TOPEKA, Kan. — Phaleta L. Sergeant, 80, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at a Lawrence, Kansas, care facility. She was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Davenport,the daughter of Harold and Greeta (Gatchell) Hainline.
Phaleta graduated from Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, in 1954 and earned a BA in speech from the University of Iowa in 1958. She was employed as a substitute teacher by the school district in Bettendorf and as an administrative assistant in the business admitting office at St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport.
Phaleta resided in Bettendorf for most of her life until moving to Topeka in 1998 where she lived until moving to Lawrence this year. She volunteered for Stormont-Vail Hospital and enjoyed singing in church choirs. She was a member of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, O.E.S., the Early American Pattern Glass Society and the Prairie Land Depression Era Glass Club.
Phaleta married Jerry Sergeant on Sept. 1, 1956, in Bettendorf. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2003. Survivors include three children, Steven (Jean) Sergeant of San Jose, California, Paul (fiancé Stefani Siebeneck Wilde) Sergeant of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Bruce (Julie) Sergeant of Lecompton, Kansas; grandchildren, Lisa Frank, Katie Sergeant, Haley Sergeant and Erin Sergeant; two great-granddaughters; and her sister-in-law, Nancy (John) Hemingway of Clinton.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel in Topeka. Inurnment will follow in Lynn Creek Cemetery southeast of Topeka.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3625 SW 29th St. Suite 102 Topeka, KS 66614 or the American Cancer Society, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road Topeka, KS 66604.
To leave the family a special message online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.