Friday, March 16, 2018

Birdie Uber

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Roberta “Birdie” Elaine (Penrod) Uber, 73, of Weir, Kansas, passed away peacefully at 8:58 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born November 26, 1944 in West Weir, Kansas, the daughter of George and Marie (Jacquinet) Penrod. She attended Weir schools.

On January 28, 1967, she married Ronald E. Uber in Arcadia, Kansas. He survives at the family home.

Mrs. Uber was a homemaker, caregiver to many, and full-time mom. Her true passion was her children and she was fiercely protective all of her loved ones and especially her children……

Membership was held in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, the Red Hat Society, Weir American Legion Post #272 Auxiliary, and she was a Foster Parent for many years receiving Foster Parent of year in Kansas.

Survivors include, her husband, Ronald E. Uber of the home; four sons, Albert (Eddie) Edward Taylor, Robert (Fish) Wayne Taylor and his wife, Tammie, Dane Ronald Uber and his wife Sahra, and Stephen (Beaver) Lloyd Uber and his wife, Mindi all of Weir. Two of her beloved sisters, Judy Penrod Dietz and her husband, Gerald of Weir and Antionette “Inky” Penrod Peternell of Franklin; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and her best friend’s, Phyllis Dixon of Pittsburg and life time friend Charlie O’Malley of Weir.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Marie Harris, a granddaughter, Melissa Sue Mooney-Uber whom she cared for over 29 years, four brothers, Francis “Fritzy”, Billy, Johnny, and her twin brother Robert “Ivory” Penrod, two sisters, Margaret Joyce “Peggy” Penrod Hubbard and Florence Marie Penrod Leone.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday (March 17) at the Brenner Mortuary with Fr. Jeremy Huser & her Son Dane Uber officiating. Burial will follow in the Hosey Hill Cemetery. A parish rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Brenner Mortuary, where the family will receive friends following until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Friday to sign the register. There will be a “Potluck” dinner (Celebration of Life) located at the Weir Civic Center at 3pm and we ask that everyone bring a covered dish. The family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Red Sturgeon

(From Friskel Funeral Home)

James Dana (Red) Sturgeon, 91, of Girard, Kansas, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018.

He was born April 9, 1926, in Girard to James Dana and Lillian Lucille (Hughes) Sturgeon.

On May 23, 1948, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Salyer in Girard.

He worked as a welder on construction for 39 years traveling the United States working on pipelines, refineries, and power houses.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union #441, First Christian Church of Girard, Masons, & the Girard American Legion. 

He served as a ball turret gunner on B24 bombers during WWII.

Survivors include his two daughters, Cheryl Sue Correll and husband Bill of Girard, Sharon Willauer and husband Fran of Naples, FL; 4 Grandchildren, Aaron Coester and wife Melissa of Girard, Sibyl Willauer of Frontenac, Brigette Willauer and husband Nick Mizell of Florida, and Renee Pugliese and husband Frank of Florida; 8 Great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Sturgeon, wife, and son, James D. Sturgeon III.

Memorial Services will be 11:00am Saturday March 17, 2018 at Friskel Funeral Chapel in Frontenac with Pastor Rick Prideaux officiating. Condolences may be left Memorials may be left to the Girard American Legion; these may be left or mailed to the funeral home. 

Services by the Friskel Funeral Home 230 E. McKay Frontenac, KS 66763. 

Josephine Spigarelli

(From Friskel Funeral Home)

Josephine Marie Spigarelli 96, of Frontenac, KS died 5:35pm Sunday March 11, 2018 at her home following a short illness. 

Josephine was born November 12, 1921 in Capaldo, KS the daughter of Sam and Marie (Porti) Caruso. She went to elementary school in Capaldo and later attended and graduated from Pittsburg High School. Following graduation Josephine worked for the Macaroni Factory in Pittsburg, KS; the County Clerk’s Office in Girard, KS; the war department in Washington D.C. during WWII; Parsons Ammunition Plant; Hull and Dillon Meat Packing Plant; Pittsburg Radio Supply and finally a bookkeeper for Oehme Brothers Construction. 

On May 24, 1947 Josephine married John Spigarelli at St. Alice Church in Capaldo, KS; he preceded her in death on September 8, 2012. Josephine was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church; a member of the Altar Society; American Legion Auxillary; AARP; she enjoyed cooking and growing flowers. In addition Josephine and Johnny’s favorite past time was dancing at local dance halls.
Survivors include her daughter Jeanne Cohorst Topeka, KS; grandchildren Jeff Spigarelli and wife Terri of Frontenac, KS, Gina Spigarelli-Hug and husband Mark Hug of California, John Cohorst Colorado; Mia Payne and husband Jim of Topeka, KS and Drew Cohorst of Colorado; great-grandchildren Emily, Jace, Gianna, Henry, J.T. and Becca; daughter-in-law Katherine Spigarelli of Farlington, KS; close family member Barb Spigarelli of Pittsburg, KS and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Mike Spigarelli, brother Joe Caruso, sisters Annetta, Helen and Elena and a loving dog Concetta. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00am Friday March 16, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac, KS with Fr. Thomas Stroot as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Frontenac City Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 7:00pm Thursday March 15, 2018 at the Friskel Funeral Home in Frontenac, KS; family will receive friends following the rosary. Friends may call the funeral home after 12:00pm Thursday. In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorials to Mike Spigarelli Scholarship Fund and/or Sacred Heart Altar Society. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Friskel Funeral Home 230 E. McKay Frontenac, KS 66763. Condolences may be left at

Arrangements and services are with Friskel Funeral Home of Frontenac, KS.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Steve Perry

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Frank Steven “Steve” Perry, 71, of Pittsburg, passed at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born February 19, 1947, at Oakland, CA, the son of Frank Veiril and Bernice Alice (Anthony) Perry.

He attended High School at Maryvale High in Phoenix AZ. Steve enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1968 at the rank of Sergeant. He pursued higher education from Pittsburg State University and graduated from with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

On May 26, 1990, he was united in marriage to Regina Lucille Burr at Fort Scott KS. She survives of the home.

Steve worked as Supervisor of Maintenance for Walmart and retired at 20 years of service. For those he worked with and regular customers alike, he could be found by just listening for the sound of him whistling away as he worked.

Steve was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and started riding at the age of 14. He could be seen any day the week riding the streets of Pittsburg throughout all the seasons of the year. He will be greatly missed by all those he helped, influenced and loved over the years. Steve will be remembered for his efforts, time and compassion spent towards his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Regina, two sons Billy Perry of Ft. Scott, KS, and D.J. Perry of Pittsburg, KS; two daughters Lindi Perry of Pittsburg, KS, and Shawna Jump and her husband Larry of Pittsburg, KS; two sisters Sue Carson of Ft. Scott, KS, and Rebecca Felt and her husband Richard of Ft. Scott KS; seven grandchildren, Lauryn Perry, Blaze Perry, Mia Perry, Kylin Perry, Kaden Krogen, Colton Jump, and Josh Jump; four great-grandchildren, Maddy Pennington, Layla Jump, Cooper Jump, and Carter Jump.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday (March 17) at the Brenner Mortuary with Reverend Jim Sukraw officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Ft. Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the start of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials in the name of Angels Among Us. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ella Mae Wrenn

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Ella Mae Wrenn 84, of Pittsburg, KS died 2:58pm Wednesday March 7, 2018 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home in Frontenac, KS following a sudden illness.

Ella Mae was born February 22, 1934 in Ft. Scott, KS the daughter of Grant and Ida Mae (Ripetau) Wrenn. She has lived in this community most of her life attending area schools. Ella Mae was of the Christian Faith; one of her fondest memories of a child was her parents coming to Ft. Scott, KS on horse and buggy. She came to the Pittsburg Community joining Shields Adult Care from 1979-2001.
Ella Mae had 5 brothers and 1 sister Georgie Woods of Ft. Scott, KS. 

Private burial will take place at a later date at Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir, KS. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Naomi Forney

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Naomi Lucille Forney, age 77 of Galena, passed away at her home at 6:26 PM on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Naomi was born in Galena on September 25, 1940 to the union of Willard Merle McNamara and Twyla Lucille (Lamb) McNamara. She graduated from high school in Compton, CA with the class of 1958.

She had lived in Woodland, CA for a number of years, and was an apartment manager with Project Management Inc. before retiring in the early 1990’s. After retiring, she moved back to Galena in December of 1995. While in Galena, she was active in the Galena Genealogical Society, and also spent her time crocheting and enjoying family.

Naomi was united in marriage with Richard Junior Forney in Torrance, CA on March 27, 1959. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2015.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Twyla; one brother, Rick McNamara; his wife, Shirley McNamara; and one sister, Glenda Mae McNamara.

Survivors include two sons, James Richard Forney (wife, Ruth) of Woodland, CA, and Larry Glenn Forney (wife, Amy) of Galena; one daughter, Glenda Mae Clarke (husband, Bill) of Galena; one brother, Larry McNamara (wife, Sue) of Galena; one sister, Laura Jean Cox (husband, Jim) of Quartz Hill, CA; nine grandchildren; Benjamin Forney(wife, Lisa), Andrew Forney (wife, Kandis), Daniel Forney, Jeremy Forney, Ashley Hopkins (husband, Michael Shawn), Katie Holstrom, Butch Fund (wife, Harue), Misty Clarke, and Michelle Clarke; and 4 great-grandchildren, KC Hopkins, Kaycee Rowland, Karsyn Rowland, and Jason Forney.

Mrs. Forney was entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home of Galena for cremation. No services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gloria Curran

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Gloria Rae Curran, 78, of Pittsburg, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 5, 1939, at Cherokee, KS, to Arthur Rae and Tillie (Prenk) Hogbin. She graduated from Crawford Community High School. On August 20, 1960, she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Curran.

Mrs. Curran worked as a registered nurse and as a homemaker. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and was actively involved in the Altar Society, Birthright, Our Lady’s Sodality, and the Legion of Mary.

Gloria enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and traveling. She was also devoted to her family and her Catholic faith.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Curran of the home; three sons Patrick Curran, of Pittsburg, KS, Michael Curran and his wife Julie Maier, of St. Louis, MO, and John A. Curran and his wife J.J. O’Toole-Curran of Lawrence, KS, and nine grandchildren, Joseph, Mathew, Kristen, Kelsey, Anna, Emily, Tyler, Lauren and Robert. She was also expecting to be a great-grandmother in June.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Tresia Curran.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father Michael Baldwin as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. A Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at the Brenner Mortuary. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials to Harry Hines Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.Friends may also leave condolences online at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.