Enid June "E.J." DeWald, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, from complications of Multiple Sclerosis and heart conditions at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.


She was born Oct. 23, 1953, in Great Bend to Reuben and Alma (Hoersch) Schlegel. She grew up on the family farm south of Alexander. She graduated from Alexander Grade School in 1967 and a 1971 graduate of La Crosse High School and attended Fort Hays State University.


She married Mark DeWald on May 26, 1974, at Alexander United Methodist Church. She was a floral designer and was a featured designer in the Kansas District Conventions. She worked at St. Anthony Hospital as a nurses aide while her husband finished college. In their early married years, she was a secretary of Inman High School and an Inman State Bank teller. They moved to WaKeeney in 1978 where she was employed as a floral designer and clerk at Cleland Drug Store. She decided to return to FHSU where she received her bachelor’s in Art Education and certifications in social studies and language arts.  In 1995, she did her student teaching at Kennedy Middle School, Hays, and the following year she was an art instructor.  She was employed by USD 428 until May 2008 when she reluctantly did a medical retirement.


She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter CT, WaKeeney.  She was one of the founders (and directors) of Treehouse Theatre, WaKeeney, which hosted many plays and community events. She was a leader for a Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.


She enjoyed her family, friends and her school kids. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her magazines. She was known for kartoffel und glaz (potato & dumplings) and crustless quiche. Family dinners and get togethers were special times and bird-watching. She was a trivia expert in many areas including movies, actors, and actresses and did crossword puzzles in ink and enjoyed flamingos (flame-&-go), M&Ms, and Klondike bars and her favorite color was turquoise.


She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter CT, WaKeeney.  She was one of the founders (and directors) of Treehouse Theatre, WaKeeney, which hosted many plays and community events.  She was a leader for a Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.


Survivors include her husband of 46 years; a daughter, Jessica Riebel and husband, Chase and children, Jacob, Abigail, Alexandrea, Annastasia, Ashley, and Flint; and son, Jonathan (Valarie) and children, Tinesha, Reuben and Heaven; her mother-in-law, Delores DeWald; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janice (DeWald) Huthoefer and husband, Don; a niece, Kathryn; a brother-in-law, Gary L. Wilson; many cousins; and her puppy, Buddy.


She was preceded in death by infant daughter, Justina Elizabeth on March 15, 1986; a brother, Donald on May 29, 1960; a sister, Stella on May 7, 2020; her father on Feb. 13, 1995; her mother on September 25, 1996; and a nephew, Daniel Huthoefer on March 15, 2006.


Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.


A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, La Crosse; inurnment by the family at a later date.


Memorials are suggested to to P.E.O., Chapter CT and Girl Scouts of America. Casual dress is appropriate (turquoise if possible) to honor her fun loving spirit. Social distancing will be observed and those attending service please wear a mask.


Heritage Funeral Home, Andover, is in charge of arrangements.