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“In Memoriam” listings are expanded paid obituaries, phrased as the family requests, and may include enhanced information or photographs that might not fit within free death notices.

Betty Axman

Betty Mae Axman, 89, died Feb. 29, 2016, at Clara Barton Hospital, in Hoisington.

She was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Timken, Kansas, to Frank and Agnes (Rudolph) Smolik.

Betty graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945.

A longtime resident of the Olmitz area, she was a mother and farmer’s wife first, but she also worked outside the home.

At Cherry Village Nursing Home, she worked as a cook’s assistant. She later worked for Suburban Laundry, in Hoisington, until they closed due to a fire.

From there she went to work for Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, again as a cook’s assistant.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz, Altar Society, and was a 50-year member of Daughters of Isabella.

On May 18, 1953, she married Jerome T. “Jack” Axman, in Timken. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2003.

Survivors include children Lillian Palsmeier and husband Ted of Conway Springs; Barbara Boldt and husband Dick of Oakley; Paul Axman and wife Brenda of Hoisington; Joe Axman and wife Kathryn of Olmitz; and Rita Hickel and husband Thomas of Hoisington; brothers Richard Smolik of Timken; and Robert Smolik of Great Bend; 13 grandchildren, Chad Axman, Travis Boldt, Douglas Axman, Kira Ptacek, Greg Axman, John Palsmeier, Lisa Axman, Mark Palsmeier, Carl Hickel, Justin Axman, Reba Kohn, Jenifer Axman, and Tana Hickel; and six great-grandchildren, C.J. Muth, Nick Axman, Kaelynn Axman, Jillian Axman, E.J. Ptacek, and Charlee Yellowolf.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mike Axman; a daughter, Judy Axman; a brother, Matthew Smolik; and a grandson, Joseph Jerome Axman.

Vigil service with Altar Society Rosary will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz, celebrated by Father Anselm Eke, and concelebrated by Father Ultan Murphy and Father Charles Mazouch.

Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may call 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Daughters of Isabella or St. Ann’s Catholic Church Window Restoration in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington KS 67544.

Last modified March 3, 2016

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