Rosella "Rosie" Yoksh

December 20, 1947April 18, 2021
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Rosella Kay (Leiker) Yoksh, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away on April 18, 2021 at the home surrounded by her loving family. Rosella Kay Leiker was born on December 20, 1947, at Providence Hospital in Kansas City, KS to Helen and Tony Leiker. Rosella attended St. Benedict's Grade School, Bishop Ward High School and graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1965. While working full-time, she attended classes at Donnelly and KCK Community Colleges.

Rosella met Bob Yoksh in English class at Ward. They dated for five years before marrying in July 1968 at St. Peter’s Cathedral. They were blessed with five children. Rosella chose to stay at home until their youngest child entered grade school. She then worked in various capacities at their school, Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park. Later, her career included insurance coordinator for two physical therapy clinics and a position working for an insurance and financial planner.

Each summer, the family shared two-week adventures tent camping around the country, visiting many exciting destinations including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Washington, D.C., The Black Hills and Thunder Bay, Ontario. A journal documented each trip, allowing all family members to share their thoughts. Not content feeding her family out of cans, Rosella cooked delicious daily meals on a camp stove.

Rosie, as she was known by her friends, expressed her creative flair especially in her quilts which became a passion for her until the end. At the urging of a friend she entered two quilts in the Johnson County Fair one year and won first prize. Over the years she made dozens of quilts, gifting many to family and close friends. Rosie was a published author of her autobiography, an active member of the Holy Cross choir and the Holy Cross St. Teresa’s Circle, and a former member of the Bishop Miege Mother's club.

Rosie is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob, her five children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, April 22, 2021


  • Burial

    Thursday, April 22, 2021


Rosella "Rosie" Yoksh

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Sam Anderson

April 27, 2021

I only crossed paths with this fine lady on the occasion of our son’s marriage to her dear Goddaughter. She left an indelible mark of kindness and generosity - an example of the kind of person I want to be. Rest in our Creator’s Peace


April 25, 2021

Bob and family, so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for healing and peace.

Ted Freese

April 25, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob.


Greg Schell

April 23, 2021

My condolences to you on the loss of your wife/ mother Rosella.
I was privileged to work with her at Queen and she was always a positive person to talk to. I know she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with your family.

Phoenix Home Care and Hospice

April 22, 2021

What a great soul. So God gifted, talented, and blessed. Phoenix was honored to serve. We will stay in touch.

Amanda Yoksh

April 21, 2021

I am heartbroken by the loss of my grandmother. I was fortunate to dedicate most of my weekends to aiding in her recovery efforts. Throughout the struggles she faced, she never lost sight of God or the love she had for those around her.

Although Mema struggled with speaking after the stroke, she never failed to mouth or softly say “I love you” to me.

For the majority of my childhood, I would make Mema earrings and other items of jewelry, from hand, as presents. She always loved them and wore them frequently. I made her a bracelet that she wore until her last breath. I wear it now, as it represents the love I will always have for her.

She inspires me each and every day. When I am a mother and grandmother someday, I’ll be lucky if I can be half as good at it as she was.

Mema created the wonderful family love and dynamic we have today. There was not one event that Mema didn’t liven up with her beautiful energy. Her sweet, gentle and caring personality made everyone feel loved and included. We will carry on the traditions and create new ones in honor of her.

Mema, I love you, forever and always. ❤️

Burton Huerter

April 21, 2021

Bob and Rosie's marriage was a blessing to the Yoksh family and the Holy Cross family. Bob, may the Lord grant you Peace and Comfort.

Pat Bisang

April 21, 2021

Frank and I both give you Bob and your family our deepest condolences and sympathy. I truly enjoyed Knowing Rosie.
Each time we met it was a delight to be with her . In her quite way she just made those around her feel loved . She was a pure joy. And will be deeply missed. Love Pat Bisang

Bob Beggs

April 21, 2021

Sorry for your loss.

Don Webb

April 21, 2021

I will always remember her smile and gentle spirit. God bless her and her family. I will keep you all in prayer.