OBITUARY

Kathleen Lesmeister

March 15, 1929April 25, 2021

Kathleen (Katie) Lesmeister, age 92, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Aberdeen Village in Olathe, KS. Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, May 1st at 10:30am with visitation one hour prior at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 10010 E. 40 HWY, Indep., MO with burial following in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kathleen was born March 15, 1929, near Montrose, Missouri, the daughter to Edward Anthony and Bernadena Johanna (Daldrup) Rotert. She grew up in rural Montrose, MO and lived in Independence, MO as an adult. Kathleen and her husband, Basil worked for and retired from Sears. They enjoyed spending time at their Pomme de Terre Lake home.

Kathleen enjoyed bowling, making candy, and participating in the church bake sales. In her later years, she stayed active by working with her sister, Bernadette at the Chiefs and Royals games and assisting her with craft shows. Kathleen is proceeded in death by her parents, Edward Anthony and Bernadena Johanna (Daldrup) Rotert; her husband, Basil Lesmeister; a sister, Florene McMillian and a brother, Willard Rotert. She is survived by her sister, Bernadette Greufe.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

Memories

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Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

April 30, 2021

Our Aunt Kathleen was dearly loved by many— her parents, her sisters and brother, her husband, nieces and nephews, extended family, friends, neighbors, and more.

I’m including a photo of her wedding to our uncle, Basil Lesmeister. Those two were such a special couple! They were steadfast, supportive, hard working, and fun. They were very loving with one another other and generous in sharing their love with all the rest of us. We will always treasure that love.

We sorely miss our times together with them and hope they realized how much they meant to us.

On behalf of my husband, (Kevin Nelson), our son, (Andrew), and myself, we wish them eternal peace. For those of you who also knew and cared for Kathleen, we wish you comfort and warm memories.

Jacob Phillips

April 30, 2021

I ‘m out of state right now but wanted to send my condolences and memories! Many were through holiday gatherings but the most memorable for me were from the many times we spent hunting and fishing. She was always up for long walks, fishing, making ice cream and generally helping us enjoy the great outdoors. She was always there smiling and was a solid champion there to help us through so many tough times. Especially during the deaths of our papa and grandma, during the rough times we were separated during our parents divorce. We will always hold those happy memories close even as they dwindled as she aged. She was definitely one of a kind!

Jenna Phillips

April 30, 2021

I have so many memories of my great aunt. From the weeks with spent at their lake place to holiday gatherings. My favorite times were when she would travel with us when my mom was on business trips so my brother and I could go too. She will be sorely missed.

Carol McMillian

April 29, 2021

We all have so many great family memories of Aunt Kathleen. Here they were shortly after my son was born. We all miss them every day but especially after this loss as most of our immediate relatives have passed away in the last few years. I was born on Kathleen’s birthday and we always celebrated something special between us every year. I will forever hold a special place in my heart not only for the decades of memories we have in pictures....but for how I will always miss and grieve for the years that will pass without her physically here with me! I love you more than I can ever say and will forever miss your sweet smile, hugs of reassurance, and all the special memories we shared for all of my life!

Sharon (McMillian) Shumaker

April 29, 2021

I remember Basil (Port) and Kathleen from the many vacation trips they enjoyed at my parents (Kenneth and Maxine McMillian) vacation home. They enjoyed swimming, boating and fishing along with Don and Florene McMillian/daughters at the Lake of the Ozarks. They were special times with a lot of fun and laughter. My cousins Sharyl and Carol share all of those wonderful memories. Rest In Peace Kathleen.

Mike and Marilyn Keating

April 28, 2021

May the Blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come upon her soul, and remain forever. Eternal Rest, grant unto her, O Lord. May the Perpetual Light shine upon her. Amen.

Derryl Allman

April 28, 2021

Kati and Basil were our next door neighbors in Independence MO and my mom's, Virginia Allman, best friend. There are so many memories I have of her from her doll collection in the house to keeping her yard mowed, even it the hot weather. For awhile , Kati and mom had separate, huge vegetable gardens in Mom's back yard. They were both very active in Nativity Parish with other woman helping to bake bread to cleaning the church. They enjoyed the fish fry on Friday at the parish hall during lent and would go out for breakfast with other friends after Sunday mass. Kati and mom would spend hours in the back yard talking to each other over the chain link fence. I remember Kati talking about her brother, Willard and his cow that she said was more of a pet than a farm animal. Even after I had Mom and Dad move to Washington state to be closer to me and my wife Debbie, we would always bring mom back to stay with Katie for a visit a couple times a year. They would talk on the phone even after the my mom's dementia impacted her ability to keep a conversation going. Katie was always there for her and us. I will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family an other closes friend for their loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY