Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Paul Gerwert

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Paul W. Gerwert, 82, of Frontenac, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Via Christi Village.

He was born April 9, 1936 at Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Henry William and Merle (Hawley) Gerwert.

He attended area schools, graduating from St. Mary's High School with the class of 1955. In 1958 Paul was drafted in the United States Army and honorably discharged in 1960. He then served in the Army Reserves from 1961 to 1964.

On August 10, 1963, he was united in marriage to Judith Terlip at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2015.

Paul worked at the family owned business G&B meat supply from 1955 to 1970, Hull and Dillon from 1970 to 1973, McNally Manufacturing from 1975 to 1988. He then worked at Pitt Plastics from 1989 to 2001 before retiring.

Membership was held in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Paula Nusbaum and her husband, Joseph Dennis of Pittsburg; a son Paul D. Gerwert and his wife, Shannon of Frontenac; three grandchildren, Rachel Lavery and her husband, Adam, Ryan Nusbaum and Reese Nusbaum; two step-grandchildren Mackenzie Dye and her husband Josh and Seth McGuire; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Liam Lavery; and four step-great-grandchildren, Alexis Norris, Alivia Ascanio, Abram Dye, and Amelia Dye.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Maurice Gerwert.

A service for Mr. Gerwert will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday (Nov 16) at the Brenner Mortuary with Father Philip J. Voegeli. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Angels Among Us. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.

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


Monday, November 12, 2018

Juanita Spriggs

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Juanita Elizabeth (Niegsch) Spriggs, age 101, of Branson West, Missouri passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:10 a.m. at The Maples Health & Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Chicopee, Kansas the daughter of Charley and Lillian (Swift) Niegsch on October 26, 1917.

Juanita started her life in Chicopee, as the daughter of a coal miner and grocery store owner. She went on to be a nurse in Frontenac, Kansas working for a local doctor until after World War II ended. She fell in love and married Daniel L. Spriggs on November 5, 1945. They left Pittsburg and moved to Tustin, California to open Ruby’s CafĂ©, which the family owned until Dan passed in 1971. Juanita made the “world’s best pies” and even won 1st place in the Orange County Fair with her famous apple pie. She would buy bushels of apples every year to prepare pies that people would freeze for their special occasions.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Daniel after sharing 25 years of marriage together. Also preceding her in death were seven brothers: Joe, Albert, William, Charlie, Leo, Julius, and Francis; two sisters: Marguerite Hart and Dorothy Polowich.

Juanita is survived by two daughters: Danita Hix and her husband Gerald of Platte City, Missouri and Dixie Hull and her husband Sam of Branson, Missouri; four grandchildren: Marianne (Roger) Bunger of Branson West, Missouri, Kelly (Mike) Ray of Platte City, Missouri, Leslie (Jeff) Schmitz of Houston, Texas and Jimmy Cox of Kansas City, Kansas; Eight Great Grandchildren: Cory (Elizabeth) Bunger, Brittany (Kyle) Durrer, Amanda (Kaleb) Hicks, Alexis Ray, Easton Ray, Courtney Schmitz, Hannah Schmitz and Avory Cox; Five Great-Great Grandchildren: Brielle Bunger, Landry Bunger, Jordan Durrer. Cooper Hicks and Cameron Hicks; Two brothers: Donald Niegsch of Bonner Springs, Kansas and Robert Niegsch of Kansas City, Missouri; Two sisters: Loretta Jameson of Pittsburg, Kansas and Lillian Buffington of Wildomar, California.

Services will be held at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, Kansas on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Funeral Service following at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Integrity Hospice, 2960 North Eastgate Avenue, Springfield, MO 65803
Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.


Daniel Gilmore

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Daniel Albert Gilmore, 93 of Pittsburg, KS died November 10, 2018 at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.

He was born October 28, 1925 in Chicopee, KS the son of Charles and Alice Mary (Ferns) Gilmore.

He was a veteran of the US Navy inducted on Jan 6, 1944 and honorably discharged on April 25, 1946.

Daniel worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 30 years and was the owner/operator of the Cypress Club in Wichita from 1960-1999.

Survivors include 3 sisters: Mary Alice Zakowski, Frances Ann Deckard and Rose Ella Wente along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John, Charles, Fernan, Leo, Pete, Edward, Thomas and Joseph.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg with Fr. Jorge Lopez as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

Services are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Steve Hefley

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Steve M. Hefley, 71, of Pittsburg, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home with his wife and two children by his side.

He was born August 30, 1947 at home in Pattonsburg, Missouri, the son of Ora Marion and Wilma Irene (Musick) Hefley. He graduated from Paola High School in 1965 and later from Pittsburg State University with a Master’s in Electronics Engineering Technology.

On June 4, 1966, he was united in marriage to Pat Moore at the Assembly of God Church in Paola, Kansas. She survives at the family home.

Mr. Hefley worked at Bendix Corp in Kansas City for four years, before moving back to Pittsburg. He was then employed as Professor in Electronics Engineering Technology for Pittsburg State University, where he continued teaching for 35 years.

Membership was held in the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg, where he served on the Board and was also Finance Director. Steve was also a member of the AARL and was an avid Hamm Radio Operator. Mr. Hefley and his wife, Pat, also enjoyed traveling.

In addition to his wife, Pat, he is survived by a daughter, Michelle Speak and her husband, Jeff of Parker, Colorado; a son, Bryan Hefley and his wife, Sherri of Salado, Texas; a sister, Carole Reese of Maryville, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Lyndi Shaw and her husband, Jon, Taran Speak, Kari Speak, Coen Hefley, Brennan Hefley, Lincoln Hefley, and Quentin Hefley; and two great grandchildren, Sofia and Titus Shaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (November 14) at First Church of the Nazarene (PittNaz) with Pastor Kyle Rogers and Pastor Jim Sukraw co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. The family suggests memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.

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


Vernon Naffziger

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Vernon L. Naffziger, 61, of Altamont, died at 1:23 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home. He had been ill several months.

He was born December 26, 1956, in Dallas, Texas and was raised in Parsons by his grandparents, Orville Sketers and Dora (Johnston) Sketers. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1974 and attended Independence Community College.

Vernon was employed by the M-K-T Railroad and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Later he worked for A.T.&T. as a fiber optic inspector. In earlier years he was baptized in the Christian Church in Parsons and played baseball and softball. He loved to restore cars, do carpentry projects and ride motorcycles. His last project was restoring a 1970 Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide motorcycle.

On March 9, 1985 he and Tammy Gittins were married in Cherryvale. She survives. Other survivors include a sister, Charlene Naffziger Ware, of Cherryvale; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Betty Gittins, of Altamont; sister-in-law, Joni Wilkerson and husband Brian, of Lawrence; nephews, Robert Seward of St. Louis, MO, Tyler Gittins of Odessa, TX and Jonathan Gittins, of Seattle, WA; a niece Shelly Ward, of Cherryvale. Preceding him in death were his grandparents and a brother-in-law Terry Gittins.

The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday. A private burial will be Monday at Mound Valley Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to either the Center Bethel Church or the Western Way Cowboy Church. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com. 

A special thank you is extended by the family to Kindred Hospice for the care given Vernon.


Tina Hinman

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Tina M. Hinman, 56, of Parsons died at 11:11 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. Her death was unexpected.

She was born April 8, 1962 in Sedan Kansas. Tina attended schools in Tulsa and then attended Parsons High School. She had worked at Eggbert’s, Broderick’s, Signature Sportswear, Dairy Queen and was currently working as a cook at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center daycare. Tina enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, camping and her dog, Kenny.

She and Mick Hinman were married on September 11, 1978. They later divorced. She and James Greenfeather have been together the last 17 years.

Survivors include her husband, James Greenfeather, of the home; son Thomas Hinman, and his wife, Holly, of Mound Valley; daughter, Stephanie Hinman, of Parsons; grandchildren, Zacharia and Lazarus Hinman and Co’Leen and Australya Veenstra; great grandson, Malachi Hinman; mother, Peggy Doty of Tulsa and a brother Dennie Hurt of Tulsa.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Doty and a brother Steve Hurt.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery with Angie Knight officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to help defray expenses and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, Kansas 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mable Martin

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Home)

Mable L. Martin age 84 of Peoria, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at her home in Peoria. She was born on October 7, 1934 in Peoria, Oklahoma the daughter of George & Emma Pearl (Atkinson) Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Roy Martin a son John Martin, 2 grandsons, Christopher and Ryan Martin, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Surviving is one son, Robert Martin of Peoria, Oklahoma, a daughter Teresa Johnson, of Nashville, Missouri and one brother, Joe Spencer of Kansas City, Missouri. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Mable L. Martin will be held 10:30 AM, Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, in Miami with Dr. Philip Martin, officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Travis Martin, Micah Martin, Justin Johnson, Roy Martin, Jason Martin and Paul Martin. Interment will be held in Glen Abbey Cemetery, Miami. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Miami.