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Tammy Myers

Dec 15, 1966 - Dec 01, 2023

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Topeka, KS

Tammy Irene Myers, a cherished soul known for her adventurous spirit and generous heart, has passed away on November 24, 2023, at the age of 56 in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas, due to a heart attack. Born on December 15, 1966, in Topeka, Tammy spent her entire life in the community she loved, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and a life rich in experiences and relationships. Tammy, a proud graduate of Highland Park High School, was a woman of many passions. She found solace in the great outd...Read More

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Joan Elizabeth Sterbenz

Mar 01, 1937 - Feb 29, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Joan Elizabeth Sterbenz, 86, Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Lexington Park Independent Living. Joan was born March 1, 1937, in Paxico, Kansas, the daughter of August and Katherine Meinhardt Stork. She graduated from high school in Paxico as Valedictorian of her class in 1955. After high school she moved to Topeka, where she worked as a switchboard operator for the local telephone company. Joan married Robert Sterbenz on June 21, 1958, in Newbury, Kansas; they celebrated almost 65 years of marriage before Robert passed away in 2023. Following Bob’s retirement, the couple moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, where they built a beautiful home by the lake and spent much time playing golf. Joan even got a job at the pro shop. She enjoyed being outside, flower gardening, and cross stitching. Joan had a passion for being kind and welcoming to those that needed a place to stay or a seat at a table for the holidays. She liked to entertain and was well known for her homemade cinnamon rolls and peanut brittle. Joan is fondly remembered by her children’s friends as being very inclusive and welcoming to them. Joan is survived by her children, Barb Sterbenz, Denise Hamilton (Roger), Doug Sterbenz (Connie) and Julie Sterbenz; grandchildren, Tricia Lespreance (Adam), Amanda DeForest (Justin), Ryan Hamilton (Steph Carll), Paul Hamilton (Ingrid), Jacob Hamilton (Keelei), Kayla Hamilton (Ryan Sowers), Rachel Sterbenz, Audrey Farnham (Brandon) and John Sterbenz; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings, Frank Stork, Gus Stork, Mary Ann Wagner, Magdalene Sippel, and Mel Stork. Services will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 SW 25th Street, Topeka KS 66614. Visitation will start at 9 a.m., Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be at a later date in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, Joan’s family asks for memorial contributions to be to Christ the King Catholic Church for Mass Intentions. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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Glen Roberts

Jan 15, 1959 - Feb 25, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Glen Roberts, 65 of Topeka, Kansas died on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at his residence in Topeka, Kansas. Born Thursday, January 15, 1959 in Manhattan, Kansas, he was the son of Glen Roberts and Leah Clowers Roberts. He served in the Marine Corps.

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Donald Lee Kile

May 03, 1939 - Feb 28, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Donald Lee Kile, 84, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at McCrite Plaza in Topeka, Kansas.Don was born on May 3, 1939, the son of Benjamin and Lorene Kile. Don attended grade school and junior high school in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Liberal High School in 1957.He earned a full ride football scholarship to Oklahoma Panhandle State University, then later transferred to Hutchinson Junior College where he earned his Associate of Arts. In 1960 he went Emporia State University to pursue his Bachelor of Music Education degree.While at Hutchinson Junior College, he met Marilyn whom he later married Marilyn on September 3, 1961. In the fall of 1963, he was hired to be the orchestra teacher at Emporia USD 253 and held this position until the Spring of 2001. He also taught applied guitar at Emporia State University for 30 years. During his tenure at Emporia State University, he completed his Master of Music and Educational Specialist. Early in his teaching career he spent summers working at the Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman.His other interests included building basements, playing in the church softball league, and other outdoor activities with his dad and brothers including golf, fishing, and hunting. He was an avid Kansas City Royals fan and enjoyed family vacations in Colorado. He also enjoyed taking garden tours with Marilyn. He served on the board of the Kansas Music Educators Association. He was a longtime member of the Emporia State University Civic Orchestra, and he started the Don Kile Band while in college and played for many years. Steve later joined his dad’s band in 1984 and they performed together until 2001.Don is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Marilyn, sons Alan James Kile of Lakewood, Colorado, and Steven Lane Kile of Tecumseh, Kansas, grandchildren Ben and Lauren Kile, and brothers Dale Kile (Rebecca) and Bryan Kile.A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 6th at Topeka Baptist Church, 4500 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66610.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either McCrite Plaza or Emporia Friends of the Zoo.

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Norman Lee Gaston

Jun 14, 1939 - Feb 28, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Norman Lee Gaston, 84, passed from this earth on February 28, 2024, in Topeka, Kansas. He was born in Morrill, Kansas on June 14, 1939, to LeRoy and Edith Gaston. Norman is survived by sister, Shirley Sautter, sister in-law and brother in-law, Neva and Carl Johnson of Topeka, brother in- law, Don Tibbetts of Morrill, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Jason Johnson (YangYang), Britta Cabanos (Greg) of Portland, Oregon, Lorraine Teilborg (John) of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Rachel Sampson (Rob) of Savage, Minnesota, and Gregory Sautter (Jennifer) of Granger, Indiana. A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka Kansas 66614, funeral service Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home."

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Winnie Manteuffel

Dec 04, 1933 - Feb 28, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Winnie (Daniel) Manteuffel, 90, died February 28, 2024, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka, Kansas. She was born December 4, 1933, in Erin, Tennessee to Rev. J.C. and Alean (Warfield) Daniel. Upon moving to St. Francis, Kansas she married Walter J. Manteuffel. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Hays, Kansas. Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bob” and wife Martha of Royse City TX, Craig and wife Paula of Topeka; daughter, Pam Deghand of Prairie Village KS; grandchildren, Jessica Quinlan (Chad), Laura Johnson (Brandon), Michael Manteuffel (Kayla), Matt Manteuffel, Alexa Sanders (Chuck), Bradley Deghand (Kara); seven great-grandchildren; brother, Landon Daniel of Keizer OR; and sister, Dora Daniel of Manhattan KS. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter J. Manteuffel, son Deloy Manteuffel, parents and her brother Bill Daniel. There will be a private service and burial at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in St Francis, Kansas. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the St. Joseph\u0027s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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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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