Lois J. Gritton, age 86, of Manhattan, died June 23, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.
She was born June 24, 1929, in Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Carl A. and Josephine A. (Giessel) Carmichael. Lois graduated from Dodge City High School and attended Dodge City Community College and Emporia State Teacher’s College.
She was a wonderful homemaker and an Avon Representative for 40 years earning the honor of President’s Club. Lois was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, St. Thomas More Altar Society, and Hi-Wives.
While in school, she played the cello and was a piano accompanist for many groups. She also participated in numerous theatrical productions. She was an avid reader and instilled a love of reading in all her children.
On August 28, 1950, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City, KS, she married Earl V. Gritton. Mr. Gritton survives of the home. Additional survivors include five children: Karla Brockman (Michael) Clive, IA, Vicki Shank (Cliff) Hutchinson, KS, Susan Skipwith (Steve) Greenville, SC, Joe Gritton (Heather) Manhattan, and Christy Gritton of San Francisco, CA; two sisters: Carolyn Carlson of Emporia, KS, and Sandy Fricke of Ontario, CA; eight grandchildren: Melanie Fender (Todd), Karissa Brockman, Chris Shank (Jessica), Stefanie Kim (Kenny), Jon Shank (Sandra Nazz), Spencer Lodge, Cole and Casey Gritton; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a light in the lives of her family and friends and she will be missed immensely.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 28th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS, with Father Curtis Carlson as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, June 27th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:00 P.M. following the visitation. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan Public Library. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Grace Yachueng Hwang, 60, died June 21, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas.
She was born on January 5, 1956 in Taiwan, the eldest daughter of Ching-Lai and Meilang Hwang. As a child in Taiwan, she took her role of the eldest cousin seriously, developing her leadership skills, as well as her capacity to care for others at an early age. The family was separated for five years until her father got a teaching position at Washburn University in Topeka, they later moved to Manhattan when he became a faculty member at Kansas State University.
She attended Manhattan schools, including Lee Elementary School, graduating from Manhattan Senior High School in 1974. She remembered fondly her childhood friends, especially those from Lee Elementary School. She received her B.S. in political science from Kansas State University in 1978. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Gothenburg, Sweden, studying Women in Politics. She graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1981 and received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She was an attorney with Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt and Mosle, and Graham and James, both in New York City, then moved to in-house counsel at NYNEX, which later became Verizon.
During her years in New York, she was an avid New York City Ballet fan and attended plays and shows on Broadway as much as possible. She loved entertaining family and friends at her apartment in NoHo, shared with her Fletcher School classmates. She also enjoyed many summers sharing a beach house with her friends in the Pines on Fire Island.
When she became a single mother of her son, David, she moved back to Manhattan to be close to her family and provide him with the best education. She worked with her father’s software companies and also as a pre-law advisor and taught as an adjunct professor in the College of Business Administration for Kansas State University. In 1997, she adopted her daughter Katherine from the orphanage in Yangzhou, China. Later, she was the KSU Foundation’s Development Director of International Programs and Hale Library. She became an Assistant Professor for the School of Leadership Studies and then an adjunct professor once more for the American Ethnic Studies Program, teaching the first Asian American class.
She was a member of PEO Chapter BD and was a board member for several organizations, including the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) based in New York City; the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri; the Manhattan Arts Center; Oak Grove School, the KSU Dance Program Board. She was instrumental in raising funds for the dance studios in Nichols Hall at Kansas State and supported the local Manhattan dance programs. She also helped raise funds for the Taiwan wing of the International Studies Center and the Staley Leadership Studies building at KSU, as well as several scholarships and endowed chairs. She was also a member of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Advisory Board. She credited her physician, Dr. Joseph McGuirk and his team of dedicated doctors and nurses, with giving her the extra years of life with her family and friends.
Survivors include her son, David Hwang and daughter, Katherine Hwang; brother Frank Hwang and his wife, Elaine; sister Jean Hwang Carrant and her husband, Philippe; nieces, Noemi Carrant and Caroline Hwang; nephews Angelin and Luc Carrant, Nicholas and Michael Hwang and her many cousins, aunt JP Hwang, Taipai, Taiwan, uncle Ying Ming, Northbrook, Illinois, and her lifelong friends, Gail Eyestone and David Gall.
Memorial donations may be made to any of the following: the C.L. Hwang Memorial Scholarship for Minority Engineers (KSU Foundation); AALDEF in New York City; Beyond the Bars program sponsored by the Girl Scouts; Oak Grove School; the Manhattan Arts Center; Wiley College, KSU’s Drama Therapy Program and Pawnee Mental Health.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at 10:00 at the All Faiths Chapel at Kansas State University.
Memorial Contributions may also be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Evelyn Penland – Posted 6/24/2016
Evelyn Louise (Neal) Penland, age 85, of Manhattan, died June 12, 2016, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka following a sudden illness.
She was born May 16, 1931, in Maryville, Missouri, the daughter of Paul Leslie Neal, Sr. and Evelyn Lucile (Gaugh) Neal, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1962. On June 5, 1949, in St. Joseph, Missouri, she was married to George Penland. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1999. Evelyn and George owned and operated Cinderella Dry Cleaners in Aggieville until his death. She then worked as a clerk/salesperson for Pfeifley Jewelers from 1999 until her retirement in Evelyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sara Circle and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority – Gamma Lambda Chapter and had served on the state board. Evelyn also liked to play bridge and was a member of a bridge club since 1963.
Survivors include five children: Nicholas Penland of New Haven, CT, Gregory Penland and his wife Anne of Rapid City, SD, Janice Hinman and her husband Paul of Manhattan, KS, Nancy Moss and her husband Mike of Manhattan, and Darrel Penland of Manhattan; two brothers: Paul Neal, Jr. of St. Joseph, MO, and Robert Neal of Aurora, CO; seven grandchildren and 13 great- Evelyn was also preceded in death by her parents and one son Mark Penland in 1996.
Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 1 st , at the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Private inurnment will be in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan, KS.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Robert K. Robinson, age 90, of Manhattan, died Saturday June 11, 2016 at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
He was born on February 28, 1926 in DeSoto, Kansas the son of Roscoe and Mabel (Hobrock) Robinson. He and his family moved to Osborne, Kansas. He graduated from Osborne High School with the class of 1944. Bob served in the United States Navy during WWII. After his navy service he attended Fort Hays State University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. Bob then attended Emporia State University and earned his Master’s Degree.
Bob taught science class for many years in high schools across Kansas, including Wilson, Coldwater, and Downs, and then USD 383 in Manhattan. He taught for 37 years and until he retired in 1988.
He was united in marriage to Bertha Dreher. She preceded him in death in 1992.
Bob was known as a kind and very personable person. He always enjoyed seeing students that he taught over the years. Bob enjoyed woodworking, loved nature and animals of all kinds, and was an amateur meteorologist, he always had the weather report.
He enjoyed plants and collecting rocks. He had rocks from many of the places he traveled to and they all had there certain place at his home. Bob’s family will also remember him for the great homemade cherry jelly he made.
In addition to his wife, Bob was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cara Robinson in March of 2009; his grandchild, Tami Slattery; and his sisters: Helen Long and Doris Compton.
Bob is survived by his children: Robert Graf, LeRoy Robinson, and Millie Dale; his sister Francis Kinsinger; and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services for Mr. Robinson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday July 15, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel. Inurnment with Military Honors will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday July 15, 2016 at the Natoma City Cemetery in Natoma, Kansas.
The family suggests memorial funds in memory of Bob to a charity of your choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.
Pauline G. Silva – Posted 6/27/2016
Pauline G. Silva, age 98, of Manhattan, died June 25, 2016, at her residence. She was born June 24, 1918, in Manhattan, the daughter of Pedro and Apolonia (Gamino) Silva, and had been a lifetime resident.
She graduated from Manhattan High School. Pauline worked as a cook and baker at Wareham Hotel prior to taking care of her parents as they aged.
She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She is survived by her sisters: Carmen and Anita Silva both of the home, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to pray the Rosary at 12:30 P.M. Thursday at Seven Dolors Catholic Church prior to the Mass.
The Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, is handling arrangements.