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Obituaries


 
Virginia L. Connell

Virginia Lucile Connell of Eureka, died on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka at the age of 93.

She was born on April 22, 1921, in Greenwood County, the daughter of Elmer and Ethel (Andrew) Larcom.  She was raised in Greenwood County and attended Reece schools.  She then attended Emporia State Teachers College, graduating with a teaching certificate. 

On March 8, 1946, Virginia was united in marriage to Jack Connell in Wichita.

She taught school in rural Greenwood County and later as Principal in Fall River.  During World War II, she was a draftsman for Boeing in Wichita.  She worked in Eureka at Zenishek’s, the Eureka Mill, and served Greenwood County as Treasurer for 15 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, a mentor in Rainbows, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka.

She is survived by two children, daughter, Andrea Effertz of Lafayette, Colorado; and son, Johnney C. and wife, Bev Connell of Lenexa; six grandchildren, Craig and wife, Adrienne Foster of Fairfax, California; Jeffrey and wife, Elizabeth Connell of Lenexa; Justin Eli Effertz of Lafayette, Colorado; Erin and husband, Dave Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ambrea and husband, Sylas Cooley of Denver, Colorado; and Kyle and wife, Klaudia Effertz of Westminster, Colorado; and four great-grandchildren, Jackson Connell; Callie Connell; Jordy Johnson; and Kayden Effertz.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, August 22, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Pastor Tim Meyer of Christ Lutheran Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Reece Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or the Midian Shrine Plane of Mercy.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 
 
Geraldine Gilmore

Geraldine E. Gilmore of Eureka, died on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, at the age of 94.

She was born on July 5, 1920, in Elk Falls, Kansas, the daughter of Ray and Josephine (Smith) Keath.  She was raised in Independence and graduated from local schools.  On July 30, 1938, Geraldine was united in marriage to Cecil Gilmore in Columbus.  She worked in the Parsons Armory during World War II, moving to Independence afterwards.  The family later moved to Illinois, where she worked for Illinois Bell Telephone.  Upon her retirement, the family moved back to Eureka.

Geraldine was a member of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, the Independent Order of Foresters, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #2712 Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary, and was a lifetime member of the National and Eureka Bowling Association.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil of the home; son, Charles Gilmore of Eureka; and daughter, Karen Stonebraker of New Castle, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, William R. Gilmore, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka.  Cremation will be effected following the service.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Bobbie Brooks Trust Fund.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 

 

Ethel V. Basham

 

Ethel Virginia Basham, of Eureka, died on July 25, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha at the age of 91.

Ethel was born on November 10, 1922 in Bronx, New York. She was the daughter of Richard Armand and Nellie Harriet (May) Mariani.  She attended school in the Bronx attending Ursaline Academy and in the winter months in Florida she attended Miss Harriett’s School for Girls. Later she attended college at National Park College in Forest Park, Maryland before getting her teaching degree at Washburn University when the family moved to Kansas.

On January 1, 1944 she married John Henry Basham in Eureka, Kansas where they made their home. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1979.

Ethel was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the Sacred Heart Altar Society and the music club.

She is survived by her sons, John H. Basham of Great Bend, Richard Basham of Emporia and Dr. Mark Basham of Eureka; daughters, Margaret Basham of Eureka and Katherine Basham of Duluth, Minnesota; brother Ted Mariani of Eureka and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Tim Basham; two brothers, Eugene and Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Steve Gronert officiating. Rosary will be at 10: 15A.M. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M., Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established her name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and left in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045.

 

 

 

 
Thomas H. Burrus

Thomas Henry Burrus of Eureka died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 82.

Tom was born on November 15, 1931, in Decatur, Illinois the son of Oscar Augusta and Anita Marie (Dalby) Burrus.  He moved to Severy when he was eight and attended school in Fall River.  After his schooling, he joined the National Guard.  After his discharge, Tom moved to California.  Later he moved to Plainville where he opened his own welding business.  Tom then moved to Cheney and became an over the road truck driver working for various companies such as Halliburton and Young’s Construction.  Tom also lived in various parts of Oklahoma before moving to Eureka in 1998 after his retirement.

In 1955, he married Vera Graham in Fall River.  This marriage later ended in divorce.  Then in 1972, he married Joyce Sprick in Plainville.  This marriage later ended in divorce.

He is survived by his sons, Tony Bahr of Severy; and Justin Burrus of Colby; long-time companion, Barbara Smith; and two sisters, Patty Strickler of Eureka; and Karen Ebberts of Eureka.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and one grandson, Maverick Thomas Burrus.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor John Craighead of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, Severy, Kansas.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Eureka Nursing Center.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 
 
Anita Bjorling

Anita Marie Bjorling of Eureka died on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 68.

She was born on June 6, 1946, in Wamego, the daughter of Warren and Bernedene (Lamarr) Hill.  On April 9, 1964, Anita was united in marriage to Paul Boyd Bjorling.  They made their home in Wamego and later moved to Eureka.  To this union, three children were born. 

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Ford of Eureka; one son, Mark Bjorling of Wichita; one grandson, Michael; two sisters, Betty Lough of Hutchinson; and Sandi Jones of Olathe; and one brother, Alan Hill of Wamego.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Michael Paul Bjorling.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Wabaunsee Cemetery. 

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Kansas Specialty Dog Service.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.