Dorothy Spearow

Dorothy Marie Spearow, age 88, of Stromsburg, NE, passed away August 11, 2019, at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.

Graveside memorial services will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE at a later date.

Dorothy was born November 6, 1930, to Lawrence Everett and Grace Alma (Lundsford) Osborn in Lincoln, NE. Shortly after Dorothy was born the family moved to Dunning, NE and lived in several locations throughout the Sandhills area, eventually settling in Sidney where she graduated high school in 1948. She attended college at Kearney State College and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

On September 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Robert Dean Spearow at the Methodist Church in Sidney. To this union, five children were born. In 1955 they moved from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to Sidney, NE and started farming and raising registered Hereford cattle. In 1982 they moved to the community of Olsburg, KS where they lived on their retirement ranch, although they never got around to retiring and continued to raise cattle and sold Purina Feed.

In 2013 they moved to Stromsburg to be closer to family. Over the years she taught piano and organ and played at church services in Sidney, Randolph, and the Midwest Covenant Home. She moved to the Midwest Covenant Home on February 12, 2015, where she resided until her passing.

She enjoyed helping her children with 4-H projects and was involved in musical productions while living in Gurley, NE.

She was a member of the Sidney Providence Chapter 108 Eastern Star and was past Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the Stromsburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her children: Dan (Nancy) Spearow of Stromsburg, Diane (David) Helfrich of Fayetteville, NC, Rick (Judy) Spearow of Sidney, Dr. Carol (Mike) Garcia of Fayetteville, NC and Colonel Gary (Vikki) Spearow of North Kingstown, RI; nine grandchildren, Heidi (Trent) Proskocil, Stacy (Dan) Kutzli, Jason Spearow, Ian Helfrich, Anna Johnson, Brandon Spearow, Jon Spearow, Justin Spearow, and Dylan Spearow; four great-grandchildren: Cody and Tad Proskocil, Eric and Elisabeth Kutzli; and her sister Carolyn Hays of Sidney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, who passed away July 9, 2018, and her brother John Osborn.

Memorials to Stromsburg United Methodist Church.

Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.

Carolyn Johr

Carolyn Johr, age 84, of Manhattan, died Friday August 16, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on September 7, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Jack and Edna (Smith) Kennedy.

On April 26, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Johr. He preceded her in death on August 16, 2005.

Carolyn was a strong woman. She loved to take care of and spend time with her children and all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She loved to cook for her family, banana bread was one of things she will be remember for making.

She loved to spend time watching TV, from Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Soap Operas on TV, and also golf and the Chiefs and her home state Detroit Lions. She also enjoyed to knit and crochet.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her children: Michael Johr, Chuck Johr, Pat Johr, and Jackie Cammarn; and also her 3 brothers and her sister.

She is survived by her children: Sue Lapinski Zonts, of Jackson, Michigan, Catherine Cammarn, of Junction City, Mary Walter, of Manhattan, and Roy Johr, of Kansas City, Missouri. Also her 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 am. Friday August 23, 2019 at the Valley View Memorial Park on East Highway 24 in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University or the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through funeral home website at

Doris Mangelsdorf

Doris Irene Mangelsdorf, 96, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side at the Good Shepherd Hospice House on August 13, 2019 in Manhattan, KS.

Doris was born on January 25, 1923 in Lawson, MO to Abraham and Oda (Hopkins) Baber. She graduated from Burroughs Business School in Kansas City. She was married to Arthur Mangelsdorf 57 years.

Doris is survived by her sisters, Mary Peters and Alice Wescott; children, Martha Walker, Pamela Mathews, Deborah Mangelsdorf, and Linda (Roger Neal) Oshel; grandchildren Jacob and Benjamin Walker, Abraham (Tiffanie) and Jared (Ashley) Oshel, and Jessica and Michaela Sievers; great-grandchildren and more extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1:00 pm Saturday, September 7th at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, 481 Zeandale Road, Manhattan, KS 66502 with a reception to follow. Reverend Jonalu Johnstone will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Doris’ life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum or the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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