ray Robel, age 52 of Manhattan, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.He was born on February 18, 1972, in Manhattan, the son of Raydon and Barbara (Swinney) Robel. He graduated from Riley County High School and Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design.Kevin was a design perfectionist and master illustrator. He worked for Schurle Signs, Ballard’s Sporting Goods, and N Zone Sportswear before starting his own company, Robel Graphics in 2003. In 2019 he combined his professional services with Katalyst Sign & Grafix, where he liked the new challenges and loved the comradery with his boss and co-workers. Art and design were Kevin’s gifts and many businesses and organizations benefited from his talents. He also shared his love of K-State by creating fun memes on social media, posters incorporating the Powercat, and drawings just for the fun of it.A fountain of knowledge, Kevin thoroughly enjoyed time with friends at Trivia League nights. He was passionate about his hobbies and loved to share them with others. He could talk endlessly about music, sports, movies, and his prized ink pen collection. Kevin found happiness in making others laugh with his silly antics and comedic impressions and was the "Super Fun Uncle" to his nieces and nephews. His artistic talent combined with his humor made a special combination that delighted and entertained friends and family.Kevin was a member of the Sedalia Community Church, Theta XI Fraternity and a lifetime member of the K-State Alumni Association.He is survived by his twin sister, Kerry Thurlow and husband Matt of Leonardville; his older sister, Kristi Roesch of Auburn, Nebraska; and his nieces and nephews, Wyatt Thurlow, Kylee Thurlow, Reagan Roesch and Laura Roesch.He was preceded in death by his parents, Raydon and Barbara Robel.Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Sedalia Community Church with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.Immediately after the service, at the Sedalia Annex, Kerry and Kristi welcome friends and family to celebrate Kevin and to share their memories. Wear your jeans and favorite purple shirt, just like we all know Kevin would do!A memorial may be made to the Kevin Robel Memorial Fund, to be determined at a later date. Contributions may be left in the care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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