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