Archive for Wednesday, February 25, 1998


February 25, 1998


Graveside services for Mary E. Paretsky, 76, Lawrence, will be 3 p..m. Thursday at the Beni Israel Cemetery near Eudora.

Mrs. Paretsky died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at her home.

She was born March 29, 1921, in Roodhouse, Ill., the daughter of Orville and Ella Edwards. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1941 and began graduate work in 1942 at Iowa State University. Her activities in World War II are still classified. She was entitled to wear the orders of Croix de Guerre, the Order of the Garter, and the Order of the Gartersnake.

She became the head librarian of the children's department at Lawrence Public Library in 1970.

She married David Paretsky in December 1942 near Ames, Iowa. He survives of Lawrence.

Other survivors include four sons, Jeremy Paretsky, Rome, Italy, Dan Paretsky, Eagle River, Wis., Jonathan Paretsky, Lawrence, and Nicholas Paretsky, Columbia, Mo.; and a daughter, Sara Paretsky, Chicago.

The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Dr.

The family suggests memorials to the Hospice Care in Douglas County, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. or Lawrence Jewish Community Women, and may be sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Irvin Sutton Jr.

Arrangements for Irvin B. Jesse Sutton Jr., 72, are pending at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mr. Sutton died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Brandon Woods.

Clarence Rothwell

Topeka -- Services for Clarence M. Rothwell, 71, Topeka, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church, Topeka. His body was cremated.

Mr. Rothwell died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at a Topeka hospital.

He was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Douglas County, the son of Thurman A. Rothwell and Mable F. Carr Rothwell.

Mr. Rothwell grew up attending Douglas County schools and graduated from Lecompton High School. He moved from Lawrence to Topeka in 1954.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Topeka. He owned and operated Rothwell Texaco for 20 years and also worked as an auto mechanic for 12 years for Ed Bozarth. He served in the Army.

Mr. Rothwell married Vernice L. Hibner Parnell on April 12, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two brothers, Wilbur Rothwell, Lawrence, and Sylvester Rothwell, Lecompton; and two sisters, Ruth Vervynck, Lawrence, and Jane Childs, Belvue, Neb.

The family suggests memorials to the Diabetes Assn. or American Heart Assn., sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka.

Jennie Siscoe

DeSoto -- Services for Jennie C. Siscoe, 88, DeSoto, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at DeSoto United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mt. Sidney Cemetery, Linwood.

Mrs. Siscoe died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at Olathe Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 11, 1910, in Erie, the daughter of Frank Hubbard and Carrie Henderson Hubbard. She had lived in DeSoto since 1942, and farmed with her husband until retiring in 1982.

She was a member of DeSoto United Methodist Church, Olathe Bethel EHU and the Merrymakers Club and Satisfied Seniors Club, both of DeSoto.

She married Ernest F. Siscoe on Oct. 17, 1930, in Wichita. He died in 1982.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald, Topeka, and Richard, DeSoto; four daughters, Jewell Mullins, Edgewood, N.M., Zelda Jewett, Shawnee, and Gladys Bowlin and Nettie Lochner, both of Olathe; 22 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.

The family suggest memorials to United Methodist Church Piano Fund, DeSoto, sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

Irvyl Louise Barnes

Services for Irvyl Louise Barnes, 91, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Underwood Cemetery, Williamstown.

Mrs. Barnes died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at the Southwinds nursing home, Lawrence.

She was born May 30, 1906, in Harveyville, the daughter of Morris and Alta Shaw Duncan. A homemaker, she had lived in Lawrence since moving from Winchester in 1974. She was a longtime Williamstown resident.

She attended Williamstown Assembly of God Church and Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Church, Lawrence.

She married Oliver K. ``Mike'' Barnes on April 18, 1928, in Topeka. He died Dec. 8, 1973. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Oliver ``Bus'' Barnes and Willard ``Bill'' Barnes.

Survivors include a son, Morris Gene Barnes, Baldwin; two daughters, Faye Miller, Lawrence, and Mary Hart, Dallas; a brother, Ernest Duncan, Lawrence; a sister, Verly Gallamore, Denver; eight grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.

Friends may call from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Hospice , sent in care of the Barnett Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, Oskaloosa 66066.

Frances Bradley

Lenexa -- Services for Frances P. Tomlinson Bradley, 88, Lenexa, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lenexa United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Bradley died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at her home.

She was born March 15, 1909, in Kansas City, Kan. She lived in Lawrence from 1946 to 1954, working at the Kansas University Alumni office.

She was a member of Lenexa United Methodist Church.

She married William C. Bradley Sr. in 1929. He died in 1968.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Carter, Lenexa; a son, William C. Bradley Jr., Dallas; a brother, Glen Tomlinson, Independence, Mo.; a sister, Doris Perutelli, Richardson, Tex.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Maple Hill Chapel.

Ronald Dean Keller

Canton -- Services for Ronald Dean Keller, 47, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Olson's Mortuary, Canton. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Tampa, Kan.

Mr. Keller died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Hillsboro, the son of Alex and Hannah Bernhardt Keller. He had lived in Lawrence since moving from Haven in 1989.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Marion.

Survivors include four sisters, Darlene Payne, Wichita, Rosalene Keller-Lawrence, Apache Junction, Ariz., Judy Sommerfield, Durham, and Myra Chappel, Colstrip, Mont.

The family suggests memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Marion, and may be sent in care of Olson's Mortuary, P.O. Box 355, Canton 67428.

  • Stories on the deaths of Richard Barber and John McNown appear elsewhere on this page.

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