January 2021

Delores Schmitz

She was an only child who in her lifetime created 55 descendants.

When she and her soon-to-be husband sat down with the priest for their pre-nuptial meeting, she heard herself described by that priest as the “finest girl in Marshall County.”

She became equal partner in all of her husband’s farming and business ventures.

She was a wonderful pianist, but never had a lesson – playing completely by ear.

She married into a big family and immediately took on the role of historian and genealogist.

Gracely Ann Wilson

Gracely Ann Wilson, daughter of Jimmy Wilson and Kali Friend was stillborn on January 8, 2021. Gracely is survived by her parents; grandparents, Pam & Jim Friend, Johnnie and Tammy Wilson, great-grandfather, Charles Cowell, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Schaeffer Mortuary to assist with expenses.


Gwen Rice

Gwendolyn Ella (Williams) Rice was born on October 18, 1926 in the back bedroom of her parents farm six miles west of Caldwell, Kansas.  She was the third child born to Clifford and Addie (Crumbliss) Williams.  Her two older brothers, Glen and David and her two younger brothers, Jim and Tom, were born on the farm.  Little sister, Kathy, arrived in 1946.

Kurt Weber


Kurt Alexander Weber, 64, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at William Newton Hospital.

Born May 23, 1956 in Connecticut, he was the son of Damon and Patricia (Frazier) Weber.  He was raised and received his education in Caldwell, Kansas, graduating from Caldwell High School.  He later attended Cowley County Community College where he received an associate degree in Police Science.  Kurt began his career in law enforcement working for the Caldwell Police Department. 

Sarah Coombs Wencel

Sarah Coombs Wencel, 76, of Caldwell, Kansas, passed away on December 31, 2020, in Wichita, Kansas.

Sarah was born on April 30, 1944, to Dorth and Virginia Coombs of Wichita, Kansas. She grew up in the College Hill neighborhood and graduated from Wichita East High School in 1962. Sarah attended Emporia State University and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Sarah taught elementary students for 20 years and specialized in learning disabilities.