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St. John's LC - Tampa
Friday September 20th, 2019

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Friday September 20th, 2019

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Annita PauLette Huff

Annita PauLette (Bentz) Huff

OCTOBER 14, 1944 ~ SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 (AGE 74)

Salina, KS – Annita PauLette Huff, 74 of Salina, Kansas passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka, KS. 

She was born October 14, 1944 to Paul and Magdalene Bentz in Tampa, KS.    She graduated from Tampa High School in 1962 as valedictorian.  She married Gene Kickhaefer in 1963 and made their home farming outside Herington, KS where they raised three children Gina, Kevin and Lisa.   She cared deeply about her children and ensured that each had a strong foundation in Christ.   Annita was active in the church, community, PTA and co-ran Mister Apparel  with her brother in law, Pete Schultz.  

She always had a desire for higher education and left the farm in 1983.    She remarried Jim Huff in 1987 while in Salina but, unfortunately, Jim passed within their first year of marriage due to lung cancer.    Annita focused her attention after Jim’s passing on pursuing her undergraduate and master’s from Kansas State University.    She loved working with students and used her degrees to help run Kansas State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Washburn University’s financial aid departments.   She was a fiercely dedicated employee and believed that everyone, no matter their financial means, deserved a higher education.   Professionally, she found her greatest joy helping these individuals finance their education and spoke throughout the state and country educating high school students on how to finance their college education.  Annita had the honor of serving as President of KASFAA (Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators), 2002 – 2003.

Annita’s favorite past times were playing piano, sewing, cooking, gardening, enjoying concerts, traveling throughout the world and supporting her church.    Most important to Annita was her family.  In her own words, Annita wrote in 2003, “I know that Daddy and Mom were able to instill in each of us the dedication, trust, loyalty, and unconditional love that you see and feel when we get together as a family.  We did not have much in the material sense as we grew up on a farm in the remote rural area of Marion County, KS, but we were given the important sense of family and a faith in God that has helped us through many tragedies.  I am very proud to see that we have passed this connection of family to our children and now to our grandchildren.  We have dedicated ourselves to making sure family knows family and that we are there for one another in times of great or small needs.”

She wanted all to know that she commits herself to God’s care, secure in his love for her and trusting in the salvation obtained for her through Christ’s suffering and death.   She leaves those who survive her with the comfort of knowing that she has died in this faith and have now joined her Lord in eternal glory.   She commends her loved ones to the protecting arm of God, knowing that He will continue to provide for them despite her absence; and she encourages them to place their faith and trust in him alone. 

Annita is survived by her children Gina Kennedy, Kevin Kickhaefer, Lisa Curran and 6 grand children and 1 great grandchild and her loving sisters Marilyn Keeler, Rosalie Lorson, Gloria Schultz.  

Annita was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim Huff; mother, Magdalene; father, Paul; and brother, Myron Bentz.

A closed casket visitation, celebrating Annita’s life with family and friends will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, September 19th at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home in Herington, KS.  Annita’s funeral service will be on September 20th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tampa KS, starting at 2:30 pm with light dinner following the burial.   Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tampa, KS, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) or Midland Care Hospice House, Topeka, KS; and they may be sent to Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS, 67449-3038.

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Annita was my matron of honor at my wedding in May of 1987. She was such a wonderful friend & inspiration to me! So thoughtful, caring, fun, & intelligent! Annita & I would get out very early in the morning & take long walks together before work clearing our minds for the day. We lived in the same apartment complex in Salina & that is how we met. I am so saddened to learn that Annita is now gone. We attended our Lutheran Church together back when we were close friends & had quite alot in common. I will never ever have a friend like Annita. I treasure her memory & have so many wonderful photos of her in my wedding album. Love you forever Annita! See you in heaven & so looking forward to that! Melanie Muth

Melanie Muth Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

Annita and the entire Kickhaefer family had been so
wonderful to me as a young boy growing up in Herington.
I will never forget
Thank You Steve Otten
Atlanta GA

STEPHEN Kirk Otten Oct 31 2019 12:00 AM

Gina, and Family:
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. May God's grace heal you and enable to you hold close all the precious memories of your Mom during this difficult time.

Annette Baxter-Pascarelli

Annette Pascarelli Oct 29 2019 12:00 AM

A Fall Mum Plant was sent on September 19, 2019

I worked with Annita during her time at Washburn University. She was such an lovely person and taught me so much. My condolences to your family. Jamie McEwen

Expression of Sympathy Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Annita had many loves in her life; family, friends, gardening, music. Her love for family knew no bounds.

When I walked into her office at Washburn, I was always surprised at the genre of music playing, anything from Native American flute to Nora Jones. When asked at a KASFAA meeting, who we considered a mentor, I responded Annita. She encouraged me and Im sure many others, to step outside our comfort zones. Thank you, Annita.

Though I wont be there tomorrow to celebrate Annitas life, I want to express my sincerest sympathy to her family. May her loving spirit continue to surround and comfort you. Heaven has one special angel.

Janell Valdez Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

I will always remember Annita. She is such a sweet soul! I do not speak of her in the past tense as we will meet with her again. Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on September 16, 2019

Annita- We have wonderful memories and huge great laughs, you will always be in our hearts. Your life leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.What a great work partner and friend you were...God bless. Jenny & Tip

Expression of Sympathy Sep 16 2019 12:00 AM

I had the privilege' of working with Anita through our financial aid community. She was always kind and helpful to me, especially when I was a new financial administrator. She was a joy to work with and I will cherish knowing and working with her. Cristi Millard, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake city, Utah

Cristi Millard Sep 16 2019 12:00 AM

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