Share |

Bonna Lea Luedke

Bonna Lea (Fivecoat) Luedke, 83, of Atwood, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1930, the oldest of two children of Claude and Florence Fivecoat, on her grandparents’ farm in Colony. She was very fond of her sister Claudette who was five years younger than she. 

Her father worked for the oil pipeline traveling from place to place for eight years; therefore, she attended 30 schools in her childhood. In 1947 they moved back to the Colony. Not long after, she met a young man that caught her eye named Norman Luedke in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Colony High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from Emporia Teacher’s College. 

Norman and Bonna Lea were united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1948, at United Methodist Church in Iola. They moved to Atwood in the fall of 1948. She taught school for one year. 

She has lived in Atwood ever since, being a homemaker, raising her children and helping with the bookkeeping for their business, Luedke Construction, which they started in December 1969. Through this business they enjoyed meeting many people in the community. All of their sons and their son-in-law did construction and their daughter did bookkeeping helping them with the family business throughout the years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking pies and cookies, sewing, reading and most of all enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often stated; “we’ve had a wonderful life.”

Preceding her in death were her parents and a great-grandson Bear Luedke.

She is survived by her husband Norman; their children, Dennis Luedke and wife Bernadette, Atwood; Dale Luedke, Dodge City, Joann Luedke, Lenexa; James Luedke, Atwood; Lisa Adams and husband, James (Jim) Adams, Lakin; Brian Luedke and wife Judy, Colby; her sister, Claudette (Fivecoat) Anderson and husband, Gene Anderson, Colony; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was Friday at Baalmann Mortuary, Atwood. The funeral is 10:30 a.m. today at  First United Methodist Church, Atwood. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or God’s Little Saints Preschool in care of Baalmann Mortuary, 109 N. 2nd St., Atwood, KS 67730. Online condolences: www.baalmannmortuary.com.

OBITUARIES

Blanche Boman

thumb

Our dear beloved aunt, Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M. entered eternal life on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman. On Dec. 15, 1960, Blanche left... [More]

Tena Calahan

thumb

Tena Calahan, 84, Iola, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.Tena was born March 8, 1930, in Neosho Falls, the daughter of Leo and Ola (Garner) Runnells. On June 9, 1946, she married Rex Calahan and they lived in Colony before moving to a farm near Lone... [More]

Kieth Luedke

thumb

Kieth Duane Luedke, 89 reached his journey’s end Oct. 3, 2014. He was born Sept. 6, 1925, near Selkirk to Charles and Estella Niswonger Luedke.He was a World War II veteran, drafted Dec. 26, 1943, in his junior year of high school. He served as a light artillery Instructor... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Flood plain, utilities lead to proposed school site

thumb

The proposed site for new schools remains a sticking point for opponents.It took years for USD 257 Board of Education members to find what they considered the best site for new elementary and high schools in Iola, Board President Tony Leavitt said this week. Voters will decide... [More]

‘Letters’ moving depiction of war

thumb

The lights in the Bowlus auditorium dimmed just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the Griffin Theatre Company’s production of “Letters Home,” a play inspired by the real-life correspondence exchanged between soldiers and their families during our recent wars in Iraq... [More]

Biz Expo gives preview of holiday specials

thumb

About 25 vendors will flood the Recreation Building in Riverside Park Saturday for Iola’s annual Business Expo.The event — “Sneak a Peek into the Holidays” — will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served by Allen County Animal Rescue Foundation.Iola... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Mustangs seek to rebound after heartbreak

thumb

After a devastating loss to Burlington to open district play, Iola High’s football team will be looking for its first district win against Anderson County on Friday.Iola led Burlington 21-8 in the third quarter last Friday, before the Wildcats stormed all the way back in... [More]

Humboldt volleyball loses both matches Tuesday night

thumb

FREDONIA — Too many matches in too many days didn’t help Humboldt High’s volleyball team Tuesday night. The team dropped both of its matches.“We have played 10 matches in four days and the girls did not have any legs left,” coach Stephanie Splechter... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription