Friday, June 17, 2011



Onnalee is going to have surgery Tuesday, June 21st. We will be going to KC the 20th for some pre-op conferences, spend the night, then she will have her surgery the next day.

This is a surgery that she is going to need, but the surgeon's in Emporia & Topeka did not want to do it.

When Onnalee had her liver transplant she had to be opened up numerous times to clean out infection that had taken hold. The several surgeries which were emergency surgeries in nature left her muscle structure in her abdomen really compromised to the extent that now she has to deal with reoccurring hernias. This last hernia has made walking very difficult for her because muscular support in the abdomen has to be balanced with that in the back.

This may be pretty extensive as hernia surgeries go and of course, infection is still a concern with the drugs she has to take.
Your prayers will be appreciated.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Photo taken at the 2008 Paradise Reunion

Elaine (Heitschmidt) Vanderlaan (1965), Janette (Angel) Ross (1964)
Wilma Heitchmidt, Garnett (White) Angel (1945)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011



WOW!  We finally received a comment we can publish.
Thank You Nicole Krob.

We receive several comments a week - not suitable for publication.  It is a treat to receive something that actually relates to the blog.

Nicole's comment is below Joe Wiggins post or you can click on it on the left under Comments.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


From Duane Cronn:  (Duane sent this a couple of weeks ago and I am just finding it.  Sorry!)

"Onnalee I am sending you the obituary for Joe Wiggins who died the first part of May. I didn’t see anything in the local papers about his death. I had an individual call me today, and she was at the Paradise Cemetery, and saw his grave. She was a friend of Joe’s and didn’t know he passed away. I don’t know if you knew Joe or not but he was a school administrator in Paradise years ago, and then left the area. He moved back to Paradise a few years ago, and lived here for a period of time. His wife Betty started having health problems and they wanted to move near health facilities in Salina, Kansas. They moved to Bennington, Kansas and she passed away a couple of years ago, and he started having serious health problems. He ended up in a nursing home before he died. Joe and Betty were great people.

Duane Cronn"

Kenneth Joe Wiggins        Salina Journal.

BENNINGTON -- Kenneth Joe Wiggins, 74, of Bennington, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Village Manor, Abilene. Joe was born Dec. 27, 1936, in Ringwood, Okla., to Ira and Pearl (Sears) Wiggins.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Joe held a master's degree in administration, and before his retirement, he was principal at Solomon Grade School. He was a member of United Church of Bennington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo, on Nov. 7, 2007. Joe was also preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Judy Dufurrena.Survivors include his sons, Michael and Marty Wiggins; stepchildren, Bill McCoy, Glenda Smith and Jane Godshall; siblings, Dean, Harley, Robert, Don and Ramona; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Friday at United Church of Bennington, with the Rev. Warren Cico officiating. Burial was in Mount Hermon Cemetery, Paradise.  Memorials may be made to the church.