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By The Mercury

Frances Rosalee Callahan Erdwien, 85, former long-time El Dorado resident, died after a brief illness on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Overland Park surrounded by her loving family.

The family provided some of the following information.

Frances was born in Manhattan on June 19, 1929, to Professor James Callahan and Mabel (Leger) Callahan.

She was a proud graduate of Kansas State University, and after raising her children was on the staffs of the Butler County News and the El Dorado Shoppers’ Guide for many years.

She was an avid Master Gardener and loved her various social clubs, especially enjoying the fellowship of her many friends - and the desserts which always followed the programs.

Frances was a 60-year member and devoted volunteer at St. John’s Catholic Church in El Dorado.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard Callahan and Robert Callahan, as well as her loving husband, Neil C. Erdwien.

She is survived by sister, Dorothy Horsch of Manhattan; brother, Bernard Callahan (Karen) of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; daughters, Mary Pierce (Joe) of Wichita, Virginia Jones (Ken) of Lenexa and Dr. Barbara Erdwien of Olathe; son, Neil Erdwien (Tiffany Mayfield) of Manhattan; and grandchildren, Sinclaire, Max and Reid Erdwien, and Alex and Spencer Jones.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents of The Atriums in Overland Park, where Frances lived after moving from El Dorado in 2013, for their welcoming friendship and support. We also gratefully thank the medical staff at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park for the tremendously compassionate care they showed Frances and our entire family in her last days.

Visitation was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado. Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in El Dorado.

Frances was a beloved mother and grandmother. Her wisdom and terrific sense of humor will be missed by all. Frances would have been pleased by donations in her honor to the American Cancer Society.

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