Mary Ellen Huschka


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Mary Ellen Huschka, 90, of Garden City died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City.

She was born April 28, 1923 in rural Pawnee County the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Schwamborn) Hammeke. She grew up in Pawnee County and graduated from Zook High School and St. Rose Nursing School in Great Bend.

On October 2, 1947, she married Martin H. Huschka in Belpre. In 1954, they moved from Pawnee County to Finney County, where they farmed northeast of Garden City.

Mary Ellen was a homemaker and a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Senior Center of Finney County, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, and the Finney County Historical Society.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Melvin Hammeke, Leroy Hammeke, and infant brother James Hammeke; two sisters Inez Wasinger and Rita Miller; and a daughter-in-law Chris Chappas.

Survivors include her husband of the home; four sons, Mark Huschka of Kansas City, Missouri, Bernard Huschka and wife Merrie of Garden City, Gerald Huschka and wife Amy of Garden City, and James Huschka & wife Sherry of Ottawa; three daughters, JoAnn Yager and husband Jeff of Wichita, Rosemary Corbett and husband Rick of Garden City, and Celeste Petersen and husband Brent of Garden City; two sisters, Margaret Sullivan of Wichita and Maxine Herman of Larned; sixteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Vigil Service and rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Fr. Rene Labrador as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family requests memorials given to the Mary Ellen Huschka Memorial fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. 7th St., Garden City, Ks. 67846. Condolences may be emailed to

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