Carmen Ukele

Carmen Ukele

Carmen K. (Baumgartner) Ukele, 42, of Sabetha, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

She was born in Sabetha on July 19, 1975, the daughter of Leonard and Nancy (Hartter) Baumgartner. She attended Bern schools through her sophomore year and Sabetha High School as a junior and senior, graduating in 1993. She earned an associate’s degree from Highland Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Peru State College. She was a dedicated, well-loved, and respected substitute teacher in the Sabetha school system.

Carmen was united in marriage to Lee Fred Ukele on March 27, 1999, in Sabetha. Carmen and Lee were blessed with three children: Tanner, Carson and Marlee. As a Christian, Carmen served her Lord and Savior in numerous ways. This was most evident in her exceptional devotion to her husband and children. Her hospitality and kindness was felt by many, and her home always was open to anyone. She attended NorthRidge Church, where she and Marlee served in the nursery.

Earlier in the day of her passing, she celebrated with her two sons the excitement of winning the 3A Kansas State Football Championship.

Carmen was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy; and her cherished daughter, Marlee.

She is survived by her husband, Lee, and two sons, Tanner and Carson of the home; her father, Leonard Baumgartner of Sabetha; and siblings, Jeff (Kim) Baumgartner of Bern, Jay (Heidi) Baumgartner of Bern, Heidi (Jeff) Bahler of Wolcott, Ind., and Holly (Duane) Meyer of Bern. Carmen was adored by her numerous nieces and nephews. She will be lovingly remembered by the countless acquaintances and friendships she cherished, always sharing a word of encouragement. Her joyful personality was contagious.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at NorthRidge Church. Interment will be made at the Sabetha Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tanner and Carson Ukele Education Fund, Sabetha Swim Team or NorthRidge Church Children’s Nursery, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534. Online condolences may be left at

The Sabetha Herald 12/6/2017

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