Monday, January 31, 2011


Pauline Taggart, 88 of Phillipsburg and formerly of Waldo, Kansas died Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg, Kansas.

Pauline and her twin brother were born June 18, 1922 in Kenwood, Oklahoma. One of fifteen children, including five sets of twins, born to Bill and Nancy (Ketcher) Russell. She grew up and attended schools in the Oklahoma area.

Pauline met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Franklin Patterson Taggart on November 18, 1948 in Bentonville, Arkansas. This union was blessed with five children; Paulette, Charlette, Monette, Junette and Frank. Franklin preceded her in death on April 20, 1985.

Pauline was a devoted homemaker and wife. Due to Frank, Sr’s job, their family moved a lot, living in Grove, Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Kansas. They moved to the Waldo area in 1968.

Pauline attended the Penticostal Church in Oklahoma growing up. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, watching baseball, playing bingo and attending family reunions.

Surviving family include four daughters, Paulette Marez and husband Jerry of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Charlette Baker and husband Dorsey of Gainesville, Texas, Monette Terry of Waldo, Kansas and Junette Bealby and husband Phil of Mullinville, Kansas; son, Frank Taggart and wife Nancy of Kerrville, Texas; three sisters, Pearl Sitsler of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, Dorothy Dollarhyde of Mena, Arkansas and Maxine Madlock of Roseberg, Oregon; seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers, five sisters, grandson Earle Lee Terry and great grandchild Augustine Falcon.

Celebration of Pauline’s Life will be held Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Trinity Southern Baptist Church of Afton, Oklahoma with Pastor David Holland officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Afton. Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Wednesday, February 2, 2011 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 Phillips County Retirement Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.
Charlette Baker (Class of 1969), Monette Terry (1971), Junette Bealby (1973).

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Millard received an email from Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede . . . .
"I was told mom's obituary was on the Blog. You do a nice job, Onnalee.

There is one addition that was brought to my attention after the obituary was proofed at the funeral home and was satisfactory with us. Since Mom was close to death, I had been typing up an obituary that told about her life and Paradise. All that needed to be done was to add the dates and time to it which made it easier for the funeral home. My big, huge goof was that I had failed to add Robert McNeal in as a son-in-law for survivors. He was married to my sister, Betty, for many years before she was taken with cancer. His name was added in for the program at the church.

The service went well and the food was delicious after returning from the cemetery.

The ladies did a fantastic job and we got to meet people and relatives we hadn't seen for some time."

Vada Krumwiede
Class of 1958


Friday, January 28, 2011


How many check out the "Recent Comments" on the left under the Santa & "Woodcarving Blog and Web Site"?
If you click on the comment, it will take you directly to the photo that it is commenting about.

We have received some comments recently, that you probably won't notice unless you click on them periodically, as the comments go to the picture that they are commenting about.
We appreciate the Comments we get from each of you - when you sign your name.
We don't publish any anonymous comments. Notice that the comments on the left that say anonymous, are signed. Sometimes when a comment is made, the blog won't allow anything except - "Anonymous". Technology!
036698 Have you noticed these numbers? This is the count at the time that the post has been made.

. . . . . . . . . I wish I would have done this from the start of the blog. (I'm a slow learner.)
. . . . . . . . .The counter is at the left - under the Paradise sign.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Edith Viola (Paxton) Dwinelle
Friday, January 21, 2011, at Pinnacle Park.
She was 99-1/2 years old.
Edith, formerly of Paradise, Kansas was born to Alfred Crumley and Julia Lucretia (Andrews) Paxton at Natoma on July 24, 1911.

She married Ray Max Dwinelle on September 13, 1935 at Girard, Kansas. The couple celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary a few months before Ray passed away. The couple lived in Paradise most of their lives.
Edith was a homemaker and did babysitting (Spud and Beth Whitman of Paradise claimed she was their favorite sitter). She also cleaned the wholesale at Paradise, was a cook at the grade/high schools for a time, and substituted at the Central Telephone Office. She loved to cook and bake for her family (Ray took his lunch with him on the wholesale truck). At one time she operated the former Smith's grocery store. Edith spent numerous hours playing board games with her kids, putting puzzles together and playing bingo. When she wanted to take a wall out between the kitchen and dining room, Ray told her it couldn't be done. He came home from work one day and found it could be done. When she waxed the floors, her kids had fun putting on some old socks and shining it for her.

Before school began, she would purchase material and sew her girls their school clothes. You always knew what she was doing because you could smell the aroma of new cloth in the house and hear the sewing machine purring away. Their front yard was the hub of many softball games with Ray doing the pitching. A thorn tree was first base, the light pole was second base, and whatever they could find to put down was third base. Parents throughout Paradise knew where their kids were. Paradise had a neighborhood watch program back then and families didn't have cause for worry. The kids also loved her popcorn balls at Halloween and Edith made cookies for the paper boy, Danny Hoisington.

Their Dwinelle home was headquarters for many family dinners over the years with relatives, as their home was the "home place" of Ray's parents. After retirement, Ray and Edith moved to Salina for medical reasons and to be closer to their family. Edith was outgoing and enjoyed it when friends and family stopped by. Her last days were spent at Pinnacle Park Nursing and Rehabilitation. She loved the exercise class, playing bingo and skipbo. She also enjoyed her arts and crafts. The aides, nurses and staff were a great comfort to her.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray (5/23/97); son, Marvin (11/1/63); and daughter, Betty (1/6/93). Her four brothers, George, Jim, Dean and Ralph are also deceased.

Survivors are:
Daughters, Vada (Lynn) Krumwiede, Salina, and Sharon Leiker (Keyton Barker), Sun City West, Arizona.
Son-in-law, Robert McNeal (husband of Betty).
9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren & 7 great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of Edith’s life will be held at Paradise United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11 AM with Pastor Sharon Thomas officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in rural Paradise.

Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given for the sound system at the Paradise Methodist Church and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

When we went to the Paradise reunion
in 2008, I took these pictures of Edith.
She was such a "classy" lady and she was the oldest alumni at the reunion.

You can view the Paradise Blog 2008 posting about Edith if you click on this link.


Friday, January 21, 2011


Edith V. Dwinelle, 99, of Salina and former Paradise, Kansas resident, died on Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Pinnacle Park Nursing of Salina.
Services are pending at this time, please check back later for funeral service location, date and time.
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Her Memorial Service will be Wed., Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. in Paradise.

Saturday, January 15, 2011



Mr. Mahoney was at the 2010 Paradise School Reunion.
He is pictured here with Miss Virginia (Virginia Robertson) at the reunion.
Randall Weller sent a note today with Francis' mailing address.
Francis Mahoney
312 N. 3rd
Stockton, KS 67669

Randall mentioned that Mr. Mahoney is very active with Smoky Hills Public Television as a volunteer. He added that Mr. Mahoney appears to be in good health and is indeed a joy to be around.



Francis Mahoney was the grade school principal at Paradise Grade School and taught 7th & 8th Grades.

Clarita Weigel-Mahoney, 76,


Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Clarita was born Aug. 25, 1934.
She was preceded in death by: first husband, Albert V. Weigel Jr.;
three brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors; husband, Francis Mahoney; son, Troy Weigel;
three daughters, Ramona Weigel, Lou Ann Brungardt (Ralph)
and Susan Wagner (Tracy);
stepson, Greg Mahoney; two stepdaughters, Gina Dix (Mark) and Gwen Mahoney;
six grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday,
all at Cline's Mortuary of Hays.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. St. Thomas Altar Society rosary: 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Vigil service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorials: Hospice of Hays Medical Center or Masses.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Celebration of Myron’s Life
will be held at
10:30 A.M.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
at the
Paradise United Methodist Church

Saturday, January 8, 2011



Myron Keith Bartlett, 84
Jan. 7, 2011
Main Street Manor
Russell, KS

Myron Myron was born May 11, 1926 in Luray, Kansas the son of Vernon C. and Lelia (Whitman) Bartlett. He grew up in the Paradise area and graduated from Paradise High School.


Myron served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was stationed in the south pacific mainly on Guam where he was a carpenter’s mate with the Sea Bees.

Myron met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Ruth E. Scott on January 11, 1948 in Russell.
They made their home on a farm in the Paradise area.
This union was blessed with three children; Lonnie, Terri and Traci.

Myron was a farmer and rancher his whole life. He was proud to do it the cowboy way.
Myron was a member of the Paradise United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Russell V.F.W. and the Russell Elks Lodge. He loved spending time with horses, roping, spending time at the sale barn and was a co-founder of the Paradise Pitch Club.
Surviving family include his wife of 62 years, Ruth of the home;
son, Lonnie Bartlett of Corpus Christi, Texas;
daughters, Terri Weinhold and husband Al of Wilson, Kansas and Traci Peterson of Lindsburg, Kansas; sisters, Reta Weller of Redding, California and Neva Anderson of Clay Center, Kansas;
six grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilda Musgrave and Vernita Scott.
Celebration of Myron’s Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, January 11, 2011
at the Paradise United Methodist Church.
Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery of rural Paradise.
Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday 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 the Paradise United Methodist Church.
Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner Peeler Mortuary who is in charge of these arrangements.
Condolences may also be sent via email at



For Ruth and her family . . . .
Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
We are praying that the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I received an email from Iva today . . .

"I am having more health complications.
I have seen 3 doctors in 3 days -
different specialists.
I am in a lot of pain, minimal sitting, moderate walking, in bed with legs propped.
I can't get much time at the computer.
Please pray for Jim and me.
We need strength to endure thru this and need answers.
Any friends who are praying people you know, please share this request.
Thank You!

In Christ's Name,
Iva and Jim"

Our love, our thoughts and our prayers are with both of you, Iva and Jim.

"O God, the source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to Iva and Jim such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that they may permit you to give them health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Monday, January 3, 2011


Men's Quartet
"4 Told"
Don Krug, Dwayne Fields, Sam Radke, Robert Walters
A special Thank You to Joleen Lawson for posting these photos on facebook and to Brynae Thompson for identifying the Men's Quartet for us.


Lynda Lyle, Myra Chrisler,
Tammy Schultze
Dorene Chrisler, Joleen Lawson

Joleen Lawson, Bonnie Thompson

Kaylyn Lawson, Joleen Lawson,
Dayna Crawford
Kaylyn & Joleen Lawson

Joleen Lawson, Dorene Chrisler

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Iva had surgery sometime ago.
I understand that it was possibly the first part of Dec.

She said . . .
"My hernia repair surgery went well. While Surgeon was telling Jim I would be ready to go home soon, they tell me I flatlined, not once, but twice. I ended up 3 days in the ICU and 2 days on the wing. I was released to come home on a Sunday night.
(I am guessing that she might have meant Dec. 19th)
I am so glad my faith is so strong and so real that I knew my Jesus was right there with me through it all. When I am able, they have a number of tests to run on me. This has been VERY HARD on Jim. We are getting some assistance thru home health care which is helpful."

Then on Dec. 26th, Iva wrote on facebook . . . .
"Sorry, not able to spend much time @ computer.
Surgery recovery going very well, some unrelated "hic-ups" have occured which is putting me into extra pain and difficulty.
So, I need all prayers I can get.

Hope your holiday was great. We got a good 12 inches snow.
Sure was pretty coming down. As long as I don't HAVE to get
out, it was wonderful. Expecting more snow tonight.

Must close. Enjoy all messages and thoughts.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to each of you and to all my Paradise schoolmates and Friends. Love, Iva"

Iva and Jim,
We just want to let you know that we are still thinking about you and praying for you.
We wish you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2 (New King James Version)