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Ethel Ann Gatschet

Published on -4/26/2012, 9:51 AM

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Ethel Ann Gatschet, 72, Hays, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Victoria to Pius and Anna (Sander) Leiker. She was a 1957 graduate of Victoria High School and a 1960 graduate of St. Anthony School of Nursing, Hays.

She married George P. Gatschet on Sept. 10, 1960, in Victoria. She was a nurse at St. Anthony Hospital and was former owner of Flowers by Frances, working there as a bookkeeper until her retirement in December.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was a staunch supporter of Catholic schools.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; four daughters, Kathy Klitzke and husband, Rege, Wichita, Carol Staples and husband, Richard, Joyce Rupp and husband, Kevin, and Lisa Craig, all of Hays; two brothers, Robert Leiker and Laurian Leiker; four sisters, Armella Thompson, Aquina Rajewski, Theresa Haselhorst and Mary Ellen Schmidtberger; seven grandchildren, Kaitlan Klitzke, Jacob Klitzke, Erica Fisher, Maria Cutright, Richard A. Staples, Lesley Hagar and Danielle Craig; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her parents; two sisters, Luella Dreiling and Rosaline Wiesner; three brothers, Gilbert Leiker, Elmer Leiker and Neon Leiker; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Staples, and an infant baby, Hagar.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, both at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas More Society at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School for the benefit of local Catholic education, a deep passion of Ethel's evidenced by her family's commitment and tireless support and prayer for Catholic schools through the years.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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