Edwina H. Trichler, 93, Yates Center, passed away March 1, 2013, at Coffey County Hospital after a brief illness. Edwina was born Edwina H. Bomhoff on Feb. 24, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Mabel Florence Bertch Bomhoff and Harrison Russell Bomhoff. She was supposed to be a boy so she was named after her grandfather George Edwin Bertch.
Edwina was the third of Harry and Mabel’s eight children. The family moved to Wichita when Edwina was two months old. She graduated from East High School in Wichita. She was baptized as a baby and was always interested in the missionary society, beginning with the Otterbein Guild at age 13. She was devoted to the church until her death, and still attended services when she could.
She was an avid reader, and during her younger years did artwork, with watercolor as her primary medium. She was also famous for her artistically decorated birthday cakes. Later in life she was active with the local senior center, and participated with the Belles and Beaus performance group.
Edwina graduated from York College at York, Neb., in 1942. At York, she met Harvey Winter Klick, and they were married June 12, 1943. They lived in Wichita for a year, then Harvey entered military service with the Army Air Force. After he was discharged they moved to the Klick family farm north of Toronto, where Edwina’s daughter Beth Hamman and Beth’s husband Michael, have operated a hunting preserve since 1978. Edwina and Harvey lived on the farm until 1972, when they moved to Yates Center. Harvey managed the Woodson County Co-op until his death in 1976.
Edwina married Wayne Trichler on July 26, 1986. Mr. Trichler died Nov. 25, 2005.
Edwina and Harvey had four daughters and one son. Her daughters are Gail Anne, Mrs. Paul Lind, 67, Phoenix, Ariz., Barbara Joan, Mrs. Benjamin Roder, 65, Fond du Lac, Wis., Joyce Elaine, Mrs. Loren Swenson, 64, Concordia, the aforementioned Bonnie Beth, Mrs. Michael Hamman, 61, Toronto. Edwina’s son, Harvey Wayne, 53, is married to the former Lucy Lenore Shanklin, and they live in Lawrence. She had nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
Her marriage to Mr. Trichler gave Edwina a second family. Her stepchildren are Norman Trichler, 75, Johannesburg, South Africa, Karen Rogers, 70, Harrisonville, Mo., and Sharen Stockebrand, 64, Yates Center. Wayne had nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Her brother Russell Bomhoff and sister Winifred Cloud live in Wichita. Her sister Esther Bocock lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
Edwina was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands and siblings Marie McLaughlin, Anna Louise Hammer, Ruth Elliot, and John Bomhoff. Edwina was loved by all who knew her. Her family, friends, church, and the community at large will miss her.
Services for Edwina are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Yates Center.
Burial will follow in Yates Center Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Campbell Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials are suggested to the Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation or First United Methodist Church in Yates Center.
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