Sara Jane Veselik, 72, Cocalico grad, RN, Kansas Highway Patrol officer, loved kaleidoscopes

By on May 3, 2017

Sara Jane Veselik, 72, a longtime Kanorado, Kansas, resident passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sherman County in Goodland, Kansas.

Sara was born July 1, 1944 in Ephrata, the daughter of Floyd G. and Anna K. (Sweigart) Lorah. She was one of four children.

She graduated from Cocalico High School in 1962. She then went on and got her nursing degree from Reading Nursing School, graduating in 1965.

On March 20, 1970, she married John Marshall Veselik in Sterling, Colo. To this union, one daughter, Valerie, was born.

In 1970, Sara and John moved to Kanorado. It was at this time that she began working as a Registered Nurse for the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Colo., for three years. After that time, she began working for the Sherman County Health Department, as well as for NWKS Hospice. She also worked for the Kansas Highway Patrol as an inspections officer at the Port of Entry in Kanorado for 12 years, retiring in 2012.

After retirement she enjoyed fishing, going gambling in Black Hawk, kaleidoscopes, reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She was also a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and one nephew: Mark Lorah.

She is survived by her husband: John, of Kanorado; her daughter: Valerie (Robert) Jones of Broomfield, Colo.; two grandchildren: Brittany and Katherine Veselik-Jones; two brothers: George (Jean) Lorah of Denver; and Richard (Edith) Lorah of Vienna, Va.; and one sister: Mary (Bill) Hammond of Davis, Mich. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were held April 28 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Goodland, Kansas, with Fathers Norbert Dlabal and Randy Weber officiating. Inurnment followed in the Goodland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to NWKS Hospice Services, or to the Kanorado Senior Citizens Center, and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.

Online condolences may be left at Service arrangements were entrusted to Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Goodland, Kansas.

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