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Alma Jean Rediger

November 12, 1925 — March 23, 2017

Alma Jean Rediger, 91 of Hesston, died Thursday (March 23, 2017) at the Newton Medical Center.

She was born in Allen County, Ohio on November 12, 1925, the daughter of Chester and Eva Mae Wright Alspaugh. Alma Jean and her sister Esther were later adopted by Edward and Elizabeth Statler Rediger.

She attended grade school in Flanagan, Illinois. The Rediger’s moved to Kansas in 1941 where Alma Jean attended and graduated from high school and college in Hesston, Kansas. She received her Bachelor's Degree at Bethel College. For several years she was a grade school teacher in Hutchinson.

Alma Jean and her sister Esther owned and operated the Knit-N-Nacks craft shop in Hutchinson and later the Golden Thimble at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

She was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton and was a volunteer through the grandparents program at area schools.

Survivors include her sisters Mary Bontrager of Goshen, Indiana and Evelyn Shaw and husband Eugene of Hillsdale, Michigan; sister-in-law Marie Alspaugh of Reading, Michigan; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Alma Jean is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edward, Charles, and Hubert Alspaugh; sisters Olive Macey, Betty Cash and Esther Rediger.

Memorial services will be at 7:00 P.M., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, Ks.

Private inurnment will take place at the Waldo Township Cemetery near Gridley, Illinois.

There will be no visitation as cremation has been effected.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, K.s
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