Obituaries – July 30, 2012

Robert J. Sander

Victoria, Kansas – Robert J. Sander, age 86, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.

He was born April 9, 1926, on the farm North West of Victoria, Kansas, to Joseph A. and Theresa (Quint) Sander. He graduated from Victoria High School and was a U.S. Army veteran and served during WWII.

He was a farmer and worked for NKC Grain Company and as a welder for Ellis County Roads and Bridge Department and retired in 1991. He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church, 3rd Degree and 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus, and a Life Member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1751, all of Victoria, Kansas. He held state offices in the V.F.W. as Past District Commander and Past State Commander. He enjoyed his family and playing cards.

Survivors include one sister, Lauraine Drazic, Kansas City, KS; one brother-in-law, A.J. Schmidtberger, Victoria, KS; one sister-in-law, Jo Sander, Victoria, KS; and several nieces a nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Edgar, Alfred, Hubert Sander; five sisters, Georgine Dreiling, Virginia Cardwell, Sr. Sarah Sander C.S.A., Thelma Riedel, Celeste Schmidtberger.

Services are 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, Kansas. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas, with military honors by the Victoria V.F.W.

A vigil will be at 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, followed by a 3rd and 4th Degree rosary at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday all at Cline’s Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, Kansas, 67671. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from for 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, at Cline’s Mortuary.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Wednesday at Cline’s Mortuary, Victoria, Kansas. Memorial to St. Fidelis Church or Victoria V.F.W.

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Joan F. Whitney

Norton resident, Joan F. Whitney, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE at the age of 83.

Joan was born September 22, 1928 the daughter of Fred A. & Alta F. (Thompson) Scheetz.  Joan owned and operated the Cottage Style Shop in Norton for many years.

She and Eddie W. Whitney were married at the Catholic Rectory in Norton, Kansas, on August 25, 1947.  He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Mark C. Whitney and his wife Torre, of Norton, daughter-in-law Marnie Whitney of Olathe, Kansas, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers & a son, Kevin M. Whitney.

A scriptural wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Norton.  The family will receive friends following the Wake until 8:30 p.m. in the church.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Fathers Vincent Thu Laing and Dan Scheetz officiating.  Burial will follow in the Norton Cemetery, Norton, KS.

Joan will lie in state at the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church, Norton American Legion Auxiliary or Mary Elizabeth House of Hays.

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, 1115 2nd Street, Phillipsburg, KS  67661, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences –