Obituary-Vonda E. Pumarlo

Vonda E. Pumarlo, age 80, formerly of Burr Oak, KS and Concordia, KS passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2024 at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit, KS.  She was born on August 16, 1943 on the family farm in Mahaska, KS to C. “Mike” Marvin & Luella Maye (Smith) Hauschel.

She graduated from Morrowville High School. She received her CNA from Cloud County Community College and later her RN. She worked at the hospitals in Mankato, KS, Beloit, KS and Mt. Joseph Nursing Home, Concordia, KS. She is most known for her loving care she gave as a Hospice nurse for Hospice of the Heartland. She later became a nurse for the Cloud County Health Department and First Responder Coordinator for Cloud County. She ended her career in nursing as a CNA teacher and educator for Cloud County Community College and Concordia High School before she retired.

She married Robert “Bob” Pumarlo on December 28, 1965 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Mankato, KS. She and Bob lived in Burr Oak, KS where they raised their 3 children before moving to Concordia, KS in 1995. She and Bob spent their last year and a half together in Beloit, KS.

She was most proud of her children, grandchildren and hospice care given to those in need. She enjoyed collecting rosaries and making new quilts for her grandchildren’s births and other family babies. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, the Altar Society, International Nurses Association where she was named Nurse of the Year in 2017, and was an active Girl Scout Leader and always involved in her local communities.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Pumarlo, Beloit, KS; son, Wylie Pumarlo (Stefanie), Morganville, KS; daughters, Wendy Richmeier (Jeff), Hays, KS & Cyndi Reinert (Corey), Leawood, KS; brothers, Kenneth Hauschel (Kaye), Concordia, KS & Terry Hauschel (Deanna), Salina, KS; sister, Marvene Gieber (Bill), Concordia, KS; grandchildren, Corwyn, Michaela, Evyn, Sora, Kyler, Jamis, Jeffrey Jr., Gordon, Ethan, Owen, Ellie & Isaac; great grandchildren, August and Evangeline & a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, KS with Fr. Joseph Kieffer officiating.  Burial will follow at Mahaska Cemetery, Mahaska, KS. Visitation will be Friday, July 12, 2024 from 1-8 pm with a rosary service at 6 pm and the family will greet friends following the rosary all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, KS.

The family suggests memorials to the Meadowlark Hospice or Solomon Valley Hospice in care of Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, PO Box 606, Concordia, KS 66901. For online condolences please visit

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