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Velma L. Kuhn

Velma L. Kuhn Velma Kuhn, age 101, of Manhattan, died Wednesday January 24, 2018 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

Velma was born on March 13, 1916 in Wamego, Kansas, the daughter of Albert Straub and Myrtle Carmichael Straub. She was raised by her grandparents, Henry and Dora (Spearl) Straub, on a farm in Pottawatomie County.

After graduating from Wamego High School, she moved to Denver for a year to be with her mother. She returned to Wamego for a year at which time she did house work for various people in the area. She moved to Manhattan in the fall of 1936, where she was employed by Jay’s Café & Sheau’s Café.

She married Rudy G. Kuhn, from Ellis, Kansas, on June 28, 1938, at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Wamego. He preceded her in death, as well as her son Michael of Manhattan, her daughter Roberta Satalowich of Columbia, Missouri; and also a sister Laura Chavez from Denver.

Velma was involved in organizing the first urban 4-H Club and Extension Homemakers Unit in Manhattan. She was a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother, plus assisted Boy Scouts in achieving their Catholic Religious Medal-Ad Altar Dei. She did volunteer work for many organizations, amongst them were RSVP, Senior Center and Hospice.

One of her passions was genealogy. She worked hard to preserve the family history.

She was employed by JC Penney Co, the Riley County Extension Office, and then KSU. She also was the Housemother for Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity from 1982-1986.

Velma was a member of the St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, where she was involved in the RCIA program. She was previously a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church for a number of years.

She could always be seen attending her local grandkids sports activities. She loved preparing Sunday dinners for them.

Velma is survived by her two daughters: Karen of Crystal, MN and Linda and her husband Tom Stone of Rockville, MD, her son Steven and his wife Debra, of Gilbert, AZ, and her son-in-law, Dr. F.T. Satalowich, of Columbia, MO. Also her eight grandkids and ten great-grandkids; her brother, Anthony Seganti, of Denver, CO, and her sister, Ruth Edwards, of Union City, MI; plus her own wonderful angels, Christy and Chris George and Nancy O’Connor, who were her constant caregivers.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday February 2, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. A Rosary will be held following the visitation at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday February 3, 2018 at the St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, 711 Denison in Manhattan, with Father Ryan McCandless as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. Everyone is welcome to a “Celebration of Life” luncheon after the service at St Isidore’s Newman Hall.


In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, Manhattan Homecare and Hospice Inc., or to a charity of your choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

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