In Memory

Switlana Korobka (Briar)

Switlana Korobka Briar, age 68 passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Newton Medical Center.

 Switlana was born on April 28, 1950 the daughter of Anatoly and Anna (Mechetnaja) Korobka in Ulm Germany.

 On October 5, 2002 she married Stan Briar at the Highland Trinity United Church of Christ in Newton, KS. Switlana worked as a Secretary, Administrative Assistant, and most recently in the insurance department at Newton Medical Center as well as Dillon’s in Newton.

 She also served as past President of the Oil Secretaries Association of Wichita. Switlana was known for her outstanding desserts, love of family and sharing of wisdom with family and friends.

 Switlana is preceded in death by her parents, Anatoly and Anna, and husband, Stan, and nephew George Holm.

 She is survived by her sister, Luba Brinkman, brothers, Victor Korobka, and George (Virginia) Korobka, eight nieces and nephews, 10 great-nieces and nephews, four great-great-nieces and nephews and her loyal companion, her dog Wolfie.

 Visitation will be held Friday, August 31, 2018, 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. with family there from 6:30-8:00 P.M. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.

 Graveside services and interment will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Highland Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery, 8322 N. Anderson Rd, Newton, KS.

 Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society or St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral and may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

 Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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08/29/18 03:00 PM #1    

Marla Christians (McCleskey)

One of  my earliest memories of Switlana was in Jr. High School, when she left school to become a citizen of the United States.  We shared a lot of fun in our 20’s running around . In my last visit (by phone) we laughed about all the free pizzas we received at the Pizza Hut in McPherson. Years later a former employee at the Pizza Hut told me that those free pizzas were attempts by the employees to flirt with us!  I guess we were too dense to figure that out!  I will cherish all those sweet memories of this precious lady!

08/30/18 11:47 AM #2    

Arlys Kessler (Nilles)

On one of my many trips to Newton to see my parents, I had a chance encounter with Switlana at a hotel in Iowa (can't remember the hotel or city, probably Des Moines).  In the breakfast room, I thought I recognized her, but also thought that was highly unlikely.  The way she kept looking at me told me she thought she knew me too.  We said each other's name at the same time and had breakfast toghether as we caught up on each other's life.  Since then I have marveled, thinking if one of us had been earlier or later to the breakfast room, we never would have had that chance encounter.  Switlana's personality and sweet smile was made her easy & fun to be with.  May she rest in peace with Stan. 

09/01/18 01:58 PM #3    

Maureen Koehn (Fast)

I remember the day Switlana walked into our 4th grade classroom. I remember the day she was sharpening a pencil and I ran into the new point when she turned as I passed her by, because I still have a mark on my finger. I remember her on the last day of school in 6th grade and have a picture of her and Lillian Dick Quiring.  Switlana walked through those years quiet, friendly, and sweet...and remained so to the end.


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