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Juanita M. Kolbaba

June 15, 1932 — February 6, 2022

Juanita M. Kolbaba, 89, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia.

Juanita M. Hogan was born June 15, 1932 in Osage City, the daughter of Thomas Burton and Lillion (Bergstrom) Hogan.

She was joined in marriage to John Henry Kolbaba on October 3, 1950 in Osage City. To this union, three children were born Debra, Kathy and Steven.

Juanita loved to travel and in her earlier years she would visit New York and Pennsylvania annually. She especially enjoyed traveling by train, enjoying the sights and scenery they provide. She enjoyed trips out of town and loved to be with family as they all experienced the world together. Family meant everything to her and she always wanted to know how her grandchildren were doing. Juanita loved animals, especially dogs, as she always had one by her side. Juanita retired from Hallmark Cards and spent her years after helping others anywhere she could. She worked for the school district and for COF Training Services in Osage City. She was a kind soul that would love anyone in need.

She will be forever remembered by her two daughters, Debra (Vernon) Price of Emporia and Kathy (Robert) Ayers of Osage City; a brother, Eddie (Nellie) Hogan of Topeka; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; a husband, John Henry Kolbaba; a son, Steven R. Kolbaba; a grandson, Hunter Ayers and two brothers, Russell and Thomas Hogan.

Cremation is planned and a memorial service to be planned at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, Kansas 66523. Condolences may be expressed at

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

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First United Methodist Church

219 South 6th Street, Osage City, KS 66523

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