Sunday, December 29, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ROUNKLES FAMILY

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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

HELEN R. WEILERT MEMORIAL

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Helen R. Weilert
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  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
Sons:
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:
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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
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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

TRIP UP NORTH - LOIS (ROUNKLES) BONAR (CLASS OF 1960) & PENNY (ROUNKLES) LOKER (CLASS OF 1964)

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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
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

THE ANSCHUTZ FAMILY AND FRANCIS MAHONEY

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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

MARY ANN CHRISLER - FROM THE PARADISE COMMUNITY

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Myra Ann Chrisler, 68,

of Natoma, Kansas,
died 
Monday, December 02, 2013,
at 
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

TERRY MARTIN - CLASS OF 1965 - THEN AND NOW

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The top photo is with Fairport behind it.

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


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

GOD BLESS YOU THIS THANKSGIVING

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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 - HUSBAND OF JOAN (THOMPSON) MCCALL (CLASS OF 1948)

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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,
with
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 J. MELLO, JR - HUSBAND OF JOYCE E. (ROUNKELS) MELLO (CLASS OF 1957)

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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

BEING THANKFUL!

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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

WILMA I. HEITSCHMIDT MEMORIAL - MOTHER OF ROGER & RODNEY HEITSCHMIDT AND ELAINE VANDERLAAN

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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

COMMENT

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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

TURKEY DINNER & BAZAAR - SAT. NOV. 9TH

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EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

IN MEMORY OF DALLAS "JANE" HUTCHINSON . . . . . . . . CLASS OF 1974

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Dallas Jane Hutchison, 57, of Hays, Kansas, and former Paradise, Kansas resident, died on Saturday, November 02, 2013, at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell, Kansas.
Dallas Jane was born on March 15, 1956 in Russell, Kansas, the daughter of Jack L. and Ruth Jean (Caprez) Hutchison.  She grew up in the Paradise and Russell county area and graduated from Paradise High School in the class of 1974.  She worked in the student fiscal services department at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, for almost 20 years.  She was a member of the Hays Order of The Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, Christian Women’s After 5 Club and various bible study groups.  She was a passionate fan of the University of Kansas Basketball program.  She also enjoyed watching sports, collected clowns, had a knife and sword collection, hunted with her father when she was younger and enjoyed helping and taking care of her mother.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her many nephews and niece.
Surviving family include her mother Ruth Hutchison of Paradise, Kansas, brother John Ray “J.R.” Hutchison and wife Tammy of Quinter, Kansas, sister Judith Tomei and husband Michael of Lawrence, Kansas, and sister Jill Kerr and husband Richard of Paradise, nephews and niece, Jeremiah Kerr of San Francisco, Jade Kerr, wife Michelle and family of Topeka, Jarin Kerr of Fort Stewart, GA, Adam Hutchison of Topeka, Heath Hutchison and wife Amber of Park, Nicholas Tomei of Lawrence, Patrick Tomei of Jinhua City, Peoples Republic of China, and Christopher Tomei of Lawrence.  She was preceded in death by her father.
A memorial service to celebrate Dallas Jane’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, November 07, 2013, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell with Pastor Sharon Thomas officiating.  An Order of the Eastern Star service will also be performed by the Hays Chapter #228 O.E.S. at the mortuary the day of the service.  Cremation has been selected by the family and has preceded services.  A private family burial of the cremains will take place immediately following the chapel service at the mortuary.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, November 06, 2013, at the mortuary with the family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Wednesday evening.  Memorials may be given to the Order of the Eastern Star of Hays or Christian Womens After 5 Club of Hays and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Monday, November 4, 2013

DONALD DEAN ALBRECHT - CLASS OF 1949

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Donald Dean Albrecht, entered heaven October 24, 2013.
Preceded by his parents and brother John. Born of Edward Albrecht and Meta Paulsen, April 9, 1931. Survivors include his wife, Karen, and 2 sons, 2 brothers, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and other relatives.

More to come when information is available.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

MUSIC FROM THE 1960-1964

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COMMENTS ABOUT THE POST BELOW

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A comment from Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwide
From Vada . . . .
 
I had not looked at the Paradise Blog for some time, but took the time today to do so.  I read the comments about my brother and Randall Houser and Ronnie Thompson.  I think about Marvin and all those who have passed away from time to time.  A tragedy like this never goes away from one's memory bank.  Memories like this will always be with us.  When we were all home yet, I don't know what Marvin had been doing but his face was blackened with soot or dirt.  He asked me to wipe off his face.  When I thought I was done, he opened his eyes and he looked like a raccoon.  He finished the job.   Marvin also built the folks a garage that was used for quite some time.  It took the place of the garage attached to the barn.  He spent four years in the Air Force, stationed at the base at Bangor, Maine.


 I might add that any song should not be taken the wrong way.  "How Great Thou Art" was sung for the memory of one's loved one and may have been chosen because the deceased liked it as one of their favorites.  There are many great hymns that are special.  One is saddened that a loved one has died and should remember them when the song is sung.   I hope this helps.


 I am the only living child of my parents, Ray and Edith Dwinelle.  Marvin was killed in a car accident; Betty died from cancer and my younger sister, Sharon, is also deceased. 


 Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede
Class of 1958


A comment from Bruce Deschner.  Thank You Bruce.
From Bruce . . .

I was to young to know those that were involved - was just an 8 yr old 4th grader, a month short of a 9 yr old at the time.
I do remember hearing about the accident, but could never place where it happened.
From what I remember, they missed a curve & a tree limb took the top of the car off.
Of course everyone my age knows where they were when hearing about Kennedy 50 yrs ago ;).
Appreciate your blog.
bkd

A comment from Duane Cronn.  Thank You Duane.
From Duane . . .


Mark Harrell is an all time favorite person of mine.  He called me little George and he loved to tease me.  When I was in high school I would sleep in, and would be late for school.  One day Mother was working part time at the Post Office, and told Mark about my habits, and he wanted to know where my bedroom was.  Mom told him and Mark came outside my bedroom, pounded on the window and yelled real loud that the house was on fire.  It got me up.  I was always trying to get something on him but never was sharp enough.  He went with a school teacher (I believe they called her Freddie) for several years and I think she taught school at Fairport.  Mark had got a newer car and I saw Mark and his lady friend in Russell, and I asked him where he got his old wreck from.  He said oh she teaches school at Fairport.  I didn’t have anything else to say, and she told Mark you really embarrassed that boy.  He just laughed.  We miss him.    Duane


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Thank You Don Landis for taking out time to share these thoughts.
From Don . . . .

I had forgotten when Mark Harrell had passed away until I read your blog about the accident that died Ronnie, Randall and Marvin.
I was privileged to ride the bus that Mark drove from Fairport to Paradise for 3 years until Mr. Bridgeman took over during my senior year. Mark was a very good and careful driver. Not once during that time did the muddy, snowy or icy roads make us late to school, sometimes we were hopeful that he would need assistance.
Mark enjoyed having kids come up front and visit with him during the trips; he only had one rule and that was that you could not be chewing Juicy Fruit gum. If you wanted to stay up front of the bus you had to get rid of the gum, other types of gum did not bother him.

Thanks for the memories;
Don Landis, Class of ‘63  

Friday, November 1, 2013

IN MEMORY OF RONNIE THOMPSON, RANDALL HOUSER AND MARVIN DWINELLE

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This was sent to me today from anonymous.  Memories of when he was 10 years old.

"On this date 50 years ago in Paradise, Kansas most everyone is getting up for a routine day. November 1st is a Friday that year.

As news begins hitting the street, things change.

There had been a bad car accident in the early morning.  Three young men from Paradise had been killed. These young men were Ronnie Thompson, Randall Houser and Marvin Dwinelle. Gail Houser survived and walked to Bealby's to get help.

Everyone  knew the 3 young men very well.  I had ridden with Ronnie to his parents' house to deliver some stuff. I also found some tools that belong to him.

Last I had talked to Randall was on main street in front of some of the stores.  Randall and Gene Eulert were talking about a girl going to college in Hays.  The girl's name was Twila.

The last time I saw Marvin was at a fishing pond south of Paradise.  We went out as a family and Marvin just happened to be there.

That evening John Harrell's Mother, Catherine Harrell,  died. She had been in Ellsworth Hospital for 2 years.

We went to the funeral home to see John's Mother that very day. Then afterward my parents decided that we would go look at the car the 3 were killed in. I remember the roof being folded up and back. Ronnie had just gotten a new car that they were in. I remember that the roof was torn off and folded back and it is still a vivid memory to me.

The 3 boys in the accident had their funeral at the Paradise Gymnasium. I didn't attend that funeral but I remember all the cars lined up and down the street.

The next week was Catherine Harrell's funeral at the Paradise Methodist Church. Millard sang "How Great Thou Art". I don't like that song even today. It takes me back to a time that I didn't like.


At this point I didn't  know what to think or feel. Whatever I was feeling I did not like. I didn't  talk to anyone for 2 weeks. I guess people were getting concerned but I had to process through it as best I could.

Then on November 14th we had a call that Mark Harrell had not come home. They later found Mark and he was dead. In a small town like Paradise, everyone works together.

My mom sat us down and said "I don't want to scare you, but they found Mark dead." As soon as she had us sit down I knew it was not going to be good. When she got to the scare statement I knew it was going to be bad and it was. I used to ride with Mark in his truck. I also rode in the school bus with him taking the kids back to Fairport.

So in a matter of 3 weeks 5 people that I knew died and I had attended 2 funerals.

At this point, this 10 year old boy didn't  know what to think. He didn't like what was going on and felt very helpless. I went back into shut down mode.

Then it was November 22nd. I was standing at the door of the Gym and some one came  in and said  the President has been shot.

Now this 10 year old boy really had no idea what to think. I got home from school and all that was on the news was about the President's shooting and death. Of course this affects everyone. All I knew was, I had known 6 people that had died and I had attended 2 funerals in less than a month.

All I can tell you is November 1963 was a bad year in Paradise.  It was very hard on this 10 year old boy who was having a hard time understanding and processing what was going on. Everyone in Paradise was touched by some part of the events. It just seemed to me that I was touched by all of it.

Being 50 years since all this took place has made it resurface.

I don't know why I burdened you folks with this.  It was just on my mind today.

Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE STAYS IN PARADISE

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I'm not sure what is going on in Paradise.
You can decide! 
 
 
Front Row - Jill Stoughton, Mona Hosington, Bonnie Thompson
Back Row - Susan Pelton, Joleen Lawson 
 
 
 
I'm sure you can pick out which is which.
It looks like the gals are having a great time!
 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

THE HUDNALL SISTER'S ENJOYING BONDING TIME

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I am just guessing by looking at facebook, but I am thinking that Karen (Hudnall) Jakub (Class of 1960) and Connie (Hudnall) Jahnke (Class of 1962) are celebrating both of their birthday's at once.  Their birthday's are Oct. 2 and Oct 10th.
Connie came back to Kansas and they seemed to spend a lot of time in Buhler, Kansas at Lavon's Bakery. 
They both agree - Yummy Home Cooking! 
I'm sure we all agree - Beautiful Sister's!



This is what they posted.
"Connie and Karen's new favorite restaurant in Buhler, Kansas. Lavon's Bakery: Bierocks, potato salad, Coke, and the best coconut cream pie west of the Mississippi. Lots of other foods too! She's a sweetie!"
 

 A picture of Lavon's Bakery
 
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

JEFF HAGERMAN (Class of 1990) IS HOME. THANK YOU JEFF FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY


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WELCOME HOME JEFF
 

His family had a fun reception at KCI when he arrived home. Then when they arrived home the neighbors and Jeff's family had "Welcome Home" signs and yellow ribbons up and down their street with flags on the driveway.
Over 30 friends in the neighborhood were lining the streets as Jeff and his family drove on to their street. Their house was decorated with posters made by his 3 boys and his wonderful wife.

What a fabulous homecoming for Jeff!

Jeff with Sara and the boys, his Mom & Dad. Janette & Richard;
Jeff's sister Chele and her friend Russ;
Jeff's Grandma Garnett,  Great Aunt Violet; Great Uncle Frosty;
Jeff's cousins: Trudy, Paul, and Lauryn Hurley and Bill & Stasha Case
and good friend Teri Messer. 


I received information that unless you are on facebook, you can not view these photos.
I will try to put them on a few at a time and put the ones that are of our Paradise "People".
Everyone of them just melt your heart.  What a lovely family.



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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DELBERT LANDIS MEMORIAL

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Delbert Eugene Landis
1916-2013


Delbert (Deb) Eugene Landis, 97, Wichita, formerly of Fairport went to be with his heavenly father and his bride of nearly 71 years on Monday, October 07, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Wichita.

He was born March 16, 1916, in Rose Hill to David Delta and Alta Mary (Gagan) Landis. His family moved to Fairport, Kansas in 1925 where he attended grade and high school. He was a pumper for Sohio Oil Company (Standard Oil of Ohio) until his retirement in 1975. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving at the end of WWII and a member of the American Legion.

He married Veta Lorene Robertson on September 7, 1940 and they lived in Fairport until 2002 when they moved to Russell until 2011. They then moved to Wichita to be near their daughter Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 71 years, Veta, his parents, 4 brothers, Waldo, Francis (Jiggs), Ardine and Russell, one sister Talma. He was also preceded in death by 2 sons, D. Charles and Delmar Landis.

Survivors include his daughter Virginia Maddox and husband Kenneth, Wichita: son Donald Landis, Bethany, OK; three grandsons David Maddox, Dale Maddox and David Landis; one granddaughter Denise Maddox; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and many friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine. Burial will be in the Fairport Cemetery, located eleven miles north of Gorham, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com


Our hearts and our prayers go out to Don (Class of 1963) and Virginia (Class of 1961). 
This has been such a difficult 2 years for them. 


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Monday, October 7, 2013

HELEN (DODSON) BURGER - CLASS OF 1936

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Helen (Dodson) Burger
was 95
October 5th

 Helen and her youngest daughter on her birthday.
Loa (Copp) Gordon - Loa's grandson, Micah  - Loa's husband, Paul - Loa's son Christopher.
Seated - Helen (Dodson) Burger
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If you would like to send her a card or a letter send it to . . . . .
Helen Burger
1570 S.W. Westport Drive
Apt 606
Topeka, Ks. 66604
 This photo was taken a few months ago.  I have been waiting to get an original photo (since this is a newspaper picture and is fuzzy) but I haven't followed through all my leads to get a picture.
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