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Mary J. Wessling

February 13, 2018

Topeka—Mary J. Wessling, 92, formerly of St. Marys  passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Presbyterian Manor in Topeka.

She was born December 21, 1925 at Salina, the daughter of John Raymond and Grace Lillian Lockard Shanahan.  Mrs. Wessling attended Marymount College in Salina.

Mrs. Wessling was a secretary for a real estate office in Salina.  She and her husband Edwin operated a dairy farm near New Cambria for many years.  She moved to the St. Marys community in 2001 and later to Topeka.  Mrs. Wessling was a member of Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.

On September 1, 1948 she and Edwin Wessling were united in marriage in Salina.  Edwin preceded her in death on January 19, 2005.

Survivors include her children, John Wessling, Wichita, Rita Grace, Topeka, Stephen Wessling, Topeka and Mary Frei, Sydney, Australia; 4 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Requiem Mass will be at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  Interment will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys.  A rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Friday, February 23, 2018 at Assumption Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wessling’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, KS. 66536.  To leave online condolences please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com


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3 thoughts on “Mary J. Wessling

  1. Mary Jane and I spent many hours on the phone discussing Shanahans and other strange things. I don’t know how we got to be such good friends long after my husband and her cousin, Briian Shanahan, were divorced but we were both very interested n the genealogy of the Shanahan family. I am so sorry we stopped communicating and have no idea why…she was a wonderful person. I’m sure that if there’s a Heaven, she’s there.

  2. I loved Aunt Mary’s feisty Irish twinkle in her eye when we would go to the farm for family reunions at the holidays. She made the best fried chicken and the pies….well….her pies were the best – all us Lonergan kids agree! Then I always had to have a glass of that strange raw milk this city slicker kid couldn’t get used to but just had to have! May you rest in peace Aunt Mary. Bruce and I send our love and sympathy to all the family.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Mary Jane was a beautiful person both inside and out. She and my cousin Ed were fun to be around at family gatherings.. She wii be dearly missed by all who knew her.

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