Magdalen Wirtz

Magdalen “Maggie” Wirtz, 79, of Lost Springs died Thursday at the Medicalodges of Herington. She was born July 15, 1933, at Olmitz to Max C. and Mary (Stetler) Axman.

She was a registered nurse, having graduated from Great Bend School of Nursing. She began her career at Great Bend High School and retired from Herington Municipal Hospital where she worked the night shift. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church.

She married Frederick “Fritz” Wirtz on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1993. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Sylvester “Ves,” Leonard, and Max Axman; a grandson; and her parents.

She is survived by four sons, Frank Wirtz of Lost Springs, Gary Wirtz and Kenneth Wirtz, both of Council Grove, and Keith Wirtz of Council Bluffs, Iowa; three daughters, Anna Kristek of Lincolnville and Amy Gillett and Shelly Wirtz, both of Lost Springs; three sisters, Genevieve Bartonek of Hoisington, Mary Baker of Great Bend, and Martina Axman of Olmitz; a brother, Tony Axman of Great Bend; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Monday morning at St. John Catholic Church, Herington, with the Rev. Mark Wesely officiating. Burial followed at St. John Catholic Cemetery. A rosary and visitation were Sunday.

Memorial funds have been established for St. John Catholic Church and Hospice of Dickinson County.

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