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January 11, 2018 The Hesston RecordJanuary 11, 2018 The Hesston Record 



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Anthony C. Petrocci, 90

Posted 1/12/2018

INMAN - Anthony C. Petrocci, 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Pleasant View Estates, in Inman.

He was born on April 11, 1927, to Michael and Anna Marie Josephine (Cocco) Petrocci, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Tony worked in maintenance most of his life and retired from the Inman school district. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Inman. Tony married Evelyn Strausz on March 5, 1955, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She passed away Jan. 3, 1993.

Survivors include: sons, Mick (Maureen) Petrocci of Hesston and Rodney Petrocci (David Hickoff) of York, Pennsylvania; daughter, Christine (John) Hershberger of Inman; grandchildren, Jeremiah (Tanya), Michael (Erin) and Lucas (fiancée Chayna) Petrocci; 2 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Ali Petrocci, with a third one to arrive soon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Josephine Cafone.

Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, in Inman, with Pastor Dennis Ureche officiating. Family will greet friends from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, at the church fellowship hall. Inurnment will be at a later date in North Inman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Samaritan Home, Allentown, Pennsylvania, in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler, KS 67522.

Clara Lucille Wance, 93

Posted 1/12/2018

Clara Lucille Wance, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. 

Clara was born Jan. 17, 1924, in McPherson to Adam and Agnes Unruh Ratzlaff. 

She and her twin brother, Clinton were the youngest of 5 children and grew up on a farm near Durham. 

She was baptized in October 1940 by Pastor John Eppy at the Friedenstahl (Peace Valley) Mennonite Church. 

She married the love of her life, John Wance, in November 1947. 

John and Clara had three children: Janice, who died as an infant in 1949, and Susan Kennedy, currently of Barcelona, Spain, and Steven of Holden, Missouri. 

Clara had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Clara retired from the Bethel Deaconess Hospital’s dietary department in 1986. She and her husband then spent the next 20 years delivering for Meals on Wheels. Clara also volunteered on the Harvey County Election Board for 15 years. 

Clara and John moved to Schowalter Villa in 2005. John passed away in 2009. 

Clara became a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton in 1957. 

Along with her parents,  husband and daughter, Clara is preceded in death by her brothers Wesley and Clinton Ratzlaff; and two sisters Hilda Mitchell and Frances Decker. 

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the chapel of Schowalter Villa in Hesston. 

Graveside and interment services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, followed by a luncheon at First Mennonite Church in Newton. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-7 p.m.

 A memorial has been established with the Mennonite Central Committee, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

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Albert Kenneth Wiens, 69

Posted 1/12/2018

NORTH NEWTON - Albert Wiens, 69, died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Kidron Bethel Care Center in North Newton.

Albert was born Aug. 2, 1948, in Newton, to Wm. Kenneth and Florene (Bachman) Wiens.  

He attended Halstead schools where he graduated in 1966. He attended Hutchinson Junior College and was a 1971 business graduate of Emporia State University. 

Albert enjoyed pizza, fishing, and go carts and sporty cars.  He will be remembered as a “Caring Spirit” and one who was thankful for everything. Albert had a special love and concern for his mother.  He was a member of the First Mennonite Church.

He is survived by his mother: Florene Wiens; siblings and spouses Prisca (Gary) Krehbiel, Gerry (Bev) Wiens, and Wendy Wiens and many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father: Wm. Kenneth Wiens.

Memorial services were held Jan. 8 at the First Mennonite Church of Newton.  A public visitation was held Jan. 7, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

A graveside committal was held Jan. 8 at the Halstead City Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness, Local Affiliate and Caring Place of Newton, Kansas.