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'The Tucker Twins' will be celebrating their 100th birthday on August 24th in Portland, OR with a big family celebration. They are both still in good health. We wish them a Happy Birthday! (Updated July 2012)
Katherine Schiller Mulanax of Manhattan died on May 14, 2012 at the age of 97. Katherine was born in Kirwin, Kansas on September 4, 1914. Her parents were Frank and Edith (Thomas) Schiller. She was married to Dr. Paul A. Kline on May 24, 1941 and he passed away in 1942. On Feb. 20, 1943 she married Alvin E. Mulanax and he died on March 24, 1987.
She attended the University of Kansas School of Nursing from 1933 to 1936 and became a Registered Nurse. She was later certified as a Public Health Nurse at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 1940, she moved back to Abilene to become a school nurse until 1941.
In 1936, Katherine was a Staff Nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Katherine also worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver; the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois; St. Joseph Hospital, Hot Springs, Ark; St. Mary's Hospital, Manhattan; was a private duty nurse also in Manhattan; University Hospital at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and Lafene Student Health at Kansas State University until she retired in 1977.
Katherine was a member of the First Christian Church of Manhattan and the Lydia Group. Survivors include her son Roger (Jo) Mulanax of Manhattan; a sister, Ruth Jackson of Topeka; her grandson, Douglas L (Jamie) Mulanax; great granddaughters Hannah Kate and Molly Ann Mulanax. She was also preceded in death by a great granddaughter Emily Caroline Mulanax. (Updated November 2012)
U.S. Veteran Jeanne Eileen Parcels Mathewson, native of Hiawatha, KS, died in Topeka, KS, on November 4, 2012.
She was born on March 14, 1922. She had 6 brothers and sisters who preceded her in death. As a member of the Girl Scouts for 8 years, she earned the Golden Eaglet Award for her community service. She was also an accomplished musician and vocalist throughout her life. She played the oboe, piano, organ, and violin, and was known for her perfect pitch. She graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1939.
She furthered her education and graduated with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and Nursing from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University in 1944. Her longtime friend and future husband, Robert Edward Mathewson, and brother, Rex Parcels, encouraged her to join the Navy Nurse Corps. In 1945, she was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps. Her first assignment was at Treasure Island, CA, as an emergency room nurse. Jeanne was discharged from active duty in the Navy in 1946, and became engaged to Robert Mathewson. They were married on August 25, 1946 at St. Ann's Church in Hiawatha, Kansas.
By 1950, she had three children, Joseph, Marianne and James. Robert Mathewson was re-called into active duty for the Korean Conflict, and so she returned with the three children to Hiawatha, KS. They later moved to Kansas City where she worked at the Bethany Hospital School of Nursing and the VA Hospital in Leavenworth, KS. She and Bob retired in Hiawatha and built a log cabin for their retirement home in 1979. Jeanne served in the St. Ann's Altar Society and choir at St. Ann's Catholic Church. She was a member of the St. Joe Sweet Adelines for 15 years, and was a member of the Homer White American Legion Post, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW in Hiawatha and the Brown County Election Board.
Jeanne is survived by 5 children: Joseph Richard of Newport Beach, CA; Marianne Mathewson-Chapman of Arlington, VA; James Edward Mathewson of Tulsa, OK; Suzanne Osborne of Berryton, KS; and Judith Jeanne Mathewson of Van Buren, AR; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. (Updated November 2012)
Ms. Marr sent a letter sharing what she has done in her career. She was in teaching and supervision at the University of Washington-Seattle for a year. She was a Staff Nurse for a year in Swedish Seattle. In 1967, she was hired to do the functional programming for a new hospital to be built in Kirkland, WA. She became the DNS until 1987 when she retired. In September 1986, she presented a paper at International Hospital Federation Regional Conference in Taiwan, titled "Health Care Facility Design.
She states she has had a delightful career with only one disappointment which is the slowness the nursing leaders review and use the 7-70 staffing that she implemented and maintained until her retirement in 1978.
Her retirement has consisted of RV'ing to 30+ states, Canada, China (the Great Wall) Japan, and Hong-Kong.
Her days now are spent reading, embroidering, riding a stationary bike 10 miles or more daily and other exercises.
She has one suggestion for the nursing leaders - pass a law that every Dean & DNS after 8-10 years at the job they take a sabbatical of 3 months and work 1 month on each shift in their general duty specialty. She did it more and says what a revelation! (updated February 2012)
Mary Ann (Post) Boliaris passed away July 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents (Neal and Corinne Post of Independence, KS), her sons Gary and Nick, brother Neal, Jr., and her husband, Tom. She leaves behind her very sad children, Tom Boliaris, Janet Szarek, Nancy Beaumier and Anita Boliaris, as well as a multitude of friends, former co-workers and members of her church.
After receiving her nursing degree, Mary Ann met, married and moved to Chicago with her husband, Tom. She worked for a few years as a pediatric nurse at Cook County Hospital pausing to raise her own children. In 1969, the family moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin. Soon after, Mary Ann began working again, as an RN, at the Congregational Home. After retiring in 1990, she worked part time for Worldwide Health Services and also volunteered for Angels Grace Hospice.
She was quite a woman and is greatly missed. (Updated March 2013)
Gladys passed away in July 22, 2012. Gladys was a RN for several years specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. She is survived by a daughter, Mitzi; son, Mark Gregory; step-son Steve Gregory and four grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Mary retired in 1982 and living the good life in Dallas, TX. (Updated June 2012)
Nell Sherman passed away July 19, 2012 at the age of 81. She traveled extensively during her husband's 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Nell worked as both a volunteer and practicing nurse. After her husband's retirement, they moved to Lawrence, Kansas and Nell worked as a professional nurse for a group of doctors and also for Visiting Nurses Association.
Nell is survived by her husband, Jerry, her children, Thomas, Barry, Fredrick and Penny, nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. (Updated August 2012)
Barbara passed away on February 18, 2012. (Updated April 2012)
Barbara passed away on February 18, 2012. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Jeannine Dahl, Military & Armed Service Leader LTC. USAR (Ret) is being honored March 10th by YWCA at the 2012 Tribute to Leadership Centennial Celebration and Awards at the Arizona Biltmore & Spa Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom. It is a tribute to women who have made significant contributions to eliminating discrimination and empowering women. She has also been voted into AZ Veterans Hall of Fame. She is currently working with American Red Cross with families of deployed military. (updated January 2012)
Bernice passed away on December 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Updated January 2013)
Donna is doing well and enjoying retirement. She is keeping busy in church and neighborhood activities. She enjoys her grandson in tae kwon do competitions. He just received his Black Belt for his age group. (Updated January 2013)
"Tricia" (Muson) Bowen passed away February 17, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. She taught nursing at many different colleges in her lifetime. She also wrote articles for the Clay Center Dispatch. She was an American Red Cross volunteer, member of Habitat for Humanity, Nature conservancy and First Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Bowen. She is survived by her husband, Montie Bowen, a son, John Bowen, two daughters, Sarah Allred and Jennifer Schmitendorf , three grandchildren and numerous other family members. (updated March 2012)
Donna has retired, has two children and two grandchildren. (updated March 2012)
June passed away on February 22, 2013. She leaves behind her husband, Gene Bockelman and son Peter Bockelman and other family members. (Updated April 2013)
Martha is still working as Dissertation Advisor for NSU and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. This summer she plans to be a Clinical Instructor for Hutchinson Community College for their online LPN & Paramedic to RN. (Updated April 2013)
Betty and her husband, Dr. Leonard Sullivan, are retired and traveling this great country full time in an Airstream motor home. (Updated September 2012)
Ms. Broadhurst has retired as a community health nurse. (updated February 2012)
Rita Clifford, associate dean for community engagement, has been named as one of the Women of Distinction for 2012-2013 by KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. The award recognizes KU women students, staff, faculty, and alumnae for their achievements and contributions to KU and/or the community, serving as role models and challenging gender stereotypes. (Updated August 2012)
Joan has been retired since 1996 from full time but continued to work PRN until 2006. She misses nursing but love the relaxed life style of retirement. She's enjoying time with her children and grandchildren.
Ms. Baehr, 92, passed away February 19, 2012. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran School of Nursing in 1940, then from the University of Kansas in 1965 with a BS in nursing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul in 1983. Survivors include her son, John Baehr, daughter, Linda Baehr and granddaughter, Melinda Baehr, Esq. (updated March, 2012)
Bonnie defended her dissertation in January, 2012 for her PhD. She will graduate in May, 2012. She is a proud grandmother of four grandchildren, 10, 8, 5, 4. (Updated April 2012)
Beverly received her BSN in 1966 and MS in 1986. She is retired from school nursing in Shawnee Mission School district after 34 years. It was a fabulous career. She enjoys traveling, singing and grandchildren. (Updated July 2012)
Joyce graduated from KUMC with a degree in Nursing in 1966 and her MBA. She started her own business, NS – National Placement Service for Neurosurgeons, in 1993. She owned and enjoyed American Saddlebred horses.
She is survived by her partner of 20 years, John R. Franck, two sisters; Carol and Jennifer, a niece, nephew and great-niece. (Updated July 2012)
Dr. Lee is serving as Adjunct Professor, Research, for the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program since 2004 and School of Nursing since 2002. She completed elected term of office on the ANA, Congress on Practice & Economics from 2006-2010, followed by an appointment to the ANA Committee on Standers of Practice and elected to the NAN Credentialing Center on the Committee on Bylaws. She is serving as District 6 President, Kansas State Nurses Association, assisting with the 100th Centennial Celebration scheduled for Marriott Corporate Hotel for November 13, 2012. (updated February 2012)
Francella passed away February 27, 2013. (Updated April 2013)
Elizabeth volunteered with St. Luke's Blood Bank on Mobile drives until the site closed in 2009. She worked as segmentor, filtered leucocytes in field, packaged blood bags for transport to hospital for processing. (Updated April 2012)
My husband, David and I are back in Denver busily doing last minute purchases and packing to return to Congo. In January, February and part of March we have been visiting supporting churches in Northwest Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
During all our travels and time in the States, our minds and hearts are always connected to Congo and the ministry there. Blog: http://umccongo.blogspot.com (Updated July 2012)
Ms. Cram works in neonatal & pediatric staff development and with a simulation lab that is utilized for orientation, competencies and certifications. It is very rewarding and a great way to develop clinical skills. (updated February 2012)
Cynthia Murray passed away August 3, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father and her youngest sister. She leaves behind her husband, Thomas Murray, her children, Anne Emert and spouse, son Thomas Murray, Jr. and spouse, and a grandchild, Samuel Thomas Emert. She is also survived by her mother and two sisters.
She graduated from KU in 1971. Her senior year, she studied at the University of Exeter, England, on a Rotary Scholarship. She then graduated from the KU School of Nursing in 1975, among the top three students in her class. (Updated August 2012)
Kimberly passed away on November 26, 2012. She leaves behind a son, Travis and other family members. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Thiry passed away April 24th in Salina, KS. She was born December 12, 1926. She graduated from KU with a Ph.D. in Nurse Scientist Program specializing in Communications and Human Relations. Dr. Thiry considered her greatest contribution to be as a mentor and support of nurses in advancing their education and career development, thus there are three endowed scholarship funds honoring her at Pittsburg State University, Kansas Wesleyan University and the Kansas Nurses Foundation. (Updated May 2012)
Ms. Reddin passed away October 2, 2012. She leaves behind her husband, Jack L. Reddin, two sons; Tim and Lee and six grandchildren.
Ms. Reddin loved to read, she traveled afar, and she flew airplanes. She led by example. (Updated October 2012)
Ms. Lubetich attended her 30 year class reunion which was very fun to see all and hear about others from our class. Her daughters Kelsey and Shannon are in college in California. She just started back to work at Peninsula Pain Clinic working with chronic pain patients. She continues volunteering, exercising and traveling. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Giddens has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing effective June 30, 2013.
Dr. Giddens currently serves as professor and executive dean of the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, author of numerous journal articles, nursing textbooks and electronic media in nursing education. She is widely recognized for creating innovative teaching and learning models in nursing sciences. Dr. Giddens is currently a board member of the KUMC Nursing Alumni Board. (Updated April 2013)
Ms. West passed away March 22, 2012 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She received her BS in Nursing from KU. She found her career in nursing to be very rewarding and something she really enjoyed. In her words "It was the highlight of my life."
She married Charles West in 1970. He survives along with a son, Michael, daughter, Sandra, three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. (updated April 2012)
Ruth passed away at the age of 85 on August 28, 2012. Ruth graduated in 1943 from Burlington High School then married Albert E. Holthaus on May 21, 1949. She was a mother and homemaker then studied nursing at William Jewell College, earning her nursing degree in 1976. She then earned a masters in nursing from University of Kansas in 1984. She taught and continued her nursing education earning her Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 1993. She moved to Burlington in 2005 to be near her sister. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister. She is survived by a daughter, Marla Lanning and son, Matthew, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Updated September 2012)
Ms. Allen passed away January 22, 2013. She leaves behind her father, two brothers and a sister. She will be greatly missed. (Updated February 2013)
Ms. Cassella is employed as a Nurse Practitioner in Leavenworth, KS. She is married to Dough Cassella. She has one son and four step children. (updated March 2012)
Elizabeth (Breen) Smith passed away Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012, at her home. In 1987 Elizabeth graduated with a degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She worked as a RN and Director at the Bethany Medical Center, Providence and Liberty Hospitals. On Aug. 22, 1992, Elizabeth married Wesley "Dean" Smith. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2012. She received her masters in 1999 from U.M.K.C. and also taught classes at KCKCC and William Jewell College. She was a member of the Lawson Methodist Church and the Circle of Friends Society in Lawson. Elizabeth loved fishing with her husband, Dean, and traveling to Branson, where they enjoyed attending Gospel and Bluegrass shows. She loved reading, gardening and hosting family gatherings for the holidays and special events. Survivors include: four sons, Chris Breen of Liberty, Aaron Voth and wife Michelle of Newton, KS, Andrew Voth and wife Janel of Overland Park, KS, Ben Voth and wife Nicki of Clark, MO; one step-daughter, Christina Smith of Liberty; two brothers; twelve grandchildren and one great- grandchild. In addition to her husband, Dean, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents. (Updated September 2012)
Patricia Krehbiel passed away April 17, 2012 after a brief illness. She attended the University of Missouri and afterwards lived in New London, Conn. Always having a thirst for knowledge, she attended the University of Kansas and received a Master's degree in nursing and a Nurse Practitioners license. Patricia worked at the Lipid Clinic at KU Medical Center in the 80s until the mid-90s. She then worked at Quintiles for a number of years before becoming the Manager of Quality Assurance for Ausbio Pharmaceuticals. She enjoyed her job and the traveling that went along with it and made lasting friendships. She was able travel to all parts of the world with her job and enjoyed those adventures very much. Patricia had many hobbies. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed watching her flowers bloom throughout the summer in her garden. She loved collecting art and beautiful things for her home. Cooking gourmet food was an enjoyable pastime for her. New York was one of her favorite places to visit and she loved going to Broadway Theater productions. Time with her two grandsons, Jack and Tom, were her most joyous. She loved cooking, reading, fishing, and playing games with them most of all. She would drop everything to devote her full attention to them and they will miss her greatly. She and Scott enjoyed collecting bird feeders and cactus together. They had a very special relationship that was full of love and admiration for one another. She was a kind, caring, and compassionate soul who will be missed. She is survived by her son, Scott, his wife Kelly, and two grandsons, Jack and Tom, of Shawnee. (Updated October 2012)
Sandra passed away on June 14, 2012 at home with her husband by her side after a seventeen year battle with ALS. She was a very remarkable person. With the help of a computer, she wrote a book "The Butcher's Daughter", the story of an Army Nurse with ALS. She was the patient representation to the International Ventilator Users network, and lobbied Congress along with the American Legion to advocate for increased Aid & Attendance Allowance support for severely disabled veterans so that they had an option to remain with their families instead of being institutionalized.
A long-time member and local chapter officer in Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sandy received their Inspirational Award in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her son Nicholas 'Nick' Stuban, who died in January 2011. She leaves behind her husband LTC Steven Stuban and her parents, two sisters and other family members. Sandra will be greatly missed.
View this inspirational video about Sandra that was created by the army and featured in The American Veteran February 2010 issue. (Updated July 2012)
Renee passed away on January 2, 2009. She left behind two sons, Joseph Conlin Prenice and Nicholas Anthony and step-daughter, Cheyenne. (Updated September 2012)
Ms. Johnson is working in OB labor and delivery for about 2.5 years at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal KS. (updated February 2012)
Ms. Hughey is working at Saint Lukes as Lead Nurse in the Endocrinology – Diabetes Clinic. She is engaged to Christina Waggoner. (update February 2012)
Ms. Waggoner works at KU Medical Hospital. She is planning a fall wedding to a former KU SON classmate Meredith Hughey. (updated February 2012)
Laura started working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in early February, 2012 in Hill City. She and her husband, Michael Oppitz, are making their home in Hill City. They love it out there. She is very impressed with the devotion and care shown and given by the local doctors and their staffs. (Updated April 2012)