Norma “Elaine” Koenig Horsch, 100, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Yates Center.
Elaine was born Sept. 2, 1912 the daughter of Hattie Belle Stevens and August Adolph Koenig in Yates Center. She graduated from Yates Center High School in 1931, having taken a normal training course and the state certification exam to qualify as a rural school teacher for grades 1-8.
Shortly after Elaine met Henry Horsch, a new high school teacher at YCHS.
Later on Elaine and Henry bought the Fred Toedman farm where they went into partnership with her parents. They later bought a second farm and Henry left teaching to farm full time. Elaine, who loved high heels and pretty things went to work at Al’s Jewelry in Yates Center in 1958 until well into her 80s. She cared for Henry and visited him daily when he entered the nursing home. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1992.
Elaine remained active in the First United Methodist Church, the Historical Society, the Senior Center, Just a Mere Unit, and the Republican Women and could often be found on her lawnmower manicuring her lawn. She moved into town to live with her daughter Jan in November of 2009 where she lived her last three years.
She is survived by three daughters, Janice and husband, Norman, and their children Mike McCullough of Yates Center; Chris and Stacey McCullough and their children Zachary, Taylor, and Dylan of Olathe; Sharon Summers and her children Stacie and Kevin Ridenour and daughters Samantha and Ashleigh of Mustang, Okla.; Steve and Jill Summers and their children Lynnsay, Shawn, and Emily and Jill’s three sons of Mustang, Okla.; Sonja and Jim Wooden and children Summer and Wesley of Denver, Colo.; aso by many other relatives and friends.
A service to celebrate Elaine’s 100 years will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Yates Center. Burial will follow at Yates Center Cemetery. Visitation for Elaine will be the evening prior to the service, Thursday, from 6-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Yates Center or the Yates Center Senior Center and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783. Information may also be found at jonescampbellfuneralhome.com