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Dorothy J. Ronsse

August 20, 2018


Dorothy Jean (Yancey) Ronsse of St. Marys passed away on Aug. 20, 2018 at age 92, just 3 days before her 93rd birthday.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. (Duke) Ronsse, Jr. in 1986.

She was born August 23, 1925 in Kansas City, the daughter of Gertrude D. (Kramer) and Stephen A. Yancey, both originally from Kansas City who moved to St. Marys in the early 1950’s.

She married Ernest (Duke) Ronsse on August 22, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kansas City.  They had three children, all surviving:  Gregory S. Ronsse (St. Marys, Ks) Sharon A. Ronsse (Silver Lake, Ks) and Scott R. Ronsse (Kansas City, Mo).

Dorothy attended St. Xavier Grade School (Kansas City, MO) and St Vincent’s Academy High School also in Kansas City.  She was an Executive Secretary both in Kansas City and Topeka with SW Bell until she married and moved to the Ronsse farm homestead.  There she worked on the farm, and began to raise and show German Shepards at the Championship level.  Over time, she added many other dog breeds and formed Double R Kennels.

She was very active in the Immaculate Conception Church of St. Marys where she was very involved in choirs and ministry of lector.  She was a member of the Ladies Circle at the church and she assisted in establishing the Adoration Chapel at the church.  Dorothy made several religious pilgrimages to Yugoslavia to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She enjoyed many hobbies when not working on the farm and was very creative in those endeavors.  She was an accomplished painter and loved crafts.  She also acted and sang in local plays and productions.  She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, singing, playing piano, fashion and had great fun at garage sales.  We will miss her.

Please do not send flowers, but rather if desired, please make any donations to Midland Hospice in Topeka (phone 866 394 3600) or one of the local animal shelters.  Our deepest thanks go out to all the staff at Midland Hospice for their tireless and compassionate assistance.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.

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16 thoughts on “Dorothy J. Ronsse

  1. Scott and family
    So sorry for your loss, I just learned of it
    Dot was so much fun! We purchased a dog from her when we were kids, we named him “Duke “ I have fond memories of the Ronse farm

  2. Dear Scott and family,

    My deepest condolences on losing your mother. Gary and I have been out of town and I just saw this notice. It’s strange because I was thinking of her only last week and what an extraordinary and charming person she ways. There is a picture of the two of you in our wedding album that always makes me smile when I see or just remember it. She had a rich and long life, but it is never easy to lose a mother. You were a comfort to me when my mother died so many years ago — also in August, curiously — and I hope I could do the same for you now, even though it has been such a long time since we last spoke (we still have the same listed phone number).

  3. Dorothy was one of the most creative and talented individuals that I knew when we lived in St. Marys. I was awed by her performances but more than that I admired her gentle, warm personality. My son, Alex, loved the times he was able to spend on the farm and spoke of those times often.

  4. Visiting Greg, there to do my job, or just to paint the house, whatever the reason you were there,… you were always welcome and greeted with a smile. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Keep the memories, and God Bless!

  5. Dot will always be remembered for her work with community affairs, such as “Valley Players”. She is in my prayers. Rita Muckenthaler , St. Marys

  6. Our sympathy to all of you. She was always such a kind and happy person. Sorry we will not be able to make it to the services because we will be on vacation.

    Ann & Ray

  7. Greg, Sharon and Scott,
    We both always loved your mom so much.
    She was truly a wise, wonderful, and beautiful lady in so many ways.
    We both have always felt that
    we were hers and will miss her “until we meet again”
    Love you all, Jim and Wanda

  8. Greg, Sharon and Scott,

    We BOTH truly loved your mother so much.
    She was just SUCH a lovely, kind, wonderful person.
    We both always felt as though we were HERS.
    I know you will miss her always. As we will..
    Love to all of you,
    Jim & Wanda

  9. Dear Ronsse family
    Your Mother was very classy and kind. I used to follow her adoration hour and was said to see her give it up. Thoughts and prayers to all

  10. Dorothy was a classy lady. She was always dressed ‘to the nines’! My condolences to her family.

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