Alice M. (Windholz) Staab, 90, Hays, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born March 2, 1930, in Victoria to Raymond and Adelaide (Wasinger) Windholz.

She married Robert J. Staab on Sept. 11, 1946, in Victoria. He preceded her in death Jan. 6, 2016.

They spent their early years residing in Hays, Omaha, Neb., and Victoria before finally settling in Hays in 1960. She retired from Travenol Laboratories in Hays and along with her husband, owned and operated many businesses, including The Blue Sky Tavern, The Cue-Ball, Kent’s Cafe and Shelly’s Restaurant, all in Hays.

She was a lifelong catholic, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, and and a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella, Victoria.

She was a wife and mother who spent years caring for her family. She enjoyed ceramics and spent many hours painting her creations and perfecting her craft. She enjoyed games and could often be found playing cards, Yahtzee and bingo.

Survivors include six sons, Robert Dean Staab and wife, Dorothy, Plainville, Willian Staab, Victoria; John Staab and wife, Debby, The Villages, Fla.; Kenneth  Staab and wife, Connie, David Staab, Randy Staab and wife, Paula, all of Hays;  a daughter, Sandy Staab, Lawrenceville, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Millie Hammersmith-Windholz, Victoria and Delma Hogue, Omaha, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great- grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Terry Staab; five brothers, Julius, Sylvester, Alvin, Raymond and Ralph Windholz; an infant brother, Anthony Windholz; two sisters, Georgine Wasinger and Theresa Wood; two infant sisters, Johanna Marie Windholz and Delores Catherine Windholz; a granddaughter, Jessica Staab; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Alexander; and a great-great-grandson, Kayden Weilert.

Due to the COVID-19, a private family only Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays. The Mass will be live streamed on St. Joseph Facebook page for public to view.

Memorials are suggested to Catholic Charities in care of Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E.22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

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