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Kelly, Betty  
Betty Kelly Betty Kelly, 64, Topeka, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 19, 2015, after 17 courageous years of battling cancer. Betty was born to Mike and Irene Kraft Schneider on September 24, 1950. She married the love of her life, Carl Kelly, on August 12, 1972. Betty was a dental assistant for 20 years. She then took her infectious smile to work at Wal-Mart for seven years. Betty loved to crochet, fish, read, and to make people smile. Betty was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Betty is survived by her husband, Carl; sons, Micheal and wife Amanda, Shawn and wife Darla; granddaughters, Hana and Hayden; one sister; three brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with burial at West Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Kansas City, 1120 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City MO 64105, or St. Jude Children s Research Hospital, ATTN: Memorial Dept, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis TN 38148. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.kevinbrennanfamily.com .
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King, Dorothy  
Dorothy Geraldine Gerre King Dorothy Geraldine Gerre King, 85, of Lawrence, formerly of McLouth, died Saturday, July 18, 2015. Services 10:30 AM, Thursday at McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial at McLouth Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Wednesday at Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Memorials to McLouth United Methodist Church, or to Lee King Scholarship Fund or to Olathe Trail Blazers Special Olympics in care of Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Online condolences at www.barnettfamilyfh.com
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Koester, Norman - Topeka  
Norman William Koester Norman William Koester, 68, of Topeka, died July 19, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Hoisington, Kansas on September 2, 1946 the son of William and Helen (Langer) Koester. He retired from Washburn University after 25 years as an Electronic Technician. Norm had previously worked for Goodyear and had owned and operated Norm s TV and Organ Repair. Norm served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970 aboard the USS Tyconderoga with the Catapult and Gear Crew CVA-14 V2, and the USS Hancock Crew CVA-19. Their USS Tyconderoga crew enjoyed regular reunions. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, canning, woodworking, and cooking especially his famous dessert breads and Christmas candies. Norm was a member of Mater Dei Holy Name Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus at the church, American Legion Post #400 and was an honorary member of the Northern Aztec Fireeagle Clan where he was given the name (no man dootl izh shash t ahdii) Norman Green Bear that Growls . He was married to LuAnne Koester from 1971 to 1984. On April 17, 2004 he married Ellen L. (Fitzpatrick) Fritz at Holy Name Church. She survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Samantha (Ken Hare) Koester of Sorento, IL, a step son, Greg Fritz of Topeka, grandchildren, Brandon and Rodger Lewis of Topeka and Abbagale Hare of Sorento, IL. He is survived by his siblings, Duane (Janet) Koester of Hoisington, Karen (Richard) Schraeder of Great Bend, Kenneth (Barbara) Koester of Great Bend, Ronald (Betty) Koester of Manhattan, and Richard (Pamela) Koester of Hoisington as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Rodger Koester and his parents. Norm will lie in state at Mater Dei Holy Name Catholic Church on Wednesday after 4:00 p.m. where the family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. and a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Mater Dei Holy Name Church. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Mater Dei Holy Name Church, to Ellen Koester to be designated by her to a charity to benefit Navy Veterans or to the charity of the donor s choice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com . Norman William Koester
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