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Mary Alice Hanke

November 7, 2019


Life Sketch for Mary Alice Hanke


Mary Alice Hanke, 70, passed away on November 7, 2019 at Ascension-Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.


Mary Alice was born on January 16, 1949 in Newton, Kansas to Fred and Lila (Jantz) Killfoil.


Mary Alice was married on July 14, 1971 to Harley Gene Hanke. They were married for forty eight years prior to her passing.


She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God of the First Born.  At the church she was involved as a song leader and served in the youth ministries.  She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and made special seasonal wreaths for the grave sites of her loved ones.  Her family was important to her. She would send special cards to commemorate the relatives birthdays and was always there to share uplifting and encouraging comments or messages.


Mary Alice is survived by her husband: Harley Hanke; mother: Lila Killfoil; children: Joyanna Lajeunesse, Diane Kraft; sisters: Carolyn Smith, Jane Carrell, Shirley O’Neil; brothers: Jerry and Jim Killfoil; and four grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her sons: Clifford and Timothy Hanke; and father: Fred Killfoil.


Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Church of God of the First Born, 720 S. Kansas Ave., Newton, Kansas.  A public visitation is scheduled on Tuesday, November 12th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home.  The family will be at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to greet friends and family.


A memorial has been established for the Church of God of the First Born.  Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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6 thoughts on “Mary Alice Hanke

  1. I always loved to hear Mary sing and the spirit she did it in. She never complained about her illness. She always said she was healed. She is now resting in peace with the Lord and savior! She has been totally healed now. She can see now and no more pain or sorrow. We all will miss her greatly.

  2. Dear Joy and Family,

    Sincere sympathies to you on the passing of Mary Alice. You are in my prayers for peace in your hearts. May she forever enjoy God’s glory in heaven!

  3. The most humble and sweetest spirit I know. Heaven gains a blessed soul. Jesus shined through Aunt Mary and inspired me ever time I even think of her. May the comfort of our Great God be with us left here on Earth. Aunt Mary was sure sign of Jesus Love here on and I will remember her fondly and look forward to reuniting in Heaven in God’s timing.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss!!
    She was a very special and talented lady!! I’ll never forget her teaching us bible songs at church. I loved her voice!!!
    She made going to church exciting and interesting!!!

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