Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mary Alice Reschke, 81, Lawrence, at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mary passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019, at LMH Health.
Mary was born November 3, 1937, in Passaic, MO, the daughter of Wyatt Waldo and Alice Christine (O’Grady) Ramsey. Mary grew up on a farm in Dawson, NE.
Mary attended secretarial school in Omaha, NE. She began her secretarial career by working at the Agricultural Extension office in Falls City, NE. After moving to Lawrence, she worked briefly at Watkins Hospital. She stayed home to raise her four children. She devoted timeless hours to her children’s activities of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, sporting events, band concerts, choir events, recitals, graduations, etc. Not only for her children but grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
While raising children, as they got older, she began her career at Hallmark cards by stocking cards at Dillons. She also worked in food service at West Jr. High. She worked at the Hallmark Card facility for 25+ years.
She was a member of the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella through St. Johns and Corpus Christi churches. She spent many hours baking for bake sales, funerals, shut-ins, the needy, and friends and family. She volunteered to help with the church in various capacities. She was an avid University of Kansas Jayhawk fan.
She married Ralph Eugene Reschke on December 29, 1956, in Dawson, NE. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include her children, Ralph Reschke, Jr. (Eradio Beltran), Arvada, CO, Christine Marie Fritzel (fiancé, Stan Walker), Topeka, KS, Cynthia Ann (Gary) Aldridge, Lawrence, Thomas William Reschke, Lawrence; eight grandchildren, Kathryn (Jay) VanBlaricum, Diana Spencer, Suzanne (Jay) Facer, Valerie (Dennison) Cox, Cameron Reschke, Natalie Reschke, Toby (Bryanna) Aldridge, Ty Aldridge (fiancé, Charles Albright); two great-grandchildren, Violet VanBlaricum, James Aldridge; two brothers, Edward “Wyatt” Ramsey, John (Karen) Ramsey; and sister-in-law, Karen Ramsey. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Jim Ramsey and Charles Ramsey.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the St. John School and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
A Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. prior to the service on Tuesday, October 22, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
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