Local woman dies at 105

By The Mercury

A Manhattan woman who had been a resident of the area for more than a century died Saturday at the age of 105.

Genevieve Martha Ekart of Manhattan died Saturday at the Stoneybrook Retirement Community.

The family provided some of the following information. She was born May 30, 1907, on Lost Creek north of Belvue in Pottawatomie County. She was the fourth of five children born to Constantine Joseph and Katherine Elizabeth Riat Umscheid. She moved in 1910 with her family to a farm south of Flush. 

On Feb.16, 1931, at St. Joseph’s Church in Flush she was united in marriage to Clarence Lawrence Ekart.

They lived on the St. Joseph’s Church farm until March 1943 when they moved to a home a couple of miles south of Flush.

They then moved to Manhattan in December 1943. She was a homemaker and enjoyed farm life and raising her family. 

For most of her life she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Flush and later Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan. She was a member of the Altar Society at both churches.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Delbert Ekart and wife Nancy and Raymond Ekart and wife Patricia. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Arthur Umscheid, Ronald Umscheid and Sylvester Umscheid and sister Virginia Umscheid Weltsch.

Genevieve is survived by five children, Sylvester Ekart and wife Marna of Bismarck, N.D., Dolores Wells of Topeka, Kathleen Ekart of Denver, Colo., David Ekart and wife Alice and Donald Ekart and wife Sara of Manhattan.

She is also survived by her 14 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian Burial for Mrs. Ekart will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan, with the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Elbow Creek east of Manhattan.

The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home. A rosary and prayer service will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will also greet friends prior to the service from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Seven Dolors Catholic Church or to Homecare and Hospice, Inc.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.  Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

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