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Nola Koehn

January 10, 2014

Nola Koehn, 91, died on January 10, 2014, at Kidron Bethel in North Newton, Kansas.

Nola was born on May 26, 1922, In Goessel, Kansas, to Abraham and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Schmidt.  On August 19, 1942, she married Ernest H. Koehn at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Marion County.

Nola worked as a secretary for Midland National Bank for twenty-four years until her retirement in 1982.  She looked forward to meeting with retired friends in Secretaries Club. She thoroughly enjoyed Steve Harper’s bus trips across Kansas feeding her interest in unique sites and facts, and marveling in nature.  Nola was a dedicated homemaker who put her family’s needs first.  Her culinary and diligent homemaking skills earned the respect of her family, making them feel loved and well-taken care of.  Summers were spent tending her garden, a hobby she looked forward to each year.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Koehn of North Newton; daughters: Iris Strahan of Springfield, Illinois; Maureen Fast and husband Kenneth of Newton; two sisters: Viola Ratzlaff of Goessel and Emma Reimer of Loveland, CO;  four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great – great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents Abraham and Elizabeth Schmidt; daughter, Marsha Gwen Koehn; five brothers: Waldo, Philip, Marvin, Harlow and Eldon; and two sisters: Verna Reimer and LuEtta Frey.

Services will be held at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, January 16, at 1:30 P.M.  Family will be available for visitation prior to the service from 1:00-1:30 P.M.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery following the service with a fellowship hour for family and friends at Kidron Bethel Harvest Table.

Memorial established for Mennonite Central Committee and

Harry Hynes Hospice

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