Archive for Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Myrtle L. Leitnaker

April 19, 2000

Myrtle L. Leitnaker, 100, Topeka, died Saturday, April 15, 2000 at the McCrite Plaza Health Center, Topeka. Funeral services were Tuesday at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral home in Ottawa with the Rev. Paul Winkler and Glen Layton Jr. officiating. Burial followed at the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.

Mrs. Leitnaker was born Feb. 15, 1900 in Elsmore the daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Besser) Erickson. She grew up in Elsmore attending the East Liberty Grade School and graduating from the Elsmore High School in 1919. She attended Washburn University.

She moved to Parsons where she worked for the Parsons International Harvester Company as a clerk.

She married Dwight E. Leitnaker on Sept. 15, 1923 in Parsons. He died in 1976.

They moved to Kansas City, Mo in 1933 and lived there for 12 years before moving to Wellsville. She was a writer for the Wellsville Globe. Her weekly column was known as "Myrt's Mush." In 1975, they moved to Ottawa where she was homemaker. In 1984, she moved to the McCrite Plaza Health Center where she resided.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ottawa, a 50-year member of the Eastern Star in Wellsville and a member of the Crescent Club in Wellsville.

She is survived by a daughter, Fanny (Lou) Zellers, Topeka, a son, Harold D. Leitnaker, Ottawa; six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers, Herman, Harold, Glenn, and Leonard Ericson; and a sister, Hazel Daniels.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice and may be sent in care of the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa 66067.

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