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A nna M. (Strahm) Fenton was born on October 6, 1925 the daughter of Eli Strahm and Minnie (Stoldt) Strahm at Sabetha, Kansas. Anna was one of five children born to this union. Anna grew up in rural Sabetha attended country school then graduated from Sabetha High School in 1944. After high school Anna moved to Topeka and was employed by the Kansas Department of Social Welfare. While living and working in Topeka, Anna met and married Dean Field Fenton on December 21, 1946 in Topeka. Dean and Anna lived in Topeka until 1955, they then moved to Sabetha. Three children were born to this union.
Anna was a member of the First Congregational Church later becoming the NorthRidge Church. Anna was active in teaching children’s Sunday school, a deaconess, and her most cherished ministry, visiting friends, shut-ins and the nursing home distributing her much loved cookies. Anna was a member of the Hospital Guild and enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen for the blood mobile. Anna also faithfully delivered meals on wheels with her friends.
As Anna’s children entered school, Anna was employed at the Sabetha High School as a cook and server. In 1973, Anna took a job at Wenger MFG and worked there until her retirement in 1987. After retirement Anna and Dean enjoyed traveling, golfing, and attending as many sporting events as possible. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up.
Ana died on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Apostolic Christian Home, at the age of 87. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dean; her sister, Mildred Stalder. She is survived by two sons, Mark Fenton (Carol) of Holton and Tom Fenton (Coni) of Topeka; a daughter, Donna Keim (Stan) of Sabetha; a brother, Leroy Strahm (Wilma) of Sabetha; two sisters, Lila Rice of Topeka and Darlene Drolett (Ken) of Topeka and eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
A celebration of Life will be Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. A visitation will be Sunday evening 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the NorthRidge Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the NorthRidge Church or the Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice sent in care of the Popkess Mortuary in Sabetha.
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