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Hospital CEO Terminated For Cause

The Hamilton County Hospital Board of Trustees voted to terminate the contract of CEO/Administrator Bryan Coffey at the regularly scheduled board meeting Thursday evening, Feb. 19. Coffey was placed on paid administrative leave at a special board meeting the week before. 

Five members of the board voted in favor of the motion of termination, while one member, Shannon Wharton, abstained despite the mounting evidence of financial irregularities. Dr. Fred Ayers, finance committee chair, cited “anomalies in the financial statements” as the primary cause for Coffey’s release in his prepared statement. Coffey spoke with The Syracuse Journal and had no official comment regarding the situation. The statement was read as follows:

As you are all aware, we have just released our previous administrator from his responsibilities. This has been prompted, in part, by anomalies in the financial statements. Until our auditor, BKD, completes their work, any representation I make of our financial situation would have to be based on data prepared by Mr. Coffey prior to his change in status, that is currently under review. As Finance Committee chair, working in cooperation with Janet Weis, Board chairman, we have to take a number of precautionary actions to protect the integrity of our financial data and provide BKD, represented by Jason Barb, the information they will require going forward to determine the financial health of our hospital. We expect their work to take several weeks, as they also have to prepare a number of government required cost reports for us, while confirming the validity of our data.

We trust that our employees and the members of the community will notice significant changes for the better at the hospital over the next few weeks. If we have inadvertently violated KOMA rules regarding notice, I want to offer my personal apology to anyone who has been inconvenienced. You will note, later in our meeting, that the board is establishing a KOMA Compliance policy that should prevent any future inconvenience. I would ask all of you to recognize that we, as a board, have been acting responsibly to protect the financial interests of the hospital, and by extension, the community.

There are concerns among some of our vendors over delays in payment of their bills. I want to assure you that checks will be released as soon as we have verified our account balances.

We are pleased to report that Mr. Cohen and his associates have lived up to their agreement to provide the initial administrative support we have needed during this process without a contract. That has since been established at our special board meeting on Monday evening, February 16, 2015. 

 The Labor Management Advisory Group (LMAG), hired last week to provide interim administration, has been at the helm of the hospital and all information regarding personnel and operations have been positive. Patrick Geschwind will be the interim administrator, while Steve Cohen will be in charge of the executive search in the future. 

“The philosophy behind LMAG’s search process is there is the perfect person out there to lead this organization forward. The question is how to find him,” Geschwind said. “Steve Cohen is a highly qualified search consultant and will find the right person based on the board’s needs.”

Geschwind explained how many boards in search of a new executive or administrator focus only on the technical aspects such as the number of hospitals the person ran or their experience with hospital medical records. LMAG’s philosophy is not to forget the importance of leadership ability for a position this vital to the organization.

“Yes, you have to have knowledge of the field and you have to have expertise; but we have to develop the categories we’re going to measure: leadership, technical competence, persuasiveness, and the ability to deal with boards, for example” Geschwind said.

Geschwind also explained the need to find someone who understands the concept of working in a “fishbowl” when dealing with a public entity. Geschwind said they know they can find the right leader to help this board to continue the hospital as it is today. While the last week has exposed some troubles, Geschwind focused his comments on the good things at the hospital.

“The great things are the strong core of commitment from the employee base to our patient population,” Geschwind said. “The people who work here really do care about the patients. You can walk through here and you can see and feel the care and compassion our staff has for our patients, that is a huge strength to build an organization around.”

Geschwind maintained the current hospital managers had not been given the authority or autonomy to do their jobs effectively. He complimented their work ethic and loyalty they bring to their job.

“They have tremendous loyalty, tremendous hard work, they invest lots of hours. I don’t see very many 40-hour people here, they believe in the mission and want to work real hard,” Geschwind said. “What we haven’t had is turning them loose, giving them their parameters for their work. What we have had too much of is centralized control.”

For the future, Geschwind said the immediate focus for the hospital is to get a clean, full audit from the auditors, to get the staff and leadership team lined up together, and look closely at our provider personnel. Geschwind said they intend to keep all options open and are moving ahead in right direction.

Any questions regarding the current direction of the hospital may be directed to the interim administrator’s office at (620) 384-7461.

Dr. Scott Farrar McFadden

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Dr. Scott Farrar McFadden passed away suddenly Jan. 24, 2015. He is now with the Lord in his heavenly home. A memorial service was held at GracePoint Church in Coppell, Texas. 

 

Scott was born in 1953 and raised in Syracuse, Kan. where he shared many small town adventures with his childhood friends and family. Even in his early years, he was an individual of many interests and talents. Scott thrived on the challenge and competition of sports playing various sports through high school – football, basketball, track and tennis. Scouting, family vacations, summers lifeguarding and working at Wagner Nursery were all part of his youth. Raised to love music, his mother insisted on hours of practice each day and he learned to play the piano and guitar along with his favorite, the trumpet.

 

Scott became an accomplished lifetime trumpet player, playing through his school years, in the University of Kansas Marching Band, and various jazz ensembles and bands as a hobby after he moved to Texas. In 2012, he recorded a CD of his mother’s favorite hymns as a keepsake for her and for family. Just last May Scott and his mom traveled back to Syracuse for the annual Memorial Day weekend celebration. Scott played the Star Spangled Banner for the town parade and hymns at the church. Scott had even played for some friends the very day of his passing. An avid reader and always stretching and learning, Scott was also involved with the DFW Writer’s Workshop for a number of years. He authored several stories and even tried his hand at a novel.

 

After earning his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Scott was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Texas Health Science Center / Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he was awarded his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. Scott continued to have a passion for science but later embraced various business and entrepreneurial pursuits. He was co-founder and President of CSW Corp. a marketing and promotional products business. Son Mark helped with special projects out of college; son Matt joined the business full time.

 

While Scott brought his enthusiasm, energy and brilliance to all he did, his greatest treasure and love was his family. Together with Betsy his wife of 41 years, they were blessed with the loves of their lives, sons Matt and Mark. Scott was devoted to his family and over the years he spent many hours coaching all their youth sports, especially soccer, football, and baseball. In the process, he also took interest in and coached many of their childhood friends and teammates.

 

Scott was preceded in death by his father Charles F. McFadden. He is survived by wife Betsy Adams McFadden, sons Matthew Stirling and Mark Farrar McFadden; mother Geraldine Farrar McFadden of Temple, Texas; sisters Charrie Lynn Jenkins, Arkansas City, Kan. and Jan Jae White, Leoti, Kan.; brother Charles Jon McFadden, Arnold, Calif.; Uncle Jay M. Farrar, Oceanside, Calif.; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family. Scott will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

Those wishing to donate to a memorial in Scott’s name should send contributions to Marla Hoyt Lord, c/o SHS class of 1971, 4543 Toyon Dr., Billings, MT 59106. The memorial will benefit Syracuse schools. 

Frank Chavez Ortiz

Funeral services for former Holly, Colo. resident Frank C. Ortiz, affectionately known as Francisco, Kiko, or Pancho will be held at 10 a.m. with rosary at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at St. Francis De Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Charles Sena officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar, Colo. with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will be held the following day, Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Holly Cemetery. 


Frank Chavez Ortiz was born on Jan. 28, 1926 to Louis and Pomposa (Chavez) Ortiz in Holly. He passed away at University Medical Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. at the age of 89.


Frank was raised in Holly along with 13 other siblings. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, proudly serving our country as an antitank gun crewman during the war. He moved his family to Albuquerque following the war in 1951 and worked for the Sante Fe Railroad for 37 years as a master mechanic. 


He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman and an extremely talented artist and wood carver. Frank was known to many in his hometown of Belen, N.M. as the “Santero”. Thanks to his years working on the railroad, he was also a great auto mechanic and had converted his garage to an auto repair shop where he enjoyed doing repairs on anything anyone brought to him. Frank lived a long, beautiful, happy life and he will be dearly missed. 


Frank is survived by estranged spouse, Elsie Ortiz; his children, Frances and husband, Rick Cordova, Franklin and wife, Elizabeth Ortiz, Delores Romero, Estela Ortiz, Natividad and husband, Bill Bateman, Anthony Ortiz and Maria P. Hunter; grandchildren, Veronica Thomas, Michael Ortiz, Marquez Ortiz, Eric Ortiz, Donald Delzer, Darren Delzer, Monica Hemmert, Julia Bales, Ben Hunter, Heather Hunter, Sara Hunter, and Seth Hunter; great grandkids, Devan, Marcelo, Isabella, Mia, Damian, Jehsi, Aiden, Landon, Enrique, Anabel, Nicholas, Theodore, Griffin, Sammy, Kelsey; and siblings, Mary, Blaza, Minne, Bob and Mary Angel (Gloria).


He is preceded in death by his first wife, Isabel Ortiz Sheldon; parents, Luis and Pomposa Ortiz; and siblings, Nestora Lopez, Domingo Ortiz, Cidro Ortiz, Marcial Ortiz, Pancho Ortiz, Crestino Ortiz, Antonio Ortiz, Jessy Ortiz, and Gerardo Ortiz.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO, 81052.

Sherri Ann (Wade) Trussell

Sherri Ann (Wade) Trussell, age 54, passed away from a sudden illness on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at the St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. She was born on Oct. 16, 1960 in Garden City, the daughter of Lloyd Herman and Geraldine Mader.

 

Sherri began her life in Garden City, and she attended Garden City High School.

 

On Sept. 9, 1979, she married Cyril Weilert Jr., they later divorced. To this union five children were born Brandon, Bradley, Branna, Kammie, and Brandee. Sherri worked at various places including the Garden City Co-op, Steve Burgess Rental, Kearny County Bank, but most importantly she was a homemaker for the last five years taking care of her families every need. On May 18, 2001, she married Justin Van Trussell in Kendall, Kan. and they made their home in Kendall, and she resided there until her untimely passing.

 

Sherri enjoyed ceramics, arts and crafts, scrap-booking, and had a special place in her heart to spend time with her grandkids.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Herman and Geraldine Mader; three daughters, Branna Weilert, Kammie Weilert, and Brandee Weilert.

 

She is survived by her husband, Justin Van Trussell of Kendall; two sons, Brandon (& wife Natasha) Weilert of Garden City, and Bradley Weilert of Kendall; two brothers, Larry (& wife Kimberly) Wade of Shipshewana, Ind., and Terry (& wife Debbie) Wade of Kendall; one sister, Melody (& husband Richard) Hixon of Dodge City, Kan.; three grandchildren, Makinzy & Ty Weilert of Garden City, and Kaybrie Weilert of Syracuse, Kan., and numerous family members and friends.

 

A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 from 1 to 5 p.m. (MST) at the Kendall Community Building in Kendall.

 

Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to The Budget Shop, sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

JoAnna (Jody) Mae Unruh

JoAnna (Jody) Mae Unruh, 83, passed away Jan. 29, 2015, at the Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Sterling, Kan.

 

She was born May 10, 1931 in Great Bend, Kan. the daughter of Otto Joseph and Helen Marie Stejskal Folkerts.  A longtime area resident, she was a teacher.

 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, past member of the American Legion Auxiliary serving as a girl’s counselor for the State American Legion program and was the county chairman for the Republican Party, all of Larned.  She also was on the state of Kansas Hospice Board.

 

On Jan. 17, 1950, she married Junior Chester Unruh in Albert, Kan.  He passed away Nov. 20, 2010.

 

Survivors include: a son, Joe Don Unruh, La Crosse, Kan.; two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Folkerts. 

 

Cremation has taken place and services may be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be given to the JoAnna Mae Unruh Memorial Fund or the Larned EMS in care of

 

Beckwith Mortuary, Box 477 Larned, KS 67550 is charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.

Harold Wesley Splitter

Funeral services for Harold Wesley Splitter will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Holly, Colo. with Pastor Ralph Plummer officiating.  Visitation was held at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly on Thursday with the family present to receive friends. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. 

 

Harold was born on March 4, 1933 to Wesley Simon and Ella Pauline (Williams) Splitter in Geneseo, Kan. He passed away on Jan. 31, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 81. 


Harold married Mary Ann Schroeder on Nov. 11, 1956 in Perryton, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, the two moved to Colorado. He was employed in various occupations until 1970 when he was employed by the Thunderbird Livestock and Land Company until retiring in 1996 to go to work on the family farm in Sheridan Lake, Colo. Mary Ann passed away on June 4, 1997.  Harold met Karen Kaye Willis in 1999 and the two joined families on February 9, 2000.


Harold is survived by his wife, Kaye of Holly; daughters, Beverly and husband, Gary Medlock of Lacrosse, Kan., Linda Grayson of Columbia, Mo., and Paula and husband, John Martin of Rogers, Ark.; sons, Steve and wife, Kelley Splitter of Orlando, Fla., Gary and wife, Lori Willis of Lander, Wyo., Quintin and wife, Stephanie Willis of Colorado Springs, Colo., Darren and wife, Katrina Willis of Las Animas, Colo., and Shane and wife, Aletia Willis of Denver, Colo.; and siblings, Estella Christiansen of Jefferson City, Mo., Eugene and wife, Judy Splitter of Sheridan Lake, Marcella and husband, Dennis Cockroft of Holly, Gilbert Splitter of Rohnert Park, Calif., Barbara and husband, Roy Stokes of Gering, Neb., and Dorothy and husband, Bill Frey of Holly. Harold is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, numerous other relatives and a host and friends. 


Harold is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann; parents, Wesley and Pauline Splitter; and brother-in-law, Calvin Christiansen. 


Memorial contributions can be made to Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, PO Box 510, Lamar, CO 81052 in Harold’s name. 


For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Marvin Maune

Marvin Maune, age 83, a retired farmer and rancher, passed away in Pueblo, Colo. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the son of Charlie Maune and Edith May (Long) Maune.


Marvin grew up on a farm north of Kendall, Kan. He attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1949. While in school he was very active in track, basketball, and football. Marvin met Lorraine while in high school which was ultimately the love of his life for 63 years, and they were married on Feb 4, 1951. Soon after getting married, Marvin began his military service in the United States Air Force. On Dec. 2, 1955, he completed his military service, and upon returning home Marvin and Lorraine farmed and ranched in Kendall. A farmer/rancher his entire life, he semi retired in 1994. Marvin and Lorraine moved to Colorado City in 1997, and also spent time in Casa Grande, Ariz., but Marvin would remain involved in the farming and ranching activities. He was always ready to lend a hand, especially during harvest. Marvin enjoyed living in Colorado City, residing there until his untimely passing. 


Marvin had a lifetime love of sports, hunting, fishing, was an avid golfer, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Edith; one daughter, Linda Levy; and three brothers, Carl Maune, Robert Maune, and Roy Maune; and one sister, Nellie Ruth Maune.


He is survived by his spouse, Lorraine Maune of Colorado City, three sons, Mikeal (& wife Colette) Maune of Wichita, Kan., Matt (& wife Becky) Maune of Syracuse, Kan., and Marvin D. Maune Jr. of Lawrence, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Eric Ivey (& wife Heather) of Colorado Springs, Travis (& wife Marisa) Maune of Colorado Springs, Derek Maune of San Francisco, Calif., Stuart (& wife Sarah) Maune of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jason Maune of Kendall, Charity (& husband Mathew) Medill of Lakin, Kan., and Alexia Maune of Lawrence, Kan.; 10 great grandchildren; as well as numerous family members and friends.


Graveside Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at 10  a.m. (MST) at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse. 


Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MST) at the Fellers Funeral Home LLC in Syracuse.


Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the For A-Breast Foundation Inc. or Kendall United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

 

Angela Sue Simpson

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Angela Sue Simpson, age 40, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kan. surrounded by her family. She was born on July 22, 1974 in Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of Roger and Kay Lindner Potter. 


She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas. 

 

On Nov. 23, 1996, she married Curtis Simpson in Syracuse, Kansas.  He survives.


Other urvivors include: one daughter; Dakota Sue Simpson of Scott City; Parents, Roger and Kay Potter of Scott City; two sisters, Tracy and Gerald Wendt of Tribune, Kan., and Misty and Shawn Peirano of Junction City, Kan.; nine nieces and nephews, Kara, Kyra, Kegan, Brittany, and  Destiny of Tribune, and Addison, Zachary, Erica, and Ashley of Junction City; 12 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.


Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Scott City at 1:30 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 with officiant Rev. Kyle Evans presiding. Interment will be held at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse at 3:15 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.


Visitation hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.


Memorials may be made to the Angela Simpson Memorial Fund % Price & Sons Funeral Home.

Margaret Clark

Funeral services for Holly, Colo. resident, Margaret Clark will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Holly. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Plummer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 and from 9:30-11:30 Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.

 

Margaret Adelia Clark was born on Sept. 23, 1925 in Syracuse, Kan. to Charles H. and Lillian A. (Smith) Swisher. She passed away on Jan. 15, 2015 in Redding, Calif. at the age of 89.

 

Margaret moved to Holly in 1943 with her mother, Lillian Swisher. Margaret worked for her mother at Lil’s Café for several years. On Aug. 5, 1945 she married Robert Dudley Clark. To this union six children were born. In the early 1970s, Margaret met George Allen who was her companion for more than 40 years. Margaret was a member of the First Baptist Church.


She is survived by five daughters, Lyana Loggins and husband, Jerry of Tyler, Texas, Linda Crofts of Redding, Calif., Johnnie Crum, Tamie Cathcart, and Carma Smith all of Holly; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; 2 nieces, Jackie Schmidt and Dee Dee Lindsay. Margaret is also survived by George’s children, John Allen and wife, Jeanne of Holly, Sherry Vecellio and husband, Albert of Farmington, N.M. and Sharon “Susie” Ivy of Amarillo, Texas and their families.


Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her 11 siblings; husband, Robert Clark; son, Larry Robert “Bobby” Clark; grandson, Jeffrey Cathcart; and companion, George Allen.


Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.


For more information or to leave online condolences please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

Betty (Urton) Mayers

Betty (Urton) Mayers, age 87, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the Seasons Of Life Living Center in Syracuse, Kan. She was born on Feb. 6, 1927 in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Carl Sidney Urton and Elva Anna (Snelson) Urton.


Betty began her life in Garden City, she moved with her family to Syracuse when she was a young child. She attended Syracuse High School, graduating in 1945. While she was in high school she was employed at Ford Hardware, and also sold tickets at the Northrup Theatre. On Sept. 24, 1947, she married O.L. Mayers in Syracuse. In July 1954, O.L. and Betty adopted a son Jon Lee. After getting married, she helped O.L. with the necessary bookkeeping on the business they had called the East Side Garage. She also worked in several businesses in the Syracuse area, but most importantly she worked at the Hamilton County Museum for 28 years.  On Oct. 11, 2014 she was inducted into the Hamilton County Historical Society Hall of Fame, which was considered her greatest accomplishment. On Jan. 1, 2008, she retired and spent her time taking care of her animals and just enjoyed the free time. In the fall of 2012, she moved to the Seasons Of Life Living Center due to her health and resided there until her passing.


Betty enjoyed reading, music, crafts, redecorating, collecting antiques, and had a special place in her heart for animals. but most of all she enjoyed spending time socializing with her friends. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elva Urton; her spouse, O.L. Mayers; a son, Jon Lee Mayers; and brother, Larry Lee Urton. She is survived by all of her many friends.


Graveside Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse. 


Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the DSDS Assistance Dogs Inc. and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100

 

Cheryl Ann (Zimmerman) Hernandez

Cheryl Ann (Zimmerman) Hernandez, age 56, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at the Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kan.. She was born on Jan. 7, 1959 in Zumbrota, Minn., the daughter of Harold Ervin Zimmerman and Carol Fern (Goble) Zimmerman.


Cheryl grew up and went to grade school in Palisade, Minn.. She went to Atkin, Minn. for Junior High and the beginning of high School. She spent a lot of time at her Aunt Fahma and Uncle Ted's near Atkin. Cheryl moved to LaCrosse, Kan. where she attended LaCrosse High School. She participated in FHA, played volleyball all while waiting tables at the Corner Grill as she finished high school, and she graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1978. Cheryl met Jose Paul Hernandez the summer of 1977 in Dodge City, and they were married a year later in July of 1978 at the Baptist Church in LaCrosse. They moved to Leoti, following their marriage and in March of 1979 Steven was born. She moved to Deerfield and in July of 1982, Melissa was born. She moved back to Leoti and in November of 1984, Sarah was born. Cheryl and Jose separated  and later divorced. Cheryl met Melvin Wilson on a blind date in Scott City in the summer of 1999, and have been together ever since. Cheryl worked in the Health Care field as a CNA/CMA for many years. She loved taking care of the people living in the Long Term Care. She resided in Marienthal, Kan. for the last 16 years until her untimely passing. 


Cheryl enjoyed reading, playing board games, bingo, puzzles, horses and cows, and naming all of the livestock, she loved watching KU Basketball, but her deepest fulfillment was spending time with her grandkids and her puppy "Dolly". 


She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Carol Zimmerman. She is survived by her spouse, Melvin Wilson of Marienthal; stepmother, Alice Zimmerman of Pine Island, Minn.; a son, Steven Hernandez of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Melissa (& husband Paul) Walk of Leoti, and Sarah (& husband Derek) Fetty of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Paul (& wife Mary Lynn) Techau of Pine Island; five sisters, Barbara (& husband Sonny) Ballentine of Wallace, Kan., Dianne Kaiser of Atlanta, Mo., Lori (& husband Harvey) Hemken of Winona, Kan., Pamela Zimmerman of Rochester, Minn., and Marilyn (& husband Daniel) Ballentine of Wallace, Kan.; four grandchildren, Deion Torres of Colorado Springs, Brooke Fetty of Colorado Springs, and Payton & Mallory Walk of Leoti; and numerous other family members and friends.


Funeral Service was held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the Assembly Of God Church, in Tribune, Kan. Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Assembly Of God Church, in Tribune.


Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to the Cheryl Hernandez Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.