Mary Ellen Alfino

March 7, 1955January 2, 2012

Mary Ellen Alfino, 56, of Lenexa, Ks, passed away January 2, 2012 of pancreatic cancer at home surrounded by family and friends. Mary Ellen was born on March 7, 1955 in Milwaukee, WI to Frank and Arlene (Nurre) Alfino. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School in Lenexa, Ks. She attended Loretto High School in Kansas City. After high school, she attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, and graduated from the University of Kansas, with a degree in graphic design. Upon graduation, she worked for the Shawnee Mission School District as a graphic designer. She went to work for the IRS retiring on 2011. Mary Ellen was an avid reader, who also loved to travel, and especially enjoyed spending time with her two cats. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank R. Alfino, and her uncle, Glen Wells. She leaves behind her mother Arlene; two sisters: Vicki Lillig and Diane Alfino; two brothers: Tony and Frank Alfino; three nieces, two nephews, and many relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30am, Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park, KS 66212. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa. Visitation will be from 10:30am – 11:30am prior to mass at the church. Family requests in lieu of flowers, mass donations to Holy Cross. Please offer condolences at


  • Visitation Friday, January 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 6, 2012

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Jan Miscannon

January 6, 2012

Dear Mrs. Alfino,

I knew Mary Ellen from Holy Trinity. I got reacquainted with her at the reunion we had a few years back. She told me of her plans to write a children's book. I was impressed and would have been at her book signing in a heartbeat.

I am incredibly sad at the news of her passing. It goes against the natural order of things that a Mom should have to bury her child. I don't think I can even imagine how you must be feeling. She was a kind and loving soul. She must have had an adventurous spirit to be able to travel as extensively as she did.

Please know that I will be praying and thinking of you and yours. This grief thing is never easy. It comes like ocean waves and you never know when it is going to hit.

With heartfelt condolences,
Jan Miscannon (Janet Bird Miscannon)

Karen Risley

January 6, 2012

Some of us from the IIRS went on a float trip a few years ago. She rode down with ne and I learned alot about her. We all acted like teenagers again. She will be missed. In our hearts and memories forever, Karen Risley

Janice Cox

January 6, 2012

Mary Ellen was my closest friend. The past thirteen months were challenging as she went through her medical treatments. She tried to be optimistic and was courageous in the face of all that was happening. I believe she is in a peaceful place now. I will miss her deeply.

January 5, 2012

Mary Ellen and I worked together at the school district. We shared the same work space for many years. Sorry to hear of her passing. Phyllis Orser (Merriam, KS)

Steve Wiesner

January 5, 2012

Mary Ellen was our classmate in the Holy Trinity 8th grade graduation class of 1969. In September 2007 our first class reunion ever was held. Mary Ellen helped us with some of the preparations, was full of energy and always smiling. It was a blessing for so many of us to have had the opportunity to reconnect with Mary Ellen after so many years. The picture here (Mary Ellen on the left), was taken at a classmate dinner gathering we had in November 2007. We will all certainly miss her and she will now be attending a new reunion, in Heaven, with two of our other classmates who have gone before her. May God Bless.

Laura Olsen

January 5, 2012

Mary Ellen and I were friends at the IRS. We laughed a lot and had many fun times. She shared her writing with me and I shared mine with her--she was alwas gracious and kind. I will miss her. Please accept my condolences for your loss. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Laura R. Olsen