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Donald L. & Gertrude M. Mathe

October 7, 2016

St. Marys—Donald L. Mathe 82, and Gertrude M. Mathe, 81, both passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 from injuries they received in an auto accident in Texas.

Donald was born in Topeka on August 24, 1934.  He graduated from Topeka High School and served in the United States Navy.  Donald had lived in North East Kansas most all of his life.

He was a journeyman electrician working out of IBEW Local No. 226 in Topeka. Donald attended and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in History.  Gertrude helped him study and took him to class each day as he was legally blind at the time.  He later had eye surgery at KU Medical Center and his eyesight was restored.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Arab Shrine.

On June 5, 1954 he was united in marriage to Gertrude M. Bingenheimer. To this union five children were born, Ronald Mathe, Vassar, Diana Romig, Houston, TX, Mary Wiscott, West Point, VA, Kenneth Mathe, Pratt, Gary Mathe, St. Marys and Mildred “Millie” Hannon, Havlin; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Gertrude M. Mathe was born July 22, 1935 at Milwaukee, WI. the daughter of Hugo Harold and Avis Parrham Bingenheimer. She graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee.

Gertrude had lived in North East Kansas all of her married life.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis H. and Robert F. Bingenheimer and a sister Vivian Woodruff.

Survivors besides her children include her sister, Lily Bingenheimer, Milwaukee.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 A M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church.  Mr. Mathe’s ashes will be scattered at sea.  Mrs. Mathe will be inurned in Milwaukee.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Friday, October 21, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald and Gertrude Mathe Memorial Fund or the National Federation of the Blind and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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17 thoughts on “Donald L. & Gertrude M. Mathe

  1. I would like to thank every one for the thoughts and prayers. It took me so long to put any thing on here. Love and miss you both.

  2. Aunt Gert and Uncle Don you will be deeply missed by many. We have two angles watching over us. I’ll miss Aunt Gert sending me pictures and Uncle Don making people laugh and joking around. My deepest condolences to my cousins during this time. Uncle Don and Aunt Gett may you have eternal peace and love together. Rest in peace.

  3. Dear Ron, Diana, Mary, Kenny, Gary, and Millie, and families,
    We are so saddened to just read about your parents,
    Don & Gertrude. May you be comforted greatly by our Lord
    and all those around you.
    We are unable to be in St Marys , Kansas today.
    We have thought of all of you often through the years.
    Our family lived next door to you on Pennsylvania Street
    You all are in our prayers.
    Norbert & Nancy Kampsen (Bonnie, Terri, John, Joe, Bill, and Carolyn

  4. I want to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers for my family. I never wish this pain of losing not one but two people very close to their heart. My grandma and Grandpa were our world. Still to this day I want to pick up the phone and hear a story one more time. I wish for a lot of one more times. But I thank God I got to see you one last time the day before you passed away. Lord knows how we are not taking this easy. I miss you both more than anything imaginable. I wish you were still here telling me to behave myself or having grandpa picking on me and asking me “do you know what’s under a horses tail” 😀 I feel them around me every day.
    But thank you everyone from the bottom of what’s left of my heart.
    May God bless every single one of you.

  5. Mary and family:
    We send our deepest sympathies in this time of sadness. We were more than happy to come and spend some time with you however; if there is anything else we can do, please let us know. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you always. May you find peace.

  6. Dear Gary,

    So sorry for your loss. May the peace of Christ sustain you, and memories bring you comfort during this time of sorrow.

  7. Gary, Thinking of you during this time of loss.
    May You find comfort beyond measure from our Lord Jesus.
    Sharon Brennan Matthews

  8. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to the Mathe family. There’s such a sense of helplessness when someone we love dies. I’d like to share some scriptural thoughts that really helps me. 2 Cor. 4:7 says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. The reason we recover is because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28,
    “…all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection; this is our hope that helps us recover and gives us power to go on. 2 Cor. 1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort (Ps. 83:18) be your comfort now during this time of sorrow.

  9. Gary, you, and all your family, have our sympathy for the loss of your parents. Regardless of whatever age we are, it is always difficult to lose them. Keep God in your heart, and try to find some peace in the fact that they are together.

  10. It has been nearly 40 years since I have seen you, Uncle Don and Aunt Gert but I was lucky enough to speak with you a couple of months ago. You sent me a ton of family photos and was kind enough to write on the back of each one as to who, when and where they were taken. You have now been taken from us but I find peace knowing you are with other loved ones I have list, including your sister, Vivian, my mother, and your other siblings and parents. May God watch over your family. May you rest in knowing knowing you are missed and loved.

  11. We just met Don and Gerturde here at South Village Park but thought they. Were great and will miss them so sorry for your great loss God be with you all

  12. To the family of Donald and Gertrude, during this time of great loss, I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you and provide you with comfort and strength to make it through this difficult time. I will miss them both, but vow to remember Gertrude’s loving smile and her and Don’s wonderful sense of humor. They truly loved each other. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

  13. To My Sister, Gert and Brother in law Don,
    I am at a loss for words at this time. You are now with all your family that have gone before us. There is all happiness up in heaven. I am so glad we got to see each other on August 24, 2016. Words cannot express how much I will miss both of you. Until we meet in the ever after–Lily. To all my nieces and nephews, children of Gert and Don – I know what your grief is and in time the grief will heal. Do not be afraid to cry, as this is one of the processes of healing. Your loving Aunt Lily.

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