By The Mercury

Mardeen Maxine (Bolze) Hartford, 86, died on Feb. 14 at Collins House of Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on June 15, 1927, in Mildred and was the daughter of Eva Veleria (Curley) and Clarence F. Bolze.  She attended school in Kansas City, Kan., and was a graduate of Wyandotte High School.

In May of 1949, she graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

On June 5, 1954, she married John Henry Hartford, in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2013.

She taught physical education at El Dorado Junior High in El Dorado from 1949 to 1953. She then taught at Independence Junior High in Independence from 1953 to 1954. She also worked at the Citizen State Bank in El Dorado. In 1961, she moved with her family to Pittsburg, and then moved to Wichita in 1965. In 1971 she began working for USD 259 in Wichita in the Purchasing Department, retiring in 1988. She moved to Newton. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, most recently the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan; and a member of PEO in Newton.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Calvin Bolze; and one sister, Martha Pollack.

Survivors include her daughter, Lynnellen (Lynne) Burns of Manhattan; former son-in-law, Calvin Burns of Halstead; and one grandson, Travis Burns of Halstead.

Graveside services will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth at 11 a.m. on Monday.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund with Pittsburg State University, Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, Homecare & Hospice, Inc., or the donor’s choice, in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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