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Fern TenEyck

By The Mercury

Fern Arlene TenEyck, 80, of Alma, died Tuesday at the Alma Manor. She was a long-time resident of the community.

The family provided some of the following information.

Fern was born July 8, 1933, in Russell. She was the daughter of David H. and Lydia Galyardt Ehrlich. She attended local schools.

Fern met Alfred Paul TenEyck, Sr., in Russell and they were married on April 5, 1954, in Alta Vista. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2011.

Fern worked for many years as a child care provider in her home. She also did cleaning in other people’s homes and businesses. For a while she cooked and cleaned for the Wabaunsee County jail. She also worked for the school district as a cook and as a clerk at the liquor store. Fern loved to ride horses. She would ride whenever possible and even had the opportunity to ride Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. She also was an avid bowler and won many trophies in a local bowling league. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, crocheting, sewing, cooking and gardening. She especially enjoyed raising flowers. Her grandchildren always enjoyed listening to her many stories. Fern loved country western music and movies, especially those with John Wayne.

Fern is survived by her daughter, Nancy Songs, and her husband, Ray of Wamego; her sons, Alfred TenEyck, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of St. Marys, and Dean TenEyck and his wife, Marie of Alma; her sister, Loretta Watkins of Topeka; grandchildren, Tina McIntyre (Larry), Justin TenEyck (Amber), Shannon TenEyck (Ashley), Scott TenEyck, Josh TenEyck (Junell), Ashley TenEyck, and Alicia TenEyck; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. The Rev. Robert Grimm will be officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Mrs. TenEyck will lie in state on Thursday starting at 2 p.m. at Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma, where the family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to St. John Lutheran Church or the Alma Manor, and those may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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