Lela Ann Sroufe
Lela Ann Sroufe, age 85, of Wamego, Kansas, died Friday afternoon, February 10, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.
She was born on November 1, 1931, at her parent’s home in Randolph, Kansas the daughter of Henry Herman and Mollie Goodren (Simon) Hedke and was a longtime area resident.
Lela graduated from Randolph Rural High School in 1949 and later took some college courses in nursing while she worked as a nurse in Manhattan at the former Memorial Hospital. Lela was a wonderful homemaker and for many years worked for the Federal Civil Service at Ft. Riley. She started out as a temporary Clerk Typist and later a permanent Clerk Typist, worked in accounting, was a Comptroller and at the time of her retirement in 1988 was a Personnel Staffing Specialist. Following her retirement at Ft. Riley she went to work for the Credit Bureau of Manhattan. In 1995 she retired from the credit bureau in order to enjoy and help with her grandchildren.
Lela was united in marriage to Robert Eugene “Gene” Sroufe and together they had two daughters: Teresa and Gina. Her husband, Gene, was in the military so the family lived in numerous locations including Colorado, Germany, and Manhattan. They later divorced.
Lela attended the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan for a number of years and her love for music was reflected in her talent as a pianist. Always one to have fun, Lela enjoyed sitting backwards under the piano while reaching up to play the piano. She also was an avid gambler, enjoying trips to the casino and never missing the opportunity to play the lottery.
She is survived by her daughters: Teresa Lee Kings and her husband Howard of Leavenworth, Kansas and Gina Marie Swenson-Nevola and her husband Jim of Wamego, Kansas. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Ashley Ann Hilbert and her husband Joshua, Howard Joseph-Everett Kings and his wife Samantha, Mason Robert Swenson, Vaylnn Ann-Marie Swenson and Brianna Rose-Marie Swenson, her brother: Warren Hedke of Paxico, Kansas. Lela was also blessed with the longtime companionship of Keith Murphy who survives of Manhattan.
Lela was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother: Marvin Hedke.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Amy Bowers officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Randolph/Fancy Creek Cemetery north of Randolph, Kansas.
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Memorials have been established for the KSU Johnson Cancer Research Center and for the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.