By The Mercury

Kathleen Helen Suther, 83, of Westmoreland, died Monday at the Westy Community Care Home. She was a longtime resident of the area.

The family provided some of the following information.

Kathleen was born March 31, 1930, in Leavenworth. She was the daughter of Eugene and Alice Lundy Retter. Her parents died when she was very young and she lived at the St. Vincent Orphanage until she was adopted in 1940 by the Pendergast family of Blaine. She attended local schools and graduated from Blaine Rural High School in 1948.

She married Ralph Melvin Suther on Oct. 13, 1951 in Blaine. He survives at their home.

Kathleen was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. For 10 years, she also worked at the Farm Service Agency office.

Kathleen loved to travel with Ralph and her family. She visited most of the states and 10 counties from Mexico to Europe. She was a great cook, loved to read, and was an accomplished quilter, making quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. Kathleen was a member of St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Blaine and the church Altar Society. She then transferred to St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan. There she was a part of the religious education program. Being an orphan herself, Kathleen always supported charities that helped orphan children.

She is also survived by her daughters, Susanne Kufahl (Jay), of Wheaton, and Betsy Prockish (Wayne), of Topeka; her sons, Ron Suther (Micki), of Blaine, Steve Suther (Anne), of Onaga, and Dan Suther (Gina), of Blaine; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Mary Alice Cobb, Alma Wade, Roxanne Eschenbrenner, Laura Retter, Joseph Corrigan, Eugene, Robert, Erwin “Mike” and Richard Retter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan. The Rev. Don Zimmerman will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Blaine. Mrs. Suther will lie in state on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego, where the family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Oglala Children’s Village, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

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