Sophie K. Staab, 91, Hays, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Via Christi Village.

She was born June 3, 1928, in Hyacinth to John and Agnes (Korbe) Fross. She attended Girls Catholic High School.

 She married Clarence H. Dreiling on June 30, 1947, and they celebrated 20 years of marriage before he preceded her in death March 11, 1967. She later married Alfred “Allie” Staab on Nov. 4, 1972, and they celebrated 26 years of marriage before he preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1998. She was a hairdresser and clerk at several businesses in Hays.

 She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church and St. Catherine Altar Society Christian Mothers.

She enjoyed caring for her lawn, yardwork and was always delighted to feed her farm cats. She enjoyed word searches, watching soap operas, western movies, and listening to country music.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Younger and husband, Marlin, McPherson; two stepsons, Dennis Staab and wife, Marla, and Jerry Staab and wife, Sharon, all of Hays; a daughter-in-law, Sheryl Dreiling, Hays; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, Melissa Messerli and husband, Dan, Shawnee, and their son, Eli, Dustin Younger and wife, Tara, McPherson, and their children, Peyton, Krew, Beckett and Teigan, Darin Dreiling and wife, Kriste, Great Bend, and their daughters, Aliya and Kaitlyn, Doug Dreiling and wife, Lindsey, Hays, and their children, Dylan, Elle, Beau, and Colton, Kim Griffith and husband, Troy, Tumwater, Wash., and their children, Kaily, Connor, and Braden, BJ Staab and wife, Tracy, Kearney, Mo., and their children, Jackson, Will, and Laken, Katie Holecek and husband, Brian, Shawnee, and their children, Elsie and Brady, Adam Staab, Wichita, Curtis Staab and wife, Beth, Lansdale, Pa., and their children, Ryan, Collin, and Trevor, Sarabeth Verbeck and husband, Todd,Wichita and their son, Cody, and Erin, Daesha, Heather, Holly, Annie, Heidi, Audrey, Denissa, and Jessica; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, David and Dennis Dreiling; four brothers, Henry, Rudy, Clarence, and George Fross; and four sisters, Josephine Fross, Louise Dreher, Martina Switzer, and Florence Hancock.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catharine; inurnment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

 Memorials are suggested to St. Catherine Church or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


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