Wanola Buss 1925-2019
Wanola D. Buss, 93, of Holton, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Medicalodges Jackson County in Holton.
She was born Aug. 28, 1925, south of Circleville, the daughter of Floyd Walter and Ella Marie (Stephenson) Slimmer. She was a lifetime resident of Jackson County and the Holton area, attending Pleasant Hill Grade School and graduating from Circleville High School in 1943.
Wanola attended Washburn University in 1944 and received her teaching certificate. She taught two years at the following rural schools, Winding Vale and Rockbrook.
She married Dale L. Buss on Jan. 20, 1946, and to this union they shared two sons, Stanley and Larry Buss. They were married for 56 years until Dale passed away on Dec. 10, 2002.
Wanola began working at the Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton in 1953 and went to work at Denison State Bank in 1965, working full-time and part-time for 35 years as a teller, assistant cashier and administrative officer. Wanola also belonged to the Holton Hospital Auxiliary.
She was highly involved in the life of the church, whether it was at Granada Church of the Brethren, Larkinburg Christian, Holton Christian Church or Evangel UMC. She was a member of the King’s Daughters Sunday School Class, the Faith Faust Circle of United Methodist Women and past treasurer of Evangel United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.
Wanola will be remembered for being active in nursing home ministry, baking chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter balls and apple pie and being a neighbor.
Survivors include her sons, Stanley and wife Missie Buss of Louisburg and Larry and wife Jeannie of Holton; a sister, June Jepson of Soldier; brothers, Bill and wife Shirley Slimmer and Gary and Barbara Slimmer, all of Topeka; five grandchildren, Bryn (Corey) Stout, Jeremy (Kelly) Buss, Joshua (Hayley) Buss, David (Wendi) Buss and Tim (Megan) Buss; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Wanola was preceded in death by her husband Dale and granddaughter Andrea Buss in 1982.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton, with a visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in Circleville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tutorial Program at Evangel United Methodist Church or to the Topeka Rescue Mission, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270 Holton, KS 66436. To leave the family a special message, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com