Archive for Wednesday, July 29, 1998


July 29, 1998


Services for Helen O. Pine, 97, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Pine died Sunday, July 26, 1998, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born May 27, 1901, in rural Lawrence, the daughter of Scott Wood and Emily Simmons. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where she held a number of offices and the United Methodist Women. She also was a member of Autumn Club, Old Friends Club and Woodlawn Homemakers Unit.

She married Ralph E. Pine Sr. on Oct. 12, 1921. He died Dec. 27, 1984.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Jr. and Wayne, both of Lawrence; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

The family suggests memorials to Centenary United Methodist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.


Services for Flora Chiarappa Silini, 75, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. August 27 at First Southern Baptist Church. Burial will be held at a later date in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, Conn.

Ms. Silini died Monday, July 27, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of Emilio and Grace Chiarappa. She earned a degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and a master's degree in music from Ball State in 1967.

She presented workshops describing her method of teaching piano to the mentally and physically challenged, and her book, ``Experiencing Music with the Piano,'' has been used as a text for piano courses throughout the United States.

She was presented the Mortar Board Teaching Award for outstanding educator by the Torch Chapter, Kansas University. In 1981, she was the recipient of a grant from the National Committee of Arts for the handicapped, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

She was a member of Altrusa International, the American Italian Historical Society, Music Teachers National Assn., Sigma Alpha Iota International music fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda, KU Retirees Club, and National Honorary Music Society. She was active in the Kansas Music Teacher's Assn., the Douglas County Association for the Retarded Citizens and the American Diabetes Assn.

Survivors include a son, Robert Silipigni, of the home; and a brother, Elmer Chiarappa, Middlefield, Conn.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Assn., sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


No local services are planned for Erma L. Kay, 77, Lawrence. Services will be scheduled at a later date in Buffalo, Wyo.

Mrs. Kay died Monday, July 27, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 1, 1921, in Arvada, Wyo., the daughter of Fred and Beatrice Bixby Miley. She later lived many years in Lawrence before moving back to Wyoming. She returned to Lawrence in September 1997, moving from Buffalo, Wyo. She was a retired bookkeeper for Rusty's IGA, Lawrence.

She attended the Unity Church.

She married Gordon S. Kay in 1939 in Sheridan, Wyo. They were divorced in 1971. She married Bertis L. Kay on Dec. 23, 1976, in Lawrence. He died in July 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Baugher, Lawrence; a son, Tom, Lawrence; two sisters, Emily LaCharity, Post Falls, Idaho, and Beatrice Lissow, Seal Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Salvation Army.

Warren-McElwain Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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