Evelyn (Leis) Finkeldei
Evelyn (Leis) Finkeldei, 90, died January 9, 2011. She was born April 5, 1920, at Conway Springs, Kansas, the daughter of Andrew and Cecilia (Elpers) Leis.
The family moved to rural Fowler in 1925. She attended elementary schools there and graduated high school at Minneola in 1939.
She worked at St. Frances Hospital, Wichita, Kansas, and later at the Dodge City Air Base.
She married Joseph Finkeldei August 21, 1945, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fowler. They farmed and resided in Fowler. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Anthony’s Altar Society.
Her husband preceded her in death on March 16, 1997. She is survived by two sons, Donald Finkeldei, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Alan Finkeldei, Dodge City, Kansas; two daughters, Jane Mayo and husband Vern, Fowler, Kansas, and Mary Smith and husband Brad, Creed, Colorado; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors are three brothers, Ivan Leis and wife Floydene, Dodge City, Kansas, Claude Leis and wife LaVerne, Fowler, Kansas, Clarence Leis and wife Betty, Rogers, Arkansas; one sister Genevieve Leis, Pueblo, Colorado; two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Leis, Fowler, Kansas, and Norma Leis, Hallsville, Missouri; and a brother-in-law George Busch, Wichita, Kansas.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald Leis and William Leis; a sister, Florence Busch; and one grandchild, Janell Marie Finkeldei.
Vigil services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 13, 2011, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fowler. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Minneola District Hospital, Fowler Residential Care, or St. Anthony Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com