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The Hesston Record
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Hesston Record 5.21

Hesston Record 5.21

Ethel Marie (Ebersole) Lind

Posted 5/21/2015

Ethel Marie (Ebersole) Lind, died April 24, 2015 in Showalter Villa at Hesston, the place of her birth. A public memorial service has been scheduled for May 24 at the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Room at 2:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Friends University and the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.

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Evelyn J. Franz Lohrentz, 77

Posted 5/21/2015

Evelyn J. Franz Lohrentz was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Hutchinson.  

She was the daughter of Peter T. and Selma (Plett) Franz. 

Many fond memories were made working and playing with her sisters Lovella and Verna Mae. 

She was preceded in death by a stillborn sister, Mary Lou, and her sister, Verna Mae. 

Evelyn attended Inman schools and later received a teaching degree from Bethel College. She taught first and second grades at Willis School in western Harvey County then in Hesston for ten years.  

On June 4, 1960, she married Howard R. Lohrentz at Hebron Mennonite Church near Buhler. They built their home in Hesston in 1964 and made that house a home for 50 years.

She became a professional florist first buying a flower shop and later working as a floral designer at Country Gardens.  Her final professional job was as an administrative assistant at Dewayne Pauls Tax Office.

Evelyn was a loving mother, wife and friend who had a way of making everyone feel special. A card game was never hard to find as her door was always open to friends and family.

 She was an avid gardener and artist with a deep appreciation for the fine arts.  Active in the church Evelyn played piano and sang in choir.  In later years Evelyn continued to be active in the church, her Sunday school, church board and volunteer works. 

In August, Howard and Evelyn moved to a new home in the retirement development in Hesston where they continued to be active with friends and family.

Evelyn was taken to the heavenly gardens on Friday, May 15.  

Those who survive her and cherish her in their hearts are loving husband Howard; children, Janelle (Denis) Levitt of Tucson; Greg (Jane) Lohrentz of Manhattan; grandchildren Matthew, Melanie, Alexa Kate and Amanda.  She is also survived by one sister, Lovella (Albert) Franz of Buhler.

Family greeted friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at Dyck Arboretum, Hesston.  

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, at Bethel College Mennonite Church, Newton.  

Memorials may be sent to the Bethel College in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston. 

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Emily Christine Byler, 22

Posted 5/21/2015

Emily Christine Byler, 22, Paraprofessional Teacher, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  

She was born Dec. 4, 1992, in Barberton, Ohio, the daughter of Michael Ray and Jayne Marie (Speigle) Byler.

She moved to Pratt in Aug. of 2014 from Ohio.  She had been attending the Pratt Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her partner of three years, Elizabeth Hillegass of Pratt; mother Jayne of Canton, Ohio; father Michael of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Kathryn (Garry) Juarez of Cameron Park, Calif. and brother Justin Byler of Amherst, Mass.

A visitation was held May 16 at Pratt Presbyterian Church.  A funeral service followed with Pastor Stephen Wing presiding.

An Ohio service was held May 19, 2015 at First Mennonite Church with Marilyn Rossiter presiding. Smith-Varns Funeral Home will be handling arrangements.  

Burial will follow at the family’s convenience in Blough Mennonite Church Cemetery in Hollsopple, Pa. 

Memorials may be made to ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health) Services of Tuscarawas County or Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS, 67124.  Condolences may be left at

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