Blanche Marie (Luerman) Hilgenberg

Blanche Marie (Luerman) Hilgenberg, 95, Ellis, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Ellis Good Samaritan Society. She was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Russell County to Charles and Mary (Klusener) Luerman. She was a 1944 graduate of Dorrance High School.

She married Albert Hilgenberg on July 16, 1944, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. She was a rural school teacher early in her life and later at Fuller Brothers Drug Store in Ellis, and as a cook at the Ellis Good Samaritan Center. She was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother, great-grandmother and put family first. She was a breast cancer survivor.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis and Messiah Lutheran Church, Hays.

During retirement, she enjoyed traveling the country with her husband.

Survivors include four daughters, Sue Staab and husband, Tom, Hays, Sheila Betts and husband, Roger, Shattuck, Okla., Renee Wiesner, Lawrence and Trena Lang and husband, Rodger, Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Vergie Heffel, Luray and Gloria Waymaster, Bunker Hill; 10 grandchildren, Keith Staab (Diane), Kirk Staab (Jan), Craig Staab (Freda), Charla Heaton (Ashley), Shawn Betts (Lovey), Frank Wiesner (Trinh), Stephanie Parkins (Danny), Brandi Sunderman (Austin), Dylan Lang and Whitney Haas (Daren); 12 great-grandchildren, Cody and Aaron Staab, Kaden and Kyler Staab, Kiersten and Allison Heaton, Connor Betts, Francisca Wiesner, Owen Parkins, Reagan and Truman Sunderman, and Carter Haas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Violet Bennett and Florence Cook; two brothers, Clayton Luerman and Clarence Luerman; and a grandson, Frederick Wiesner.

Graveside services for immediate family will be held in Mount Hope Cemetery, Ellis. A celebration of Life will be held in Spring of 2021.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis, Messiah Lutheran Church, Hays, American Cancer Society, or Kansas Society for Children with Challenges, formerly Kansas Crippled Children.

Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.

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Posted online on November 23, 2020