Lilyota Marie Brungardt

Lilyota Marie Brungardt, 76, Gorham, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Hays Medical Center with her children by her side. She was born April 7, 1938, in Hays, Kansas, the daughter of Walter and Scholastica (Walters) Leiker.

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Lilyota spent her childhood on the family farm north of Walker, Kansas, where she grew up to appreciate her Volga German heritage. She graduated from Victoria High School in 1956. In 1959, she graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Hays as a registered nurse.

On June 17, 1961, Lil married Donald Francis Brungardt in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Walker, Kansas. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2001.

Lil is survived by her children Kerry (Michele) Brungardt of Lansing, KS; Kevin (Jennifer) Brungardt of Walker, KS; Kelly Brungardt-Neil of Tonganoxie, KS; and Kendra Brungardt of Russell, KS; grandchildren Nick and Joe Brungardt; Blane and Brandon Brungardt; Olivia and Tyler Knoles; Isaac and Abigail Neil; and Wyatt and Max Evans. She is also survived by a sister Nancy (Larry) McCoy of Porter, TX; a brother Dennis (Jan) Leiker of Rolling Bay, WA; a brother Jerome (Jenni) Leiker of Conroe, TX;  a brother Wilbert (Karen) Leiker of Topeka, KS; one sister-in-law, Barbara Phillips, Hutchinson, KS.

In addition to Donald, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bernita; a brother, Roger; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Throughout her career as a registered nurse, Lil worked at several medical institutions in Russell and Ellis Counties.  Lil retired in 2004 after serving 45 years as a registered nurse.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Gorham, Kansas, where she served as a lector and a member of the Parish Council. Lil’s entire life was centered on her Catholic faith. She was a member of the American Nurses Association, a voracious reader, and an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast. She was very involved and supportive of her children and grandchildren’s activities. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Gorham, with Fr. John Schmeidler O.F.M. Cap. as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Gorham.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to  9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601 and from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

A vigil service will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or for mass intentions. Condolences can be sent via email to