Louise Fernkopf 1924-2015


Louise Irene Fernkopf, 90, of Holton, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Holton Community Hos­pital, where she had been for less than a day. Due to her failing health, she had resided with her daughters, Anna and Mary, for the past year.

She was born March 24, 1924, near Holton, the daughter of John M. and Hazel Ray Schlodder.

Louise attended the Hazel Grove Grade School. She was an active member of the Parallel 4-H Club and Christian Endeavor of the Pleasant Grove United Brethren Church. She graduated from Wet­more Rural High School, receiving a normal training teacher certifi­cate. She taught school at Pea Ridge and Circleville Elementary schools.

She volunteered as a primary Sunday School teacher at the Pleasant Grove United Brethren and Circleville United Methodist churches for a total of 14 years. She served as an officer and did volun­teer duties for the Recreation Club and Senior Executives of Cir­cleville, the Jackson Heights En­dowment Board, and the Jackson County Historical Society.

Louise was a board member of the Circleville Elementary School District for nine years, and member of the Jackson County School Board Association. She retired as clerk of the Jackson Heights School District on Dec. 31, 1985, after 20 years of service.

She was a member of the Evan­gel United Methodist Church in Holton.

Louise made more than 100 quilts for her family, made hun­dreds of crocheted items, and espe­cially enjoyed making felt Christ­mas ornaments for her grandchil­dren and great grandchildren.

Louise married Clyde Fernkopf on Feb. 11, 1949, in Holton. He died June 13, 1968. She was also preceded in death by her parents in March of 1968; a daughter, Neva Fraley, on Aug. 14, 2011; and a brother, Johnny Schlodder, in 2004.

Survivors include her daughters, Anna Wilhelm and husband Virgil, Holton, and Mary Boyles and husband Steve, Topeka; her sons, John Fernkopf and wife Jane, Topeka, and Fred Fernkopf and wife Sheila, Holton; her son-in-law, Arcle Fraley, Topeka, and her sis­ter, Mary Ann Nissen, Wetmore. She is also survived by her grand­children, Michael Wilhelm, Ed­wardsville, Ill., Eric Wilhelm, Portland, Ore., Brad Boyles, Oak View, Mo., Barry Boyles, Topeka, Mark, Paul and Carl Fernkopf, Topeka, Jolene Bextel, Rose Hill, Brandy Fraley, Topeka, Sherri Farwell, and David Fernkopf, Topeka; 10 great-grand­children, with two more on the way; one foster great-grandchild; and seven nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Holton Community Hospi­tal Hospice for their caring support this past month.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Louise will lie in state until service time at the fu­neral home. The casket will remain closed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jackson Heights Endowment Fund, and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be sent to chapeloaksfuneralhome.com


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