OBITUARY: Anna Mae Goertz

Anna Mae Goertz, 90, Durham, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

Anna Mae Goertz was born May 8, 1930, on the family farm in Tampa to David and Mollie (Schwemmer) Senner.

On June 9, 1949, she married Ben Goertz in Durham. She soon joined Ben in running their family business, G&R Implement, as bookkeeper, and parts and inventory manager. They worked side by side establishing an award-winning Oliver dealership, setting sales records and was among the top 10 dealerships in the United States for years. Their success in business, however, was surpassed by their success in marriage. They shared 54 years of marriage before his death on Feb. 19, 2004. Anna Mae continued running the business for several years before retiring to spend more time with family and friends. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anna Mae is survived by daughters Cynthia Wedel and husband Steve of Abilene, Susan Endres and husband Joe of Emporia, Shelley Klassen and husband Myron of Hesston, 6 grandchildren Ryan Wedel, Stephanie Litton, Erin Endres, Adam Endres, Kyle Klassen and Megan Nieman and 11 great grandchildren, brother Larry Senner and sister Jeanette Schimming. Also, special friends that she thought of as family, Lea Isaac and Sherry Cole.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ben, parents, and sisters Martha Frantz, Ida Frantz and Irene Frantz.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, at First Baptist Church, Durham.

Memorial has been established with Durham Baptist Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences may be made at

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