Obituaries

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Mary Jean Shinn

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On Monday morning, November 5th, 2018, Mary Jean Shinn passed away from this life into the welcoming arms of Jesus Christ. Mary Jean Shinn of Seneca, Kansas died peacefully at the Life Care Center in Seneca, Kansas at the age of 89 years. Mary Jean was born February 17th, 1929 at Pawnee Hospital. She was the second child, first daughter born to Joseph and Mary Weis-Blecha of Burchard, Nebraska whom she lovingly called Daddy and Mama. She attended the Violet country school as a young girl, going to school by buckboard pulled by mules. She enjoyed growing up on the farm, riding her horse, playing with jacks and her china doll and playing piano. She recalled eating a lot of chocolate cake and homemade bread as a child during the Great Depression because it was inexpensive to make and money was tight. After completing the 8th grade she stayed home on the family farm to help with the care of her six younger siblings.

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Erwin F. Hippen

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Erwin F. Hippen, 82, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Erwin was born October 1, 1936 in Adams, Nebraska the son of George H. and Rebecca Restina Schmidt Hippen.   He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1954.

Erwin worked for the Kansas Gas Company for 42 years, retiring in 1989. He also worked for the Topeka Capital Journal as paper carrier, and he also umpired youth sports but mainly slow pitch softball in Topeka.  He spent many hours participating in the Senior Olympics, participating in softball, basketball, bowling and archery, earning many medals for his sports accomplishments.

He married Ruth Tritt in June of 1955. She preceded him in death June 5, 1991.  He was also preceded in death by two sons, David Hippen and Scott Hippen.

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Leona I. Watermann

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August 19, 1928 ~ November 8, 2018

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Mary Jean Shinn

February 17, 1929 ~ November 5, 2018

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Eloise Freed

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January, 26, 1925 ~ October 24, 2018

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Magne K. Bjorlo

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June 25, 1948 ~ October 20, 2018

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Phyllis Pafenbach

Phyllis Pafenbach, of DuBois, Nebraska died on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the age of 96. She resided at Premier Estates in Pawnee City for two years. She moved to DuBois in 2012 to live with her daughter, Jean and Don Miller, currently living in Lawrence, Kansas. Phyllis previously split her time between living on a sailboat in Gilford, New Hampshire and Vero Beach, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick; and her son, David. She is survived by her daughter, Caylah Nancy and John Duda from Vero Beach, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to Frieden’s United Church of Christ in Bern, Kansas or a charity of your choice, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Street, Sabetha, KS 66534. www.popkessmortuaries.com

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Robert “Bob” G. Bethel

November 12, 1931 ~ October 1, 2018

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Dalen Leroy Beethe

December 16, 1934 ~ October 15, 2018

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Keith C. Searcey

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April 12, 1932 October 11, 2018

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