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Anna Mae Goertz

Anna Mae Goertz, 90, Durham, passed away on Monday at Newton Medical Center.

She was born May 8, 1930, to David and Mollie (Schwemmer) Senner on her family’s farm at Tampa.

On June 9, 1949, she married Ben Goertz in Durham. She soon joined Ben in running their family business, G&R Implement, as bookkeeper and parts and inventory manager.

They worked side by side establishing an award-winning Oliver dealership, setting sales records and being among the top 10 dealerships in the United States for years.

Their success in business, however, was surpassed by their success in marriage. They shared 54 years of marriage before his death Feb. 19, 2004.

Anna Mae continued running the business for several years before retiring to spend more time with family and friends.

Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Anna Mae is survived by daughters Cynthia Wedel (and husband Steve) of Abilene, Susan Endres (and husband Joe) of Emporia, and Shelley Klassen (and husband Myron) of Hesston; six grandchildren, Ryan Wedel, Stephanie Litton, Erin Endres, Adam Endres, Kyle Klassen, and Megan Nieman; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Larry Senner; sister Jeanette Schimming; and special friends whom she thought of as family, Lea Isaac and Sherry Cole.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her parents; and sisters Martha Frantz, Ida Frantz, and Irene Frantz.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Durham. A memorial has been established with Durham Baptist Church in care of Jost Funeral Home, PO Box 266, Hillsboro KS 67063. Online condolences at

Last modified April 1, 2021