Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005


February 17, 2005


Funeral services for Hazel I. Kapelle, 93, Baldwin City, were Monday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Kapelle died Feb. 10, 2005, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center, Tonganoxie.

She was born July 23, 1911, at Shawnee, Okla., the daughter of Earl and Merle (Russell) Hobson. The family moved to Baldwin City in 1913. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1929.

She married Gilbert F. Kapelle July 30, 1932. He died in 1988.

She worked for the First State Bank of Baldwin from 1929 to 1943. She was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, Eastern Star and the Kensington Club.

Survivors include a son, William E. Kapelle and his wife, Alice, Maynard, Mass.; a daughter, Kathleen Walker and her husband, Dale, Tonganoxie, and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Anna Belle Stevenin.

Burial was at Prairie City Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to Ives Chapel United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Louis G. Higbie, 78, Topeka, were Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Mr. Higbie died Feb. 8, 2005.

He was born April 3, 1926, at Wellsville, the son of Damon and Thasia Jones Higbie. He worked as manager of Star Grain Lumber Co. for six years at Princeton. He was area manager at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 331/2 years. For 20 years he was in the cattle and farming business at Lyndon and Burlington. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of the home; a daughter, Kathy Wiles, Topeka; a granddaughter, Kristina Bradfield, Lawrence; a brother, Damon Higbie, Jr., Wellsville; a sister, Agnes Gifford, Burlington, and three great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Penwell-Gabel's Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800. Online condolences may be left at


Funeral services for Kathryn Pearl Burbank, 95, Baldwin City, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Wellsville Baptist Church, Wellsville. Mrs. Burbank died February 13, 2005, at Baldwin Care Center.

She was born June 22, 1909, at LaCygne, the daughter of George A. and Amy Pearl Kerr. Her mother died in 1923.

She married George Ralph Richardson in 1925. He died in a truck accident in 1934. They had two children, Leona Mae and George Ralph.

She married Lawrence Samuel Burbank at Wakarusa on February 23, 1935. They moved to a farm near Wakarusa. They had twin boys, Lawrence Roy and Leonard Ray. Mr. Burbank died in May of 1990.

Mrs. Burbank worked for J.C. Penney for 20 years, a woman's specialty shop in California for five years and King Radio in Olathe for five years.

They moved to a farm southeast of Wellsville in 1956 and lived there until 1973 when they moved into Wellsville. She lived at Wellsville Senior Housing, Wellsville, Vintage Park, Baldwin, from 1999 to 2004 when she moved to Baldwin Care Center until her death.

She was a member of Wellsville Baptist Church, Berean Sunday School Class, American Baptist Women, treasurer of ABW, Deaconess, Eastern Star for more than 25 years, and Worthwhile Club.

Survivors include three sons, George Richardson and his wife, Betty, Ozark, Mo., Lawrence Burbank and his wife Susan, Manchester, Md., and Leonard Burbank and his wife, Vesta, Baldwin City; two sisters, Audrey Turk, Mount Shasta, Calif., and Vivian Cox, Fort Scott; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eight great step-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a daughter, Leona Mae Dunn, son-in-law, Leo Dunn, and two brothers, George Kerr and Charles Kerr.

Burial will be at Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, following services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville Baptist Church and sent in care of Wilson's Funeral Home, Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

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