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Barbara Wohlgemuth Franz

Retired elementary school teacher Barbara R. Wohlgemuth Franz, 85, died June 10 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita. Pastor Brent Warkentin will preside.

Born Jan. 31, 1926, in Inman to Dietrich and Agnes (Friesen) Thiessen, she married Tabor College student Paul Wohlgemuth while they were in college.

The couple moved to Emporia and later California, staying for nearly a decade while he obtained a doctorate before returning to Tabor as a music professor.

He died in a car accident in 1987. Wohlgemuth Music Center at Tabor was built in his honor. Her second husband, Menno Franz, died in 2010. One grandson also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Steve of Tulsa and Gary of Wichita, and five grandchildren.

Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is in charge of arrangements. The family has suggested memorials to Tabor College.

Last modified June 15, 2011

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