Newton Now Obituaries

Nelton Dean Lemons, 36, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

He was born on June 29, 1980, in Newton.

Arrangements have been made with Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.

There are no services planned at this time.

Michael John Lemons, 34, died on Thursday, Feb. 23.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1982, in Newton.

Arrangements have been made with Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.

There are no services planned at this time.

David L. Montano, 33, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

He was born on Jan. 8, 1984.

Cremation has taken place, and there are no public services planned at this time.

Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Marcelina Ruiz Solis, 97, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend was called to heaven on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

She was in Emporia, on born June 18, 1919, to Jesus and Alijandra Ruiz. She married Joe N. Solis Sr. on July 18, 1936, in Emporia. They settled in Newton in 1955.
Marcelina was a homemaker for the first 20 years of marriage, while her husband was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad. She retired from Friendly Acres after many years of loyal service. She was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Altar Society, spending many hours volunteering her time and talent.
She is best remembered for her incredible cooking and her unwavering devotion to her family.
Marcelina is survived by daughter Virginia Avila (Julio) of Wichita; two sons, Joe R. Solis (Gina) of Newton and Gilbert R. Solis (Gloria) of Overland Park; seven grandchildren, Marissa Marfield, Gilbert Solis Jr, Angie Muci, Paul Solis, John Muci, Sheris Solis and Ali Solis; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Esperanza Solis; grandson, Frank Muci; and sister, Mary De La Torre.
The recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, with the Mass of Christian Burial Funeral at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, both of which will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.
A memorial has been established with the building fund of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at

Alycia Marie (Banks) Decker, 30, of Peabody passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

She was born in Newton and worked for OOPA food management as a director of Peabody-Burns School Program.

She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.

Alycia is survived by her husband, Justin Decker; son, Wyatt Decker; daughter, Leah Decker; parents, Lisa and Jim Hutto, and Scott and Judy Banks; brother Preston and Trina Banks; and many family and friends.

Visitation was Feb. 28, and services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, both at Peabody United Methodist Church, 403 N. Sycamore in Peabody. Baker Funeral Home in Peabody has charge of the services.

Charles E. Baker, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Haysville. He was born June 28, 1927, in Hays to Charles H. and Eva Mae (Harmon) Baker.

On Dec. 29, 1949, he married Caroline E. Bieker in Hays, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2000. Charles was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton. He had a passion for horses and enjoyed trail riding. One of his favorite trail rides was from New Mexico to Canada though the various western states. He was a member of the South Central and Heartland Trial Rider’s Association. Charles looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his sons, Charles P. “Chuck” Baker of Kansas City, Mo., Michael Baker of Wichita and Paul Baker of Newton. He also is survived by his siblings, William “Bill” and Hazel Baker of Upton, Wyo., Betty Jean Baker-Bunker of Greeley, Colo., Joann Baker Koerner Hays,  David and Marianne Baker Hendersonville, N.C., and Thomas “Tom” and Maria Baker Herriman, Utah. He also is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; wife; stepmother, Henrietta Westhusin Baker; brothers in law, Ed Bunker and Herb “Dutch” Koerner; and infant daughter, Mary Baker.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Nicholas Voelker presiding. Visitation was 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Petersen Funeral Home with a Recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. The family received friends following the Rosary. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to the Blue Sky Equestrian Therapy Program 8830 S. Hydraulic Haysville, KS, 67060.

PEABODY—Pamela J. (Gosser) Twombly, 58, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at her home in Peabody.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1958, in Wichita, the daughter of Herbert Louis and Wilma Lorraine Knight Gosser. Pam was raised in the Wichita and Derby area, graduating from Derby High School.
Pam worked with home health and as a supervisor at Mega Marble in Wichita for several years. She lived in Park City until moving to Peabody in the early ’90s. Most recently, Pam worked at the Dollar General store in Newton.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, going to garage sales and spending time with her grandkids.
In 1999, she met Dennis Twombly, and they married and continued to live in the Peabody area.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis; sons, Aaron Worthey of Peabody and Nathan Thompson of Newton; brother, Michael Gosser of Pierre Part, La.; sisters, Rita White and Marcia Gosser, both of Argonia, Cindy Martin of Greenville, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Interment will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established to assist the family with funeral expenses, and contributions may be made to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.
Condolences may be left at
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

Deborah “Sue” Balerio, 61, died on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Hutchinson. She was born on Dec. 11, 1955, to the late Annabelle (Ladner) and Carl Metcalf in Ulysses.

Sue enjoyed crafts, shopping and reading. She loved watching basketball and any sporting events her family was involved with. Most of all, her favorite time was spent at home with her loving husband, Andy, and their dog, Rockie.

Survivors include her loving husband, Andy, Buhler; two daughters, Annalisa and husband Scott Hodges, Oklahoma City, and Tahnee Balerio and fiancé Lily Grenci, Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Patty Byerlee and husband Gary, Wichita, Doris Coykendall and husband Berne, Wichita, and Alice Hill, Eureka; brother, Kenneth Hill, Wichita; grandson, Andrew Hodges; and granddaughter, Hallie Sue Hodges, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Sue’s life.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary was on Feb. 24, led by Father Juan Garza at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. Funeral Mass was on Feb. 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Father Juan Garza presiding.

Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hutchinson Animal Shelter in care of the funeral home. Friends may sign the book online at

Donald C. “Don” Whitney, 95, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Newton Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Wilder, Vt., to Edward R. and Rita M. (Clough) Whitney.

On Jan. 4, 1944, he married Ellen J. Failing at Hanford, Calif. She preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2016. Don served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He enjoyed fishing and reading, and looked forward to traveling and road trips around the country. Don enjoyed baseball and was a pitcher in his younger years. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his daughters, Carole and Bob Howes of Poway, Calif., and Donna and David Withiam of Newton. He also is survived by seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one grandson.

Graveside committal service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton with Chaplain Jerroll Martens and Pastor Scott Kliewer presiding. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

Anthony (Tony) Steiner, 84, born Aug. 22, 1932, in Jersey Shore, Pa., to Anthony P. and Marion Steiner, passed away Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and had many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Martha, one brother and sister. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Wells) Steiner; children, Deb (Tim) Peters, Randy (Shar) Steiner; grandchildren, Kristie (Neal) Purdy, Morgan Steiner; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Harper Purdy; stepsons, Steven Wells and Darren (Nellie) Wells; step-grandchildren, Audrey (TC) Rains, Alex Wells, Austin (Nichole Goodwin) Wells, Aaron Wells, Samantha Wells, Cory (Kacy) Wells; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Tony retired from Learjet in 1994 as an Avionics Instrument Technician, working previously in avionics for more than 45 years, partaking in numerous engineering opportunities as well.

He also served in the armed services of the U. S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War effort and was stationed in Guam at the time.

He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., American Legion and a devoted member of Calvary United Methodist Church and was a beloved member of the church choir.

Memorial services were Feb. 24 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N Rock Road, Wichita.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or Calvary United Methodist Church.

Nicholas “Nick” A. Schmidt, 88, died Monday Feb. 27, 2017, at Pleasant View Home, Inman.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1928 in McPherson County, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Pauls Schmidt.

He was a teacher and lifetime member of Hebron Mennonite Church. He married Martha Yoder on June 10, 1951, in Harper. She died July 25, 1999.

Survivors include a son, Steven, Buhler; two daughters, Becky Beebe, Norfolk, Neb., and Deb Schmidt, Newton; a brother, Robert Schmidt, Denver; three sisters, Helen Ediger, Inman, Irene Dunn, Idaho, and Velma Jean Whittle, St. Mary’s; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter; Mary Claycamp; brothers, Victor and Elmer Schmidt; and sisters, Lila Willems and Elda Yoder.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Buhler Mortuary. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at North Inman Cemetery, followed by memorial services at 10:30 a.m. at Buhler Mennonite Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Inman City Museum, in care of the mortuary.

Harry Michael Dudte was born May 8, 1920, in rural Harvey County to John M. and Anna Tangeman Dudte. He was the sixth of eight children. He passed into heaven on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Harvey County, he progressed through rural school, graduated Newton High School and attended Bethel College. He worked the family farm his entire life until his retirement in his 80s. He is survived by his sisters “Helen” Jessie Allen, Dorothy Unruh and Elsie Johnson, 16 nieces and nephews; and numerous grand and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was active in Lions Club, agricultural organizations and loved nature and planting a straight row.

A private family service will be held.

Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Manor (where he resided recently) through Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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