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Elizabeth B. Stallbaumer

Seneca, KS

11/04/1905 - 07/29/2004

Elizabeth B. Stallbaumer, 98, of Seneca, KS, died early Thursday morning July 29, 2004, at Crestview Manor care home in Seneca.

She was born November 4, 1905, on a farm six miles east of Herndon, KS, the daughter of Charles and Barbara Berger Hutfles. After attending a rural school for a year, she lived in a boarding house in Herndon and attended St. Mary’s School so she could make her first communion. The family moved to a farm south of Kelly in 1917 where she attended St. Bede’s School and helped on the family farm.

On October 24, 1928, she married Suitbert Stallbaumer at St. Bede’s Church in Kelly. They lived and farmed east of Kelly for two years before moving to a farm west of Goff for three years and later south of Corning. In June of 1970, they moved to Seneca. Elizabeth worked at the Nemaha County Convalescent Home cleaning and doing laundry for 15 years until she retired in 1972. She and her husband celebrated their 50th and 55th wedding anniversaries. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1987.

She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Altar Society at the church in Seneca, and a former member of St. Patrick’s Church at Corning. Elizabeth did volunteer work at Sts. Peter & Paul Mission for several years. She always had a large garden and also enjoyed crocheting many afghans which she gave to her grandchildren.

Survivors are seven sons, Ervan of Tulsa, OK, John of Hoyt, Lester and Benedict “Butch,” both of Holton, James of Cincinnati, OH, Michael of Paola, and Terry of Omaha; five daughters, Mary Ann Grollmes of Netawaka, Lucille Eisenbarth, Barbara “Bobbie” Osterhaus, and Peggy Osterhaus, all of Seneca, and Janice Jenkins of Paola; two brothers, Clarence Hutfles of Topeka and Leo Hutfles of Falls City; 42 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Daniel on November 1, 2003; three grandchildren, Edward Grollmes, Tracy Osterhaus, and Joseph Stallbaumer; two great-granddaughters, Heather and Holly Morris; two brothers, William and Harry Hutfles; and a sister, Hedwig “Hattie” Brokamp.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, at Sts Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Friday at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Memorials may be given for Sts. Peter & Paul Church or Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, and sent in care of the family.

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