Wilma Evelyn Hunninghake, 90, of Seneca, formerly of Baileyville, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Crestview Nursing and Residential Living in Seneca.
Wilma born on February 16, 1926, on a farm northwest of St. Benedict; one of nine children of Henry and Josephine Vondenkamp Bergman. Wilma attended St. Mary’s School in St. Benedict, Kansas and graduated in 1944.
As a young woman, she went to work in Topeka. On June 3, 1946, she married Lester Hunninghake at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict, Kansas. The couple made their home on a farm northwest of Baileyville; where they had a dairy and raised various crops. The couple moved to Seneca in August of 2012. Lester passed away on May 21, 2013 after 67 years of marriage. Wilma worked at the meat locker in Axtell and Beattie for a few years. She was also employed at the Apple Market where she was the manager of the bakery. She also enjoyed the years she volunteered at the Sts. Peter and Paul Mission Center in Seneca.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Altar Society. Wilma was very active in the church, as chair of the quilting committee, on the church choir and as an Eucharistic minister. She was actively involved in the implementation of the senior lunch program. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, cooking, wall papering, traveling, doing crafts and attending craft shows, dancing and polka music. It gave her great pleasure attending the ballgames of her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Emmett, Henry Jr., Ralph and Kenneth; two sisters, Irene Heise and Edith Wessel; and a grandson, Bradley J. Hunninghake on August 13, 1994.
She is survived by three sons; James (Carol) Hunninghake of Green Ridge, Missouri, Deloye (Carol) Hunninghake of Baileyville and Gale (Mary Jane) Hunninghake of Seneca; a daughter, Brenda (Mark) Meyer of Baileyville; a brother, Donald of Harditon, NE; a sister, Jerian Rethman of Seneca; 11 grandchildren: and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM on Monday, January 23rd, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.
Memorials will be designated later.