New teachers begin year at Lyndon, MdCV

USD 421 Lyndon

Gary Crook

Gary Crook is the new technology coordinator for USD 421 Lyndon. This is his first year as a technology coordinator. He attended Allen Community College and Washburn University, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

His goal for the year is to make sure every student has the computing resources they need to achieve the results they desire.

He and his wife, Betty, an elementary teacher, reside in Burlingame.

Miranda Gardner

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Mary Elaine Jones

Oct. 20, 1936 – Aug. 16, 2014

KANSA CITY—Mary Elaine Tucker Jones, Overland Park, peacefully passed away Aug. 16, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. She was 77.

She was born Oct. 20, 1936, at Barclay, the daughter of Kenneth M. and Mary Helen Sims Tucker.

She was raised in Osage City, and graduated from Osage City High School. She also lived and worked in Topeka and Leavenworth.

She married Warren R. Johnson April 29, 1958, at Osage City, and then Jerald E. Jones May 22, 1970, at Leavenworth. They preceded her in death.

Peterson to host cold-water challenge Wednesday

OSAGE CITY—Members of the Peterson’s Health Care staff will be participating in a cold-water challenge, set to take place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Peterson’s back patio.

The ice bucket challenge is a viral effort to raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“My husband’s father died of cancer,” said Dianell Hardin. “We talked about it and decided we’re going to do the challenge. Each one of us is going to donate money.”

Sophanna M. “Sophie” Ogliaro

July 16, 1929 – Aug. 16, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Sophanna M. “Sophie” Ogliaro died Aug. 16, 2014, at her residence in Osage City. She was 85.

Sophanna Marie Wilson was born July 16, 1929, at San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Walter and Bertha Durand Wilson. She graduated high school in Springdale, Ark. She moved to Osage City in 1950.

She worked as an assistant city clerk for Osage City for 40 years until her retirement in 1990.

She married Joseph “Bud” Ogliaro June 20, 1963, Osage City. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2004.

Virgil Eugene McPherson

April 11, 1932 – Aug. 16, 2014

GRANTVILLE—Virgil Eugene McPherson Sr., of the Grantville community, died Aug. 16, 2014, at his home. He was 82.

He was born April 11, 1932, the son of Wallace and Reland Pfost McPherson, at Tecumseh. He moved to Carbondale as a young child.

He attended Carbondale schools and was a member of the 1951 state championship basketball team. After graduating from Carbondale High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, and was stationed in Germany. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1955 to 1961.

Rodney Wayne Loney

Oct. 23, 1959 – Aug. 14, 2014

READING—Rodney Wayne Loney died Aug. 14, 2014, at his home in Reading. He was 54.

He was born Oct. 23, 1959, at Lawrence, the son of Charles Albert and Darlene Marie Weddle Loney.

He married Nancy Ann Waters on June 24, 1980, at Overbrook. She survives of the home.

He was a member of Osage City Baptist Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bobby Stoddard.

Norma Ossiander Laubach

Oct. 5, 1917 – Aug. 15, 2014

OVERBROOK—Norma Ossiander Laubach, Scranton, died Aug. 15, 2014, at an Overbrook nursing home. She was 96.

She was born Oct. 5, 1917, at Kansas City, the daughter of Adolf and Marjory Ossiander. She graduated from Scranton High School in 1958.

Virgil Smith Jr.

March 2, 1921 – Aug. 16, 2014

BERRYTON—Virgil Smith Jr., Berryton, died Aug. 16, 2014. He was 93.

He was born March 2, 1921, in Osage County, the son of Florence Anderson Smith and Virgil Smith Sr.

He was a member of Overbrook United Methodist Church. He was a farmer.

He married Ruth A. MacArthur Aug. 5, 1948, at Topeka. She preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2012.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by eight siblings, Lloyd Smith, Letha Smith, Wilmer Smith, Ralph Smith, Jessie Hoy, Francis deLain, Charles Smith and Arlie Smith.

Richard Weston Foster

Jan. 6, 1926 – Aug. 14, 2014

TOPEKA—Richard Weston “Bud” Foster, Carbondale, rural Overbrook, died Aug. 14, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 88.

He was born Jan. 6, 1926, near Overbrook. He spent his youth in the Overbrook community graduating from Overbrook Rural High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Upon completing his service, he met and married his sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Margaret “Peggy” Towle. They were united in marriage June 4, 1949. She survives.


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