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P. i0 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 THE OSKAIX)OSA INDEPENDENT Obituaries Society ELEANOR EDMONDS Eleanor Marie Edmonds, 90, Blue Springs, Me., formerly of Oskaloosa, died Jan. 3, 2012, at St. Mary's Man- or. She was born Feb. 21, 1921, at Leavenworth, the daughter of August C. and Mary Hund Orlowski. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1938. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Oskaloosa, and more recent- ly attended St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Nortonville. She married Vincent LeRoy Ed- monds June 14, 1941, at Leaven- worth. Soon after marrying, they moved to Oskaloosa where they owned and operated a dairy farm for over 50 years. He preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Dolores Priddy, Blue Springs, Me., and Doris Dowdy, Pearl City, Hawaii; a sister, Florence Hitzeman, Olathe; five grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service was held Jan. 6 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Nortonville. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. Memorial contributions can be made to Crossroads Hospice of Kan- sas City, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church or Furry Friends and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066. PAULINE ZOOK Pauline L. Zook, 98, Olathe, for- merly of Topeka, died Jan. 2, 2012, at Assisted Lifestyles of Olathe. Private family graveside service will be held Jan. 14 in McLouth Cem- etery. She was born Oct. 13, 1913, inAn- gleton, Texas, to Chester Russell and Eva Grace Burbaker Zook. She moved as a child to McLouth and graduated from McLouth High School. She was a clerk for over 30 years for Kansas Power & Light in Topeka. She attended the Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Roswefi Russell Zook. BETTY BECHARD Betty Marie Bechard, 82, Clifton, died Jan. 7, 2012, at her home. She was born May 13, 1929, in Clay County near Morganville, the daughter of John and Mary Gunter Urban-Lewis. She married Norman Bechard Dec. 6, 1948. He preceded her in Susan and John Corum Dinner to honor Corums on 50th John and Susan Harden Corum will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Jan. 21, with an afternoon dinner at the Ozawkie American Legion from 4 until 7 p.m. They were married Jan. 20, 1962, at the Ozawkie Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Rev. Lloyd Kurtz officiated at the ceremony. The couple has four children, Leri Leigh Jaklevich, Spring Hill, Eric Dale Corum, Gladstone, Me., Linda Sue De Bella, Ozawkie, and Brian Wayne Corum, Ozawkie. They have nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. The Corums lived in the Kansas City area for 30 years. John retired from General Motors Fairfax Division and Susan retired from the Great ~nerican Crop I~surance Co. After retirement, they moved back to the Ozawkie area. Family and friends are invited to come by and visit with them at the le- gion hall Jan. 21. Cards are welcome but they request "no gifts." Chili feed, cook-off to benefit county 4-H The Clover Power 4-H Club will be host to its second annual Chili Feed and Cook-Off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The event will be held at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Hall, 615 Wyandotte, Meri- den.- "Come eat chili with family and friends for a free will donation," Marisa Hooper, the club's secretary and reporter, said. The chili, cinna- mon roll, and"fLxin's" will be prepared by the club. The proceeds benefit 4-H in Jefferson County. The public is invited to break out the secret family recipes and enter the cook-off. Entry is free for all competitiors. Each entry should plan to provide a crockpot with 4 to 6 quarts of chili. Entries should arrive between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Official judg- ing will begin after 4. Judges for the cook-off are Amanda Lanum, WIBW news anchor, Scott Stanley, owner of Country Harvest Apple Market, and Cindy Williams, Meadowlark District Extension Agent. The first-place prize is a $100 gift certificate to County Harvest Apple Market, Meriden. A "People's Choice Award" will be given at the end of the event. For a small fee, anyone attending will receive tasting cups and the oppor- tunity to vote for the winner of this award. Those attending will be able to learn about 4-H. 4-H members will present project materials for display. Fair entries, record books, and display beards will be available for the public to discover what 4-H is about. For more information, visit www. Hap penin u.Sy Alfreda Ryan was honored with a surprise birthday dinner on the occasion of her 80 birthday at Elle's Diner in Tonganoxie Jan. 2. Those attending were her husband, Bob, her daughter and son-in-law, Anah and Dwayne Manes, Sarajo Mance, Megan and Jeremy Lorenzo, Bridget Theis and her children, Lauren, Brent, and Charles Mance, and Amy Theis, all of Leavenworth; her grand- daughter, Shanna, and Shanna's husband, Justin, and their children, Jacie and Scottie, all Lawrence. Jefferson County North students attending the state thespian conference are: front row, Carrissa McAfee, Savanah Wiseman, Felicia Richardson, Abbie Weishaar, Laramie Leakey, LeAnn Weishaar, Molly Bassette, and Rylie Farrar; back row, Jaileigh Johnson, Jacob Guffy, Brandon Werner, Austin Nell, Halley Sayer, Joe Kern,Tyler Nolting, Bailee Deviney, Cassie Lampen, Skyler Deviney, Devon Wilson, Hannah Fine. JCN thespian group has successful Jefferson County North Thes- pian Troupe 6178 had its most successful conference yet garner- ing multiple honors at the Kansas Thespian Conference at the Cen- tury II/Hyatt Regency Conference Center in Wichita Jan. 5-7. Even though JCN is the small- est school in Kansas to be a part of the Thespian organization, the troupe was awarded a Gold Honor Troupe status--the highest any school can attain. The award recognized the troupe for demonstrating the highest level in community service and outreach, innovative projects and fundrais- ers, three quality main stage pro- ductions, a touring production that premiered at the state conference this year, a social awareness skit about cyber bullying presented be- fore the student body, maintaining a Thespian Honor Point System, inducting students each year, at- tending the state conference, and having three state board members, Cassie Lampen and Molly Bas- sette, student board members, and Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat, sponsor board member. Jaileigh Johnson, Cassie Beuchat put the Honor Troupe Book together with Jaileigh pre- senting it to the judge at the state conference. The troupe lobby display took second place for their effort in representing the theme of the conference and explaining their troupe activities. Jefferson North chose to use a Mayan calendar to represent JCN and the conference an original show as part of a play works competition. Rylie Farrar and Joe Kern performed in an original one act, "Writer's Luck," Saturday of the conference. In addition to helping plan the conference, Molly Bassette and Cassie Lampen, student state board members, performed in a preshow theater etiquette skit Saturday, with state board sponsor theme. Lobby display designers Morgan-Beuchat choreographing included Katie Twenhafel, Mi- cah Stutz, Halley Sayer, Austin Nell, Cassie Lampen, with assis- tance from Morgan-Beuchat. Other schools winning honors were all 6A schools. JCN also presented an origi- nal one act, "This Is Who I Am," written by Cassie Lampen, Molly Bassette, and Jaileigh Johnson and performed by Devon Wilson, Cassie Lampen, and Molly Bas- sette, with tech support from Ab- bie Weishaar and direction from Morgan-Beuchat. This social awareness play fo- cused on seeing past a first impres- sion of a special-need person and discovering who they really are. Two JCN students auditioned Lampen, and Jennifer Morgan- and were selected to perform in the opening theme dance number performed before the main stage production Friday evening. The dance was greeted with a standing ovation from the 2,000 plus attendees. Morgan-Beuchat also presented three makeup work- shops to over 220 student conven- tion delegates. She is the Fine Arts Advocate for Kansas Thespians at the state level. JCN students attended multiple workshops, productions, and com- peted in late night contests as well like creative costuming, charades, and theater tests. JCN chaperone Cathleen Hunter attended work- shops with students while second chaperone Britany Morgan pre- sented five salsa workshops at the conference. Moran representative attends Chamber dinner Valley Falls Chamber of Com- merce President JeffWelch presided at the first meeting of the new year Jan. 5. The Kendall State Bank provided dinner for all dues paying members and over 30 attended the noon meet- ing. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran was repre- sented at the meeting by Elizabeth Patton, the northeast district liai- son, from the Topeka Office. She cov- ered a few of the legislative issues he has been working on. Moran will be at the Thursday night meeting of the Valley Falls Ro- tary Club this week and the public is invited to hear him. Arrangements to attend the meeting can be made through Gary Coleman at the bank. Treasurer Leslee Bowers gave a report on the Chamber's $5,000 an- nual budget and a successful Home- town Christmas promotion. Officers for the year along with Welch and Bowers are Gary Cole- man, vice president, and Jerry Hei- nen, secretary. Jerry Heinen, owner of Heinen P-H-E Services Inc., gave a short presentation on new light-produc- ing bulbs. The incandescent is be- ing phased out and replaced with compact fluorescent (CFLs) or light- emitting diode (LEDs) at a great savings in electricity. He noted that the heat from in- candescent bulbs in large facilities cost a bundle in air conditioning cost. He signed off reminding mem- bers that the best thing they can do to save energy and prolong the life of their furnace is to change the filter. The Chamber meets at noon the first 2~nursday of each month. Dues are $60 a year for a business and $30 for an individual. Lucky Spur Club annual meeting The Lucky Spur Saddle Club's annual meeting and election of of- ricers will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Main Street Restau- rant in NortonviUe. Some of the young people will talk about their show experiences this summer and a short business meeting will be held. death. ~m exercise group meets at 9:30 S h e a.m. every Tuesday and Friday in the ' L ~~~ ] w o r k e d as a McLouth CommunityCenter (behind [New Products nurse's aide for ~ the libra) 2~nere is n fee" ~['nse at V~'..'Ible at ~i~llU~~ [ over 30 years atJOLENE CROXWELL, McLouth, a all levels of physical fitness are Tel- nursing homes1997 graduate of Jefferson High come to participate in the one-hour session ofwal ng and moderate ex I I in Clay Center, School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, re- ercise. Rest period, are acceptable. / s ' Morganville andceived a bachelor of science degree American Legion Riders Post No. | : ..... ~/~ / Clifton. She also in nursing Dec. 18 from Baker Uni- 41willhold their monthly meeting at cleaned at St. versity and was named to the fall3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at EUe s DinerS a t., ja ;d2E,lva:oN?sonp .Tvhe FTave r n|' ~.ler4ncrease poWerand fuel mileage on *~t: ~-- ~~~ ~, ~--~'~" |Gooseneck ano el Mary's Catholic Church, the post 2011 dean's list for maintaining a on Highways 24 and 40 in Tongan- Diesel Picku s Performance Fuel Systems mr RV Hitches office, city hall, and the bank, all in grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, le [ p Clifton. McLouth Friendship Club's coy- She was also preceded in deathShe is the daughter of Vince and oxie. RVs, Pickups, end LargeTrucks by a granddaughter, Tess Gallagher, Marsha Himes, Cedar Rapids. ered dish luncheon will be at 11:30 and two brothers, George and Alvin a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the corn- Urban. CARD OF THANKS munity center. All adults over 50 are She wasamemberofSt. Mary's The familyofOrvetaM. Larson welcome. Those attendingareasked T H E O S K A L O O S A I N D E P E N D E N T Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar So-expresses sincere thanks to our faro-to bring food to share and their own i ~ 1 ~ i I ; ; ~ " ~ I 1 ~ ~ i 1 t } !it~ ciety, Senior Citizen's Club, American ily, friends, and neighbors for the table service. LegionAuxiliary, Crawford]Sherman support, flowers, food, calls, visits, Submit McLouth community ' ~b ~ ~ ~ ' Club, and the Redhatters of Clifton. cards, prayers, and memorial contri- information, announcements, and , p,,, ~ ~ v" Survivors include daughters, buttons. " upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: Kathryn Fmhrs, Gardner, Mary Ya- Thank you to the Jefferson County or ~ 785-865-2520 or E-mail independent@centur)4inkmet to :rot your ad in The Oskaloosa Independent Business Card D" ry don, Topeka, lVlicheUeGallagher, Sali- FriendsofHospice. 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