Obituaries: Sept. 9-15

Uriel Bernell Baldwin

Uriel Bernell Baldwin was born April 10, 1922, to the Rev. William and Gertrude Wells McNeill in Upper Tract, West Virginia. She passed away Sept. 13, 2015, in Wichita.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. William J. Baldwin, and grandson, David Schaeffer.

Bernell is survived by her children, Janice (Don) Schaeffer of Ozawkie, Judy (Ron) Oliver of Wichita, Joyce (Jimmy) Denton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Phil (Peggy) Baldwin of Wichita; and granddaughters Megan (Zach) Jones, Durango, Colorado, and Erin Baldwin (fianc? Rob Koehn) of Wichita.

Bernell married Bill, a ministerial student, in 1940 following graduation from Republic High School in Republic. Together, they served EUB and United Methodist pastorates throughout Kansas for 45 years. She completed licensed practical nurse training at KU Medical Center in Kansas City in 1962. Three months after graduating, Bernell was handpicked for the original nursing team at the world?s first monitored intensive care unit at Bethany Hospital. She continued critical care nursing in Chanute, Topeka, Iola, and Halstead hospitals, having earned her registered nurse degree at the Stormont-Vail Nursing School in Topeka.

Her favorite Bible verse, penned by another writer, Saint Paul, was ?[?] Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, [?] think about such things. [?] Put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.? (Phillippians 4:8-9 NIV)

Visitation was Sept. 15 at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the funeral home. Interment was in the Restlawn Garden of Memories in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to First United Methodist Church TV Ministry, Wichita, KS, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Youthville?s Ember Hope. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

Evelyn G. Scheffler

Evelyn G. Scheffler, 95, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at Newton Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 19, 2015, at Salem United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ronald L. Soller

Ronald ?Ron? L. Soller, Sr., 84, died on Sept. 9, 2015, at the Via Christi St. Francis, Harry Hynes campus in Wichita,.

He was born on June 27, 1931, the son of Lorene (Byrne) and Albert Soller in Florence.

Ron married Catherine ?Kay? Carpenzano-Dikin on Sept. 30, 1960, in Denver. She died on Aug. 3, 2006.

Ron entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and retired after 22 years of service. He retired from Hesston Corp./Hay and Forage in 1993 after 21 years of employment.

During his lifetime, he was always busy. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his friends and family. If he was indoors, you would find him watching the Kansas City Chiefs, the KC Royals or game shows. He also loved to go to the casino, flea markets and auctions. Ron spent most mornings with his coffee group at McDonald’s and Braum’s. He enjoyed meals with his family, either at their homes or at his son?s restaurant in Goessel, the Branding Iron Caf?. Family was important to him, and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife, his parents and a sister-in-law, Mary Soller.

Survivors include a son, Ronald L. (Kyline) Soller Jr. of Newton; two daughters, Lorene V. (Billy) Stamps of Newton and Lisa M. (fianc?, Greg Jordan) Soller of Emporia; brother, Robert Dean Soller of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Visitation was from from 1-9 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton with the family greeting guests from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in the chapel at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.

Burial followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

Memorials may be made to the Harry Hynes Hospice, in care of the funeral home at, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

Phyllis Ann Neufeld

Phyllis Ann Neufeld, 81, died on Sept. 7, 2015.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1934, in Henderson, Nebraska, to Clara Doell Epp and Albert Epp. She resided in Henderson with her parents before moving to Los Angeles during the Depression where her father took a job as a ship builder and they lived in a duplex with her Aunt Anna and Uncle Johnny Goossen.

After high school graduation, the family moved to North Newton, where her father opened Epp?s Jewelry and Watch Repair, and Phyllis started college at Bethel College. Phyllis?s love of music continued with her studies at Bethel, graduating with a music education degree, followed by a master?s in music from Wichita State University. Singing with the Newton Community Choir was a highlight.

It was while at Bethel College Phyllis met and later married her beloved husband, Dorel Jerome Neufeld, on Feb. 27, 1956.

After teaching at Lehigh for a couple of years, Dorel and Phyllis moved to the farm outside of Moundridge where their first son, David Jerome was born. The family then moved to Newton in 1960 and Kathryn Annette was born and Carol Jean followed four years later. Phyllis continued to teach vocal music in Newton and other Harvey county area schools including Hesston and Sedgwick.

At the age of 49, Phyllis completed her register nurse training at Hesston College and worked as a psych nurse at Halstead Hospital until 1997, the last couple years as a home health nurse.

Survivors include; son David Neufeld and wife Marda of Silver Lake; daughters Kathy Wray and husband Kevin of Newton, and Carol Raleigh and husband Greg of Hesston; sister Donna and husband Bill Mills of Newton; sister-in-law Virginia Neufeld of Newton; 10 grandchildren, Michael Neufeld, Anna Bolan, Alex Neufeld, Andrew Wray, Matthew Wray, Jacob Wray, Morgan Simmering, Lauren Roulhac, Taylor Unruh, and Grant Raleigh; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A private family burial was on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, at Halstead Cemetery, followed by a public memorial celebration at 3 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church in Halstead.

A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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