Alice Elizabeth Wells Lassman

Alice Elizabeth Wells Lassman died on November 14, 2018 in her home near Wells Overlook Park, on the same land where she was born along with her twin Opal on August 9, 1923. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 17th at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., with the Rev. Dr. Tom Brady officiating.

The daughter of Forrest Elizabeth and William H. Wells, Alice may have only weighed three pounds at birth, but she lived a full and rewarding life. She attended Fairview School, a one-room schoolhouse a few miles away from the farm (uphill both ways, they said). When Alice and Opal were 15, their mother and sisters moved to town so the twins could attend University High School at the University of Kansas, where classes were taught by KU professors. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from KU, and she served as the deputy clerk of the Douglas Count District Court from 1940-1952.

As Alice wrote in a recent Christmas letter, “I didn’t know that signing up for driving lessons would change my life as I was blessed to meet the best driving teacher in the world, Mr. Lassman. My innocent Christmas card sparked our first date.” A driver’s license was followed by a marriage license when Alice married William “Gene” Lassman June 3, 1951. Returning from their honeymoon, they were the last car to get back into Lawrence before the 1951 flood closed all roads. They went on to have four children within four years; Alice often remarked that her children and grandchildren brought her the happiest days of her life. Bill was a beloved printing teacher at Lawrence High School for many years.

Alice was baptized at the First United Methodist Church, where she was member all her life. She was a girl scout leader, cub scout leader, and very active with the Lawrence Hidden Valley Girl Scout Camp. She supported her children in the Konza and Meadowlark 4-H clubs, taught Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church, and volunteered for many Red Cross blood drives and with the Cordley School and Kaw Valley PTAs. She was also a precinct judge for Wakarusa Township for many years. Alice was active in the Rock Springs Recreation group, neighborhood craft clubs, the First United Methodist Church women’s circle group, and in later years, in the Fork and Knife Club and Travelogue group.

Alice loved to travel, and her children remember many adventurous camping trips in Colorado. After Bill retired, Alice and Bill traveled the world, including visits to help build Habitat for Humanity Houses in Kenya with her daughter Karen, and stops throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. She was an avid artist, working mainly in oil painting, and she also enjoyed crafts of many kinds. She also was a lifelong student of earth sciences, and until the end of her life delighted in having her son Ken read her Science News articles. She loved the Kansas City Royals and KU Jayhawks (pity the referee who made an unjust call against her beloved ‘hawks). She also was passionate about her family and her home, watching birds, and gardening. One of her proudest days was when her father, William H. Wells, donated part of the family land to Douglas County as Wells Overlook Park. Alice was thrilled to watch her eight grandchildren grow up, and in recent years, meet her great-grandchildren.

Alice is survived by her sisters Wilma Johnson of Seattle, WA, Eleanor Curtis of Oklahoma City, and Annette Wells-Gaston of Roeland Park; four children: Linda Lassman, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sandy Brungardt (Brian) of Topeka, Ken Lassman (Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) of Lawrence, and Karen Lassman-Eul, Springfield, MO; her grandchildren Karen Davis (Scott) of Prairie Village, B.J. Brungardt (Emily) of St. Louis, Nisha Jewsbury (Evan) of Joplin, MO, Dolly Lassman-Eul of Springfield, MO, Daniel Lassman of Madison, WI, Ujala Campbell (Raymond) of Fayetteville, N.C., Natalie Lassman of Minneapolis, MN, and Forest Lassman of Lawrence, plus five great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Lassman, her sister Opal Hesselbarth, her nieces Judy Lassman, Janet Lassman, and Joyce Johnson, and her nephew Forrest “Woody” Hesselbarth.

Our family extends heartfelt gratitude to Apple Home Healthcare Services for almost three years of loving attention to Alice.

Donations may be made to the Lawrence Girls Scout Camp: Friends of Hidden Valley at www.dccfoundation.org through this link or through Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044

Marvin Joseph Schaal

Funeral services for Marvin Joseph Schaal, 46, Lawrence, will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. A tow truck procession to Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton will follow the service.

Mr. Schaal died Friday, November 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born September 29, 1972, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Joseph Alva and Anita Jean Becker Schaal.

Mr. Schaal was the owner of Quality Tow & Recovery, serving Lawrence since 2003. He loved spending time with his children and affectionately known as Papa by his grandchildren. He enjoyed hotrods, the Kansas City Chiefs, camping, the 4th of July, and family vacations.

He married Mindy Michella Cassin on October 20, 2012 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include children, Tori Schaal (Austin Brouhard) of Lawrence, Britney Smith (Benjamin Marckmann) of Lawrence, Amber Clark (Kaleb O’Donnell) of Lawrence, Hunter Martin of Lawrence, Chance Clark of Garnett, Emily Schaal of Gardner, Hana Schaal of Lawrence, Carly Jean Schaal of Lawrence, Levi Wilks (Dawn Hale) of McLouth, Lacey Wilks of Eudora; mother, Anita Schaal of Lawrence; siblings, Theresa Schaal (Mark Wilson) of Independence, Missouri, Tammy Clark (Tim Clark) of Garnett, Michelle Moon (Andy Moon) of Lawrence, Angelica Schaal (Julie Farineau) of Lawrence, Jacqueline Stone of Lawrence, Tommy Taylor (Wendy Taylor) of Lawrence; grandchildren, Bradly, Justin, and Ryder Brouhard, Raelynne and Easten Marckmann, Sophia and Brynlynn O’Donnell, and Tanner Wilks.

His father Joseph Schaal and son Justin Little preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Marvin Schaal Children’s Education Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

 

Charles Edward ‘Eddie’ Boyer

No public services are planned for Charles Edward ‘Eddie’ Boyer, 91, Lawrence, who died Monday, November 12, 2018, at his home.

He was a truck driver for Kmart Corporation for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta, of the home, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage.

A full obituary will appear here later.

Janice ‘Jan’ Kozma

JANICE KOZMA passed away peacefully at her home on November 9, 2018.

Jan was born on December 20, 1945 in Wyandotte, Michigan to parents William and Mary Pedica Kozma. She grew up in Trenton, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where she obtained her B.A., M.A. and in 1973 her Ph.D. in Italian. During this period of study, she spent one year in Rome where she taught English as a foreign language.

Jan accepted the first job of her professional career in 1973, teaching Italian at the University of Kentucky. She next taught at Florida International University before accepting an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas in 1977.

For thirty-seven years Jan devoted herself to teaching at all levels of Italian language and literature in the Department of French and Italian at KU. Early in her career, she published two textbooks on Italian language. In 1978, she instituted the KU Study Abroad Program in Florence and Rome and directed it herself many times. For her excellence in teaching, she received a Kemper Award and a Mortar Board Award, and she was a five-time winner of the Cramer Award. From 1987-1992, she served as Department Chairperson. She attained the rank of full professor in 1992. Throughout the years, she served on and at times chaired numerous committees for the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Aside from teaching and service, Jan’s interests at KU were the novel and poetry of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, in particular the work of Alberto Moravia, Vasco Pratolini, Francesca Duranti, and Nobel Laureate Grazia Deledda. She was the author of two books of literary criticism, The Architecture of Imagery in Alberto Moravia’s Fiction and Grazia Deledda’s Eternal-Adolescents: The Pathology of Arrested Maturation. She also translated three novels by Deledda and wrote numerous articles and book reviews. For her academic contributions to the field of Italian language and literature, Italy honored Jan by naming her Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Retirement in 2014 marked a new phase in Jan’s teaching life as she shared her expertise in Italian culture and cuisine in classes she taught to senior adults at the KU Osher Institute and in a lecture at the Lawrence Public Library.

In 1981 Jan married Tom Southall, Historian of Photography and Curator of the Photography Collection at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art. They divorced in 1989. She is survived by her brother, Norman, of Trenton, Michigan, and by numerous cousins in the U.S. and in Rome. She will be missed by her many friends from KU, the Lawrence community and beyond.

A memorial service will be held at the St. Lawrence Catholic Center this week; the date and time will be announced as soon as possible. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jan may be made to Just Food.

Judith Ann Holloway

Judith Ann Holloway died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on 11/10/2018 after fighting a long illness.
She was born on December 13th.  She moved to the Lawrence area which has been her home since 1970.  She completed her Master’s in Speech Pathology and worked as a Speech Therapist for many years.  She later retired after working several years at the University of Kansas as an Administrative Assistant for the head of Computer Science.
She has joined her two sons who predeceased her: Todd Anthony Holloway and Ricky Scott Holloway. She is survived by her oldest son Kevin William Holloway, his wife Pam, their daughter Jessica, and son Sean.  She is also survived by her daughter Jill Ann Dunham and her husband Mike Dunham.  She has one other surviving granddaughter Sharon who is the daughter of Rick.
Many who know Judy will remember her as being very private, fiercely independent, and with a good sense of humor.  She was the biggest KU fan, missed very few games, and knew all the team statistics.
The family is very grateful to all the neighbors and friends who supported her through her illness.  She had requested a private family celebration which will be held at a later date when all of her family can gather to honor her.
The family requests any memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Lawrence Memorial Hospital and any condolences or memories of Judy can be shared at www.rumsey-yost.com.

 

Virginia Carol Schaake Strong

Memorial services and inurnment for Virginia Carol Schaake Strong, 87, Lawrence, will be held at a later date. 

Virginia died Wednesday, November 8, 2018, at Medicalodges Eudora. 

She was born December 5, 1930, in Lawrence, to Milton Louis and Ruth Linsdale Schaake.  She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1948 and attended the University of Kansas. 

Mrs. Strong was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking, quilting, playing cards and bingo, as well as running the family farm.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia worked on her family genealogy for more than 50 years, and was an avid reader.  

She married Wayne E. Strong. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; step mother, Arlene Roberts Schaake; and companion, William Torneden. 

Survivors include son, Richard W. Strong of Eudora; daughter, Mary Lou Strong of Lawrence; grandchildren, Charlie Strong, Lance E. Taylor, Dawn Whitney Harper; and great grandson Jayden Crader. 

The family suggest memorial contributions to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, memo: Virginia Strong or charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of the funeral home. 

 

 

Annabelle Christina (Haas) Shelite

ANNABELLE CHRISTINA  (HAAS) SHELITE , DAUGHTER OF C.F. “CHRIS”  AND KATIE ELIZABETH (MCBETH) HAAS, WAS BORN FEBRUARY 25, 1931, IN ELM MILLS TOWNSHIP, BARBER COUNTY KANSAS. SHE LEFT THIS EARTHLY LIFE AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN @ 11:49 ON NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018,  IN HER HOME, PEACEFULLY WITH HER FAMILY BY HER SIDE, AFTER AN ELEVEN YEAR BATTLE WITH ALZHEIMERS,  AT THE AGE OF 87.

SHE  MARRIED THE LOVE OF HER LIFE  ROBERT “BOB” SHELITE ON OCTOBER 7TH, 1947, IN ANTHONY, KANSAS & TO THIS UNION FOUR CHILDREN CAME. JUDY ANN, ROBERTA FAY, BOBBY LAVERN AND EDDIE LEE. ANNABELLE AND BOB LIVED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN KANSAS ; DANVILLE, ARGONIA, PRETTY PRAIRIE AND SHARON, KANSAS, WHILE BOB WORKED ON THE RAILROAD. IN 1960 THEY SETTLE IN RURAL SHARON,  KANSAS WHERE THEY WOULD REMAIN UNTIL BOB’S PASSING IN 1988.

ANNABELLE WAS  A HOMEMAKER, AND RANCHERS WIFE  ENJOYED RIDING HORSES, GOING TO CAPRON DANCES, CATTLE AND HORSE SALES AND BEING THE BEST; GRAND, GREAT & GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER  TO HER “PRIDES & JOY.”..  UNPON BOB’S PASSING, ANNABELLE MOVED BACK TO TOWN (SHARON) AND RESIDED ON THE FAMILY PLACE UNTIL 1999 AT WHICH TIME SHE MOVED TO KIOWA, KANSAS TO HELP HER OLDEST DAUGHTER WITH GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. IN 2013  ANNABELLE WITH HER SECOND OLDEST DAUGHTER ROBERTA AND FAMILY VENTURED OUTSIDE OF BARBER/HARPER COUNTY AND STARTED A NEW CHAPTER IN LAWRENCE, KANSAS. BOY HOW ANNIE LOVED THOSE JAYHAWKS, NEVER MISSING A GAME WITH RON & BERT  FROM THE COMFORTS OF THEIR HOME.

SHE  LOVED BABYSITTING HER GRANDCHILDREN, ALWAYS HELPING OUT WHEN & WHEREVER SHE COULD , EVEN IN THE THE LATER STAGES OF ALZHEIMERS SHE LOVED HOLDING AND INTERACTING WITH HER GREAT GREAT GRANDSON BRALYNN AND GREAT GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER ALICE, FROM  GRAND TO GREAT GREAT HER CHILDREN  ALWAYS BRIGHTENED HER DAY AND COULD DRAW THAT “GRANNY ANN” SMILE FROM HER FACE.

ANNABELLE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY PARENTS C.F.  AND KATIE ELIZABETH (MCBETH)  HAAS,   HER HUSBAND ROBERT “BOB” SHELITE,  SONS; BOBBY LAVERN & EDDIE LEE SHELITE. GRAND-DAUGHTER HOPE NICOLE (LOEWENSTEIN) SCHMIDT. SON-IN-LAWS; ROBERT “BOB” LOEWENSTEIN & RONALD “RON” SWONGER. GRANDSONS-IN-LAW; JASON KAUMANS  AND JAMES “TUFFY” TALBOTT.  SISTERS; BABY GERTRUDE HAAS &  LOUISE VIOLA MANDEVILLE.  BROTHERS; FREDRICK LEE “LEE” HAAS &  WILLIAM CHARLES “W.C.” HAAS.

SHE IS SURVED BY HER DAUGHTERS; JUDY ANN (SHELITE) LOWENSTEIN OF KIOWA, KS. AND ROBERTA FAY “BERT” (SHELITE) SWONGER OF LAWRENCE, KS.,

TWELVE GRANDCHILDREN; RICHARD LOEWENSTEIN, STACY (LOEWENSTEIN) TALBOTT, CHRISTINA (LOEWENSTEIN) KAUMANS AND MATTHEW LOEWENSTEIN.  ROBERT “ROBBY” SWONGER AND KURT SWONGER.  WENDEL, LAUREL (SHELITE) REICHER and  THOMAS ROBERT SHELITE. KRISTOPHER, KODY & KIRBY SHELITE; 17 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, 3 GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN; SISTER MARY JANE (HAAS) CATLIN OF MEDICINE LODGE, KS, NUMEROUS NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND MANY MANY FRIENDS AND EXTENDED FAMILY.

AT ANNABELLE’S REQUEST, CREMATION HAS TAKEN PLACE AND A MEMORIAL/ CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE PLANNED AT A LATER DATE WITH HER SON-IN-LAW RON SWONGER’S IN SHARON, KANSAS.

MEMORIALS MAY BE MADE TO THE ALZHEIMERS’ FONDAITON IN CARE OF RUMSEY-YOST FUNERAL HOME, 601 INDIANA STREET, LAWRENCE, KS 66044.

Donna Roubison

Memorial services for Donna Roubison, 78, Lawrence, will be at 3 pm Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ron Kimes officiating. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Donna died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 20, 1940, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Wayne M. and Georgia Helen Stutsman Vermillion. She graduated from Winslow, Ariz. High School, and later attended college. Donna worked as a quality control specialist at E &E Specialties for many years. She was a devout Christian who was very positive and generally had a smile on her face. She attended St. James AME Church, where she served as a deaconess. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, golf, bowling, crossword puzzles, and especially her dogs.

She married Gary Dale Roubison who preceded her in death in 1999. Survivors include three children, Carl Roubison, Eudora, Jim Roubison and spouse Tammy Shaw, Naples, Fla., and Samantha Roubison, Lawrence; a sister, Waynet Brower, Lawrence; ten grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Suzanne Lutz

Memorial graveside services for Suzanne Lutz, 74, Lawrence, will be 2p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Lutz died Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at her home.

She was born June 27, 1944 to Curtis William and Cleda Eileen Haight Dalton.  She graduated from Lawrence High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

Mrs. Lutz worked for the Lawrence Paper Company for over 35 years.  She loved her family and enjoyed reading.

She married Jerry Arlin Lutz at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence in 1985.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include daughters, Stephanie Mohler of Carbondale, Sarah Spreer of Perry, Sherry Vetch and husband Cliff of Fairbury, Nebraska, Mary Sorrells of Lawrence; grandchildren, Rena Lutz, Garrett Spreer, Zachary Swartz, Jerry Wilks, Codi Wilks, Kaylee Spreer, Dana Mohler, Jill Mohler and Madison Vetch; sister, Diane Williams of Ft. Collins, CO.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of your choice, sent in care of the funeral home.