Theta Elizabeth Vorse

May 9, 1927 – Sept. 20, 2018

TOPEKA — Theta Elizabeth Vorse, Topeka, died the evening of Sept. 20, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 91.

She was born May 9, 1927, on the family farm in Harveyville, the daughter of Edd and Annie Davis. She attended Harveyville High School and after graduation attended Clark's Business College.

She held several jobs including Santa Fe Railway, Sunny Elevation School and Wilson's Turkey Farm where she worked for 37 years.

Donna Sue Ladewig

Nov. 11, 1954 – Sept. 22, 2018

HUTCHINSON — Donna Sue Ladewig died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Hospice House. She was 63.

She was born Nov. 11, 1954, at Emporia, the daughter of Dean and Martha Pickering Kuykendall. She graduated from Osage City High School and Emporia State University. She worked as a receptionist at Via Christi Hutchinson Rehabilitation and then as a billing/coding specialist for Hutchinson Clinic.

She married Robert C. Ladewig Jr., May 20, 1978, at Osage City. He survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Dessert Recipes Wanted

Do you have a favorite recipe? Submit it to no later than 5 p.m. Friday, October 5, to be included in the paper in time for National Dessert Day.

Kathryn Ann Woodbury

May 6, 1935 – Sept. 19, 2018

OVERBROOK — Kathryn Ann “Kay” Woodbury, Quenemo, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Fields of Brookside, Overbrook. She was 83.

She was born May 6, 1935, at Emporia, the daughter of J. Manuel and Marie White Hughes. She grew up in Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School in 1953. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University in 1957 and was a teacher of English and foreign languages in Wichita and Osage City. She received her master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1962.

Candice Rukes on the Road

Read about Candice's life on the road in the entertainment industry in the Sept. 20, 2018 edition of the Osage County Herald-Chronicle.

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Rash of Car Burglaries Continues & Spreads

The Osage County Sherri’s Office has released the following announcement:

“The vehicle burglars were at again. Several more vehicle burglaries in the Carbondale and Overbrook areas overnight. Please remove valuables from and lock your vehicles! If you see anyone or anything suspicious, please report it to us ASAP!”

Shirley Maxine Lovett Hodges

Jan. 1, 1938 – Sept. 13, 2018

EMPORIA — Shirley Maxine Lovett Hodges died early Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at her home in Emporia. She was 80.

She was born Jan. 1, 1938, at Olivet, the daughter of Homer and Wilma Hamilton Lovett. She attended Olivet High School and graduated with the class of 1955. Shortly after school she began working at Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Don Masenthin

Aug. 27, 1941 – Sept. 12, 2018

TOPEKA — Don Masenthin died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at his home in Topeka. He was 77.

He was born Aug. 27, 1941, on a farm near Vassar, the son of Walter and Lydia Poertner Masenthin. He grew up on a farm near Lyndon and Vassar and lived in Burlingame, Lyndon and Wichita before moving to Topeka.

Westar Energy warns customers of electric company imposters

Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls.

Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from Westar. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls the phone numbers provided, the person who answers sounds like they work for Westar. In some cases, callers may even provide information like amount due that makes them sound credible.

“Scammers create a sense of urgency to get customers to act quickly rather than allowing them time to check their account,” Gina Penzig, manager, media communications, Westar Energy, said. “We will never require a pre-paid card for payment. Also, we notify customers multiple times in advance if service may be interrupted for non-payment.”
Before acting on one of these calls, check your records to see if a recent payment has been made. If you are still unsure, call our Customer Relations Center at (800) 383-1183 and check your account status. For more about identifying scams, visit

If a customer receives a suspicious visit from an individual, he or she should also report it to their local law enforcement agency.



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