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Linn County News

Published March 1, 2023


Maribelle L. “Mary” Wiles, 79, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away peacefully at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Neb., on Feb. 21, 2023. Mass of Christian burial was Feb. 27, 2023, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. William J. Dendinger presided with Rev. Jorge Canela co-celebrating with interment in the Grand Island City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Grand Island Central Catholic. You are welcome to sign Mary’s guestbook at under her obituary. Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.

Mary was born the daughter of Alfred Burke and Mary Catherine (McKee) Wiles on March 27, 1943, in Pittsburg, Kan. After growing up on a family farm in Pleasanton, Kan., she graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1961. She went on to study English and Education at Pittsburg State University and continued to study Philosophy, Theology, English, and Education at Marymount College in Salina, Kan., where she graduated. She was a beloved Religion Teacher at Grand Island Central Catholic from 1976-2014 after teaching at Cure’ of Arts Catholic School in Leawood, Kansas for 10 years. After retirement Mary proclaimed, “Being at GICC was like a completion of her prayer!”

Mary adored her students and loved teaching them about their faith.  She loved to take adventures throughout the United States with her dear friend Sr. Mary Jo, which often included camping and hiking especially in Colorado. She loved to garden, and grow flowers. Her family, students, and friends were close to her heart. She lived happily in her home with the park pond behind her house while taking joy in watching the geese, rabbits, and squirrels going about their day. Her favorite spring outing was to drive to  out-of-town fields to watch and listen to the Sandhill Cranes. Within her finest moments, she shook hands with Pope John Paul II at Estes Park, Colo. in 1993 and was welcomed into the home of the family of Martin Luther King when she drove to Atlanta, Ga. after hearing about his death. 

Mary is survived by her brother, Alfred A. Wiles of Leavenworth, Kan.; and sister Kathleen M. Matthews of Harrisonville, Mo.; niece Michelle A. Wiles, nephew Alfred J. Wiles, three grandnieces, one grandnephew, and one great-grandnephew. 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Teresa Wile


Stella Margarette Hunter Dale ~ 06-20-1933 to 05-24-2024


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Wilma Virginia Cook ~ 03-24-1935 to 05-24-2024


Linn County News Published May 29, 2024   Wilma Virginia Cook, age 89, Stover, Mo., formerly of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Friday, May 24, 2024. She was born on March 24, 1935, in Lockport, La., the daughter of Edgar and Dorena Matherne Guidry. She owned her own... [More]

Ann Johnson ~ 09-14-1943 to 05-16-2024


Linn County News Published May 22, 2024   Ann Johnson, age 80, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Vada Daniels Casida. She graduated from Blue Mound High School and... [More]

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Jayhawk Linn boys’ track team places seventh at State


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