KEARNEY -- Lester Paul Pianalto, 78, of Atwood, died Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2004), at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Gem, Kan., to George and Clara (Barenberg) Pianalto. He attended Tully School for six years. In 1937, the family moved to a farm southwest of Atwood. He finished grade school and graduated from Atwood Community High School.
He volunteered and served in the Naval Air Corps for almost two years. He then returned to the farm with his father. He purchased the adjoining farm in 1947.
In 1948, he married Gilda Aceto in Steubenville, Ohio.
In 1982, he married Doloris Inderlied of DeWitt.
He was a dairy farmer for 35 years, then fed cattle for 15 years. On July 19, 1997, the couple moved to Atwood. He moved to Atwood Good Samaritan Center Oct. 8, 2002.
He served on many boards in Rawlins County, including the Electric Co-op and Kansas State Electric Co-op for nine years. He was elected to serve 17 counties as representative to Mid-Am Dairymen's Board in Omaha for 17 years, then served on the corporate board for five years. He also represented Mid-Am Dairy-men on Mountain State Advisor and Promotion in Denver, Colo., for 11 years until he discontinued dairying. He then resigned.
He also served on school boards and church and building committees at Sacred Heart Church in Atwood.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus No. 3033 and American Legion, Sam Hubbard Post No. 46, all of Atwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorine Bliss and husband, Sydney, Agnes Faimon and husband, Ben and Georgene Kohler; brothers, Charles, Eugene and wife, Shirley, and Elmer; brother-in-law, Carl Antholz; father-in-law, William Inderlied; and his former wife, Gilda Aceto.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris of Atwood; three daughters, Diane Kostal of Mequin, Wis., Anita Squier and husband, George of Payton, Colo., and Teresa Clark and husband, Greg of Carpentersville, Ill.; one step-son, Roy Harris of Lincoln; his mother-in-law, Mildred Inderlied of Wilbur; four brothers, Fred and wife, Janice of Carlton, Minn., Frank of Edina, Mo., Albert and wife, Deanna of Chester, Va., and John and wife, Margaret of Atwood; six sisters, Rita Antholz of McDonald, Marjorie Horinek and husband, AJ of Atwood, Patricia Simoni of St. Peter's, Mo., Betty Golwas, Shirley Price and husband, Eldon of Cottage Hills, Ill., and Linda Lattanzi and husband, Andrew of Boulder, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Rose Pianalto of Hutchinson, Kan., and Mavis Pianalto of Smith Center, Kan.; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial is Monday, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood with the Rev. Damian Richards officiating. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood.
A parish vigil and Knights of Columbus rosary will be said Sunday, 7 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation is Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Rawlins County Health Center or the Atwood Good Samaritan Center and can be left at the funeral home.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of the arrangements.