Velma Kuhn, 101, Manhattan, died Wednesday Jan. 24, 2018, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan.
She was born March 13, 1916, in Wamego to Albert and Myrtle Carmichael Straub. She was raised by her grandparents, Henry and Dora (Spearl) Straub on a farm in Pottawatomie County.
After graduating from Wamego High School, she moved to Denver for a year to be with her mother. She returned to Wamego for a year, at which time she did housework for various people in the area. She moved to Manhattan in the fall of 1936, where she was employed by Jay’s Café & Sheau’s Café.
She married Rudy G. Kuhn, on June 28, 1938, in Wamego. He preceded her in death. She was employed by JC Penney Co., the Riley County Extension Office and then Kansas State University. She also was the housemother for Phi Kappa Theta fraternity from 1982 to 1986.
She was involved in organizing the first urban 4-H Club and Extension Homemakers Unit in Manhattan. She was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother, plus assisted Boy Scouts in achieving their Catholic Religious Medal-Ad Altar Dei. She did volunteer work for many organizations, among them were RSVP, Senior Center and Hospice. One of her passions was genealogy. She worked hard to preserve the family history. She was a member of the St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, where she was involved in the RCIA program and previously was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church for a number of years.
She enjoyed attending her local grandkids' sports activities and enjoyed preparing Sunday dinners for them.
Survivors include a son, Steven and wife, Debra, Gilbert, Ariz.; two daughters, Karen, Crystal, Minn., and Linda Stone and husband, Tom, Rockville, Md.; a son-in-law, Dr. F.T. Satalowich, Columbia, Mo.; a brother, Anthony Seganti, Denver; a sister, Ruth Edwards, Union City, Mich.; eight grandkids; and 10 great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Christy and Chris George and Nancy O’Connor
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael; a daughter, Roberta Satalowich; and a sister, Laura Chavez.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, Manhattan; burial in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan. There will be a celebration of life luncheon after the service at St. Isidore’s Newman Hall.
Family will greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan.
A rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, Manhattan Homecare and Hospice Inc. or to a charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.