Anna May Slapar, 79, went to be with her father and brother in Heaven at 1:46 am on Monday, May 26, 2014. Anna, the daughter of the late Francis M. and Cleo P. (Neal) McElwain, was born on December 2, 1934 at the rural family home near McCune in Crawford County, Kansas.
She attended Elementary School at Freed district #90 in Crawford County. She completed her Secondary Education at McCune Rural High School in May 1952. She received an Associate of Arts Degree from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS in 1973. She also received a Bachelor of Science Degree from McPherson College in McPherson, KS with a major in Chemistry in 1976. She obtained some graduate work at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. in summer 1971-72.
Anna Slapar married Frank M. Slapar on June 13, 1953 and they enjoyed over 60 years as a married couple. They had one daughter and three sons : Lynette L. Schmidt, BS, (Dan) of Prairie Village, KS, Larry S. Slapar, Ed.D (Debbie) of Wichita, KS, Lonnie R. Slapar, DDS, (Connie) of Rochester, NY and Lloyd L. Slapar, BS, (Nikki) of Topeka, KS.
Anna M. and Frank M. Slapar have four grandchildren: Jessica C. Slapar, BS,BA, Massena, NY; Frank T. Slapar,BS, Rochester, NY; William M. Slapar, BS, Rochester, NY; and Kylar C. Slapar, 7th grade, Topeka, KS.
Anna was preceded in death by her father, Francis M. McElwain; brother William R. McElwain; brother-in-law Bernard Whirley, and niece Carmella Whirley. She is survived by her mother Cleo McElwain of rural McCune, KS, a brother Mervin L. McElwain, of rural McCune, KS sisters Marian Whirley of Overland Park, KS and Carol Best of rural McCune, KS as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Anna May was first and foremost a Multi-functional Operations Manager (a M.O.M.). She was a meticulous housekeeper, a great cook and nutritionist. Her background in Chemistry enabled her to determine which foods were most nutritious for the family.
Her work experience outside the home included: a waitress in a number of eating places, a sales clerk in a fashion women's clothing store, a quality control employee in Jackson's Ice Cream plant, a sales position with a high-end petroleum lubricant firm, a lab assistant at a commercial testing firm, a lab assistant in the McPherson College Chemistry department, a school secretary in the elementary school that her children attended, an inventory control individual for a firm that stocked various stores in the Pittsburg, KS area, and a dental assistant for a dentist in Girard, KS.
Her Civic and Community activities included being a member of Pioneer Girls, Y-Teens, Future Homemakers, Girls Pep Club, Cosmos, a Federated Women's Club, Christian Women's Fellowship, Beta Sigma Phi, Sweet Adelines, Faculty Wives, Lady Tic's (a Faculty Wives group associated with Trade and Educational Education Organizations,) Parent Teachers Association, Cub Scouts of America as a Den Mother, Girls Scouts of America, Community volunteer solicitor for the United Fund, American Cancer Association, American Heart Association, and American Red Cross Blood Donor having given 50 pints of blood.
Anna and Frank lived in a number of locations during their 60 years of marriage: Rural Route Pittsburg, KS, the city of Pittsburg, KS, Wichita, KS, Burrton, KS, and Hutchinson, KS. They also spent a number of summers in: Manhattan, KS, Pittsburg, KS, Champaign-Urbana, IL, and Ft. Collins, CO
She has held church memberships at the Osage Church of the Brethren of rural McCune, KS, Burrton Christian Church, Park Place Christian Church in Hutchinson, KS with the last membership at the First Christian Church of Pittsburg, KS.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Sunday June 1, 2014 at the Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg with Pastor Jan Veatch-Yoger officiating. Family and friends are requested to meet at the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg where friends may call after 11 a.m. Saturday. Condolences can be sent to www.bathnaylor.com
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church of Pittsburg, KS. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.