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Ethel Simshauser

Ethel Lois Simshauser

Saturday, July 30th, 1927 - Monday, January 27th, 2020
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Lakin- Ethel Lois Simshauser, 92, died on Monday, January 27, 2020 at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin. She was born on July 30, 1927 to Fred and Mary (Bohl) Kleeman in Lakin Township, Kearny County near the city of Lakin, Kansas.

She married Norman F. Simshauser on November 25, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Lakin. After graduating from Lakin High School she worked in Dr. Sabo’s office as the receptionist/ office nurse. After her marriage, she and Norman managed the appliance store in Deerfield. She worked in Ted Morgan’s office after they moved back to Lakin. She was judge pro-tem for several years. Ethel was a devoted farm wife and mother of four children.

Ethel was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she served on the alter committee and service groups. She was a long time member of the North Kearny EHU. She loved bowling and was the secretary of many bowling leagues. Norman and Ethel were very actively involved with the Senior Center of Lakin. They went on numerous trips with the seniors. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, counted cross-stitch making cross-stitch pillows for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to play cards and dominos. Ethel enjoyed having Christmas and other holidays at her house for all the family, and spending time with all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed her time at High Plains Retirement Village making many friends there.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister- Edith Kelly, and brother- Earl Kleeman, 5 grandchildren- Jason and Andria Rice, Jacob and Garrett Simshauser and Scotty Chaloupek.

She is survived by three daughters- Carol A. Rice and husband J.D., Evelyn K. Gestenslager and husband Steve, Noretta F. Hesslink and husband Ted, Son- William A. Simshauser and wife Diane, brother- Leonard Kleeman, six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakin with Rev Warren Prochnow officiating. Burial will be in Lakin Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Friends may call from Noon to 8:00 PM Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be posted at

Garnand Funeral Home 508 N. Main, Box 91 Lakin, Ks 67860 620-355-7575
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Melissa Pickens

Posted at 09:04pm
Ethel had a sweet soul and kind smile
Even in her last weeks she touched my heart
I wish I would have known her before she was in the nursing home and got to know her better .Ethel daughters showed her so much love you knew she must of been a great influence on them and inspiration to us all
She will be greatly missed and I feel blessed in the few months I got to spend with her and her family

Nadene Gaynor

Posted at 12:02am
Ethel was a very special lady! I loved playing Wii Bowling, cards, bingo, dominoes, and any other game we could come up with, with her! She was so easy and pleasant to visit with and always welcomed me with a smile! I will truly miss her! I am glad I was able to get to know her as well as several members of her family. Our Sincere Sympathy! Nadene and Calvin Gaynor

Judy Kleeman

Posted at 10:22am
Love that dear lady with a big heart! The year Earl and I were dating, she would invite us for supper, so welcoming! When our first baby arrived, we were at Ethel and Norman's for her first Christmas dinner. While Earl and I traveled she would care for our two young sons. Ethel was fun! When she came for supper, she often came with Mexican Train in her hands! She spoke kindly of others and even with the snags to her health did not complain. Loved chatting about family and praying for their concerns with her. Judy Kleeman

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