Mary Jean Welch

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

She was the oldest of three children and grew up in Winchester, Kansas. 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, Kansas. 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 Jan. 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., Leavenworth, Kansas; a daughter, Virginia (James) Dolinski, Overland Park, Kansas; a daughter-in-law, Judy Welch, Leavenworth, Kansas; 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.

Posted online on October 22, 2020