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Ann Arnhold

October 11, 2017

Hays, Kansas - Ann Arnhold, 95, daughter of Michael and Dora (Fischer) Dechant passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society of Ellis. Ann was born on June 25, 1922, and grew up on farms near Ellis and Plainville.  She met her husband, Richard A. Arnhold, at a barn dance shortly after he returned from World War II and they married on November 6, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays. They were married for over 60 years when Rich died in 2010. 

Ann was a farmer's wife and homemaker. She was happiest on the farm and proud that she and Rich were farmers. Ann was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays, KS, where she often volunteered and was a founding member of the St. Nicholas of Myra Ladies Guild and served as its president . She was a 4-H leader for over 30 years, served for many years on the Ellis County Fair Board and enjoyed exhibiting at the Ellis County Fair.  Ann volunteered at the Community Assistance Center and was on the Ellis County Election Board. She loved sewing, being outside in the garden and taking care of her chickens. Ann was an avid pinochle player and belonged to several card clubs.

Together, Ann and Rich raised five children: Don Arnhold, Hays, KS; Dorothy (Jan) Rusch, Victoria, TX; Tom (Joleen) Arnhold Olathe, KS; Ken (Teri) Arnhold, Ellsworth, KS; and Bruce (Darlene) Arnhold, Hays, KS.  Ann is survived by nine grandchildren: Leah(Kip) Winterowd, Colleen (Vince) Connealy, Tyler Rusch, Levi Arnhold (Hannah), Kevin (Merritt) Arnhold, Thea (Greg) Reverdiau, Chelsea (Brian) Lewis, Alysia Arnhold and Alayna Arnhold. Ann has seven great grandchildren and two on the way.  She is survived by her sister, Katherine Urban.

Ann was preceded in death by two infant sisters and her brothers, Peter Dechant, Zacheus Dechant, Richard Dechant, Henry Dechant, Ralph Dechant and Paul Dechant.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, 2901 East 13th Street, Hays, Kansas. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

A vigil service and a St. Nicholas Ladies Guild rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, at Cline's-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas  67601.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday ,all at  Cline's-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to the Catholic Charities of Salina in care of the mortuary.

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 Service Information

October 13, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cline's-Keithley Mortuary of Hays
1919 E 22nd
Hays, KS 67601

Combined rosary and vigil service
October 13, 2017

7:00 PM
Cline's-Keithley Mortuary of Hays
1919 E 22nd
Hays, KS 67601

Funeral Service
October 14, 2017

10:30 AM
St. Nicholas of Myra
2901 e. 13th street
hays, ks 67601

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