Mary Welch

Mary Welch

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Mary Jean Welch, 90, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, Oct. 19,2020, at her home. She was born on Aug. 6, 1930, in Axtell, Kan., to Barney and May (McKinley) Pospisil.

She was the oldest of three children and grew up in Winchester, Kan. During her childhood, Mary Jean enjoyed going to work with her father, who worked on a farm. As a child, Mary Jean had to learn sign language to communicate with her parents who were both deaf. To learn to speak, she would travel to her Grandparents house in Axtell, Kan. She became fluent in speaking and signing and amazed people because she could carry on two separate conversations at one time.

Mary Jean met her husband, Frank Welch Sr. in 1946. Frank was a widower with three small children. After just a short time, Mary Jean developed a very close relationship with Frank and his children. On January 12, 1947, Mary Jean married Frank, bringing her to Leavenworth, Kansas. They had two children of their own in the two years following their marriage.
Mary Jean spent many years as a homemaker, ironing for her many clients, and helping her husband. Mary Jean worked at Russel’s Pharmacy and then Treasury Drug for many years. Following her time at the drug store, Mary Jean had many different jobs that involved cooking and serving others. Her main objective and job in life was to always take care of her family and extended family.

Mary Jean was a member of Southern Heights United Methodist Church and she belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She enjoyed cooking, canning and baking pies. She loved dancing, talking with anyone who ventured into her kitchen, taking care of her many animals and watching the Royals and Chiefs games.

Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Welch Sr.; two brothers, Barney Pospisil and Joe Pospisil; three children, Patricia Monahan, Margaret (Peg) Thompson and James (Bud) Welch; and a grandson, Thomas Monahan.

Mary Jean is survived by a son, Frank (Nancy) Welch Jr. of Leavenworth, Kan.; a daughter, Virginia (James) Dolinski of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Judy Welch of Leavenworth, Kan.; 19 Grandchildren, 36 Great-Grandchildren and numerous Great-Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct.24, 2020, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Southern Heights United Methodist Church.
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Janet Otting

Posted at 09:09am
What a lovely, smart, cheerful lady! I will miss her and I know she was loved by many. She was fascinating to visit as she loved to reminisce. She has pleasant and easy to please. I know she was a wonderful mother and will be missed by all. I know I will miss her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Janet Otting

Jo Ann Norman

Posted at 06:54pm
Terry and Jo Ann Norman, Lansing, Kansas: Virginia, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know how much she meant to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and send much love to you and your family.

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