Thelma Jean Bitner, age 79, of Johnson, Kansas died Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson, Kansas. She was born September 15, 1932 in Manter, Kansas, the daughter of Cortland Sr. and Thelma (Roark) Wartman.
Thelma has been a Stanton County resident all her life. While growing up she helped work on the family farm and in the family grocery store, W&R Grocery. Thelma was also a beautician, cooked at the Stanton County Senior Center, and managed apartments. She enjoyed yard work and loved animals. Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Thelma was a member of the Johnson VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Wartman and Michelle Reinert both of Johnson, Kansas; one brother, Cortland Wartman Jr. of Johnson, Kansas; three sisters, Luella Carrithers of Derby, Kansas, Carolyn Hartley of Garden City, Kansas, Cathy Farmer of Ulysses, Kansas; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Thelma is preceded in death by her parents, and son, Don L.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson, Kansas with Reverend Dave Kaufmann officiating. There will be no public calling hours. Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer’s Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.