Longtime Sherman County, Kansas resident Edna V. Snethen, 95, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home.
She was born February 14, 1919, at Logan County, Kansas, the daughter of Mary (Hanson) and Rudolph Kowalke. She graduated with the class of 1938 from Winona High School.
On February 14, 1946, she and Robert Henry Snethen were married at the Lutheran Church at McAllaster, Kansas, and they made their home in Sherman County. Her memberships included the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, where she was an active member. She was a charter member and president of the Goodland Church Thrift Shop.
Being a child of the depression, Edna did not waste anything. She raised a garden and canned it, made peach pit jelly, lye soap and clothing. She enjoyed flower gardening, making quilts, wheat weaving, all church activities, and being involved in E.H.U.
Preceding her in death were her husband Robert Snethen, who died May 27, 2008; grandson Marshall Snethen, who died in 1998; three daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter-in-law; parents; and siblings Paul Kowalke, Louise M. Stielow Moore, Walter Kowalke, and Raymond Kowalke.
Surviving family includes six children Donald Snethen and his wife Edie of Topeka; Harold Snethen and his wife Mary Ann; Roger Snethen and his wife Marilyn; Dennis Snethen and his wife Rosemarrie, all of Goodland; Gary Snethen of Edson; Keith Snethen and his wife Gina of Goodland; seventeen grandchildren Zachary and his wife Erin, Gretchen, Jeremiah, Jedediah, Allen and his wife Jill, Joey and his wife Paige, Tim and his wife Carrie, Katerina, Todd; step-grandchildren Scott Kreger and his wife Jennifer, Joseph Kreger and his wife Chelsie, Shannon Shippy and her husband Luke, Nickolaus Kreger, Brian Kreger, Matt Carmichael and his wife Megan, Mark Carmichael and his wife Laurie, Whitney Miller and her husband Drew; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and sister Mary Harper of Goodland.
The funeral will be Thursday, March 6, at 10:30 AM MT, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, with Pastor Darian Hybl officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Wednesday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland.
Memorials may be designated to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Hospice Services of Sherman County, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com