Sunday, August 20, 2017

Donna Hulse

(From Ferry Funeral Home)

Donna Mae Hulse, 74, Bronaugh, MO passed from this life on August 18, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott, KS. Donna was born September 14, 1942 in Sheldon, MO to Orville Leon and Helen Frances (Highley) Jones. On June 10, 1962 she was united in marriage to Lowell Hulse, Sr. in Nevada, MO and he preceded her in death on September 27, 2010.

Donna attended Nevada High School and graduated Class of 1960. Following high school she worked for a time at Kress Department Store before becoming the postmaster in Bronaugh where she continued to work until her retirement. Donna loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, cooking, was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Donna had a gentle spirit and a heart for always helping others in need.

Survivors include her daughter Nora Lorenda Carlson (Scott), Independence, MO; one son, Lowell Hulse, Jr., Bronaugh; four grandchildren, Sean Carlson, Independence, Jenny Carlson, Independence, Christopher Hulse, Bronaugh, Kayley Spragg, Pittsburg, KS; one sister, Frances Decker (Rex) Versailles, MO. In addition to her husband Lowell, she was also preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home.

Frances Benedict

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Frances Lorene Benedict, 98, of Pittsburg died at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Oakview Estates in Frontenac, KS.

She was born May 21, 1919 in Fleming, KS to Frank Benedict and Frances Cermager Benedict.
Frances graduated from Cherokee, KS High School in 1936. She worked for Pure Delite Ice Cream for 10 years and later worked in the Dietary Department of Mt. Carmel Hospital. For 28 years she was employed as a Costing Clerk for Pittsburg Radio Supply.

She was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsburg. She was a member of the Tuesday Rosary Group. Frances was also a member of the SNPJ, Slovene National Benefit Society. Her greatest joy was attending Mass and giving candy to children after Mass. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and make others laugh.

Survivors include one sister, Rose B. Jackson of Summerville, Georgia and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Frank, Joe and John Benedict and one sister, Mary Henderson. Frances was also preceded by her only son, John A Benedict.

Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated on Monday, August 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Frontenac with Father Thomas Stroot and Father Larry Parker. Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg. The Rosary will be prayed on Sunday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bath Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 7:30 p.m. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg.

Gavona Hardin

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Gavona Jean Michaels Martin Hardin, 82, died on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, Kansas.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 24th, at 2:00 PM at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, Kansas with Rev. Dan Muter officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kansas. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the services. 

Condolences and additional information may found at Memorial donations can be made to the Walter Martin Blue Key Scholarship fund at Kansas State University and/or the PEO scholarship fund; 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 66762

Donald Orender

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Donald Paul Orender, 86, went to the Lord on August 18, 2017.

He was born November 28, 1930 to Hurby and Pauline (Hudson) Orender in Pittsburg.

He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Air Force serving from 1952 to 1956 as staff sergeant. He married Shirley Farris on September 24, 1955 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked to put himself through what is now PSU graduating with a degree in Marketing and Accounting. He worked as an accountant with local companies until his retirement. He was a convert to the Catholic faith and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, his children; Bonnie (Henry) Ford, Charlotte (Scott) Russel, Susie (Mike) O’Laughlin, Flora (Jeff) Beasley, Kathy (Richard) Hadley, Donna Orender-Landrith, Donald (Jackie) Orender, Patrick Orender, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Mary Ellen, his parents, a brother, Ivan Orender and sister, Norma Whetzell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, August 22, at 10 am at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Fr. Michael Baldwin as celebrant. Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery. The parish rosary will be at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home on Monday evening, August 21 at 7 pm. Condolences may be left at Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Bath Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, KS

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mark Birdsell

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Home)

Mark Todd Birdsell of Miami, OK passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 west of Narcissa, OK. He was 44.

Mark was born July 2, 1973 in Denison, TX to Joe and Nancy Jo (Robison) Birdsell. He had lived in Miami most of his life and graduated from Miami High School in 1991. He owned and operated Birdsell’s Tire and Muffler Shop in Miami, OK and was an avid deer hunter.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Survivors include his wife Angela (Phelan) Birdsell of the home, his son Aron Birdsell of Tulsa, OK, his daughter Sierra Birdsell of Miami, OK, his brother Jody Birdsell of Miami, OK and his step brother Ryan Garrett of Baxter Springs, KS

Funeral services will be Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Miami, OK. Pallbearers will be John (Bucky) Cunningham, Jon Smith, Adam Horn, Eddie Meister, David Harrington and C.J. Newman. Honorary pallbearer will be Randy McMillan. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

Marianna Teel

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Marianna Teel was surrounded by family as she left this earth on Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was 85 years old. Marianna was born October 2, 1931 in Scammon, Kansas. Her parents were Virgil and Ada Poor Westervelt. Marianna graduated high school at CCHS Columbus, Kansas, then attended Pittsburg State University. 

In June 1955, Marianna was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Teel of Columbus, Kansas. Children are Gregg and Kathleen (Daniels) Teel, Overland Park, Kansas, Dean and Sheryl (Koons) Teel, Columbus, Kansas, Brent Teel, Columbus, Kansas and Melissa (Missy) Teel Carnahan and Larry, Columbus, Kansas. 

Surviving grandchildren include Rebecca Teel Harpole, Stephan Teel, Brian Teel, Matthew Teel, Makinzie Teel Andrews, Andrew Teel, Maggie Teel and Aaron Ketcher. Great grandchildren are Alexis Teel and Aliyah Ketcher.

Marianna was preceeded in death by her parents, husband Bob Teel on September 9, 2001, and brother James Westervelt.

Marianna was a committed wife, mother and Christian. After raising their family, Bob and Marianna opened and operated Teel Insurance Agency in Columbus for over 30 years and the business is still in operation.

Funeral Services will be 10:30am Monday August 14, 2017 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS with Pastor Larry Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at the Park Cemetery in Columbus, KS. Family will receive friend from 6-7:00pm Sunday August 13, 2017 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS; friends may call after 12:00pm Sunday. In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorials to the Columbus Community Foundation. Friend may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave Columbus, KS 66725. Condolences may be left at

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Joyce Cumiskey

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Joyce (Henney) Morin Cumiskey, died on August 8, 2017, in Pittsburg, Kansas at the age of 94. 

Joyce was born on January 8, 1923, in Pittsburg, Kansas to William Earl and Nancy Ethel (Fleener) Henney. She graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1940 and attended Kansas State Teachers College. 

She married Wilfred Joseph Morin, a mechanical engineer, on August 30, 1941. While Wilfred was overseas during World War II, Joyce worked at Tinder’s Office Supply. Over the years, Wilfred and Joyce enjoyed flying to Phoenix to visit Wilfred’s family and spending time with family and friends at Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Wilfred preceded Joyce in death on August 19th, 1983. In 1985, she married Joseph Cumiskey of Pittsburg. He preceded her in death on June 29, 2001. Joyce was the longest standing member of The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg. She was active in many clubs including Chapter CP in PEO, a 68-year member of the Wednesday Morning Study Club, Les Girls Investment Club and Thursday Luncheon Club. She was a charter member of Crestwood Country Club and enjoyed spending time with her friends there at the Friday Night Dinner Club. Joyce loved serving people so, naturally her favorite job was working as a pink lady in the snack bar at the Mt. Carmel Medical Center. She also loved her family dearly and never missed family gatherings. 

Joyce is survived by her family including: Nancy Bishop and son-in-law Jim of Pittsburg; Bill Morin and daughter-in-law Kay of Pittsburg; Scott Morin and daughter-in-law Nancy of Lago Vista, Texas; step-daughter-in-law Marti Cumiskey of Pittsburg; her six grandchildren, Gina Pinamonti (Brian) of Pittsburg; Lisa Grosdidier (Kelly) of Overland Park; Austin Morin (Hillary) of Lago Vista, Texas; Chase Morin of Denver, Colorado; Abigail Morin of Leander, Texas; and Mike Morin of St. Louis; two step-grandchildren Kevin Cumiskey of Richmond, Kentucky and Kelly Cumiskey of Pittsburg; her six great-grandchildren Mandy and Macy Grosdidier of Overland Park; Sophia, Zoe and Isabella Pinamonti of Pittsburg; Layla Morin of Lago Vista, Texas and two step-grandchildren Kersee Cumiskey and Annlynn Polen of Pittsburg. 

A service for Joyce is set for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 12, 2017, at The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg with Pastor K.O. Noonoo officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 12:00 p.m., Friday. The family suggests memorials to The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and/or Pittsburg State University Foundation for the Wilfred & Joyce Morin Scholarship Fund. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, Kansas 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at 

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