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August 4, 2005


Funeral services for Jodie Goering (Russell) Eldridge, 56, Baldwin City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Eldridge died July 30, 2005, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

She was born July 9, 1949, at Neodesha, the daughter of Al and Ada Goering. She graduated from Neodesha High School in 1967. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, and later earned a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas. A career music teacher for more than 30 years, her choirs and singers from Pratt, Independence and Baldwin City received consistently high ratings at state music competitions, as well as numerous awards and prestigious performing opportunities.

In 1989, she was elected to serve as President of Kansas Music Educators Association for a two-year term that involved coordinating and presiding over a statewide convention that brought more than 1,000 music educators together each year. She was the first woman to complete a term in this office.

Survivors include her husband Mark, of the home; her parents; three brothers Keith, Kent and Kevin Goering; one sister, Jan; two nieces; children and grandchildren by marriage Brad, Laura, Parker and soon-to-arrive Dylan.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. A memorial tribute will be held at Independence, Kan., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. Donations may be made to AWOL Humane Society, Independence, Kan., the Lawrence Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Memorial services for Ada Henderson, Edgerton, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. Mrs. Henderson died May 17, 2005, at Edgerton. She was cremated.

She was born at Asmara, Eritrea. After marrying William Henderson, she came to the United States in 1962 and lived at Garden City. She graduated from Garden City Community College, becoming a registered nurse. She retired from St. Catherine's Hospital in 1992 and moved to Baldwin City.

Survivors include a daughter, Marika, and her husband Devin Fisher, Edgerton, and two grandchildren, Cory and Carissa Venable.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, PO Box 192, Gardner, KS 66030.


Memorial services for Wandola P. McGinnis, 86, Kansas City, Kan., will be at 11 a.m. today at Maple Hill Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. McGinnis died July 31, 2005, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Overland Park.

She was born Feb. 25, 1919, at Falls City, Neb., the daughter of Everett and Agnes (Merritt) Keithley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, son Mike, brothers Art and Jim, sisters Mildred and Gladys.

Survivors include sons, Pat and Mickey McGinnis, daughters Cheri Kubicki and Cathy Richardson, brothers Buck, Dale and Shorty Keithley (Baldwin City), and sisters Jo Helms and Leta Curttright.


Funeral services for Charles Stuart Pearse, 54, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lenexa Christian Center, 17500 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa. Mr. Pearse died August 2, 2005.

He was born March 2, 1951, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of John and Joyce (Challberg) Pearse. He grew up in Overland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1969. He joined the Army National Guard and retired as a sergeant in 1977.

He married Marilyn Kay Kastl in January 1977. He worked many years for Smitty's Hardware in Overland Park as a salesman and repairman.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Rachel Stouder and her husband Jeremiah, Jacksonville, Ill., and Margaret Pearse, Baldwin City; two grandsons; his parents, John and Joyce Pearse, Forsyth, Mo.; a brother, John Pearse, Jr., Kansas City, Mo., and a sister, Marian Dyer, Overland Park.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park. Burial will be in the Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 220, Jacksonville, IL 62651.

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