GOODLAND -- Jean Gaschler, 57, of Goodland, KS, died Friday, October 11, 2013, in Denver, CO. Jean was born in Ness City, KS, on Oct. 22, 1955, to Winifred I. (McKittrick) and Henry A. Gaschler, of McCracken, KS.
Since 1988, Jean lived in Goodland and leaves behind her dear friend, Carrie Babcock, and exceptional friend and caretaker, Merla Staehnke. Merla honored Jean's love for fun by accompanying Jean to music concerts in Denver, sight-seeing in the Rocky Mountains, trips to the Cripple Creek casinos and family weddings and appreciated Jean's excitement and thrill about anything "Elvis," her idol and love. Jean also says good-bye to her many special friends and to the staff at Golden West Skills Center in Goodland.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and by brothers, Thomas and Donald. Survivors include her siblings: Elizabeth Riney, Tucson, AZ; Judy (Richard) Anderson, Hays; Ernest (Carol) Gaschler, Palm Springs, CA; Johanna (James) Bachtel, Salina; Jennifer (Brian) Scott, Kure Beach, N.C.; Joan (Stuart) Ray, Salina; Jacqueline Cairo, Salina; Joyce Gorjiyan, Salina; and Jill Gaschler (Dave) Holzwarth, Denver, CO, and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen for Jean and there will be no visitation. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 26, 3 p.m., at Mt. Calvary cemetery in Salina with Fr. Galen Hammerschmidt officiating. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be left at www.ryanmortuary.com.