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Edna Lee (Cantwell) Degenhardt

April 16, 1930 ~ January 6, 2019 (age 88)

Edna Lee Degenhardt, 88, Hays, died Sunday, January 6, 2019 at HaysMed.

She was born April 16, 1930 in Wichita Falls, Texas the daughter of Roy and Ida (Barnett) Cantwell.  On September 22, 1947 she was united in marriage to Fidelis “Dale” Degenhardt at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pfeifer, Kansas.  They celebrated over 65 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on July 16, 2013.  She was a kitchen manager for the Hays VFW and American Legion and also at Hays Early Childhood Development.  Edna also operated the thrift store named Second Hand Rose, and took care of the elderly.  She loved animals and playing cards, did devotions for many years and was very prayerful.  She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and her local bridge club.

Survivors include two daughters; Mary Rohr and husband Larry and Amy Degenhardt and husband John Ziegler “Ziggy”, all of Hays, a sister; Faye Clifton of Granbury, Texas, two grandsons; Austin Rohr and wife Amanda and Aaron Rohr and wife Sophie, a great grandson; Axel Rohr, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale, and by two brothers and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street, with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating.  Inurnment will be at 2:00 pm in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfeifer.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until service time on Saturday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of the High Plains or to Hospice of HaysMed, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Edna may be shared with the family at


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