Laura Joanne Stenzel, 89, Ness City, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Ness County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Ness County to William and Lois (McDonald) Borger. She was a 1948 graduate of Ness City High School and a graduate of Halstead School of Nursing.

She married Richard Stenzel on July 28, 1951, in Eureka Springs, Ark. He preceded her July 28, 2014. The couple lived on the farm half way between Bazine and Ness City until they built their home in Ness city in 1963. She started her nursing career at the Rush County Hospital and later at the Ness County Hospital where she worked for 20 years. She was hired by the Ness County Commissioners to start the Ness County Health Department where she worked for 20 years. She was a nurse for the Ransom and Bazine schools and enjoyed her allergy shot clients.

She was a member of the Ness City United Methodist Church and Ness County Nursing Club.

She enjoyed taxiing around her family during farming duties, attending school and summer activities, spending summer weekends at Cedar Buff Lake, taking trips in the camper, annual state fair camper trips, bowling on bowling teams, and traveling. During their later years they enjoyed attending the grandchildren's activities, watching KU basketball and Royal's baseball games, even if they were taped and watching until midnight. She knitted clothes and throws for the family, always knitting while riding in the car or camper or when watching her favorite teams on TV.

Survivors include a son, Mark Richard Stenzel and wife, Dana, Bazine; a daughter, Susan Kuehn and husband, Larry, Bazine; two brothers, Rodney Borger and wife, Karen, Ness City, and Tim Borger and wife, Pam, Cheyenne, Wyo.; a sister, Shelby Seib and husband, Paul, Ness City; four grandchildren, Aaron Kuehn and wife, Rachel, David Kuehn, Kelly Stenzel and husband, Ross, and Paige Broast and husband, Adam; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Avery, and Lila.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William Victor and Michael Jay Stenzel; and two sisters, Marjorie Sackett and Nathalie Schaben.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Ness City; burial in Ness City Cemetery.

Friends can call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Memorials are suggested to Ness County Healthcare Foundation, United Methodist Church, Ness City, in care of the funeral home.

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