Joe M. Balandran
Joe M. Balandran, 74, Topeka, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at a Topeka hospital.
A funeral service will be announced by Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Mount Calvary Cemtery.
Ronald A. Cisneros
Ronald A. Cisneros, 43, Topeka, passed away at his home on Thursday evening, Aug. 26, 2004, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 13, 1961, in Denver, the son of Edward and Celia Sanchez Cisneros.
Ron owned and operated Ron’s Window Cleaning and Janitorial Service in Topeka. He was a member of West Side Christian Church in Topeka, and was a parent volunteer at Meadows Elementary School in Topeka.
Ron was a professional boxer while living in Colorado. He also had worked with troubled youths in Colorado. He moved to Topeka in 1995.
He married Deborah Rodriguez on Aug. 20, 1998, at West Side Christian Church in Topeka.
Surviving are his wife, Deborah Cisneros, Topeka; a daughter, Maria Cisneros and stepson, Johnny Madrid, both of the home in Topeka; his mother, Celia See, and her husband, Roy; his father, Ed Cisneros, and his wife, Grace; his brothers and sisters, Margaret Cantu, Hammond, Ind., Theresa Cisneros, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ed Cisneros and Lisa Cisneros, both of Lakewood, Colo., Jeff Cisneros, Mount Vernon, Ill., and Roy See, West Point, Va.; his children in Colorado, Aneisha Gonzolez, Michael Alvardo, Dema Martinez, Ronald Martinez, Casandra Martinez, Jason Tapia, Jenelle Tapia and Joshua Cordova.
Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at West Side Christian Church. Inurnment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Cisneros Memorial Fund, or to West Side Christian Church, and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.
Robert R. Janeski Sr.
Robert R. Janeski Sr., MSW, 78, Topeka, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at McCrite Plaza.
He was born April 4, 1926, in Pittsburg, the son of George and Wilma Piercey Janeski.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman during World War II. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Washburn University, and his master’s degree from Tulane University.
He was a social worker for the state of Kansas his entire career, retiring from the Kansas Research and Diagnostic Center as chief social worker. He had been a professor at The University of Kansas. He volunteered for many years at the Kansas Historical Society.
Robert married Betty Jo Rink on June 24, 1949. She survives.
Other survivors are his daughter, Paris Dickens, and her husband, Dennis, Wakarusa; his son, Robert Janeski Jr., and his wife, Sue, Topeka; his sisters, Jean Letner, Joplin, Mo., Christine McDonald, Hutchinson, and Viona Brown, North Manchester, Ind.; his grandchildren, Nicholas Janeski, Topeka, Shelby Dickens, Wakarusa, Jana Janeski, Rosa Janeski and Jessica Janeski, all of Topeka, Christina DiPasquale, Florida; and his great-grandchild, Cierra DiPasquale, Florida.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Association, 7808 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan. 66204. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennan
Jimmie Lee Jones
Jimmie Lee Jones, 76, Topeka, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center.
Jimmie served in the Army and the Air Force. He worked for Sunshine and Nestles Foods. He was a food broker and meat merchandiser most of his life.
Burial was in Leavenworth National Cemetery. A memorial service is pending and will be announced at a later date.
Hazel Irene May
Hazel Irene May, 93, Topeka, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Aldersgate Village.
She was born May 9, 1911, in McPherson, the daughter of Oscar L. and Anna Anderson Engstrom. She was raised on a farm in the New Gottland area, north of McPherson.
She graduated at McPherson, and attended Kansas City University and Vanderbilt University. She received her nursing degree from Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Following her discharge, she moved back to Kansas City, where she worked at several hospitals, and did private duty nursing.
Mrs. May came to Topeka in 1948. She was employed as a nurse at Stormont-Vail Hospital and Hallmark Card Co.
She was an active member of West Side Baptist Church, serving as a deaconess, was a member of the board of Christian Education and taught Sunday school for many years.
She married Richard O. May on Aug. 20, 1949, in Salina. He survives.
Other survivors are two daughters, Janice Grogan, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Judith Juba, Baltimore; two sons, Richard O. May Jr., Topeka, and Steven A. May, Topeka; a brother, Carl Engstrom, Salina; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at West Side Baptist Church. Private inurnment will be in Penwell-Gabel’s Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village, 7220 S.W. Asbury Drive, Topeka, 66614, or to West Side Baptist Church, 1008 S.W. 4th, Topeka, 66606.
Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Harry Albert Reece
Harry Albert Reece, 61, Topeka, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Center.
He was born March 19, 1943, in Hutchinson, to Harry J. Reece and Katherine M. Harding.
Mr. Reece was part of the 69th Infantry Brigade that was called up during the Vietnam War. He also worked in the grocery business for many years as a department manager.
On May 21, 1964, he married Clara Ellis. She survives.
Other survivors include sons, Jerry Schrempp, and his wife, Marsha, Topeka, Wally Schrempp, and his wife, Cheryl, Maple Hill, and John Schrempp, Topeka; a daughter, Mindee Reece, Topeka; his mother, Katherine M. Harding, Topeka; his father, Harry J. Reece, in Louisiana; a brother, Jerry Reece, Topeka; a sister, Mary Kay Pape, in Ohio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. Reece was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Powell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road, where a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow in Lynn Creek Cemetery at Berryton.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 837 S. Hillside, Wichita, Kan. 67211. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.
Steven A. Sward
Steven A. Sward, 55, Topeka, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center.
Cremation is planned. Services are pending with Penwell-Gabel Mid- Town Chapel.
Judy K. Vigola
Judy K. Vigola, 61, Topeka, died Saturday , Aug. 28, 2004, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.
She was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Osage City, the daughter of William E. and Julia E. Moore Vigola.
She graduated from Garnett High School in 1960. After high school, she attended Emporia State University and Ottawa University. She worked for 10 years at Topeka State Hospital. She then worked for many years in customer service in Texas and Virginia before returning to Topeka and working for G.C. Services in the Kansas Department of Revenue.
She was a member of the Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Beverly Ann Hannigan.
Surviving are a sister, Jacqueline Vigola, Topeka; a sister, Dorothy J. Meyer, Osage City; a brother, Edwin M. Van Horn, Topeka; three nieces; two nephews and a host of family and friends.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th St., Topeka, Kan. 66603, or to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kan. 66606.
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.penwellgabel.com.
Dorothy N. Wright
Dorothy N. Wright, 85, Topeka, passed away Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va.
She was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Topeka, the daughter of Robert L. and Nellie Bergman McFerren.
She lived in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Dorothy spent the majority of her life in Topeka.
She worked for Security Benefit Life for 21 years, retiring in May 1982. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Topeka and the AARP.
Surviving are a grandson, John Magee; a son-in-law, Harry Casaert; and grandchildren John and Susan Casaert. Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Casaert, and her granddaughter, Sandra K. Magee.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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