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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

Gayle Susan Goldsich

December 29, 1952September 27, 2019

Gayle Susan Goldsich, 66, of Prairie Village, KS passed away peacefully September 27, 2019 at her home. Gayle was born in Topeka, KS on Dec. 29, 1952. She grew up in Prairie Village and resided there until her passing. Gayle graduated from Loretto Academy in 1971, and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, from Fort Hays Kansas State University in 1976. During her career, she provided compassionate care in many capacities. She worked in home health, at Truman Medical Center in the High Risk Ob-Gyn Clinic, at St. Luke’s as a post-anesthesia recovery unit nurse, and ultimately as a nurse in the Mother/Baby Unit at OPRMC until her retirement.

Gayle was passionate about horses and grew up riding. She excelled at Western Horsemanship, but mostly loved spending a day riding with friends. She found such strength, comfort and freedom riding her cherished horses, Smokey and King Alaban. She was a life-long animal lover and spent her weekends as a volunteer at Animal Haven (now Great Plains SPCA). Gayle had a determination that every spirit deserves to be loved and in a home. She provided a wonderful life to numerous dogs and cats over the years.

As a survivor of esophageal cancer, Gayle sought to encourage others despite the challenges she faced. Her participation in the YMCA “Silver Sneakers” program helped to keep her moving and provided friendship. She loved joining fellow parishioners to assist the Poor of Jesus Christ Franciscan Sisters with their ministry to those living on the streets in KCK and KCMO. Most importantly, Gayle found comfort and love in her church community at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park, KS. Gayle was so appreciative of her friends and neighbors that helped her over the years. She could not have lived as independently as she did without their compassion and willingness to be there for her.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Edward and Marcile Goldsich. She is survived by her brother, Raymond Goldsich (Kathee), and her sister, Dr. Jana Goldsich Mancuso (Jerry). She leaves behind her niece, Dr. Kate Goldsich, and her nephews, Daniel Terreros, Joe Goldsich, Nico Terreros, Matt Goldsich and Pete Goldsich. She loved them all so much.

Visitation will begin at 12 PM on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park, KS, followed by Funeral Mass at 1 PM. Burial in Corinth Cemetery, Prairie Village, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Great Plains SPCA, KC Pet Project or the Poor of Jesus Christ Franciscan Sister/Friars Ministry. Online condolences at www.mcgilleyhoge.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, October 3, 2019

Memories

Gayle Susan Goldsich

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Wendy Schuppan

October 6, 2019

What do you say about this tiny angel other than she had a heart of GOLD. U never met anyone like her. We all met years ago after our journey with cancer and chemotherapy and pain.
After I was done I was asked to be at our local YMCA. Honestly I didn't want to see people and talk about anything.
If I hadn't, I never would have met Gayle, Peg and Lisa.
My joy was just knowing her and being with the "girls" for breakfast or brunch.
Gayle's list of what she would eat was beyond comprehension. That little lady would eat more that we could eat in about 2 sittings and she ate it all
My wonderful friend I will love you forever and miss you beyond measure
Thank you for being in my life!

Wendy Love Schuppan
P.S. The angels are smiling sweetheart

Gayl Reinsch

October 5, 2019

To Gayle's family and friends,

I only knew Gayle from brief chats when she was running, running, running by our house on 92nd street in Leawood. We moved from there 25 years ago and I have wondered about her. When I saw her obituary I decided to attend the visitation to "be with her" and tell you of this unusually small, but enduring, connection, at least on my part. Unfortunately, I got the date wrong and came on Oct. 4th! Very disappointing but I wanted to share my memory with you.

Gayle was so optimistic and cheerful. I am so sorry she has passed away, and very sorry for your loss.

--Gayl Reinsch, Kansas City MO

Maria Lindsey

October 4, 2019

I feel privileged to have known and worked with Gayle at OPRMC mother/baby. She was truly the definition of caring and compassion. She always had a smile, a hug, and kind words for me.

Sharon Wingers

October 4, 2019

Gayle was such an awesome person. I remember her way back many years ago when I was a CNA in Mother-Baby. I missed our talks when I went to Labor and Delivery. We had many talks about our outstanding love for horseback riding and animals. I am in Colorado now and will not be able to attend,but my sincere condolences to the family as you have lost a great person way too soon! She will be missed! Keep riding Gayle!

mardell Dayton

October 3, 2019

Gayle was such a kind gentle soul. She was always friendly, was quick to smile and easy to talk to. I enjoyed knowing her as a co-worker on the Mother/Baby unit at OPRMC. Extending my
condolences to all her loved ones.
Mardell Dayton

Connie Crutchfield

October 3, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss of Gayle. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, compassionate people I have ever met. She was in our Christ Renews His Parish Group and we will miss her tremendously.

In deepest sympathy,

Connie Crutchfield

Judy McDonald

October 2, 2019

Gayle was the most consistently kind person I have ever known. I worked with her at Overland Park Regional in the past. I moved to Colorado in 2006. I shared breakfast or lunch with her a few times when I would return to Overland Park to visit. We continued to talk by phone about twice a year while I lived in Colorado and, later, in Florida. I was privileged to have lunch with Gayle in August of 2018. She loved her family, friends, and her pets so very much!
I will be praying for the family and friends who are missing her.
Gayle told me more than once that someday being in heaven would be the greatest celebration she could ever have! Judy McDonald

Vicki Hanlet

October 2, 2019

I worked with Gayle on the Mother/ Baby unit at OPRMC. She will be remembered as a compassionate, loving and kind nurse to both her patients and fellow nurses. We will miss you Gayle!

Kathy Dobbelaere

October 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Gayle for many years at OPRMC. She was a lovely person. I always enjoyed working with her. She was always so caring and upbeat. Her patients loved her. My condolences to her family for the loss of such a special person.

Elizabeth Miller

September 30, 2019

Gayle-

A truly loving spirit. Gayle loved her patients and in turn they loved her. Patients would always come back to visit the nurse that made them feel extra special. She made a difference in the lives of new families.
Her love for animals was beautiful. True humanitarian.

Elizabeth

FROM THE FAMILY