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Ramona L. Hiesterman

December 1, 1947 — September 12, 2020

Beloved Mom, Wife, Grandma, and GiGi, Ramona Lynn Hiesterman, was called home to her Lord and Savior on September 12, 2020. Visitation was Tuesday, September 15, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Linn, KS. A celebration of her life was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn. Pastor David Gruoner and Pastor Joel Hiesterman officiated. Eunice Beier was organist and the congregation sang “Amazing Grace,” “Peace Like a River” and “Abide with Me.” Pastor Gruoner sang "Old Rugged Cross." Pallbearers were Brandon Reith, Randy Holle, Steve Holle, Todd Parker, Chad Parker, Jordan Hiesterman, Daniel Hiesterman, Luke Hiesterman, Jason Uffman and Jeremy Olson. Honorary pallbearers were Holly Duskin, Brad Meier, Rachel Meier, Sarah Meier, Marcus Meier, Felicia O’Neil, Kash O’Neil and Kinzlee O’Neil. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Ramona was born to Willis (Gene) and Norma Flear on December 1, 1947 at Marysville Hospital. Reverend B.A. Hobratschk made Ramona a child of God through Holy Baptism on January 11, 1948 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Barnes, Kansas. In 1956, the family moved to Topeka, Kansas then returned to Barnes in 1959. She was confirmed on March 26, 1961 by Rev. Elton Temme, also at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. In Junior High and High School, she worked at her parent’s café in Barnes. Ramona graduated from Barnes High School in 1965, then moved to Manhattan, Kansas. She became a restaurant server in Aggieville while attending Crum’s Beauty School. A Michigan Army boy from Fort Riley, Charles Allan Disinger, pursued her and they were married in July 1967. One daughter, Tina DeAnn, was born December 5, 1967 to this union while Charles was in Vietnam. Charles returned from Vietnam in October 1968 and returned to Barnes, Kansas to pick up Ramona and Tina where they had been living with her parents and sister, Brenda. At 21, Ramona was widowed after Charles was killed in a car accident in February 1969. Her parents and Brenda went to Michigan and returned with Ramona and Tina., where they lived with them in Barnes for 10 years. Ramona worked at her parents’ café in Barnes and was very involved in Tina’s activities. She was a 4-H instructor, Sunday School Teacher, girls’ softball coach along with endless carpool hours to swimming lessons, piano lessons, art lessons, and library visits. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Barnes for 49 years. Ramona served as the 1976 Bicentennial Barnes High School Alumni Banquet Chair, for which she made her own vintage Bicentennial dress. In 1977, she went back to cosmetology school at Crum’s to finish her education. Ramona began working at Dorothea’s Beauty Salon in Barnes before buying the business and renaming, Ramona’s Beauty Salon. She closed the salon, then worked as a stylist at Mane Attraction in Barnes, before moving to the House of Beauty, Linn, Kansas. She retired in 2013. As a single mother, she worked at Alice’s Supper Club and the Linn American Legion in the 1980s to support Tina going to college. In 1988, she met John E. Hiesterman at the Linn Picnic. They were united in marriage by Rev. Joel Hiesterman on November 18, 1989 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Barnes, Kansas. She moved to the farm between Linn and Washington where she became very involved in farming and ranching. She participated in local and state Kansas Livestock Association conferences and scholarship fundraisers. John and Ramona won the Washington County Col. Donald C. Peterson Ranch Management Award in 2003. Ramona was a sportsman. In her early adult years, she played softball, river and pond fished with her Dad, bowled women’s and mixed league. She even learned to hunt deer and gave herself a black eye and stitches before her wedding day with John. Ramona was an avid gardener, both inside with her Grandmother’s African Violets to the numerous flowers outside. She loved to read. You never found her without a book in her hand, car, truck, or purse. She shared this passion with her family. If she was not helping on the farm, she loved doing jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and crafts. Ramona was a very private person. Her family was the center of her universe. She deeply loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made countless trips to Stillwater, Oklahoma, Republic County, Kansas or Nelson, Nebraska for birthdays, holidays, school events, graduations, sports activities, and Christmas programs. Ramona loved her outings with her Aunt Darleen and loved to travel. Ramona and John traveled to Las Vegas multiple times for the PBR rodeo. Her trip to Alaska with John in 2015, 50th birthday in DisneyWorld, 60th birthday trip to Napa Valley, and her cruise with Tina for their 70th and 50th birthdays were highlights. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Norma Flear, and husband, Charles Disinger. Survivors include husband, John Hiesterman, Washington, Kansas. Daughter Tina (John) Meier, Stillwater, Oklahoma. John’s Daughters, Angie Hiesterman, Scandia, KS and Jennifer (Larry) Russell, Nelson, Nebraska. Grandchildren Brad Meier, Rachel Meier, Sarah Meier, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Felicia O’Neil, Superior, Nebraska. Great Grandsons Marcus Meier, Stillwater, Oklahoma and Kash O’Neil. Great Granddaughter, Kinzlee O’Neil. Sister, Brenda (Dewain) Reith, Linn, Kansas. Aunts Darleen Holle, Riley, Kansas; Dolores Parker, Blue Rapids, Kansas; and Bernita Rothlisberger, Sepulveda, California along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her family will miss her dedicated caregiving, contagious smile, laugh, and love for picking out “just the right” cards and gifts. In her honor, memorials will be setup an endowed Cosmetology scholarship for single Moms; to the Linn Lutheran School for a library/multi-purpose room, and to the Washington County Library. Funeral of Ramona Hiesterman To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ramona L. Hiesterman, please visit our flower store.



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