Obituary of Katherine Guss

Katherine Elizabeth Guss, age 84, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 23, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born, March 29, 1940 in Bronson, Kansas, the daughter of Roy Stewart and Mary W. Wolf Stewart. Katherine graduated from Bronson High School. She married Vernon Lee Guss, on November 3, 1957 in Fort Scott. She worked for Key’s for 31 years as a seamstress. She was also employed by Wendy’s, Mercy Hospital, and many other jobs. Her favorite thing to do was watch her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, play sports, where she could be found in the stands cheering them on and talking to everyone around her. Katherine was a good athlete in her younger days as well, playing basketball at Memorial Hall and softball into her 60’s.

She is survived by her children, Stewart (Carla), Bruce Guss, Roy Guss, and Elaine Guss; a brother, Alan Stewart (Charlotte), sisters, Bonnie Stewart, Darlene Stewart, and Serena McAnulty; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, a daughter Mary Ann Martin, infant son Ronald Eugene Guss; a brother Clinton Stewart and a sister Debbie Stewart.

Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial will follow in the Bronson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorial are suggested to Care to Share or Grace Baptist Tabernacle and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main  P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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