Sunday, April 20, 2014


Today is Helen (Dodson) Burger's 95th Easter.
She looks wonderful  - So precious to many people!
Helen is the Mother of Thelma Hutchinson, Alice (Pfortmiller) Wiggs - Class of 1958,

Sue (Pfortmiller) Koehler - Class of 1960 and Loa (Burger/Copp) Gordon.
She is also Millard's Aunt (Millard Harrell - Class of 1959) - Aunt Helen

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I received this from David this morning.  I'm sure someone could help with this information.
You may either respond by way of a comment or email me.  Thank You!
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Hello,My mother was  Eloise E. Reich (1934-2009) and her sister was Neva Lee Reich. 
They attended Paradise High classes of 1952 and 1950 I think.
Mother  later married Johnny Yost, of Gorham, KS.
I'm seeking the whereabouts of my  Great Aunt, Irma Reich Saum.  She was married to Frank E. Saum.  They lived in the area and I know that they had kids that also may have lived in the area.
Do you know of their children there?   I'm seeking to locate her burial location from family that may know of them.  I think Dale Reich may know of them but I don't have his contact info.
Any help you can give would be great.
Thanks,  David Yost

I looked in our Paradise Directory and this is the information for Neva Lee and Eloise's graduation dates -
Neva Lee (Reich) Wegele  Class of 1949
Eloise (Reich) Yost  Class of 1951

Thank You Lynda Koelling. 
She has answered the question and Lynda & David have each other's email addresses. 
For those that would like to know - Irma Reich Saum is buried in the Natoma Cemetery.

They have a daughter that lives in Lenexa and a son in Wichita.

Dan Hoisington answered too.  Thank You Dan!
Irma and Frank Saum lived in Natoma, KS and had a son Duane who lives in Wichita and a daughter Connie who lives in KC.  I think Frank and Irma are buried in Natoma.  I knew both of them as their kids were about my age.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Alberta F. Lund, 91,
Waldo, Kansas,
died on
Sunday, April 06, 2014,
at her home in
Waldo, Kansas.

Alberta was born June 28, 1922 in Penokee, Kansas, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Mauck) Montgomery.  She was raised and spent most of her life in the Covert, Kansas area.  She graduated from beauty school at Castors Academy in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She was united in marriage to Robert Lund on January 28, 1946 in Atchison, Kansas. He passed away May 25, 1992.  She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening and canning.

 Surviving family includes her grandsons Jason (Jennifer) Lund of Waldo, Kansas and Nathan (Krista) Lund of Beloit, Kansas, daughter-in-law, Lois Lund of Waldo, Kansas; sister Beulah Janssen of Kansas City, Kansas; five great grandchildren, Rachel, Tyler, Ashton, Shelton, and Parker.

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Monty; two brothers Eldon and Leslia Montgomery; three sisters Pansy Clinton, Gladys Yenzer, and Neva Lee DeWar.

A graveside service for Alberta
will be held
1 P.M. on Thursday, April 10, 2014
at the
Osborne City Cemetery in Osborne, Kansas,
Rev. Richard R. Raymer officiating with burial following. 
There will be no visitation.
Alberta's son, Monty, was in the Class of 1970 and his wife, Lois, was in the Class of 1971 at Paradise High School.



Marion Lee Counts, 79
of Lawrence, Kansas 
formerly of Russell, Kansas
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence

 Marion was born February 26, 1935 in Hays, Kansas, the son of Kellis and Sylvia (Weese) Counts.
He grew up in the Fairport, Kansas area and graduated from Paradise High School. He then attended a semester at Ft. Hays State University before joining the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1954 to 1957.

Marion was united in marriage to Geraldine M. Keil on October 11, 1959 in Russell. This union was blessed with two children: Curtis and Jacqueline. They made their home in Russell. Marion was a gauger for Koch Industries for over 20 years before he and Geraldine cofounded MG Oil, Inc. in 1994. He operated the company before he retired in 2011 when he and Geraldine moved to Lawrence.
Marion was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Russell and attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence. He also was a life member of the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240, a member of the Russell Hospital Auxiliary, and Pheasants Forever – Black Gold Chapter.
He was a kind and gentle man who loved to converse with family and friends. He never met a stranger. Marion enjoyed fishing, playing golf, restoring antique cars and going to car shows, travelling, and especially, attending all of his grandchildren’s activities.

Surviving family include his wife of 54 years, Geraldine of the home; son Curtis Counts of Russell, Kansas; daughter Jacqueline Counts (Bruce Eggers) of Lawrence, Kansas; sister Vinita Finnesy of Goodland, Kansas; five grandchildren, Chad Counts, Brittni Counts, Keil Eggers, Kane Eggers, and Heather Ross; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Merle Counts.

Celebration of Marion’s Life will be held at 3:30 P.M. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.
Burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery where the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240 Honor Guard will conduct Military Rites.
Visitation will be from 9 AM to 7 PM Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM. Memorials have been established with St. John Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Loving Paws – Animal Therapy. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.


Elsie Julie Crickard was the minister of the Paraidse & Waldo United Methodist Church from 1978-1983. 
Burr Crickard was the minister at the Natoma United Methodist Church at the same time.

The Reverend Burr, 63, defender and advocate for the least, the lost and the last, went home Thursday morning, April 3.
There was great rejoicing as he joined his daughter, Juli; his Mom and Dad; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Crickard and Corley Clans. Burr was a Mountaineer, born in West (by God) Virginia May 3, 1950. He served with, and loved, congregations of the former Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years.
His greatest love was his extended family; his spouse Elsie and their three daughters and "claimed sons" -- Liz Crickard and Jeromy Horkman of Lawrence, Kansas; Laura Crickard and Zach Koch of Portland, Oregon; Juli Crickard of Heaven.
Severely immobile from Parkinson's Disease, Burr, now through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is free to play tennis, softball, and basketball to his heart's content.

Thanks be to God for our beloved Burr!
There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, April 12 at 10:00 am
at First United Methodist Church in Valley Center, Kansas.

Memorial: Youth Ministries of First UMC, Valley Center.
To sign a guest book or leave a condolence for the family, go to

Published in The Wichita Eagle on Apr. 6, 2014


Thursday, March 27, 2014


I received this today from Carolyn Shultz.  I would like to say right now that she has our permission to use any picture or story on this "Paradise Blog" for information that she would like to use.  It sounds very exciting to me.  Thank You Carolyn.
Her email . . . . .

"Onnalee and Millard:

First let me introduce myself - I am the former Carolyn Finkenbinder, born and raised in Waldo and a 1960 graduate. Now on to the important stuff!!!

After spending 25 years with the Lucas newspaper I retired about 10 years ago and began a project of preserving the history of the area. My daughter and I have completed a number of books in that field. We do everything from research to printing so we are not real well-known. Recently (well actually about two years ago) we were asked if we could put together a book on Paradise. We have completed books for Waldo, Lucas and Luray as well as several "gone but not forgotten" communities in southern Osborne county. The books consist of photos of the senior placards, list of all alumni member, old photos of the towns, interesting old newspaper stories, church history, map of the cemetery and listing of all burials. We actually walk the cemetery and record information from the stones. We are not limited to this set of items but find the school, church and cemetery are the most important places to most residents.

I have started gathering this information with the hopes of having the book completed by the annual church bazaar. My reason for contacting you is to ask if you have any old photos you would be willing to share. I have enjoyed your website for some time and Dan Hoisington suggested I contact you to check on photos and information.

Hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you and God Bless.

Carolyn Schultz
2957 S. 50th Ave., Lucas, KS 67648

Friday, March 14, 2014



Donald J. Haberer
life-long Russell County resident
passed away
Wednesday, March 12, 2014,
Salina Regional Medical Center
in the embrace of his family. 

Don was a loving husband, proud father, and doting grandfather as well as a committed member of the Russell community. 
Don was born June 3, 1937, to Emil and Mary Lorraine (Salber) Haberer at Hays Protestant Hospital, Hays, Kansas.  His early years were spent in rural Russell County along the Saline River in Paradise Township. 
His education began there at Fay School, District No. 51, and culminated with his graduation from Paradise Rural High School in 1955.  He was Class Valedictorian.  He attended Fort Hays State College for three semesters in the years 1955 to 1957 before volunteering and being inducted into the U.S. Army.  His induction ceremony took place in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 1, 1957.  After seven days at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he did eight weeks of Basic Training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and eight weeks of Advanced Training at Ft. Ord, California. He was eventually assigned to the Criminal Investigation Detachment at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as a Clerk/Typist. On November 7, 1957, he began his deployment in Berlin, Germany, with the Army of Occupation where he served until February 12, 1959.  His duties in Berlin included guarding Nazi war criminals in Spandau prison.  After 20 months of service, Don was promoted to the rank of SP4. He also earned the distinction of Browning Automatic Rifleman. Don served proudly in the U.S. Army until he was mustered out at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, after his tour of duty in Germany ended.

Don returned to Kansas to finish his education in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  As a Senior, he was inducted into the Gamma Sigma Delta International Honor Society of Agriculture. He graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in Agriculture Economics and elected to continue his education at K-State with a Research Assistantship. He completed his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics in 1964.

It was during this time at K-State that he met and married his wife of 52 years, Patricia (Proshek) Haberer.  He remained dedicated to these three passions—Pat, farming, and the Wildcat—for the rest of his life.

Don started his post-K-State career in December of 1963 as a County Extension Agent in Hall County, Nebraska.  In addition to his work with 4-H and extension programs, he served as a panel member for the Agricultural Cooperative Training for Managers and Directors, sponsored by the University of Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Coop Council, and the Omaha Bank for Cooperatives. 

Don and Pat welcomed a son and a daughter to their family while living in Grand Island, Nebraska. 

Don and family returned to Russell County in 1966 when Don accepted a position as Vice President and Loan Officer at the Russell State Bank.  He held this position until he left to become a full-time farmer on December 31, 1979.  Don and Pat welcomed their third child, a son, to the family during their early years in Russell.  From 1980 until his retirement, Don farmed in Paradise Township, continuing another generation of Haberer family farming in Russell County.  During these years and well into his retirement, Don also worked in Real Estate, Appraisal, Personal Property Valuation and was a long-time member of Kansas Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  He served as the President of KSFMRA in 1984, besides chairing several conferences and serving on the Board of Directors for six years.  In addition to his Real Estate career, he worked for 10 years with McKinley Auction Service.
Dedicated to his family and community, Don’s eye was always on the future.  He gave freely of his time and talent in his community. He was active with Extension and 4-H in Russell County, serving for six years on the Russell County Fair Association Board of Directors and six years on the Russell County Extension Council.  He served two three-year terms on Russell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including two years as Chairman.  He served two terms on the Board of Directors of Agco, Inc., including three years as Secretary and three years as President.  He served two terms on the Russell City Council and two terms as a Commissioner for Russell County.  He was a founding member of the Russell County Economic Development Committee and served three terms on the Board of Supervisors for the Russell County Soil Conversation District.  Many who knew Don knew him as a practical businessman and forthright adviser.  To the end, he took a lively interest in history, science, genealogy, and politics.  He was as comfortable discussing world affairs as local affairs.  He read widely and instilled the love of education in his children. He took great pride in the feats of his predecessors, always recognizing the efforts of those who came before him and paying tribute to them by continuing their successes. After retirement, Don and Pat were fortunate to be able to travel, exploring the world and making or renewing connections amongst friends and family. He discovered and joined the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association. Don was a life-time member of the National Rifle Association, the Kansas Rifle Association, and the Kansas State University Alumni Association.


Don is survived by his wife, Pat, of the home and three children: Kurt (Jill) of Clay Center, KS; Keri (Luis Guzman) of Wichita, KS; and Keith of rural Russell; one sister, Mary (Dale) Thompson of Genoa, CO; one brother Eric (Marlene) of rural Russell; a granddaughter, five step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; twelve nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.  He will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

A Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.  A Memorial has been established with Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK).  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


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These are pictures from some old annuals.
Because of the quality of the pictures
and the print in the annuals
this is the best pictures we can post.

"1953 photography wasn’t what it is today.
Also the pages are some what glossy and yellowing."

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013



This is the 1st Christmas the 4 Rounkles have been together since December 25th, 1987---   It's been 26 years !!!!! 
Back row Blue sweatshirt Penny, By tree Lois,  
Front row sitting- Joyce and Marvin !!!!!   We all met at Cherryvale, Kansas at Lois's house this year !!! Had a gret time !!!!!!  Please put this on Paradise Blog !!!!!    Hope you had a great Christmas!!! We all did !!!!!   Happy New Year !!!!!!   Love, Penny

Penny (Rounkles) Loker (1964), Lois (Rounkles) Bonar (1960),
Joyce (Rounkles) Mello (1957), Marvin Rounkles (1961)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


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Helen R. Weilert
  Helen's son's -
Larry Weilert was in the Class of 1963 - PHS
Cary Weilert was in the Class of 1964 - PHS
 Helen R. Weilert, 91, Hays, died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at her daughter’s house in Omaha, NE.
She was born April 28, 1922 in Leavenworth, Kansas the daughter of Peter and Frances Grace Christy.
On January 17, 1945 she married Lawrence J. Weilert, Sr. in Hays. He died May 16, 2002.
She was a homemaker and mother of 12 children.
She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catherine, Kansas, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include
Lawrence J. Weilert, Jr. (Buster) and wife Elaine of Merritt Island, FL, Cary Weilert and wife Linda of Overland Park, KS, Jan Weilert of Overland Park, KS, Michael Weilert and wife Pamela of Hays, Fred Weilert and wife Jeanne of Hays, Stephen Weilert and wife Helen of Hays, Bruce Weilert and wife Linda of Overland Park, KS, Stanley Weilert and wife Ursula of Wichita, KS, and Pat Weilert of Hays
Daughters: Helen Ruth Van Orsdel and husband David of Omaha, NE, Suzy Spatz and husband Steven of Wichita, KS, and Grace Peterson and husband Curtis of Wichita, KS Grandchildren:
ina, Tammy, Monte, Trina, Tracy, James, Bradley, Andrea, Annette, Christopher, Ryan, Andrew, Curtis, Chad, Gene, Zachary, Pierce, Chase, Jesse, Tracee, Jeff, Jesse, Anne, Mary, Heather, Travis, Sarah, Clint, Leigh, Lindsay, Jay, Caroline, Joel, Dustin, Casey, Cody, Jenna, Shawn, Danielle, and Maggie. 48 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson Tim Weilert.

Funeral Services
will be at
10:00 am on Friday, December 20, 2013
at the
St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catherine, KS.
Burial will be in the St. Catherine Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 pm and on Friday from 8:30 am until 9:30, at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.
A parish vigil service
will be at
6:30 pm on Thursday
at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Catherine Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Monday, December 16, 2013

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Norman and Connie Laughlin

Norman wrote . . . . .
"I attended Paradise Grade School through the 7th grade. We moved from Paradise, KS in 1958 to Solomon, KS. I graduated from Solomon High School in 1964.
My best friend then and now--Dan Hoisington. We were the only boys living in town at that time so we naturally became best friends. We lost contact for a few years but recently rekindled that friendship."

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Lois and Penny took a trip up north
to Minnesota and Canada a few weeks ago.
Penny sent this . . . .
My sister Lois and I just returned home from our trip "north" on October 21st. We were gone 12 days and had a blast !!!!! Our trip started having lunch with a cousin we found on facebook, Mary Fern Rounkles. We had lunch with her at Chillicothe, Missouri on her birthday. That night we stayed in Omaha at our Aunt Shirley Killian's house. Had a great visit and breakfast with her !!!!
Then we were ...on our way to South Dakota, & North Dakota. Stayed all night at Fargo North Dakota. They were in a tornado watch and my cell phone wouldn't work.
The 3rd day after lunch we arrived at our cousin's house, Carol Katie Helvey Otto and husband Larry, in Minnesota. We had a great time at their log house, and had some great food. Got to go to " The Shed". It has 90 cars stored in that building. Some great cars and some antique cars and pick-ups!!!!! Warroad, Minnesota is also the home of Marvin Window's Toured the welcome center at Marvin windows . 
Then on to International Falls, Minnesota, into Canada. Got postcards and magnets of all the states & Canada that we visited. 
 In eastern Minnesota we visited the Split Rock light house !!!! We got to go clear to the top of the light house. We also saw a movie of how it was build on the rock cliff.
On to Wisconsin and Michigan, brought some great cheese, apples and pears home from Wisconsin.
Saw a lot of beautiful trees and leaves on our trip-- fall is beautiful in that part of the country !!!!!

 Lois in Minnesota
Penny in Minnesota

Lois, their 1st cousin, Carol Katie Otto, & Penny
Warroad, Minnesota
Carol Katie & Larry Otto's log home

Beautiful leaves & Trees
Northern Minnesota
Penny & Lois

Fort Francis, Canada
Crossing over into Canada    ↓


Saturday, December 7, 2013


I found this photo on facebook. 
I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.

Gary Anshutz (former student and teacher),  Francis Mahoney (former principal & teacher),
Grandma Anschutz and Dianna (Anschutz) Wise - Class of 1961

Thursday, December 5, 2013



Myra Ann Chrisler, 68,

of Natoma, Kansas,
Monday, December 02, 2013,
Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas
Myra was born on November 13, 1945, in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of Arthur and Ruby (Zeigler) Pfortmiller.  She grew up in the Natoma area and graduated from Natoma High School in 1963. 
She was united in marriage to Delmar Chrisler on June 01, 1963, in Natoma and from this union Myra and Delmar were blessed with 4 daughters - Michele, Kimberly, Tammy Jo and Brenda. 
Myra enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker for her growing family.  She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma as well as a member of the Russell Hospital Auxiliary and a foster grandparent. 
Myra was a gracious and caring friend and loved by all those who knew her.  She worked as a secretary and cook for U.S.D #399 for many years where she touched the lives of the many students and staff.  She enjoyed reading, playing cards and cooking.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving family include her husband of 50 years, Delmar Chrisler of the home, daughters Michele Meier and husband Kenneth, Kimberly Pfanenstiel and husband Curt all of Victoria, Kansas, Tammy Jo Chrisler of Natoma and Brenda Miller and husband Joe of Austin, Texas; brother David Pfortmiller (Joan) of Delta, Colorado; 5 grandchildren Scott & Jasper Chrisler, Gus, Brooke and Cooper Pfanenstiel and 2 great grandchildren Gage and Riggens Pfanenstiel.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.
A celebration of Myra’s life
will be held at
10:30 A.M. on Friday, December 06, 2013
at the
Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma
with Pastor Michael Schmidt officiating. 
Burial will follow at the Fairport Cemetery in Fairport, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Thursday, December 05, 2013, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell with family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening.  Memorials may be given to the Peace Lutheran Church or Russell Public Library and sent in care of the mortuary. 

Myra was a sister-in-law of Dorene (Reich) Chrisler - Class of 1958.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


The top photo is with Fairport behind it.

Terry still has as much fun - with his wife and their family.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013



It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when they remember the loved ones who are not with them. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring thoughts and loving prayer right now. Please pray for all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares.
Love & Prayers to all my Paradise Blog readers and their families.

Please pray for our military! 
Thank You to each of them for their service to our country.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Donald Curtis McCall,
son of
Henry & Emma Jane (Vanderlip) McCall,
was born
August 29, 1926 in Woodston, Kansas
passed away
November 18, 2013
at the
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska
at the age of 87.

On December 7, 1944, at the age of 18, Don joined the U. S. Army Air Corp, serving in the Philippines during World War II. He was honorably discharged on November 5, 1946.

Don married Joan Thompson on October 25, 1953 in Paradise, Kansas. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October of this year. Don always said that, “the reason the marriage lasted so long was because they were married in Paradise”.

They made their first home in Woodston, Kansas until August, 1968, when they moved to Phillipsburg, Kansas. Their family was blessed with the birth of three children: Kent, Cynthia and Linnette.

Don drove a truck delivering propane for many years, as well as having his own ditch-digging business. He loved God, his country, the season of Christmas and the K-State Wildcats! He & Joan had season football tickets to the K-State games and traveled to many bowl games as well. He enjoyed putting up exterior Christmas lights and decorations at their home each year and also took pride in maintaining and mowing his lawn and the Presbyterian Church lawn. His happiest moments included his marriage and the birth of his children and grandson. Some of his proudest moments were the college graduations of his children and his grandson’s commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp. Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was hardworking, kindhearted, honest and loyal and he instilled these values in his children. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

His parents, Henry & Emma McCall; brother, Walt; and sisters, Mildred Anderson, Betty Keirns and Natalie Stanhope, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home in Phillipsburg; son, Kent, also of Phillipsburg; daughters, Linnette McCall of Kansas City, MO and Cynthia McCall of Overland Park, KS; grandson, 2nd Lt. Nicholas Cline, of Quantico, VA; brother, Robert E. (Edna) McCall; brothers-in-law, John Stanhope and Roger Thompson; sisters-in-law, Carol Ann McCall, Vivian Martinez, and Sue (Rodney) Heitschmidt; along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services
will be held
Sat. November 23 at 10:30 a.m.
in the
United Presbyterian Church, Phillipsburg,
Pastor Chris Davis officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. 
in the Mt. Herman Cemetery, Paradise, KS.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church.

Visitation will be from
9–9 Thursday & Friday
at the funeral home
with the family receiving friends from
6-7 Friday evening


Monday, November 25, 2013


John Joseph Mello, Jr., 77
of Russell, Kansas
died Friday evening,
November 22, 2013
at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.

John was born August 27, 1936 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, the son of John J. and Elizabeth V. (Doherty) Mello. He grew up in Winthrop, Massachusetts and graduated from Winthrop High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959.

John was united in marriage to Joyce E. Rounkles on April 23, 1960 in Topeka, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children; John and Mary. They made their home in Topeka and Junction City before moving to Russell in 1964.

John worked with Safeway in Russell for 14 years leaving as Produce Manager. He worked several years for Klema’s Apple Mart in the produce department. He then went to work for Abco Wire & Metal. He worked there for 18 years before retiring as Shipping Manager. John enjoyed reading especially Westerns, watching and attending local sporting events and listening to music.

John’s surviving family include his wife of 53 years, Joyce of the home; son, John Mello (Shirley) of DeSoto, Kansas; daughter, Mary Bushnell (Lonnie) of Gardner, Kansas; two grandsons, Chad Bushnell and Michael Mello and a great grandson, Brock Bushnell. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Anne Oliver.

Celebration of John’s Life
will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 27, 2013
at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.

A private burial of Ashes will follow the service.
Friends may sign the book from 9 AM to 8 PM Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


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From Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede

In reading today's Salina Journal, they had letters from readers on what they are thankful for.  I read them all and one short one thanked God's love letter and the Bible.  It is the best instruction manual we have.  The one I read and was prompted to send on to you and the Paradise Blog is from a woman being thankful for the adoption of their son.  She formerly lived in Paradise and now lives in Russell.  It was from Ruth Bartlett.  She is thankful for the nine-month old boy they loved from first sight and the wonderful grandchildren he gave them.

God's blessings to each and every one of you for Thanksgiving and for the holidays and years to come.

Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede
Class of '58

I received the actual write-up from the Salina Journal from another Paradise Blog supporter.

A Bounty of Gratitude
What are you thankful for? As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Journal asked readers to reflect on what they are thankful for in their lives. Whether it’s the blessing of family or friends, a second chance at life or love, or gratefulness for the ordinary freedoms we sometimes take for granted, each had a personal reason to show thanks during the season and throughout the year.

Salina Journal

Ruth's Thankfulness . . . .

Happy, Happy Times
 "There is no doubt that one phone call made me and my husband two of the happiest people on earth. The call was from an adoption agency saying they had a 9-month-old baby boy for adoption, and would we be interested? Needless to say, we dropped everything and drove the 90 miles to see this baby. What a charmer! We loved him at first sight. "Now, some 50
years later, we are still most thankful for the wonderful, thoughtful young man he became, and later for the awesome grandchildren he provided to us. At the time of the adoption, we lived on a ranch at Paradise. Happy, happy times."

-- Ruth Bartlett, Russell

Friday, November 15, 2013


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Wilma I. Heitschmidt
age 97,
of Watertown, SD,
passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013
 at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown.
Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday,
November 17, 2013
with funeral services to follow at 5:00 p.m.
 at the Wight, Comes &; Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown
with Reverend Marlyn Kuper officiating.
Rhonda Mund will be the soloist
and Lynn Osthus will be the organist. 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Jerry Heitschmidt, Jason Heitschmidt, Monte Wedel, Gregg Motley, Jason Snell and John Petrich.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Osborne, KS with Pastor Gale Crippen officiating. Visitation will be prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Osborne Cemetery, Osborne, KS.

Wilma Iretha Heitschmidt was born on August 18, 1916 to Christoph and Lovie (Sperry) Sigle at their farm home near Covert, KS. Wilma graduated from Covert Rural High School where she was a star basketball player under the guidance of her coach, the infamous Johnnie Locke. After receiving her teaching certificate, she served four years as teacher at the 1-room Enterprise school located six miles northwest of Covert.

On April 26, 1939, she married Harold William Heitschmidt at her parent’s home. Their first home was near Paradise, KS where Harold served as a mechanic for Harrell Implement while Wilma became a dedicated wife and homemaker. Shortly thereafter they rented the Mitchell farm south of Covert after which they bought the Daggert farm located 3 miles west of Covert. This was their home until retirement in 1980 when they moved to Osborne. In 1999, they made their final move to Watertown to be closer to their daughter, Elaine.


Throughout their life, both Harold and Wilma were actively involved in their church, children’s schools, local community activities and state professional organizations. Wilma was well-known as an excellent cook sharing many meals with others and often topping them off with a “lucious” pie. She loved keeping a tidy home, traveling, doing beautiful handiwork and tending her flowers. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, aunt and friend to all. One of her proudest moments was when she and Harold received the Kansas Farmer and Homemaker Award in 1988. In addition, Wilma received the Osborne Woman of the Year Award.

Wilma is survived by her three children and their spouses, Roger (Joyce) Heitschmidt, Chapel Hill, TN, Rodney (Sue) Heitschmidt, Granbury, TX, and Elaine (Al) Vanderlaan, Watertown, SD, and their “adopted” daughter Tina (Nelson) Daniels, Los Angeles, CA, six grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 6 great, great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings and their spouses, i.e., Cleo (Carl) Langley, Helen (Orthy) Gossett, Harvey (Cecil) Sigle, and Richard (Eva Jane) Sigle, an infant brother, two grandsons (Dustin Heitschmidt and Christopher Vanderlaan), one great grandson (Tanner Snell), and one grandson-in-law (Harold Ralston).

Wilma was the last living member of the Heitschmidt/Sigle “greatest generation” as all of Harold’s siblings and spouses are also deceased, i.e., Herbert (Edna) Heitschmidt, Ruth (Wilbur) Obert, and Dorthy (Dale) Tanner. Long live the memories and lessons of the greatest generation!

This picture was taken of Wilma and Elaine at the 2008 Paradise Reunion.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Millard received an email from Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede in regards to the memorial for Marvin Dwinelle, Randall Houser and Ronnie Thompson.  Thank You Vada for your memories and we are very sorry for your loss at this time.  I'm sure the Houser families and the Thompson families feel this same loss every day and especially at this time of the year.  Love & Prayers to each of you.
Vada's comment is below with the other comments regarding the post on the Memorial for the boys.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013