LOWELL, Kans.-Dollie G. Pike, 62, of Lowell, died at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1991 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Wichita after an illness.

She was born April 27, 1929, in Baxter Springs, Kans., and had lived in Lowell for the past 18 years after moving there from Wichita.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Fifth Steet Mission in Baxter Springs and a five-year member of the Western Wranglers Band in Wichita.

She married Ted Pike on Dec. 22, 1945, in Columbus, Kans.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Duane and Terry Pike, both of Wichita; and Bill Pike, Lowell; two daughters, Brenda McDermott, Crestline; and Erma LeBrun, Wichita; two brothers, Charles "Jake" Goff, Lowell; and Fred Goff, Hanford, Calif.; two sisters, Anna Bradley, Springfield, Mo.; and Lavada Samuels, Joshua Tree, Calif.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Derfelt Chapel in Galena with the Rev. Bertha Goff officiating. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Derfelt Funeral Home in Galena. (The Morning Sun, September 1991, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


FRONTENAC, Ks.-Grace Pike, 93, of Frontenac, died at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at Sunset Manor Nursing Center.

She was born Sept. 27, 1908, at Franklin, Ks., to Louis and Mary (Hocevar) Karlinger. She attended area schools.

On Feb. 22, 1936, she married Frank Pike at the St. Magalen Catholic Church at Hazelpark, Mich. He preceded her in death in July of 1972. Mrs. Pike moved back to Franklin following her husband's death.

She was a member of the former St. Phillip's Catholic Church at Franklin and the S.N.P.J. Lodge No. 225, near Camp 50.

Survivors include a brother, Rudy Karlinger of Franklin, and two sisters, Dorothy Smardo of Franklin and Josephine Gilles of Euclid, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Marks and Louise Roth; and two brothers, August Karlinger and Louis Karlinger Jr.

Private graveside services will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Friskel Funeral Home. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Friskel Funeral Home, Frontenac. (The Morning Sun, January 13, 2002, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


Frank Pike, 68, a resident of Ferndale, Mich., died Saturday morning, July 27, 1972, at the Nightengale Convelescent Home in Warren, Mich. He had been in ill health for several years.

He was born in Fleming, Kans., on Feb. 12, 1904, the son of the late John and Mary Pike, both parents being born in Yugoslavia. He moved from Fleming to Franklin in 1913 where he lived until 1930 when he moved to Ferndale. He was employed by the Chevrolet gear and axle division of General Motors until retiring in 1966. He married Grace Karlinger on Feb. 22, 1936 at Hazelpark, Mich.

He is survived by the widow of the home; three sisters Mrs. Jennie Mahanes of Ferndale; Mrs Anna Zutancic of Pueblo, Colo; and Mrs. Frances Humble of Arma.
Requiem mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Franklin with Father Kenneth Melaragno as celebrant. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Liturgical services will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Friskel Funeral Home in Frontenac. (The Morning Sun, July 1972, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


PITTSBURG — Laquetta C. Melton, 69, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 7:26 a.m., Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Medicalodge South in Pittsburg.

Laquetta was born February 17, 1941 in Dade County MO, the daughter of William D. and Christine (Price) Glenn.

On February 27, 1960 she was united in marriage to Perry E. Korth.

She worked for Beverly Nursing Home in Pittsburg as a nurses aid for many years. Prior to that she worked for the ambulance service in Cape Fair, MO.

Survivors include a son, Doyen Korth, of Pittsburg, KS, a Grandson, Nathanial Korth of Galena, KS, a Sister Sue Nalley of Westville, OK, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 sisters, Zianetta Polk and Linda Gentry.

Due to inclement weather funeral service will be re-scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home with Reverend Daryl Gaddy officiating. Burial will follow at Corry Cemetery near Dadeville, MO. Visitation will be Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to Service under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 South Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. (Morning Sun, February 1, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


PITTSBURG-Mildred L. “Millie” Groll, 95, of Pittsburg, peacefully went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2011 while surrounded by family and friends.

Millie was born January 20, 1916 in Hickman Mills, Missouri, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Weston.
On March 26, 1950, she married Donald E. Groll.

Millie loved to travel and especially enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii. She was a piano teacher for many years and widely recognized as an excellent instructor and judge, as well as being a talented pianist herself. Millie studied at the Kansas City Conservatory during her younger years. Many of her students still kept in contact with her and always expressed their appreciation for her teaching and the love of music she instilled in them.

Millie was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church for over 40 years.

Millie is survived by her husband, Don and a daughter, Donna White and her husband, Frank of Kansas City.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 4) at the Brenner Mortuary. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Michael Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to sign the register. The family requests that memorials be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Care Hospice. These may be left at or sent to the Brenner Mortuary 114 E. 4th street, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762. Friends may also leave online condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS. (Morning Sun, February 1, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


Grove, Okla. — Charles Gray was born July 28, 1937 in Grove, OK and passed away January 28, 2011 at the age of 73. He was the fourth child of Wilbur William and Elta Pearl Gray.

Charles graduated from Grove High School in 1955, received his BSE degree in Education from Pittsburg State University in 1960 and his MSE degree in Education in 1963. Charles spent 18 years in education as a teacher and principal. He taught elementary school, 5th & 6th grades, in Coffeyville, KS. In 1963 he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study biology and earth sciences. He became an elementary principal in Haysville, KS and Halstead, KS, and spent 5 years in Tuba City, AZ as the principal on the Navajo Indian reservation there. He oversaw 13 schools in very remote areas and had an interpreter accompany him to each of those schools.

When Charles retired from education in 1978, he moved back to Grove and went into business with his brother, Daryl Gray, running GrayMart Service Station and Tire Shop until they closed it in 1991. He and Daryl continued their partnership, building a strip shopping center, and buying and selling various parcels of real estate until he finally retired in 2005.

Charles was a do-it-yourselfer, enjoyed gardening, and earned his small plane pilot’s license although he didn’t use it. He was a horse racing enthusiast who owned several race horses for a brief time. He truly loved to go to the races and usually did pretty well at the window!

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Daryl. He is survived by brothers William Arden Gray and wife Collen, Pittsburg, KS; Ted Warren Gray and wife Sue, Grove, OK; James Morris Gray and wife, Kay, Grove, OK; and a sister Dena Marlene Hilliard and husband Bob, Carrollton, GA; as well as his sister-in-law Judy Gray, Grove, OK. He also leaves 14 nieces and nephews and 26 great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Tuesday February 1, 2011 at Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel located at 711 South Main in Grove, OK., with a memorial service following at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ name to the Grove Education Foundation for Excellence (GEFFE) at or by mail at PO Box 453335 Grove, OK 74345-3335, or by calling 918-786-7511.

Services are entrusted to Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home of Grove. Family and Friends may view the obituary online and send condolences at (Morning Sun, February 1, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


PITTSBURG — Frank Carpino, 96, a resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of Somerville, TN, Arma, Kansas and Melrose Park, IL, died at 5:55 PM on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home, Naperville, IL. Mr. Carpino was born March 15, 1914 in Croweburg, Kansas, the son of Mike and Tracy (Chiappetta) Carpino.

Frank worked at Richardson Company in Melrose Park for 25 years and Automatic Electric in Stone Park, IL for 15 years until retiring in 1977. He was raised in rural Arma, KS and attended Arma schools. He married Mary Orozen in March of 1935 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Melrose Park, IL. She preceded him in death on October 27, 1963. He married Reble Johnson in 1967. They lived in Melrose Park until retiring in 1977, then moved back to Arma, KS. Frank and Reble moved to Somerville, TN in 1994. Reble preceded him in death in 2001. Frank moved to Naperville, IL in 2006 to live with his son Donald.

Survivors included one daughter, Arlene (Ray) Skarzynski of Tinley Park, IL and one son, Donald Carpino. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rosemary Bridwell and three brothers, Jim, Tony and John Carpino. Frank had five grandchildren, Mike (Katherine) Carpino, Sue (George) McCausland, Steve (Jennifer), Jim (Carleen) and Tina Skarzynski and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 1, 12:30-1:30 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Future Inurnment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, IL. (Morning Sun, February 1, 2011,submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


MULBERRY — Christine A. Buche, 97, of Mulberry, died at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.

Mrs. Buche was born Nov. 5, 1913, at West Mineral, Kansas, the daughter of John and Mary Benda Gorentz. Christine was a homemaker who was raised in Arma and graduated from Arma High School in 1932. She had been a resident of Mulberry since 1934. She was active in the Girl Scouts, taught 4-H Home Economics, honorary member of Gentry House, Mother of Year at SEK Agency Aging, Person of Year Mulberry Homecoming, St. Ann’s Altar Society and past president, and past president of St. Gabriel’s Society. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma. She married George Buche on Sept. 19, 1942, at Arma, Kansas. Mr. Buche preceded her in death on June 25, 1988. Survivors include three sons, George Buche Jr. and his wife Luevena, of Derby, Kansas, Otto J. Buche and his wife Patricia of Pratt, Kansas, and William C. Buche and Genie of Pittsburg, Kansas; two daughters, Joann Lakey and her husband Clemith of Joplin, Mo., and Rebecca Standlee of Anderson Ind.; one sister, Anna Marie Herod of Milwaukee, Wisc.; 26 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Christine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four daughters, Kathleen Buche, Teresa Hartman, Mary Giers and Leona Buche; two sisters, Theresa Pearson and Leona Hickman; and five brothers, Tony, Frank, Leon, Father Joseph Gorentz and Richard Gorentz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Arma with Father Lawrence Carney as celebrant. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery at Frontenac. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bedene Chapel. The family suggests donations to the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Arma. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, KS 66712. (The Morning Sun, February 1, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


FRANKLIN, Kans.-Sandra Sue Robinson, 24, Franklin, died at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. She had been ill since February 1970.

Born in Girard March 28, 1946, the daughter of John Frank Tisu and Emerald Virginia (Jones) Tisu. She had lived in Franklin the past four years with her husband, David, who she married March 3, 1964, in Arcadia. He survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Kathy Sue Robinson, Franklin; one son, David John Robinson II, Franklin; her father, John Tisu, Mulberry; two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Prince, 209 W. Park, and Mrs. Nancy Buckle, Girard; one brother, John Lee Tisu, Pittsburg; and her grandmother, Amy Fourmount, Arma.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Siple Chapel, Arma, with Rev. Dale Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Girard Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Robinson, Donnie Anderson, David Robinson, Edwin Kime, Ed Piatkowski, and Jim Robinson. The family will receive friends at the Siple Chapel from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. (Pittsburg Headlight-Sun, January 28, 1971, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


Mulberry, Kans., Oct. 1, 1958-Brenda Kay Tisu, infant daughter of John Frank and Emerald Virginia Jones Tisu of Mulberry R. R. 1, who was less than eight hours old, died at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1st, at Mt. Carmel hospital in Pittsburg. She was born at 9 o'clock this morning in the Girard hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Tisu have three other daughters and one son. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the Siple chapel in Arma. Burial will be in Rosebank cemetery in Mulberry. (The Pittsburg Headlight, October 2, 1958, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


BREEZY HILL-John Frank Tisu, 85, of Breezy Hill, died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Hospital District No. 1 of Crawford County at Girard.
He was born Sept. 3, 1915 at Breezy Hill, to Frank and Anna Bodnar Tisu. He was raised at Breezy Hill and attended Union No. 9 School. He lived at Breezy Hill most of his life.

He married Emerald Virginia Jones in 1944 at Girard. She preceded him in death in 1964.

Mr. Tisu was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army.

He was a retired coal miner.

He was a member of the S.N.P.J. Lodge No. 225 at Camp 50 and the United Mine Workers of America.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Morris Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Nancy Kinsworthy of Mulberry, who provided for his care; a son, John Lee Tisu of Missouri, a sister, Helen Piatkowski of Mulberry; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra Sue Robinson and Brenda Kay Tisu; and a grandson, Jason McDonald.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at the Bedene Funeral Home of Arma, with Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Burial will be at the Rosebank Cemetery at Mulberry. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Bedene Chapel at Arma. The S.N.P.J. Lodge No. 225 will conduct graveside services. The Lon Helm American Legion Post No. 182 will conduct graveside flag-folding services. Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma. (The Morning Sun, June 2001, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


Esther Lorene Henderson, 88 of Frontenac, Kansas, died at 12:23am, Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Esther was born January 18, 1919 in Barton County, Missouri, to Alva Burton and Bunnie Carrie (Atkinson) Pugh.

On July 5, 1940 in Columbus, Kansas, she married Arthur J. Henderson. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1974.

Survivors include her son Jim Henderson and his wife Kathy of Weir, KS; 3 grandchildren Kolton Lee Henderson of Yale, KS; Kyle Wayne Rentfro of Girard, KS and Latrista Hubbard-Messer of Weir, KS; along with 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, brothers Harold, William "Bill", Arthur "Joe" and Albert Pugh; sisters Dorothy Spencer and Leona Taylor.

Burial will be July 11, 2007, in Park Cemetery in Columbus, Kansas. (The Morning Sun, July 8, 2007, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


GIRARD — Mildred M. Patrick, 94, of Girard, died at 3:48 a.m., Thursday, January 27, 2011, in the Girard Medical Center where she entered January 13.

She was born January 14, 1917 at Girard, a daughter of Joseph and Maude (Toothacker) Brower. She attended schools in Girard.

She married Walter C. “Pat” Patrick on September 16, 1967 in Tulsa. He preceded her in death on March 16, 1974.

She was a seamstress and sewed shirts for Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tulsa.

She enjoyed animals and raising horses and dogs. She was an artist in her later years.

Survivors include a sister, Alice Roberts of Girard; nephews Joey Roberts and Lisa and Eddie Roberts and Ethleyn, all of Girard; a niece, Marjorie Tomko and Tom of Centralia, Colorado; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers Arleigh and Clarence Brower and a sister, Edith Monroe.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at the Girard Cemetery with Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.

Memorials are suggested to the Girard Medical Center and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

Condolences may be sent to (The Morning Sun, January 28, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


GIRARD — Beatrice “Bea” V. Mitchell, 82, of Girard, died at 4:45 a.m., Thursday, January 27, 2011, in the Heritage Nursing Home in Girard.

She was born March 14, 1928 at Radley, a daughter of Alex and Rosa Crosetto. She attended schools in Radley and graduated from Frontenac High School.

After high school, she worked at Zettle’s Bakery in Girard.

Bea married James “Jim” Mitchell, Jr. on January 25, 1948 in Girard. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2008.

She was a homemaker and later she worked as a clerk in the Crawford County Appraisers office for 23 years, retiring in 1990.

Bea was a member of the First Christian Church in Girard and the Gold Band Sunday School class.

She served as Sunday school secretary for numerous years and later as church treasurer. She was a member of the Monday Morning Mothers (MMM) church ladies group. She also worked on the Crawford County Election Board for numerous years.

Bea enjoyed her family, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling, and attending the shows in Branson. She was a good cook and she enjoyed reading recipes and family picnics.

Survivors are sons Robert E. and Kathy Mitchell of Girard and James B. and Dianne Mitchell of Independence; a brother, Remo Crosetto of Corona; grandchildren are Stephanie M. and Jason Thompson of Erie, Barbara A. and Jess McCarley of Arma, Jason Mitchell and Ben Mitchell, both of Kansas City, Missouri; great-grandchildren are Shelby McCarley of Arma, Brett James Thompson of Erie, and Zachary Thompson of Erie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jean Crosetto, a brother, Al Crosetto, and an infant brother, Mario Crosetto.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Rev. Doug Amend officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church and these may be left at the church or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743. (The Morning Sun, January 28, 2011, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)


PITTSBURG — Benjamin “Todd” Ross, 39, went to be with his Savior and Lord Saturday, December 4, 2010, passing away at his home in Pittsburg, KS.

He was born September 9, 1971 in Pittsburg, KS., the son of Gerald & Sandra (Crawford) Ross Sr. They survive.

Todd worked for Tri-State Asphalt Company for most of his life where he did various types of construction work. He was a “jack of all trades.”

He was a member of the Light House Tabernacle Church in Pittsburg. Todd was an active member at his Church, and he always found the good in everyone he came across.

Todd had phenomenal athletic ability, and loved playing sports, but his true love and passion were his nieces and nephews. He spent every minute possible loving and caring for them.

Survivors include his parents, Gerald and Sandra Ross Sr. of Pittsburg, Kansas. two sisters, Tammy Wilson and husband Mike, Aimee Younger and husband Gary, one Brother, Gerald Ross Jr. and wife Beverly, all of Pittsburg. Many beloved nieces and nephews, Ashley Kincade and husband Daniel, Chelsey and Austin Grotheer, Brooklyn Wilson, Ryan and Logan Younger, Amanda, Diego and Aaron Swor, Talaina Ross; one great-niece, Lily Ross, and 2 great-nephews Landyn and Hunter Kincade. Also survived is his Grandma Ruby Crawford, a Special Aunt and Uncle, Uncle Danny, and Aunt Sherry, and many more Aunts and

He was preceded in death by his baby brother Richard; a nephew, Devon Wilson, and his grandfather, Bill Crawford.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 11 at the Light House Tabernacle in Pittsburg, with Rev. Daryl Gaddy officiating.

Visitation will be at the Ross’s house Friday December 10. Friends may stop by the house to pay their respect Friday anytime until 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benjamin “Todd” Ross Memorial Fund. Memorial may be brought in or mailed to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. Condolences can be sent to (The Morning Sun, December 2010, submitted by Jody Edens Spencer)

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