Friday, May 22, 2015



                                               Lonnie Alan Wallace
65, of Pueblo, Colorado and former  Waldo and Paradise, Kansas resident, died on March 12, 2015, at his home..

Lonnie was born on October 12, 1949, in the Russell City Hospital in Russell, Kansas, the son of George W. and Bonnie (Williams) Wallace. 
He grew up in Waldo, Kansas and graduated from Paradise High School in Paradise, Kansas.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Rose Marie Williams in May 1969 in Hutchinson, Kansas. 
Lonnie and Rose raised two son Aaron and Paul Williams. 


Lonnie worked as a service technician working on machinery and hydraulic equipment.  He also worked in the asphalt paving industry.

He is survived by his two stepsons Aaron H. Williams and Paul D. Williams; brothers Ronald G. Brozek (Lana) and Donald V. Engle (Betty);
sister Marjorie E. Wheeler (Bobby);
5 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose on November 29, 2013, and sister Vonda J. Powell.
A graveside memorial service to honor Lonnie's life
will be held at
2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Luray City Cemetery
Reverend Jason Mason officiating. 

Cards and condolences may be sent in care of the mortuary. 
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary
of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


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Alan Kent Cooper, 67, of Moore, OK passed away May 3, 2015.
He was born January 20, 1948 to Milton and June Cooper in Concordia, KS.
Alan was employed by the United Postal Service and retired after 30 years of service. Alan was a strong family man, republican and loved the Lord. Alan was a train enthusiast and a “Mr. Fix-It”. He also enjoyed wood working.
Most of all 
he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kay Cooper;   

2 daughters, Janet Morgan and Marie Woods and husband, Jeff;
grandchildren, David, Paul, Brendan, Brody, and Isaac; 

sister, Nancy Barlow; 
2 brothers, Steven Cooper and wife, Sharon and Richard Cooper. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milton and June Cooper; mother-in-law, Frances Kvasnicka; and father-in-law, Joe Kvasnicka. 

Funeral services 
will be held at 

10:00 AM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 

at the 
First United Methodist Church of Moore, Moore, Oklahoma. 
Interment to follow at Moore Cemetery, Moore, OK
Services are under the direction of John Ireland Funeral Home.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Michele Angel Peterka introduced me to a facebook link "Walking Kansas."
How interesting!  He does a great job with pictures.  I spent several hours looking at this site.
Thank You Michele and Thanks to Jerry for the many hours he has spent all over Kansas

Walking Kansas

Walking Kansas - Paradise

I also found his web site.  Wow!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


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Lonnie Alan Wallace, 65, of Pueblo, Colorado and former Russell, Waldo and Paradise, Kansas resident, died on March 12, 2015, at his home.

Lonnie was born on October 12, 1949, in the Russell City Hospital in Russell, Kansas, the son of George W. and Bonnie (Williams) Wallace.  He grew up in Waldo, Kansas and graduated from Paradise High School in Paradise, Kansas. 

He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Rose Marie Alani Wells in May 1969 in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Lonnie and Rose raised two son Aaron and Paul Williams.  He worked as a service technician working on machinery and hydraulic equipment.  He also worked in the asphalt paving industry.

He is survived by his two stepsons Aaron H. Williams and Paul D. Williams;
brothers Ronald G. Brozek (Lana) and Donald V. Engle (Betty); 

sister Marjorie E. Wheeler; 
5 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose on November 29, 2013, and sisters Vonda J. Powell and Bonnie J. Engle.

A graveside memorial service to honor Lonnie's life is pending at this time and will be held at a later date.  

Cards and condolences may be sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


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McNeal, Robert L. "Bob," 77,
passed away peacefully at home
Feb. 26, 2015. 
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 
at Cochran Mortuary, 1411 N. Broadway, Wichita. 

                                      Graveside services 
will be held at 
1 p.m. Monday, March 2, 
at Kechi (KS) Township Cemetery. 

Survivors: wife, Frances McNeal; 
sons, Kendall, Stuart (Gina); 
daughter, Shelley (Scott) Tyson; 
6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 
and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorials: American Diabetes Association . 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I received a package in the mail today.

Yes, you read it correctly. 

To me from Goober Pyle.

The door bell rang.  Millard answered the door.  It was the mail man.  Millard said "You have a package. (pause)  Who on earth  is Goober Pyle?"  I replied to be careful with it, as that was a ficticious  name.  I asked where it was from.  He said Paradise, KS.  I  laughed hysterically.  I figured it would say, "Your Favorite Student - not Goober Pyle."  Dan Hoisington sent me the Simply Paradise Book for my birthday.  It is wonderful!  Very well done!  If you haven't bought one, order one as soon as possible.  Millard is still reading mine.  I just got to glance at it.

Click on this link

Scroll down a ways and you will see how to order the book.
It will show this post, then Paradise Bazaar & Turkey Dinner - Nov. 8th. 

Simply Paradise is next.

Thank You Goober for the wonderful birthday gift.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


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                                         Charlotte Irene (Helscher) Newton, 97,
                                    was born to

Sylvia Melvina (Zigler) Helscher and Thomas Adolph Helscher on
 October 18, 1917 on a farm near Paradise, Kansas. 
She passed away  on February 21, 2015
Warrensburg, MO. 

Charlotte attended school in Paradise where she graduated from high school.  She attended Fort Hays State University for a short time.  She married Loyal Lee (Jim) Newton on August 12, 1939.   Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years in 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bryan Helscher, and his wife Louise.  She is survived by her children Dr. Thomas A. Newton and his wife Jane of Tahlequah, OK, Crystal A. Green of Warrensburg, MO, and Michael E. Newton and his wife Diana of Wichita, KS. Also surviving are grandchildren Shelly Parr, Jim Green, Brooks Newton, Julie Newton, and Sarah Brown as well as six great-grandchildren: Tyler Parr, Haley Parr, Jackson Green, Noah Green, Griffin Newton, and Thurston Brown. 
Charlotte and her family lived in several Kansas communities during the years that Jim was employed as an oilfield pumper.  They spent a number of years in Russell, Natoma, Wellington, Stafford, Preston, Pratt before coming back to Russell for retirement.  During those years as a full-time homemaker, Charlotte kept the family fed with her wholesome down-home recipes as well as with goodly portions of moral instruction, creative spirit, and self-deprecating humor. 
Charlotte taught her children that honesty and compassion for all creatures are essential human qualities.  She also modeled her passion for the creative spirit through her own works of art and her enduring memory of hundreds of songs and poems from her school years. Through the years and into her 90s, she would break into a poem or song when the topic of a conversation reminded of a particular lyric.  As a young woman, Charlotte created beautiful works of sculpture, songs, and poetry.  She and Jim kept the family in stitches with their humor and on-going word play.  Often the humor was based on double entendre, misunderstandings that were quickly exploited for their bizarre implications, and Charlotte’s ability to laugh at her own foibles.  Charlotte continued the art of story-telling that her parents were known for.  She told hundreds of stories centering on humorous anecdotes or unique character traits of her relatives or others from the small Kansas towns along the Lincoln Branch of the Union Pacific:  Lincoln Center, Lucas, Luray, Waldo, Paradise, Natoma, and Plainville. She told these stories so well and so often that the characters and the anecdotes have become part of the family heritage.
Charlotte’s children will remember her fiercely independent spirit, her unwillingness to accept injustice, her disregard for superstitious beliefs, her love of art, language, story-telling, and her sense of humor.

A graveside service to celebrate Charlotte's life 
will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, February 27, 2015, 
at the Natoma City Cemetery.  
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. 
on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 
at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


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        Sharon Kay Miller, 71, 
     of Russell, Kansas, 
died on
February 3, 2014
at the
Via Christi St Francis Hopsital
Wichita, Kansas

Sharon was born on June 15, 1943, in Barton County, Kansas, the daughter of Godfred and Alvina (Nuss) Miller.  

She grew up in the Paradise, Kansas, community and graduated from the Paradise High School.  
She was united in marriage to Earl Maurice Friess on June 2nd, 1962 in Ransom, Kansas and they were married for 11 1/2 years. 
As a young woman, Sharon
 always dreamed of being a stewardess in the airlines but was never able to make that dream a reality.  She worked for Travenol in Hays, Kansas and also worked for King of the Road in Russell, a hostess at Russell's Inn and a house cleaning service in Russell.  She was a longtime member of the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.  She loved animals, especially her cat Spooky.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving family include
daughter Teri Friess,
son Eugene F. Friess
both of Russell;
brothers Roger Miller (Sandy) of Salina, Myron Miller (Rosie) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gary Miller (Judy) Montgomery, Alabama, Fred Miller (Kay) Salina;
sister Marilynn Dinkel(Devane) of Russell; 
and granddaughter Ashley Michelle Mutter.
She was preceded in death by her parents.  Her sister DiAnn Becker died February 16, 2015.
A memorial service to celebrate Sharon's life will be held at
11 A.M. Saturday, February 28, 2015,
at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary
of Russell, Kansas,
with Father Michael Elan officiating. 
A private inurnment will take place after the service. 
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Friday, February 27th
at the mortuary. 

Memorials may be given to the Western Plains Animal Refuge out of Hays and sent in care of the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.

DiAnn E. (Miller) Becker, 
age 73 
Sylvan Grove, Kansas,
February 16, 2015.

She was born February 14, 1942 in rural Barton County, Kansas.

Survivors include husband Kenneth Becker of Sylvan Grove; 

son Lenny (Judy) Zimmerman of Kansas City, Kansas;
daughters Taunya (Arturo) Campos of Midland, Texas, Bonita (Marlin) Pfannenstiel of Ransom, Kansas and Jacinda (Curt) Zerr of Kansas City, Kansas; 
brothers Roger (Sandy) Miller of Salina, Kansas, Myron (Rosie) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gary (Judy) Miller of Montgomery, Alabama and Fred (Kay) Miller of Salina, Kansas;
sister Marilynn (DeVane) Dinkel of Russell, Kansas; 

10 grandchildren and one

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Kay Miller of
Russell, Kansas.

A funeral service will be held 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM 
at the 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sylvan Grove. 
Burial will follow at the Sylvan Grove Cemetery.

Class of 1960
Karen (Hudnall) Jakub, DiAnn (Miller) Becker
Dennis Albrecht, Donnie (Martin) Miller
Linda (Hoopes) Beisner, Angela (Krob) McNeal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


           Donnie Jean (Martin) Miller, 72, 
        of Russell, Kansas 
                            passed away 
                Monday, January 19, 2015 
     Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Donnie was born December 9, 1942 in Augusta, Kansas, the daughter of Troy H. and Mary A. (Newman) Martin.  They lived in Lyons, Kansas until Donnie was in the 5th grade and they moved to Russell.  Then her freshman year they moved out to Fairport, Kansas.  She graduated from Paradise High School.

Donnie was united in marriage to Duane Miller on June 11, 1960 in Russell, Kansas.  This union was blessed with three children; David, Dru and Micah.  They made their home in Topeka, Kansas for thirteen years before moving to Arkansas City, Kansas.  Then they moved to Owosso, Michigan where they lived for three years before moving to Opelousas, Louisiana.  Then in 2002 they returned to Russell.

Donnie worked for Security Benefit of Topeka and an Administrative Assistant, then worked for Allied Insurance Co. in Arkansas City as a licensed agent.  She was a Department Manager for Flint Michigan Insurance Co. in Michigan.  When living in Louisiana, she worked for Opelousas Family Clinic and worked at the Acadiana Preparatory School to be closer to her children who attended the school.  She then worked for the Russell Regional Hospital as a switchboard operator for many years before retiring in 2010.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who put her family first.  She also enjoyed fishing, boating, and raising and training show dog Collies.

Surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Duane of the home; son, Dru Miller (Jenna) of Gorham, Kansas; daughter, Micah Becker (Ryan) of Milberger, Kansas; brother, Terry Martin of Cartwright, Oklahoma; and nine grandchildren, Conner, Christian, Janessa, Riley, Malachi, Reagan, Elijah, Matthias and Jenson.  She was preceded in death by her parents and son David Miller.

Celebration of Donnie’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Dennis Finch officiating.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Fairport Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Thursday, January 22, 2014 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM.  A Memorial has been established with Russell Regional Hospital.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to the funeral home. 

Each of us that has known Donnie has admired and loved her very much.  Her courage has been absolutely superb and she has been an inspiration to everyone. To know that she was a 7 1/2 year stage 4 colon cancer survivor and then lose her life from a fall from her porch is more than we can understand or comprehend. God works in mysterious ways and we have to trust Him - especially in times like this.  We have lost a Saint - Heaven has gained "Our Saint."

To her family, we can't express enough how sorry we are for your loss. You certainly do have a lovely and beautiful life to celebrate.
God Bless You and Love & Prayers to each of you. 

Life is a matter of choices made at every fork in the road, 
and none made for an easy way to carry or lighten the load.
Donnie was strong, she carried on through the fog of life; 
able to say
"I fought the good fight, did my very best, 
triumphed over my fears and laid them all to rest.
I’ve made my share of mistakes, 
but by my choices I still stand, 
for in all my chosen paths, 
there’s always been God’s hand reaching out 
to guide and comforting each and every day, 
and in all my darkest hours,
that grace has shone the way."  



Tuesday, January 13, 2015



Miss Virginia
(Virginia Robertson) 
will be
90, Jan. 20th
Help her celebrate.

Virginia Robertson
612 W. 2nd
Russell, Ks. 67665
Phone # is 785-483-2738

Virginia's birthday is Jan 20th,  she will be celebrating her 90th.  Please send her a card or give her a call even before her special day.

Virginia's brothers and sisters would be very grateful if you can help them celebrate her birthday.

Thanks Roger Pruter

Monday, December 22, 2014


I received this from Millard this morning

I guess I had better bring you up to speed on what is happening here. Onnalee is in the hospital at Topeka. She began getting sick Thursday of last week. Lots of stomach pain, nausea etc. and could not eat. Finally she got weak enough that she could not get up. She was transported to the Emporia hospital and from there to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. X-rays showed that there was a couple of kidney stones blocking one of her kidneys and caused infection to develop. They were able to remove one stone.The other stone was pushed back up into her kidney and a stint installed so that hopefully it will be able to pass on out now. If it doesn’t, they will have to go back in and/or do something to break it up.

Jim, she is very sick. The Dr. told me that it would be a long recovery for her. With all of her other problems, I am pretty concerned and a little frightful about the future. Things do not look to good right now. I will plan to work at the pharmacy this morning and then probably go to Topeka soon as I get off around noon. Would appreciate your prayers.


Monday, November 17, 2014


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Ed Breit sent me some pictures that Marie (Post) Quenzer (Class of 1939) had sent to him.
Ed graduated from Natoma in 1956 and grew up 2 miles south of Fairport.  He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Hays, Ks.

The pictures are in the file at the Heritage Museum in Natoma. They are always looking for pictures and would appreciate it if anyone could send them pictures.
Roger Pruter and Dan Hoisington are working on a Paradise display for the Museum.

I am in the process of trying to find out the year(s) these pictures were taken.
Thank You Marie for sending these to Ed and Thank You Ed for sending them to us.

Ed said these were taken around 1907.  

Paradise School
Paradise, Kansas

Tom Brown's Store


Diane Hoisington Hanzlicek
Picture from Della

Steele Kisner, grandson of Craig and Ronda Hitschmann, Natoma
Picture from Della

Sarah and Susan Pelton, from Paradise
Picture from Della

Melissa Thompson, Flagler, Colo. her daughters with her.  
She is Kim Hoisington’s sister
Picture from Della

Peggy Eulert, Paradise and Charlotte Oswald David, Fairport
Picture from Della

L-R    Ruth Bartlett, Russell, Garnett Angel, Olathe, Jannica Schultze Null holding Jadyn, of Ashland and Bessie Maranville, Russell.  
Sitting with them were Cherry and Jim Noel of  Russell
Picture from Della

Carolyn Howe, Thurmon, Iowa, Lynda Koelling and 
Connie McNeal, Paradise, serving dessert to Ed Breit of Hays.  Mary Ann Breit to the right.
Picture from Della

Garnett Angel and Miss Virginia  (Virginia Robertson)
Picture from Janette

Sara Pelton with her parents, Susan & Chris Pelton.
Garnett and Virginia are visiting in background!

Picture from Janette

Picture from Janette
Richard Ross is helping Mary Anderson.
Rich, Randall Weller and Dan Hoisington were the runners from the kitchen to the serving tables keeping the serving pans and bolws filled with fresh turkey and dressing,  home made rolls, Cole slaw and cranberry marshmallow salads!
Mary Hoisington made the green bean and bacon and brought them across the street from her home to the servers.
Deb Maupin mashed up at the church and filled the serving bowls with mashed potatoes. Linda Lyle and Tammy Schultze made the gravy in the gym kitchen.
In the background of this picture is Randall Weller, Mona Hoisington.

Picture & description from Janette

Janette (Angel) Ross & Brynae Thompson Sturgeon
Picture from Janette

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014


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Annual Paradise United Methodist Church 


This is one gathering in Paradise that everyone looks forward - the women preparing for the day and the people that get to enjoy the great food, fellowship and visiting with many friends.  The Bazaar & Turkey Dinner started in 1950 to raise money for a new Methodist church and it is the church's only fundraiser.

Although it is like an annual reunion, they do get a lot of hunters, with a lot of them actually go out of their way to go there to eat.

Another attraction to the Bazaar this year will be the sale of the book "Simply Paradise."

The book is in four sections: 
Section 1 - Ivamar to Paradise - Contains history of town, some businesses, etc along with photos; 
Section 2 - Paradise Methodist church - Again contains history of church, list of past ministers, photos, etc.; 
Section 3 - Mt. Hermon Cemetery - Features maps of cemetery and listing of all burials. We walked the cemetery in June, 2014 and recorded information on stones; 
Section 4 - Paradise Schools - Incudes history of schools, photos and all senior placards (senior photos).

The book will sell for $20 plus an additional $5 if mailed.

Carolyn Schultz wishes to Thank everyone for their help with this project.
Mail orders will be sent out AFTER the November 8th Paradise bazaar.
You may send a check for $25.00 if you would like to order the book and would like to have it sent. 

Carolyn Schultz
2957 S. 50th Ave.
Lucas, Kansas

Freshly baked cakes, pies, cookies, breads, candy, fresh gourmet nuts and snacks also fill the area.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Vada has been trying to put a comment on the blog and I guess this blog was not cooperating - as though it does very often.  It certainly gives me a hard time at times.  
Thank You Vada for your persistence.  Scroll down to the post I made that was from the Newspaper Article and the Paradise Farmer that Kim Hoisington sent.  Click on Comment under the post.  Thank You Vada.



 I received a most thoughtful email from Connie (Webster) Anderson today. Thank You Connie.

"Onnalee,   Thanks a bunch for all   you do on this web site.   I check it quite often and love to see someone I haven't seen in many years.   Missed you all at the Reunion this year.   The oldest, Ruben and youngest, Connie,  were the only Webster kids that were there this year.  There are only 5 of the Webster kids still living;  Ruben, class of 1941, lives in Arizona;  Anita Swarts, Class of 1948 lives in KC:  Jerry, class of 1954, lives in Pennsylvania,;  Alvin, class of 1957, lives in Russell and Connie Anderson, class of 1962 lives in Osborne.

Also wanted to tell you my husband , John Anderson and I will celebrate our 50th. Wedding Anniversary on November 29th.

Love Millard's woodcarvings, they are great.   Saw one of them in Lucas a couple months ago.

Hope you are both well...            Thanks for the great blog.

Connie (Webster) Anderson

Speaking of Millard's woodcarvings . . . . . . you can click on his Foundwood Carving Blog to see more carvings.    I do that too . . . . . the blog, not the carvings.

Millard's Foundwood Carving Blog