Mary R. Lausten (Nee Wold) passed away Monday January 31, 2022, at the age of 71 years. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Leonard Lausten. Loving mother of Leonard M. (Denise), John (Erin), James (Margret), Joseph (Jessica), Marie (Gretchen), and Mark (Teal). Caring sister to James and Nancy. Preceded in death by her brother Robert and his wife Rose, her brother David, and two grandchildren Jude and Wyatt. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends. Memorial Visitation will be at Johnson County Funeral Chapel on February 12, 2022, from 10am-12pm with a rosary service at 11am.
Mary was a devoted mother to six loving children. She devoted most of her life caring for her children and “adopted children”. As her children grew older, she took on many positions ranging from clerical work, to operating as an airline gate attendant for then Midwest Express Airlines. Mary was a devoted and loving mother who accepted any and all of her children’s friends as her own. She was known as everyone’s adoptive mother. Mary, a woman many could rely on to be a shoulder for support, an ear to listen, a friend, a sister and mother to all in need.
Mary and her late husband Leonard’s driving passion was their family. They are forever joined in harmony and love as they completely lived their vows as promised 47 years ago. She is now at peace as she and her husband were joined through times of struggle, joy, loss, victory, birth and death. She battled many illnesses but continued to be the strong matriarch of her family by supporting her husband and raising her 6 loving and caring children.
Mary and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout their lives, visiting much of the United States. She would travel regularly to visit family in Wisconsin and Texas as well as relaxing trips to Branson, Missouri. Mary’s family brought her so much joy and she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, gathering as many snuggles as possible. She loved shopping and spoiling anyone she knew especially her children and grandchildren.
Mary was an understanding and accepting mother who molded her children to be wonderful leaders, caring mothers, fathers, friends, and members of the community. She shared her faith while accepting those who differed from her. She welcomed all people with open arms and an open heart.
Mary was known as “Ma” or “Mom” to Steve Lopez, Danny Hanna, Jesse Leming, Martin Rehfeldt, Conner Cowling, John Seitz, and Anita Lopez and her daughter Selena Tovar. She was a loving friend to many and an active member of the Knights of Columbus at the Church of Ascension in Overland Park with her husband until his death.