Elaine F. Shaw, 82, Wilson, Kan., died on April 20, 2016 in Salina. She was born in Lincoln County on Sept. 19, 1933 to Victor and Theresa (Farney) Peterka. On Feb. 8, 1956 she married Roy “Malcolm” Shaw in Wilson. She was preceded in death by her parents. Left to celebrate her life are her husband of the home; three sons, Mark (Doris) Shaw and Jan Shaw both of Wilson and Lee (Janelle) Shaw of Abilene; one daughter, ViAnn (Ken) Schweitzer of Lenexa, Kan.; two brothers, Eugene Peterka and Donald (Alice) Peterka both of Wilson; three sisters, JoAnn Steinle and Loyola (Donald) Anschutz both of Wilson and Kathleen (Dr. Earl) Merkel of Russell, Kan.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be from 1:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at Foster Mortuary, Wilson, Kan. Family will be present from 6:00-7:00 p.m. A vigil service with rosary will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Wenceslaus Cemetery Fund or Pleasant Valley Cemetery Fund and sent in care of the funeral home.
My mother was born on August 30, 1926 on a farm in Lincoln County Kansas to Thomas and Mabel Gleeson (Holmes). She passed away on April 20, 2016, in Prescott, Arizona. Growing up on the farm she developed a great love of animals and horseback riding. She loved to tell people that she truly was a tomboy. As an adult she was most proud of her long medical career, starting as a nursing aide to Dr. Herbert Songer and then as an aide and radiology technician at the Lincoln County Hospital, retiring in 1979. She will be missed by her many friends who loved her and her wonderful stories about growing up in Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Schlappy, her Mother and Father, Brothers Robert and Harold Gleeson sisters Faye Gleeson and Betty Clark (Gleeson). She is survived by her only son, Larry Schlappy (Catherine) of Prescott, two grandsons, David Schlappy (Camille) and Daniel Schlappy (Rita), one granddaughter, Kimberley McPherson, two great grandsons, Johnathan Schlappy and Tanner Carey, three great granddaughters, Celine Schlappy, Tariel McPherson and Teagan McPherson. Mom is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces some of whom I will mention because of the great love they shared for one another; Joann and Mel Kahn, Robert and Terri Gleeson, June and Fred Stringer and Tracy and Laura Clark. We would like to express our appreciation to Granite Mountain Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care given while Mom was at home, The Marley House for their great care during her final days and Alliance Home Care for their prompt deliveries of home care equipment. A graveside service will take place at a future date in Lincoln, Kansas. In lieu of cards or flowers mom had requested donations to the Humane Society and/or the Wounded Warriors Project. Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.