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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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This Week's Issue:June 30, 2016 June 30, 2016


Rosella Jost, 99

Posted 6/30/2016

HILLSBORO – Rosella Jost, 99, died June 20, 2016, at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro.  

She was born June 13, 1917, to Peter J. and Maria (Siemens) Franz in Corn, Oklahoma.  

She married Marvin G. Jost Aug. 18, 1940, in Chico, California.  

She was a homemaker.  

Survivors include: sons; Dale (Shirley) Jost of Hesston, James (Colleen) Jost of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughters, Cheryl (Larry) McJunkin of Akron, Pennsylvania, Loretta (Gaylen) Neufeld of Hesston; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Al Franz of Longmont, Colorado and Joe Franz of Sanger, California.  

She was predeceased by her husband, Marvin G. Jost in 2008.  

A Celebration of Life Service was held June 28, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Officiated by Pastor Brian Allen and Pastor Clint Seibel.  

Memorials may be made to Tabor College or Hillsboro M.B. Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  

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Dorothy Ann Friesen, 80

Posted 6/30/2016

Dorothy Ann Friesen, 80, passed away on June 26, 2016 at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge.  She was born in Newton on March 23, 1936, to Paul E. and Edna O. Tangeman Vogt.   She was an active member of the Garden Community Church, rural Moundridge.  On May 4, 1956 she married Norman Friesen.  They farmed in rural Walton for 45 years until retiring in Hesston.  She is survived by her husband, Norman of Hesston, sons, Larry (Jeanette) Friesen, Dale (Shelly) Friesen all of Walton, KS, and daughter Yvonne (Gerhard) Fast of Hesston, 1 brother, Arnold (Shirley) Vogt of Hesston, 1 sister, Helen (Alvin) Bergen of Augusta,  5 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Verna Broeckel and Betty Oller.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Moundridge Funeral Home.    Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Garden Community Church with Pastor Gary Janzen officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Garden Community Church Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be given to either Garden Community Church or Harvest Radio Migration –Brazil (Avant Ministries), in care of Moundridge Funeral Home.

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Alan Eugene Birdsell, 66

Posted 6/30/2016

Alan Eugene Birdsell lived 66 years and 20 days before returning to the Lord.  He lived all of it.  Most of which was with his wife by his side. 

Meeting in Indiana, courtesy of a couple dogs and a cat, they went out and enjoyed the first of several dinners together.  A short time after that first arranged meeting, they got married and started planning for their family. 

That family started with the birth of Derrick (Amy) in Indiana.  A few years later the couple and their son moved to Kansas, and shortly thereafter Christopher (Mary) joined the picture and the family was complete (or so they thought) until Derrick and Amy had his grandson Glen.

As a husband and father, Alan excelled at supporting his family every way he knew how.  He always gave the best gift at Christmas (although Becky always said her sons gave the best) and always took time to teach his sons all the important life lessons:  how to ride a bike, how to throw a ball, how to drive a stick shift, and most importantly,  how to stand up and face the world.

 It was this teaching attitude that expanded into his professional life as well, teaching and coaching hundreds of kids over 50 years to not only be better in school, or to be better runners, but how to be better people.  He could always relate to his runners, his students, his colleagues, and his friends.

It is safe to say that he will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. He touched so many people with his kindness, his wit, and his heart.

A visitation was held June 26, at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.  A memorial service was held June 27, at the United Methodist Church, Hesston with Reverend Keith Schadel officiating. 

Memorials may be sent to the Kansas Humane Society in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.

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