Anna Mae Goertz

Anna Mae Goertz, 90, of Durham, Kan., passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

 Anna Mae Goertz was born on the family farm in Tampa, Kan., on May 8, 1930, the daughter of David and Mollie (Schwemmer) Senner.

 On June 9, 1949 she married Ben Goertz in Durham. She soon joined Ben in running their family business, G&R Implement, as bookkeeper and parts and inventory manager. They worked side by side establishing an award-winning Oliver dealership, setting sales records and were among the top 10 dealerships in the United States for years.  

Their success in business however was surpassed by their success in marriage. They shared 54 years of marriage before his death on Feb. 19, 2004. Anna Mae continued running the business for several years before retiring to spend more time with family and friends. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 Anna Mae is survived by daughters; Cynthia Wedel and husband Steve of Abilene, Susan Endres and husband Joe of Emporia, Shelley Klassen and husband Myron of Hesston; six grandchildren, Ryan Wedel, Stephanie Litton, Erin Endres, Adam Endres, Kyle Klassen and Megan Nieman and 11 great grandchildren; brother Larry Senner and sister Jeanette Schimming. Also, special friends that she thought of as family, Lea Isaac and Sherry Cole.

 She is preceded in death by her husband Ben, parents, and sisters Martha Frantz, Ida Frantz and Irene Frantz.

   Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Durham on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2 p.m. Memorial has been established with Durham Baptist Church in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences may be sent to


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