Ethel Marie Huser, 89, died on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the Morningstar Living Center in Fredonia. Ethel was born on Jan. 2, 1930, in Streator, Ill., to Alex and Alma (Saltz) Roth.
When Ethel was five, her family moved to Caldwell, where they farmed. During her senior year they moved again to a farm outside of Independence, which is now part of Elk City Lake. She graduated from Independence High School in 1947.
After high school, Ethel married Herbert E. Huser on Aug. 28, 1948, in Independence. She worked with Herb to raise their family and work on their farm. They raised nine children on the family farm and taught them to work. Ethel and Herb were married for 61 years before his death on Jan. 3, 2009.
Ethel was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia and a member of the Altar Society. She enjoyed working in her garden raising flowers and vegetables and canning. She was famous to her family for her dill pickles, homemade rolls and fruit pies. She could out-eat everyone when corn on the cob was in season. She enjoyed raising her family and watching her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. God was very much a part of her life. Every night she was seen praying for those she loved. The rosary was a very special prayer to her.
Ethel is survived by her nine children, David Huser and wife Robin of Cherryvale, Dan Huser and wife Rita of Wichita, Steve Huser and wife Florence of Fredonia, Rosanna Shue and husband Jeff of Topeka, Geralyn Krause and husband Dave of Burlington, Mark Huser and wife Jeryl of Fredonia, Myra Smith and husband Kevin of Bentonville, Ark., Roger Huser and wife Ann of Fredonia and Kathy McVey and husband Larry of Fredonia; sister, Mary Kay Lyman of San Clemente, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert; sister, Norma Starling; brothers, Don Roth, Roger Roth, Richard Roth and Dale Roth; and one grandson, Camron Huser.
Mass of Christian Burial Rites will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia, with burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fredonia. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Countryside Funeral Home in Fredonia, with Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Memorials have been suggested to Dioceses of Wichita Seminary Fund, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left with or mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.