A lice Arlene (Thomas) Oberst, of Sabetha died Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Sabetha at the age of 82. She was born on October 2, 1930 the daughter of William Oscar Thomas and Ethel Viola McNary at Morrill, Kansas. She grew up at Morrill, attended school there for ten years and graduated from the Falls City Nebraska High School in the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Robert Oberst on December 4, 1949. They lived northeast of Falls City where they were engaged in farming until 1958 when they moved to Tucson, Arizona. They moved to Hamlin in 1965 and lived for two years and then to Morrill in 1967. After Roberts passing Alice moved to Sabetha.
Alice has been a member of the WMS of the Morrill Baptist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #322 of Fairview, Kansas. She worked for Wilde Tool Co. in Hiawatha, Fashion Center in Sabetha, and the Richardson Stationary Co. of Falls City as a sales clerk until retiring in October of 1992. Alice loved to read and during her retirement she volunteered at the Falls City and Sabetha libraries.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Edith Armstrong; two brothers, Payton Thomas and Donald Lee Thomas. She is survived by two sons, David Oberst (Cindy) of Lexington Park, MD, and Bill Oberst (Sue) of Salem, NE; two daughters, Dianna Kottich (Doug) of Falls City, NE and Linda Hill of Morrill; 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Thomas of York, NE; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Oberst of Gladstone, MO; four sister-in-laws, Juanita Hanika and Wilma Oberst, both of Falls City, NE, Velma Koenig of Texas, and Laverne Sherrill of Verdon, NE.
Funeral service will be Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. A visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the funeral home. The interment will be made in the Sabetha Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Cotton Public Library in Sabetha, Falls City Library and Arts Center , or the Morrill Baptist Church, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.