Share |

Edith Westervelt

Edith E. Westervelt, 97, left to be with the Lord Jan. 7, 2013, at the Medicalodge of Columbus.
She was the last surviving sibling of nine children, born to Wiley E. Wilcox and Bertha Baker Wilcox. Preceding her in death were three brothers, Harvey, Homer and Wayne; and five sisters, Gertrude Helwig, Flossie “Tat” Souders, Mary Crain, four-year-old Elsie and an infant, Retha.
After graduating from Columbus High School, she received her Normal Training Certificate and taught for one year at Ninety Three School and three years at Crossroads Rural Schools in the rural Columbus area.
Edith was baptized with Christ as a youngster in a farm pond and became a member of the Sherwin Christian Church along with her family. In 1950 she moved to the Center Community, south of Columbus, with her husband and three children. At the time, she because a member of the Center Christian Church and has been an active member for 63 years. She always considered Center and Sherwin both as her home churches.
She was a member of Golden Hours EHU for 60 years and was a community leader for Center Busy Bees 4-H club while her children were young. She always worked on the farm and worked more than 10 years as an assistant cook at the Greenlawn School.
Surviving are two sons, Neil Westervelt and wife Joy, Iola, and Paul Westervelt and wife Marilyn, Columbus; one daughter, Judi Grant, Columbus; nine grandchildren, Wiley and Gary Westervelt, Columbus, Lori Westervelt/Cary, J.C., Tod and Corey Westervelt, Iola, Mark Grant, Caney, Tracy Grant/Parsons, Columbus, and Erin Grant/Fletcher, Pittsburg, as well as 24 great-grandchildren.
Edith lived a long and happy life and enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Columbus.

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