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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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Hesston Record 7.2

Hesston Record 7.2

Marie R. Ratzlaff, 99

Posted 7/2/2015

Marie R. Ratzlaff, age 99 of North Newton, formerly of Henderson, Neb., passed away Monday, June 22, 2015, in North Newton. 

She was born June 10, 1916, in rural Stockham, Neb., to Dietrich D. and Mary (Janzen) Friesen. 

Marie was united in marriage to Dietrich P. Ratzlaff on June 9, 1936, in Henderson.  The union was blessed with six children. 

Marie was formerly a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson and currently belonged to Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton.  She enjoyed reading and writing poetry, baking and cooking.  She also loved to garden and while living in Henderson, she belonged to the Garden Club.

Left to cherish her memory are five sons: Neal (Debra) Ratzlaff of Omaha, Neb., Randy (Donna) Ratzlaff of Henderson, Steve (Lynette) Ratzlaff of Fresno, Calif., Keith (Treva Reimer) Ratzlaff of Pella, Ia., and Craig (Carol) Ratzlaff of Aurora, Neb.; one daughter Jeanne (Vernon) Dreier of Hesston; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Alice Janzen of Reedley, Calif.; nieces, nephews and friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law Izen Ratzlaff; and two brothers, Dietrich and Wilbur Friesen.

Graveside services were held, June 29 at the Bethesda Cemetery, Henderson.  A memorial service will followed at the Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson.  Visitation will be from 1-9 on Saturday and Sunday at Metz Mortuary, Henderson.  The family will greet friends from 6-8 pm Sunday evening.  Memorials may be directed to the MCC.

Condolences may be left for the family at


.  Metz Mortuary, York, NE is handling arrangements.


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WilburE. Goertz, 93

Posted 7/2/2015

Wilbur E. Goertz, age 93, of Hesston, passed away on June 21, 2015. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Berniece (Stucky); infant son, David; parents, David P. and Helena (Ediger) and brothers, Harold and Arnold.  Survivors include four children:  Bonnie, John (Emily), Ruth (Ron) Wilson and Daniel; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Marieanna Siemens and Loretta Zehr; and brother, Ronald. 

A visitation will be Thursday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.  and a memorial service will  be held on July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, in Hesston. 

Memorials may be given to Our Daily Bread Ministries through the funeral home.

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Velma I. Wenger, 97

Posted 7/2/2015

MOUNDRIDGE – Velma I. Wenger, 97, passed away June 29, 2015, at Moundridge Manor. 

She was born on May 18, 1918, in Greensburg, the daughter of Lincoln and Leah Peaster Dirks. 

She was a member of the Garden View Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Halstead. 

On July 24, 1938, she married Elton Wenger.  He passed away on October 27, 1988. 

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Lois Koehn, Zella Unruh, Willis Dirks, Verna Kanton, Joan Becker, and a grandson, Troy Wenger. 

She is survived by her children, Joyce (Mel) Wiggers, Lois (Weldon) Boeckner, Moundridge, Richard (Cristine) Wenger, Hesston, Wayne (Grace) Wenger, Dalhart, Tex., Leah (Garold) Wedel of Hesston, Phyllis (Verle) Holdeman of Halstead, 22 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.   

 Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, at Moundridge Funeral Home with family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Garden View Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Halstead.  Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to Moundridge Manor in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, Moundridge.  

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