Heimenez, Betty

Hiemenz, Betty 95, died Friday, December 25, 2015. Private Services were held at St. Thomas Aquinas on December 29, 2015. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hiemenz. Survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Corbett of Shorewood, WI, Catherine Underwood of Glenview, IL; son, Paul (Theresa) Hiemenz, Jr. of Wichita; grandchildren, Paul Hiemenz III, Matthew Hiemenz, Andrew Underwood, Haris Vrahliotis; great-grandchild, Paul Hiemenz, IV. A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. 

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Farmer, Mary Ann

Farmer, Mary Ann, born on September 25, 1925 in El Dorado, Kansas, and died on December 27, 2015 on the Feast of the Holy Family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Henrietta Huttenhoff; husband, Joseph Farmer; and sons, Michael and William Farmer. She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Menard; her brother, James Huttenhoff; children, Joseph Farmer Jr. (Jayne), James Farmer (Sharrell), Mary Corbett (Kevin), Ann Rider (Calvin); daughter-in-law, Jean Farmer; eighteen grandchildren, Patrick, Denis, Brian, Stephanie, Sister Mary Ruth O Carm, Christopher, Sarah, Peter, Timothy, Autumn, Robin, Brian, Jessica, Kyle, Camille, Amy, Jenny, and Scott; and thirty-two great-grandchildren. Mary Ann had deep faith, was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of Lisieux. She was a professed tertiary of the Carmelite Order, and devoted her years to prayer, service to the church and her community, and to the love of her family. A rosary will be held at 5:00 P.M., Friday, January 1, 2016, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. The funeral will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 2, 2016, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Center of Hope, 400 N. Emporia Ave., Wichita, KS 67202 (www.centerofhopeinc.org); A Better Choice, 3007 E. Central Ave., Wichita, KS 67214; All Saints - St. Vincent de Paul Society, 3205 E. Grand, Wichita, KS 67218. 

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Fitzgerald, Mary Jane

Fitzgerald, Mary Jane, 93, died Monday, December 28, 2015. Private Services will be held. Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Edward Joseph Fitzgerald, M.D. Survived by her children, Patricia Read of Wichita, Carol Matschiner (Robert) of St. Louis, MO, Jane Warren (Thomas) of Andover, Ed Fitzgerald of Wichita, Tim Fitzgerald of Wichita; grandchildren, Philip Warren, Margaret Wagle, Robert Matschiner, Jr., Joseph F. Matschiner; great-grandchildren, William Warren, Luke Warren. We will miss her greatly. A memorial has been established with College of St. Mary, 7000 Mercy Rd., Omaha, NE 68106. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. 

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Helena, Wesley Dean, M.D.

Wesley Dean Helena passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015, at his home in Andover. Wesley was born to Melvin and Ruth Helena July 25, 1958, at Wesley Hospital, Wichita. He attended Andover High School and Newman University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Biology. Following graduation, he was accepted into the University of Kansas School of Medicine and continued his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kansas in Wichita. Wes married Barbara Schmidt on August 4, 1984, in Wichita, and their family was the most important thing in Wes's life. He was host of many a family fireworks display and warmly welcomed family and friends to his home anytime. He loved NASCAR and had season tickets for his brother, son, and himself. He was also a long time member of the Great Plains Transportation Museum where he served as Treasurer. His life was well-lived and full of enjoying hobbies with friends and family and he will be exceedingly missed. Wes is predeceased by his father, Melvin. He is survived by his mother, Ruth; wife, Barbara; siblings, Janice and Ellis Barton, James and Chong-Suk Helena, and Clinton and Teresa Helena; children Jacob, Chelsea, and Cassidy; grandchild, Elijah; and many nieces and nephews. Rosary: 7 p.m. Thursday, December 10; Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, December 11, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1321 N. Stratford Ln, Wichita, 67206. Burial at Ascension Cemetery, 7200 E 45th St. N., Bel Aire, 67226. 

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Dennis Moore, Sr.

Dennis F. Moore, Sr., M.D. (79), died November 6, 2015. A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, with a funeral mass following at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 11, both at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Dr. Moore graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1962, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, and served with the Public Health Service in Galveston, TX. He earned his fellowship in Hematology and Developmental Therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he served as a member of the academic staff. Dr. Moore returned to Wichita, where he was the first oncologist to practice in the state of Kansas, along with his wife, the first oncology nurse in the state of Kansas. He practiced in Wichita for more than 40 years and considered it a great privilege to serve his patients and their families. He established funds to help those who could not afford their medicines, in particular the families whose children had leukemia or other cancers. He established the Kansas chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, and served on the national Board of Trustees for many years with the Patient Services Committee. Dr. Moore was instrumental in establishing the oncology unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and helped with the creation of a large dialysis unit. He gave his time to the community in many other ways as well, having served in various leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, Quivira Council, for much of his life. He was also active in his faith and service to God and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita. Most importantly, he loved Janie, his wife and best friend, and also dearly loved his children and grandchildren, providing them with many lessons about a life of love and service to others. He will be greatly missed by those who were touched by his life. He is greatly loved and deeply missed by his family, who is very grateful for his presence in their lives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Rhetta Moore, and brother, Keith Moore. Survivors include his wife, Janie; sons, Dr. Dennis F. Moore, Jr., Dr. Tom (Joan) Moore, Tim Moore and Michael (Kevin Pope) Moore. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, Dennis III, Joseph (Molly), Matthew, Kathleen, Stephen, Henry, Christine, Kimberly, Charlotte, Grace, Margaret and Ian. Memorials have been established with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 300 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67202 and Quivira Council Boy Scouts of America, 3247 N. Oliver, Wichita, KS 67220.

Joe Fitzgerald

Edward J. "Joe" Fitzgerald, M.D. (93), passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Wichita, KS. Born January 8, 1922 on a farm near Liberal, KS. Retired after 37 years as a chief Radiologist at St. Joseph's Hospital. Served as an Army Infantry Unit Commander through the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns. He was wounded in combat. During his career, he served two terms on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Dr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald were charter members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish. Survivors: wife, Mary Jane; children, Patricia F. Read of Wichita, Carol Matschiner (Robert) of St. Louis, Jane Warren (Thomas) of Andover, Edward Fitzgerald, Jr., Tim Fitzgerald, both of Wichita; grandchildren, Philip Warren (Stephanie) of Wichita, Robert Matschiner of New Orleans, LA, Margaret Wagle (James) of Payson, AZ, Joseph Matschiner of St. Louis; great-grandchildren, William Warren, Luke Warren. Memorials: The Mount at Catholic Charities, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202; St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004. Downing & Lahey East.

Lavonne Dillon

Lavonne Dillon (99), passed away on October 14, 2015. Beloved mother of Mary Dillon of Brooklyn NY and Sharon Dillon of Frisco TX, beloved sister of Mary Louise Krainbill of Bern KS, grandmother to Chloe Abercrombie, Laura Dillon, Joey Dillon, Holly Skaggs and Dillon Snyder, great-grandmother of six. Lavonne was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, her son, James and her brother, Francis. She was born in 1916, in Hanover, KS to Joseph Schuessler and Eva (Lillibridge) Schuessler. The Rosary will be at 7 PM Friday, October 23, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 AM Saturday, October 24, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1321 N Stratford Ln Wichita. A memorial has been established with The Lord's Diner, 520 N Broadway St., Wichita KS 67214.

Jean Wolcott

Jean Marguerite (Stoll) Wolcott, (93) passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015, and is now happily reunited in death with her daughter Teresa. Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M., Monday, September 28, 2015, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Jean graduated from Cathedral High School in 1939 and went on to spend the next four years at Wichita University. During that time, she was a member of Sorosis (Delta Delta Delta). She married Edward (Ted) Wolcott when he returned from overseas duty in the Pacific. She belonged to several social organizations, including Delta Rho Sigma, and Agatherians. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Teresa Ann; parents, Henry and Lucille Stoll; two sisters, Wyrill Lester and Patricia Melcher; and former husband, Edward (Ted) Wolcott. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Wolcott, Carolyn (Terry) Gartside; brother, William Stoll; two grandsons, Peter and Mark (Jennifer) Galbraith; two granddaughters, Mandy Gartside and Carrie Anthony; plus six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lord's Diner, 520 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS 67214.