Archive for Wednesday, April 10, 2002


April 10, 2002


Funeral services for Marie Gilliland, 75, Worden, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Worden United Methodist Church. Mrs. Gilliland died Monday, April 8, 2002 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 11, 1926 in rural Douglas County, the daughter of Conrad and Marie (Breymeyer) Gastrock. Her mother died when she was five days old and she went to live with an aunt and uncle, Herman and Minnie Breymeyer, and was raised as one of their daughters in Wamego. She graduated from Wamego High School in 1944. She spent five years in Topeka, where she attended Clarks Secretarial School and worked for the Veterans Employment Service.

She married Charles Dudley Gilliland on April 24, 1949 at Wells Creek Evangelical Reformed Church of Belvue. They lived in the Worden area after their marriage.

Mrs. Gilliland taught piano for over 50 years. She was a member of the Worden United Methodist Church. She was an organist, conducted the junior choir and was a member of the Worden United Methodist Women. She led a Bible class and attended Precept Ministries Bible Study for many years. She was a member of Central EHU.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Jan Gilliland, Phoenix, Ariz., David Gilliland, Baldwin City, and Jeff Gilliland and his wife, Renita, Carol Stream, Ill.; two sisters, Naomi Gastrock and Vera Dahlman and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Elsmere Gastrock, Lawrence Breymeyer, Erwin Breymeyer and Melvin Glaser.

She will lie instate after 9 a.m. today at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin City, where family will meet friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Burial will be in Worden Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Worden United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Anthony (Tony) J. Zuzzio, 85, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City, with graveside services to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parsons, at 3:30 p.m. Mr. Zuzzio died Sunday, April 7, 2002 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 5,1916 at Irvington, New Jersey, the oldest son of Charles and Mary (Tortoriello) Zuzzio. He grew up in Belleville, N.J., where he was an outstanding high school athlete and in 1977 was inducted into the Belleville High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he earned All-American status in football. Following his college career, he played professional football for the Detroit Lions in the guard and tackle positions. He was drafted off the football field into World War II service and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was honored with an American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

He married Eileen M. Roskob on March 4, 1946.

In 1947 he coached a Ban Johnson baseball team in Coffeyville to a national title before taking his first teaching and coaching job at Edna High School. In 1952 he moved on to coach and teach at Chetopa High School where he also doubled as a pro-scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1964-1966. He then coached and taught at Elk City before finishing out his 34-year career at Humbolt High School from 1966 to 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen, of the home; two sons, Ted Zuzzio and his wife, Karen, Baldwin City, and Tom Zuzzio and his wife, Mary, Enola, Pa.; two daughters, Nancy Hahn and her husband, Mike, Bartlett, and Cindy Briggs and her husband, Russell, Derby; two brothers, Albert Zuzzio, South Amboy, N.J., and Nick Zuzzio, Dushore, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Zuzzio will lie instate after 8 a.m. Friday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home. A Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Annunciation Catholic Church where a visitation will follow from 7-8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Building Fund or the Douglas County Visiting Nurses and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Services for Faye O'Brien, 87, Melvern, were Wednesday at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Mrs. O'Brien died March 31, 2002, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka.

She was born July 16, 1914, near Baldwin City, the daughter of Robert R. and Dora Ellen (Lucas) Randel. She lived near Baldwin City until she and her husband moved to Melvern where she lived until her death.

She worked at the Lyndon Broom Factory for 10 years, then at Melvern High School in the lunchroom for 18 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of the Tequa Rain and Shine Club in Melvern.

She married John Niel O'Brien on Aug. 7, 1934, at her parents' home in Douglas County. He preceded her in death on March 21, 1997.

Survivors include a son, Dean O'Brien, Covington, Tenn.; a daughter, Janice Burget, Soldier; two brothers Don Randel, Lawrence, and Bill Randel, Baldwin City; a sister, Ruth Hird, Ottawa; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Melvern Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, Box 160, Lyndon, KS 66451.


Funeral services for John Henry Lederer, Sr., 84, Ottawa, were Tuesday at the Richter United Methodist Church, rural Pomona. Mr. Lederer died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.

He was born Sept. 28, 1919, near Baldwin Junction, the son of Earl N. and Edith (Newland) Lederer. He attended Independence Grade School, east of Baldwin Junction. He worked for several farmers until 1938. He worked two years for North Oil Company, running a service station on West 23rd in Lawrence, then opened a new station at 1030 N. Main, Ottawa.

He married Nellie Nadine Johnson on July 18, 1939, at the Franklin County Courthouse, Ottawa. She died April 25, 1998. They lived in Lawrence, moving to Ottawa in 1940. In 1942, they moved to a farm northwest of Ottawa, where they lived for nearly fifty years. He worked other jobs over the years, including welding for Ottawa Steel Company and delivering mail out of Pomona.

Mr. Lederer was a member of Richter United Methodist Church, rural Pomona, the West Franklin County School Board and a former Junior Judges 4-H leader.

Survivors include four children, Gloria Kay Johnson, Council Grove; John H. (Jack) Lederer and his wife, Terry, Pomona; Helen June Ramshaw and her husband, Ray, Wakarusa and Jim Lederer, of the home; three sisters, Thelma Randel and her husband, Bill, Baldwin City; Doris Blevins and her husband, George, Eudora, and June Pine and her husband, Ralph, Lawrence; nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arley and Glen and one son-in-law, Duane Johnson.

He was buried at Sutton Cemetery, rural Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to Richter United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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