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Juanita Koehn

February 6, 2013

Juanita M. (Bence) Koehn, 81, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home in Newton.

She was born on June 19, 1931, in Bentley to Merle J. and Esther Gertrude (Decker) Bence. She lived in the Newton area, where she attended Cooper Grade School and graduated from Newton High School in 1949. She worked at a local drug store and helped serve refreshments to trainloads of soldiers during World War II.

Juanita met Walter Koehn in 1948, and they were married on July 17, 1949. They were married for 63 and a half years. They had four children: Mark, Julie, Patty and Daniel.

Juanita was a fun loving person who liked to laugh, be with her family and cook. She enjoyed bowling and was active in a Pinochle Club. She was a big K.U. basketball fan and was an avid reader of books. She was a member of the First Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her husband, Walter L. Koehn; children, Mark Koehn, Julie Funderburg, Patty Phillips and Daniel Koehn; sister, Vera Holderman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle J. Bence and Esther G. (Decker) Barfield.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 9, 2013, at the First Mennonite Church of Newton. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Harry Hynes Hospice and Central Home Care.

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