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Lorna Hajny


Lorna Jean (Underwood) Hajny of Smith Center, died June 17, at Smith County Memorial Hospital. She previously resided on a farm in the Esbon area.

She was born Sept.1, 1928, on a farm near Otego, Kan., to parents Charley and Elsie (Snyder) Underwood. She graduated from Esbon High School.

Lorna worked at Southwestern Bell and after marriage raised a family and worked hard helping on the farm. She enjoyed her grandchildren, bowling, playing bingo, gardening, cooking and community activities in the farm area and later in Smith Center.

She was thrilled to win a quarter playing bingo. During the holidays, she was the fastest at unwrapping gifts.

She married Nolin Hajny on Nov. 16, 1947. He survives in Smith Center, Kansas. Also surviving are their three children, Melvin Hajny, and companion, Helen Chancellor, Bruning, Neb.; Sherry (Hajny) and husband, Robert Young, Topeka; and Brad and wife, Kathy Hajny, Jamestown. Other survivors include seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Corrinne Johnson of Blair, Neb.; and her brother, Verle Underwood of Bellevue, Neb. Additional relatives, friends, and special friend, Pam Hajny, survive.

Lorna was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Milton Underwood, and his wife, Arleta; Max Underwood; and Dale Underwood. Two sisters, Gayle Cole, and her husband, Junior; Charlotte Frank, and her husband, Robert. One brother-in-law, Eugene Johnson; two grandchildren, Melissa Hajny and Corey Hajny.

Because of COVID-19, a service will occur at a later date. Per her wishes, she has been cremated. Memorial contributions can be made to: Smith County Memorial Hospital or Smith Center Health and Rehab in care of Simmons Rentschler Mortuary, 116 W First St, Smith Center, Kan. 66967.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary of Smith Center.


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