Ronda Conway
B: 1952-08-28
D: 2019-01-16
View Details
Conway, Ronda
Sandy Coffindaffer
B: 1954-05-29
D: 2019-01-15
View Details
Coffindaffer, Sandy
Terry Gigot
B: 1944-06-17
D: 2019-01-14
View Details
Gigot, Terry
Genabeba (Geneva) Pauda
B: 1935-01-03
D: 2019-01-13
View Details
Pauda, Genabeba (Geneva)
S. Hands
B: 1925-12-06
D: 2019-01-13
View Details
Hands, S.
Cynthia Garcia
B: 1968-02-24
D: 2019-01-12
View Details
Garcia, Cynthia
Melba Forsythe
B: 1919-06-26
D: 2019-01-12
View Details
Forsythe, Melba
Mary Angeles
B: 1956-10-14
D: 2019-01-10
View Details
Angeles, Mary
Wynn Laird
B: 1947-05-29
D: 2019-01-09
View Details
Laird, Wynn
Gordon Jones
B: 1932-08-05
D: 2019-01-09
View Details
Jones, Gordon
Everett Bray
B: 1939-10-27
D: 2019-01-08
View Details
Bray, Everett
Mariam Pedigo
B: 1931-10-07
D: 2019-01-07
View Details
Pedigo, Mariam
Roman Guzman
B: 1992-08-10
D: 2019-01-06
View Details
Guzman, Roman
Opal Sroufe
B: 1928-02-23
D: 2019-01-06
View Details
Sroufe, Opal
Russell Landon
B: 1955-11-03
D: 2019-01-06
View Details
Landon, Russell
Margaret Williams
B: 1927-01-03
D: 2019-01-05
View Details
Williams, Margaret
Sharon Brown
B: 1942-08-22
D: 2019-01-05
View Details
Brown, Sharon
Kenneth Johnson
B: 1931-07-06
D: 2019-01-01
View Details
Johnson, Kenneth
Bernice Seyb
B: 1920-01-13
D: 2019-01-01
View Details
Seyb, Bernice
Leroy Robinson
B: 1924-12-09
D: 2019-01-01
View Details
Robinson, Leroy
Pauline Hahn
B: 1928-09-11
D: 2018-12-31
View Details
Hahn, Pauline


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
412 North 7th Street
Phone: (620) 276-3219
Fax: (620) 276-2115
Judith Retsema
In Memory of
Judith Allen 
1941 - 2017
Memorial Candle Tribute From
Sande Smith
"Judith was a kind, generous person who was there for me during a rough time in m"
View full message >>>
Memorial Candle Tribute From
Katie Kudart Denich
"Thoughts and Prayers with the Retsema Family, so sorry for your loss. May Judit"
View full message >>>

Obituary for Judith Allen Retsema

Judith Allen Retsema, age 76, died November 25th, 2017 peacefully in her home surrounded by family.
She was born at Middletown, OH, 14 August 1941, to Eldon E. and Freda K. [Barker] Wilkerson. She Married Arthur W. Retsema, Flint, Michigan, July 1960. She has three children: F. Kriztine Retsema, Garden City, KS; A. Wayne Retsema [Lourdes], Miami, FL, and Allen J. Retsema [Lisa], Jefferson City, MO.
She was very active in the communities she lived in throughout her life. Based on programming initiatives in Flint Mich., Ms. Retsema founded and directed an Elementary Preschool Story Hour, when they moved to Barberton, OH. In concert with the Barberton Public School System, the Barberton Public Library and the Perkins Children’s Zoo.
When the family moved to Galion, OH. Ms. Retsema, again using models from Flint, Mich., Turri-Mott Foundation, founded and directed the Maternal Health Education Program at the Community Hospital.
Ms. Retsema obtained her undergraduate degree from Lindenwood Colleges, St. Charles, MO. And graduate degree from Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Grove, MO. She did Post graduate work and programs at Lindenwood Colleges, and Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
She enjoyed working chaplaincy at UMC, KS, and volunteering with Doug at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS. She loved working with community-based systems integrating and developing new programs in schools and project areas, Head Start, alcohol and drug treatment centers for women and children, and mental health social rehabilitation programs in Missouri and Ohio.
Her motto regarding life was: “If it’s not fun don’t do it.” She made whatever she did fun. Her latest adventures were “playing” at the Shift Center and its programs with her daughter and the wonderful people there. Sometimes she’d go to Deb and George’s at Wharton’s Florists to play with their phone lines and the people there.
Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and friends survive.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her brother Eldon E. Wilkerson, Jr. [Jackie], and several cousins.
A celebration honoring her life and love for others will be held April 1st, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at her home in Garden City, KS.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Catherine Hospice program in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th St. Garden City, KS 67846