Obituaries May 12th

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Bobby Joe Wiseman
1939 – 2019

Bobby Joe Wiseman, 79, of St. Joseph, MO, died Monday May 6, 2019. Bobby was born September 6, 1939, in Sikeston, MO, to Henry B. and Eva G. (Carter) Wiseman.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. Prior to retirement he had worked for several police departments in the area.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Margie (Wiseman) Glasgow.

He is survived by six children; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Bobby will be interred at Leavenworth National Cemetery.


Nora M. Mailender

Nora M. Mailender, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019.

She was born June 25, 1931 in Wheeler County, Nebraska. Nora attended a country school and high school at Spalding Academy, Spalding, Nebraska. From there she attended St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1948-1951, then she went on to St. Johns Hospital School of Anesthesia in Springfield, Illinois from 1952-1952.
She worked in Anesthesia in New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska and Missouri for 28 years. While in New Mexico she was part of a volunteer medical missionary team in the mountains of New Mexico. She was instrumental in organizing State Anesthesia Associations in New Mexico and Arizona. In 1971 she moved to St. Joseph from Omaha, Nebraska. She returned to nursing in 1982 and retired from Heartland Regional Medical Center in 1997. Nora was active in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Calvin Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Agnes (Glenn) Mailender; sisters, Agnes Crandall, Eileen Ballweg and Wilma Hochhaus; brothers, Anton, Eugene and Thomas Mailender.

Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Graveside Farewell Services & Inurnment 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 21st, Mount Olivet Cemetery. Online guest book and obituary at


Ed” Joseph Edward Salewicz
1953 – 2019

“Ed” Joseph Edward Salewicz, 65, St. Joseph, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at his home.

Served: Missouri Air National Guard, worked: Larson Accounting, Bethany MO, Morris Plan St. Joseph, retired from Johnson Controls. He was an avid golfer, Marshall at Fairview Golf Course, Usher at St. James Catholic Church.

Ed was preceded in death by: parents: Basil and Mary Salewicz, brother: Richard J. Salewicz.

Survivors include: nephew: Richard J. Salewicz II (RJ) of Carmel, Indiana, nephew: John Salewicz (Erin) of Zionsville, Indiana, their 3 children, Theo Basil, Nora Lois, Arie William, sister-in-law: Teresa Salewicz of Carmel, Indiana, cousin: Helen Przybylski (Thomas) of Kansas City, cousin JW Cypara (Dora) of St Joseph / Springfield MO. Ed has been cremated under the care of Rupp Funeral Home.

Funeral Services: Saturday, May 11 – 1:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church. The family would like to thank high school friends, Vince & Linda Kafka of St. Joseph and John & Connie Szczepanik of St. Joseph for assisting Ed during his times of need.


Carol Sue Jenson
1939 – 2019

Carol Sue Jenson, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away at Mosaic Life Care Friday, May 10, 2019.

Carol was born in Willard, Missouri to William and Sara (Patterson) Erwin on February 1, 1939. She graduated from Central High School in Springfield, Missouri. On August 23, 1958, she married David Lynn Jenson, also in Springfield. They celebrated 60 years of married life. A beloved matriarch, Carol was very involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives. She was dedicated to sewing tote bags for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. She also enjoyed crosswords and occasional visits to the casino.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Carol is survived by: husband, David; children, Holly (Jay) Flinn, David Todd Jenson, Joy Jenson; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brothers, William and Merle Erwin.

By her request, Carol has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. No services or visitation are planned at this time. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Brighton Cemetery in Brighton, Missouri.


Wilma J. Kaelin
1931 – 2019

Wilma J. (Taylor) Kaelin, 87, of Wathena, Kansas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 10, 2019 at her home.

Wilma was born on October 17, 1931 in Troy, Kansas to Ralph & Mary (Clary) Taylor. She was a cook for the Wathena Schools, retiring in 1993. Wilma loved to travel, especially to the mountains of Colorado. She enjoyed oil painting and had a soft heart for animals. Wilma had deep faith in God and family was a big part of her life.

Wilma married Kenneth Kaelin on January 20, 1960 in Wathena, Kansas. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents & a sister, Ida Keller.

Survivors; Daughters, Marcelleene Orcutt, Maryland Kaelin, Kathleen Hine (Dennis) and Lori Cavener (Mike); Sons, Roy (Shelley) & Donald Kaelin; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; Sisters, Colleene Duncan (Pete) & Carol Smith (Corky); Brother, Ralph Taylor (Connie); And numerous nieces & nephews

Wilma’s family would like to give a special thank you to Rachel for her care to her grandmother and the St. Croix Hospice.

Graveside Service: 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wathena, Kansas. Visitation: 10:30 A. M. Tuesday 1 hour prior to graveside service at the Harman-Rohde Funeral Home in Wathena, Kansas. Friends may call after 12 noon Monday. Memorials: St. Croix Hospice or the Wathena EMS.


Betty Lee Rush
1923 – 2019

Betty Lee Rush, 95, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, May 10, 2019.

Betty was born September 7, 1923, the only child of Colleen (Phillips) and Wilbur Wooderson in Mount Moriah, Missouri. After her father’s death in 1924, her mother married Nick Christ, who was a true father to her.
She graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph in 1940 and then attended Platt Gard Business School. She worked at Swift and Company and the Standard Oil Company during World War II. After many years as a homemaker, she returned to work in the sophomore office at Central High School. In 1974, she opened a needlework shop with friends called “The Nook and Cranny”, in memory of her daughter, Susan. After a move to Kansas City, Betty was the executive secretary at Cummins Mid America until she retired in 1987. Betty was an active volunteer and spent many hours assisting with activities at Moila Temple, where her husband Charlie was potentate. She was a member of PEO Chapter FP and the First Christian Church of St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Col. Charles F. Wurtzler, Col. Harold G. Wells (her husband from 1990-1998), Charles William Rush (her husband from 2001-2013), and her daughter, Susan Colleen Wurtzler.

Survivors include her son, Stephen Wurtzler (Barbara), two grandchildren, Sally Wurtzler and Mark Wurtzler (Kathy), Judy VanVickle (Jerry), Tom Wells (Jane), Patty Burton (Ed), Dianne Bray (Dan), and Deborah Rush. She was also close to her nieces and nephew, Beth Fulton (Terry), Jan Fulton Ganguzza (Bob) and Rob Fulton (Kylene).

Betty had a generous heart and loved people. In turn, her friends and family held her in great affection. Betty’s phone and home were always busy with people of all ages who loved her company.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First Christian Church or Interfaith Community Services. Online guest book and obituary at