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Former Russell Mayor Wenthe Dies

Henri WentheFormer Russell Mayor and well known citizen Henrietta Wenthe has lost her battle with cancer.

Wenthe died Wednesday in Russell. She was 63.

Wenthe grew up in Lucas and graduated from Lucas High School in 1968. She attended the Salina Beauty Academy in 1969 and then returned to Russell County to start working for the Thouvenelle Beauty Shop in Russell. Wenthe then started her own Beauty Salon in Russell, which she ran for more than 30 years.

Wenthe served her community as Mayor of Russell from 1999 to 2005 and was Citizen of the Year in 2011.

She was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Lucas, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Lucas, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Russell, Russell County Fair Board, Russell Arts Council and Dream Theater Board.

Her work with the Russell Arts Council included a 25 year run of being in charge of the popular Haunted House in Russell.

For Henri Wenthe's full obituary and funeral service information, CLICK HERE.

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