The Hefling Family
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Joanna M Hefling

Joanna Mae Hefling


Joanna was born 17 May 1918 in Reno County, Kansas to Robert Jackson Hefling and Almeda Mae Shinkle. She died on 07 Sep 1939 in Hutchinson, Kansas and is buried in the Valley Township Cemetery, Reno County, Kansas.

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Robert C Eales

Robert was born 17 Jul 1911 in Reno County, Kansas. He died on 14 Aug 1981 in Wichita, Kansas.

Joanna and Robert were married on 18 Mar 1938.

Joanna had learned in the Spring of 1939 she was pregnant. She and her mother, Almeda Hefling, were in a car accident early July of 1939. Almeda had a broken collarbone and Joanna had a broken pelvis.

Joanna was put into a body cast, one of those old heavy plaster casts from her rib cage down, encasing her hips, for six weeks. She had a lot of trouble with the pregnancy and went back and forth from the hospital to home several times. She miscarried the baby boy one day, then died the next.

Joanna's obituary notes -- she graduated from Haven High School in 1936 and from Hutchinson Junior College in 1938. She was an excellent student. Joanna was a member of the Pleasant Grove U.B. Church and had been an inspiration to all by her loyal devotion. Any service asked of her was gladly attempted and nobly done. She spent all her life in this community and her passing leaves a vacancy in all our hearts.

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