Leona Durst


Leona E. Durst, 102, of Sabetha, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

Leona E. Durst, 102, of Sabetha, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

She was born March 13, 1911, in Narka, to William Shara and Frances Kvasnicka Shara. She grew up in the Narka area and moved to Red Oak, Iowa for a short time after graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in teaching. She then moved to Morrowville, where she lived until moving to Apostolic Christian Home in 2002.

On Nov. 26, 1936, she married Floyd "Dick" Durst in Ashland. They adopted two children. He died May 10, 1997. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Charles Leroy Durst; a daughter, Janet Kay Ryan; and a grandson, Michael Ryan.

Survivors include three grandsons, Robert Ryan, LaVern Durst of Garden City, and Daniel Ryan; and three granddaughters, Charlotte Engelman, Deborah Farmer-Yonkey and Charlene Wilhelm.

Private family memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. today at Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha, with public visitation to follow from 3 to 5 p.m. The family's private inurnment will be at Morrowville Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Teachers Association, in care of the mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.

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