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P. 4 THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015 THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT SOCIETY OBITUARIES : ii !iiiii i!iiiiliTii i : il !:ii:i!i:i! !i! Harold and Rita Hardesty Reception to honor Hardestys on 50th Harold and Rita Hardesty, Os- and daughter and son-in-law, Kirsti kaloosa, will celebrate their 50th and Greg Petesch, granddaughter, wedding anniversary Aug. 21. The Jenna, and grandson, Marshall, all couple was married Aug. 21, 1965, in of Meriden. They have one great- Emporia. grandchild. Daughters MarlenaBleil, Topeka, Harold and Rita lived in Ohio and Kirsti Petesch, Meriden, will be and moved to Perry in 1976. Harold hosts to a reception for them from worked for Hupe Farms until 1988. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, He then worked for Shawnee Termi- at the Westlake Shelterhouse, 635 hal Elevator, Topeka, until he retired S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka. All friends in 2011. Now he drives a school bus and relatives are invited. The couple for the Jefferson West school district. requests no gifts. Rita worked at Independent Laundry The Hardesty family consists and Dry Cleaning until 1987. She of daughter and son-in-law, Mar- worked for Security Benefit Life In- lena and Chuck Bleil, grandsons and surance of Topeka until she retired. spouses, Mitchell and Megan Bleil Harold coached the girls' softball and Bennett and Sid Bleil, and grand- team in Perry for five years, while daughter, Bethany, all of Topeka, Rita kept score. lib (Continued from page 3) Gibson reunion to be held in Winchester 128th annual Gibson reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the community building in Winchester. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish with serving spoons, plates, and silverware. The reunion sponsors will provide drinks, cups, and napkins. Head Start center closed by NEK-CAP The Northeast Kansas Communi- ty Action Program has announced the closing of several Head Start centers including the one at Oskaloosa. Also included in the closings are Sabetha, Wamego, and Troy. A Head Start center will remain open in Meriden, the only one in Jef- ferson County. NEK-CAP said the closings were a result of key staff changes, new expectations from the Head Start Region VII Office, review of strategic plans, and fiscal evaluation of the program. Early Head Start and Family and Community Resources will continue to serve the county. Boat catches fire on Perry Lake A boat caught fire on Perry Lake Saturday night causing injury to two female passengers. The fire occurred at about 7 p.m. in the Slough Creek area known as Party Cove, reports Game Warden Jeff Clouser, who was on the water and close by when the fire broke out. Clouser said there were four on board. The two who were injured were treatedby Jefferson County EMS, but not transported. It's believed they sought medical attention elsewhere by private vehicle. Clouser said it was too early in his investigation to know what caused the fire. Kentucky, Rural, Ozawkie, and Fairview fire departments all re- sponded. the examination. The entire study, interviews and exams combined, is slated to end Sept. 20. The annual survey of adults and children is "a major program" of the NCHS. The 15 counties the CDC picked for inclusion in this year's NHANES constitute a "nationally representa- tive sample" of America's population as a whole in the eyes of the Atlanta- based agency, which functions under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All in all, about 5,000 people selected at random will be participating in the survey, 463 of them from this county. "In our first few weeks (of) contact- ing residents in Jefferson County, we've had an opportunity to visit with over 800 households and meet lots of really friendly, helpful people," DeMatteis reported. "Our field staff are enjoying working in this wonder- ful county and are looking forward to meeting new people in about 600 more Jefferson County households." The NHANES program started in the early 1960s and over time has ' evolved from a series of surveys "fo- cusing on different population groups or health topics" to a continuous effort with "a changing focus on a variety of health and nutrition measurements to meet emerging needs." Diseases, medical conditions and health indicators CDC personnel will be studying include anemia, cardio- vascular disease, diabetes, environ- mental exposures, infectious dis- eases, nutrition, obesity, oral health, physical activity and functioning, reproductive history and sexual be- havior, respiratory disease (asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and sexually-transmitted diseases. "NHANES serves as the nation's ~iealth check-up,' going into commu- nities to collect health information throughout the country," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. "The sur- vey is a unique resource for health information and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions." Because the number of older Americans as a percentage of the general population has increased dramatically in recent decades, the NHANES will play a key role in pro- viding valuable information about the health status of these individuals. Once collected, that information can be .used to better address the health care needs of the elderly, shape public policy going forward and establish research priorities. The NHANES has been endorsed by a number of leading universities, including Johns Hopkins Univer- sity, UCLA, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Brigham Young University and Morehouse School of Medicine. Support your J4ferso. BODIE BENORTHAM, 7, Topeka, participated in the World Horseshoe PitchingTournament July 16 and 17 in Topeka. He placed second in his class at the Cadet level. He also placed second in the youth category of the Sunflower State Games July 18. He is the grandson of Charlie and Susan Coppinger'Winchester" I~/ ~'-~(~/'~~~J~ I His parents are Todd and Sonya __ ( Benortham,Topeka. High school students Muddy Broxterman, left, and Carissa McAfee attended the CooperativeYouth Leadership Camp at Steamboat Springs, Colo. McAfee, Broxterman attend electric cooperative youth leadership camp Carissa McAfee and Muddy "One of the many things on this Broxterman were selected by Leav- trip that inspired me was the legis- enworth-Jefferson Electric Coopera- lative activity," said McAfee. "I knew tive to attend the Cooperative Youth political censuses were difficult, but Leadership Camp near Steamboat I didn't understand the extent of that Springs, Colo., from July 11-17. until going through that activity at These girls joined approximately camp." 100 high school students from across The youth toured Fish Creek Falls, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Trapper Mine, Craig Power Plant and Wyoming to participate in the camp a solar array. They visited Steamboat sponsored by the electric cooperatives Springs, experienced river rafting, in each state, and went camping. As part of the week-long advert- Camp participants were chosen ture, the students established a candy by their local electric cooperatives cooperative business, in which they through an application and interview elected a general manager and board process based on academic achieve- of directors, participated in daily tents, positive attitudes, and the membership meetings and paid their involvement within their communi- dues. ties. "The Cooperative Youth Leader- "On this trip, the one thing that ship Camp is speCifically designed had the m6st'impa&0n me was real: to empower student leaders and izing that it'S OKto gS'but of your help them better understand the comfort zone, and that it feels great cooperative business model," said to help people come out oftheirs,"said Sarah Farlee, LJEC public relations Broxterman."I was inspired by others and marketing specialist and youth on this trip. Seeing them so comfort- coordinator.'Tais camp not only high- able being themselves helped me to lights the co-op's commitment to their jump out of my comfort zone and be communities, but it also helps teach who I really am." the students to become community McAfee is a senior at Jefferson leaders." County North High School and is the When not tending to their candy daughter of Janet and David McAfee, cooperative, the students learned Valley Falls. Broxterman is a senior about electric co-ops, witnessed a at Jefferson West High School and is high-voltage safety demonstration, the daughter of Desiree and Jason and built a transmission line from Broxterman, Meriden. craft supplies. They also created LJEC sponsors the event each multiple committees to help plan and year as part of its commitment to the implement the week's activities while community and its mission to help fu- improving leadership and interper- ture generations to become leaders. sonal communication skills. Generation Fence Buildel RUTH WINTER Ruth Ellen Winter, 74, Valley Falls, died Aug. 8, 2015, at her home. She was bern Nov. 20,1940, in rural Nortonville, the daughter of Wilbur Ray and Delpha Ruth Stephens Kirkham. Follow- ing the death of her mother, Ruth was raised by her stepmother, Dorothy Keim Kirkham, and her father, Wilbur. Ruth was ....... :a 1958 graduate of Valley Falls High School. She served as a cook in the Valley Falls School District No. 338, retiring in 2003 after 21 years. She was a member of the Ozawkie United Methodist Church. She married Millard DeVere Win- ter April 5, 1959, in Ozawkie. He survives of the home. Other survivors include her step- mother, Dorothy Kirkham, Topeka; three sons, DeVere Winter, Carbon- dale, and Pete Winter and Andy Win- ter, both of Valley Falls; six daughters, Ellen Hug, Mayetta, Brenda Lloyd, Angela Morrow, Jana Winter, Jill Penry, all of Valley Falls, and Cheryl Winter, Topeka; three brothers, Dale Kirkham, Eureka, Kenneth Kirkham, Strong City, and Donnie Kirkham, Washington; two sisters, Linda Poi- son, Lebo, and Dorene Smith, To- peka; 26 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Ozawkie Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Barnett Family Funeral Home, 1220 Walnut, Hwy 59, Oskaloosa. Memorials are suggested to A.L.S. Foundation, Jefferson County 4-H Foundation, or to Jefferson County Friends of Hospice sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 602, Oska- loosa, 66066: VIOLETTA SWAFFORD Violetta "Vi" Ethel Swafford, 92, Topeka, formerly of Perry, died Aug. 6, 2015, at a Topeka nursing home. She was born Nov. 29, 1922, in Manhattan, the daughter of Fred and Ella Gertrude McCaig Ice. ~ :~ S h e at- :;~ tended Perry ~ :!~> R u r a 1 H i g h School and later Centralia Ru- ral High School from which she graduated. She ' attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, earning a teaching certificate after two years. While still in her late teens, she began teaching at one-room school houses in rural Marshall and Nem- aha counties. During 1947 and 1948, she taught the combined third- and fourth-grades at Centralia Grade School. She married Floyd Robert Swaf- ford May 26, 1948, in Topeka. They were married for 65 years. They moved to a farm adjacent to Floyd's parents, north of Perry, where she was a farm wife and mother. When the farm was acquired by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1966, they moved their home to Perry. He worked as a building contrac- tor and she was his bookkeeper. Soon thereafter, they bought the Perry Lumber Co. and shared ownership of the company, changing the name to Swafford Lumber. After selling the lumber yard, Mrs. Swafford served the city of Perry's water department for 14 years, retiring April 10, 1994. She belonged to the Perry United Methodist Church for 50 years. She was a member of the Circle of Ruth and taught Sunday school classes and vacation Bible school. She was a member of Perry Chapter No. 62 Order of Eastern Star that later com- bined with Oskaloosa and Meriden, serving as Past Worthy Matron along with several other offices over the years. She also belonged to the Perry Lioness Club and was a Girl Scout leader for over 10 years. The couple moved to Topeka Pres- byterian Manor three years ago. In February 2014 she was chosen as the Resident of the Month. She was preceded in death by her husband April 25, 2013, an infant daughter, Joyce Ann Swafford, Aug. 8, 1950, and a grandson, Kenneth Allen "Kenny" Hillebert, April 24, 1995. She is survived by two sons, Robert Swafford, Topeka, and Don Swafford, Perry; two daughters, Carol Hille- bert, Lawrence, and Donna Carroll, Topeka; one brother, Merlin Ice, Topeka; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Aug. 10 at Perry United Methodist Church. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Perry United Methodist Church or Topeka Presbyterian Manor - Good Samari- tan Fund and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066. ...... C II powcT compan I--'41C:aU c blc C It post o ficc .... 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