Pansie J. Chandler, 89, of Hiawatha, KS, died Thursday morning, April 9, 2015, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha. She was born near Bern, KS, in Nemaha County on June 13, 1925, one of three children born to Aaron and Grace Dexter Brunner. 

Pansie attended country school near Sabetha, KS, prior to graduating from Sabetha High School in 1943. During World War II, she was enrolled in Cadet Nurses Training at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Sabetha, prior to finishing the training at a St. Joseph, MO, hospital. Pansie worked as a registered nurse at Hiawatha Community Hospital for 27 years, before retiring in 1991 at the age of 65.

Pansie was raised in the Community of Christ Church. After she retired, she enjoyed traveling, which included trips to the Grand Canyon, an Alaska cruise, New York and Hawaii.

She married Eugene Chandler on Feb. 8, 1947, at Sabetha. He died May 12, 1968.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Linda) Chandler, of Topeka, KS, Carolyn (Don) Hilgenfeld, of Lincoln, Connie (Duane) Widman, of Topeka, Stephen (Kathy) Chandler, and Christine Ballew, both of Hiawatha, and Cynthia (James) Reynolds, of Falls City; a sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Hathaway, of Des Moines, IA; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.

Pansie was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Howard and Jack Brunner.

A Celebration of Pansie’s life is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, April 13, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, with Youth Pastor Ryan VanPeursem officiating. Interment will follow at Morrill (KS) Cemetery. Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after noon Sunday, where the family will meet from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hiawatha Community Hospital Nursery Dept., in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., 66434. A special message may be sent to the family at

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