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Atkeisson, Geoffrey  
Geoffrey Lee Atkeisson passed away at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, on September 11, 2016. Geoff was born at KU Med in Kansas City, KS, on October 10, 1977, to Chris and Julia Atkeisson, of Lawrence. He attended Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from Lawrence High in 1995. Geoff attended the University of Kansas and graduated with honors, with degrees in Chinese, Mathematics and International Relations. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Geoff lived and worked in China for several years before returning to the United States to work for the Defense Department. He later received his MBA from the University of Southern California, and returned to China, where he met the love of his life, Xenia Lui Cheng. She returned to the US with him and they were married in Pasadena on June 27, 2016. She survives, of the home. Also surviving are his parents, his paternal grandmother, Charlene Atkeisson of Overland Park, KS, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as friends all over the world. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Ernestine Brennan of Fort Scott, KS, and his paternal grandfather, Tom Atkeisson of Overland Park. Geoff was an organ donor and it brings comfort to his family to know that his passing has resulted in life for many other people. A future memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Operation Wildlife, 23375 Guthrie Rd., Linwood, KS 66052.
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 22, 2016
Bates, Helen  
Graveside services 11 am Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton. Visitation Mon. 6-7 pm at Rumsey-Yost. Memorials to Midland Hospice. Full obituary at rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2016
Bhana, Surendra  
Surendra Bhana passed away at his home on Saturday, September 24th at the age of seventy-seven after battling cancer. He is survived by Kala, his wife of fifty years, his children Hershini, Hemant and Palvih, his daughter-in-law Angie, and his grandchildren Kiri, Aiden and Idris. A deeply reflective and spiritual man, Suresh often described his life as a series of journeys. Born in Sisodra, a small village in India, Suresh journeyed as young boy to South Africa which became his home for many years. Those years in South Africa awakened in him a keen sense of justice and a never-ending search for elusive truths. Suresh came to Lawrence in 1966 as a graduate student where he earned his Ph.D. in History at KU. In 1987 he returned to Lawrence with his family to teach in the History department. These many journeys, Suresh wrote, convinced him that buildings and places do not change but the people who live in them do. He believed that it was in the inward journey, the search for home buried in oneself, that true freedom could be found. The many successes and accolades he garnered over the years-including five books that made him an innovator in his field, his stellar reputation as a teacher and mentor, and his charismatic eloquence-all fade in comparison to his compassion and humility. The number of lives he touched reflected his unique ability to listen, to understand other people and to accept them for where and who they were. The outpouring of love and support from family and friends all over the world, in particular Haskell Springer, Steve Fawcett, Doni Mooberry and the extended Bhana family is a testament both to their kindness and his. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday September 27th. It will be followed by a celebration of his life on Saturday Oct 1st at the KU Alumni Center from 3pm to 5pm where all are welcome. Please join us as Suresh begins his next journey. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Visiting Nurses Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2016
Bittel, Elaine Ann - Ellis  
Elaine Ann Bittel, age 68, of Ellis, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Hays Medical Center. She was born January 5, 1948 in Hays, Kansas to Edgar and Rosemary (Buser) Bittel. She graduated from Ellis High School in 1966. Elaine had worked as an inventory clerk at a bookstore. She also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellis and at Hadley Hospital in the library. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ellis. She was an avid reader and music lover, especially Neil Diamond. She loved animals and politics. She is survived by two brothers, Stan Bittel and wife Kerry of Ellis, Kansas and Rod Bittel and wife Pat of Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters, Barbara King and husband Marvin of Ellis, Kansas, Cynthia Pfannenstiel and husband Bill of Pittsburg, Kansas and Mary Bittel and husband Mike Burdick of Chandler, Arizona. She is also survived by 9 nephews and 4 nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be 10 AM Saturday, September 24, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellis with inurnment to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 5 PM - 7 PM with a combined parish vigil service and rosary at 7 PM all at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary's Church or the Hays Public Library. Arrangements in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E 17th in Ellis. Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 21, 2016
Davis, Ralph  
Graveside services for Ralph L. Davis, Jr., 83, Lawrence will be 11am Thurs. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation 10am Thurs. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Full obituary at rumsey-yost.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2016
DeWeese, Alice  
Alice DeWeese, of Lawrence, gave us 91 wonderful years as a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Pioneer Ridge Heath Center. Funeral services will be held at Warren-McElwain Mortuary at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. Alice was born July 17, 1925 in Charleston, West Virginia to Ira Opal McCormick and Lula Ruth Evans. Her family moved to Lawrence and she graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1943. Alice retired from USD 497 after 20 years working in the cafeteria. Thanks in part to that experience, her family nicknamed her "The Cookie Monster". She was a great baker and had quite a sweet tooth! She was also a 70 year member of Centenary United Methodist Church and held many United Methodist women officer positions. She loved to play cards and board games with longtime friends and family. She was part of a pinochle and pitch card group with her husband and three other couples for 40 years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Lester, whom she married January 15, 1945 in Casper, WY. Also preceding her in death are her sisters Dee (Bob) Lennartz and her oldest son, Kenneth (Barbara). She is survived by her children Sharon (Wayne) Rogers of Lawrence, Mark (Betsy) of Fairfax, VA, John (Nancy) of Pratt and Ron (Chris) of Wichita; daughter-in-law, Barbara DeWeese, Pittsburgh, PA; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Dot (Keith) Kolars, San Antonio, TX; brother-in-law, Carroll (Norma) DeWeese, Lawrence, KS and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be at the mortuary from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Memorials may be made in her name to the Centenary United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 26, 2016
Dorei-Powell, Reita  
Died Sept. 21, 2016. Services 11AM Thursday, 9/29/2016 McLouth United Methodist Church. Visitation 10-11 AM before Service at Church. McLouth Cemetery www.barnettfamilyfh.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 25, 2016
Freund, James  
Mass of Christian burial for James Freund will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. James Forrest Freund, 76 of Lawrence, Kansas died on September 25, 2016, peacefully at home with family, friends and Toodles by his side. He was born on March 4, 1940, to Peter and Dorothy (Lahr) Freund in Chicago, Illinois. James graduated from Lane Tech High School on June 26, 1957. He served in the United States Peace Corps from 1962-1964. He loved to travel with family and friends and travelled to six continents. He married Hope (Mora) Freund on April 19, 1969. He was the co-owner of Pur-O-Zone Chemical Company from 1985-2002. He is survived by his wife, Hope Freund, of Lawrence, Kansas, his son and daughter in law, James Freund and Heather Freund, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and daughter, Jennifer Freund of Miami, Florida. Open casket visitation will be available one hour before mass services at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church or the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 27, 2016
Gallup, Winifred  
Winifred Hill Gallup Born March 6, 1921, in Sewell, Chile. Preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Gallup, her parents, Creta and Fred Hill, brother Harry, and sisters Ruth Fugitt and Mary Lu Roberts, Mrs. Gallup died September 19 at her home in the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy (Ralph, Jr.) Penland MD, and Cynthia (Richard, Jr., dec.) Pine, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Winnie showed musical talent as a small child. Her mother found a music teacher well trained in theory and improvisation. By the age of 9 Winnie was playing the organ regularly for church services in Linn County, KS. Soon she was asked to tour with Billy Sunday revivals as a pianist. Entering KU at age 16, she was quickly in demand as an accompanist in the School of Music. She studied piano with Ruth Orcutt Bacon, and graduated with a BFA in piano in 1941. Winnie's tenure at the First Presbyterian Church began while she was in college; she played there for over 63 years. She graced the organ at Warren-McElwain Mortuary for over 60 years. At weddings, funerals, concerts and recitals she was bedrock for the musical needs and joys of Lawrence. Generations of musicians are grateful to her. One says: "she was a great gift to us. She was always there; she always made us shine." Making community through music was her life calling; she took great delight in helping others sing and play their best. In her travels from rural Kansas to the cafes of Paris and beyond, she brought people together through the language of music. At 17 she met in the music program at KU her lifelong collaborator in this joyful work: Alfred Gallup, whom she married in 1942. They were still singing together in the halls of Presbyterian Manor until his death in May 2016. Their marriage was one of great mutual encouragement and service. Al and Winnie were grateful for wonderful friends, for their family and for their church. They prayed, sang and laughed together daily. Winnie participated in the American Guild of Organists, KU Mortar Board, the Lawrence Music Club, Mu Phi Epsilon, PEO, Alpha Omicron Pi and Tennola Club. She and Al were long-term members of the Lawrence Civic Choir and the KU Endacott Society. Winnie loved children and was a musical grandmother to generations. She facilitated the children's and handbell choirs at her church and infected nearly everyone she met with the love of music. Winnie's memory and attention to detail were legendary. She seamlessly transposed music into the best key for singers. She would recall and play songs which she had once heard decades ago. She knew multiple languages. She was regularly called in on short notice to fill in or substitute for other accompanists. These gifts were always generously given for the greater Glory of God. In her last years Winnie was deeply grateful for the skilled and sensitive care of the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor staff. Her family will have graveside services this week. A memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church will be announced later this fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Good Samaritan Program of Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, the Deacons' Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, or to KU Endowment to benefit The School of Music. Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23, 2016
Gelvin, Susan  
Susan Anne Gelvin, our darling daughter, was born in Denver, CO on May 28, 1983. The joy that she brought into our lives is immeasurable. Susan's childhood was spent in Lawrence where she brought delight into the lives of grandparents, Laskowski and Gelvin. She attended Broken Arrow Elementary School, South Junior High and Lawrence High School from which she graduated in 2001. She attended both KSU and KU graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master's Degree with Honors in Urban Planning. During her career she worked for the Doña Anna County Government in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and since 2013 for the City of Topeka's Planning Department. She took great pride in her work and her ability to communicate with the various community groups and individuals in preparing neighborhood plans for their improvement. Her stories of meetings and people were a delight to us. Her passions in life were family, horses, crafts and camping. It was during her most recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park that she became injured. She was always a champion of anyone who needed help or healing from being a regular blood donor to ultimately becoming an organ donor, Susan constantly strived to make the world a better place. But now, she is together again with Grandma, Big Ski, and her beloved cats, Tigger and Fluffy. The extent of her good heart and love of life cannot be described. She belonged to the American Planning Association and was a Life Member of the NRA. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church since returning to Topeka. Survivors include her parents Joann and Ralph Gelvin, Jr.; her brother, Matthew Gelvin; her grandparents, Donna and Ralph Gelvin, Sr.; aunts, Barbara Kosalka, Carolyn Jensen, Carol Laskowski, Sharylyn Lacey; uncles, Charles and Mike Laskowski, Stan Kosalka; and eight cousins. Her grandparents, Charles "Big Ski" and Anna Laskowski preceded her in death. Mass of Christian Burial for Susan will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Memorial donations can be sent to the Topeka Rescue Mission or St. Joseph's Germanfest Fund and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 27, 2016
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