SYRACUSE — Alvena I. Dewey, 72, of Syracuse, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at her home in Syracuse.

She was born April 18, 1946, in Lakin to Jim and Irene (Hanson) Zahnter.

She grew up in Syracuse and had worked as a waitress, cook, and machinist.

She is survived by her significant other, Thomas Simpson of Syracuse; children, Pamela LaCost of Kendall, Wade Dewey of Yazoo City, Miss., Kimberly Dewey of Garden City, and Daniel Dewey of Syracuse; brothers, Sonny Murphy of Florida, Chad Zahnter of Kansas, Gordon Zahnter of Great Bend, and Alvin Zahnter of Russell; sisters, Beverly Beer of Tulsa, Okla., Louetta Edwards of Mesquite, Nev., and Laura Beesley of Tulsa; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ron, Herman, and Jimmy; and sister, Wilma.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. (MT) Monday at New Life Fellowship Church in Syracuse.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alvena Dewey Memorial Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson City, KS 67855. Condolences may be posted at