Michelle Renée Nique

Michelle Renée Nique passed away on August 22, 2017 at her home in Lawrence, Kansas. She was 61 years old.
Michelle was born on April 18, 1956 in Iowa City to Marjorie (née Cook) and Gabriele Bruccini. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Creighton University and worked as a Registered Nurse in Omaha and Lawrence. Michelle had a passion for spiritual growth, jewelry design, and meaningful gift-giving.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Thomas Nique, her son, Tasson Nique and partner Monica Gonzalez of Salt Lake City, and her daughter Kaylen Rose and fiancé Evan Trimble of Bloomington, Indiana, as well as several close friends who she considered soul sisters.
A private memorial service will be held in early September.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, Lawrence, and St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.

Claudia Joan Nilssen

Claudia Joan Nilssen of Lawrence, Kansas formerly of Neodesha, entered her eternal resting place on August 30, 2017 after a long courageous battle with breast cancer.

Claudia was born on May 17, 1946 in Strong City, Kansas, the daughter of Carl Junior and Charlotte (Thurston) Dawson of Cedar Point, Kansas.

She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1964 and continued her education at Emporia State University. Claudia was an avid sports enthusiast, she was selfless and caring, and loved to be an active part of her children’s lives. She also enjoyed and took great pride in watching all of her grandchildren’s achievements.

Her memory will live on through her children, Brian Masoner (son) and Tamm of Castle Rock, Colorado; Alissa Masoner (daughter) of Lawrence, Kansas; Cassandra Baird (daughter) and Terry Lynn of Skiatook, Oklahoma; Matthew Nilssen (son) of Tampa Bay, Florida; Meggin Nilssen (daughter) and Brandon of Overland Park, Kansas; her grandchildren, Devin Baird of Lawrence, Kansas; Koy Baird of Omaha, Nebraska; Tyler Underwood of Lakewood, Colorado; Blayn Masoner of Castle Rock, Colorado; Corbyn Meyers of Overland Park, Kansas; Kathryn Nilssen of Tampa Bay, Florida, and her brothers, Kenneth Dawson and Vicki of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; Dennis Dawson and Sharon of Cedar Point, Kansas; and Steven Dawson and Susan of Emporia, Kansas.

Claudia was preceded in death by her grandparents, Edward Breese and Osha Jack Thurston and Carl Owen and Florence Martin Dawson, and her beloved father, Carl Junior.

A cremation is planned and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Lawrence in honor of “Nana” https://kansasvna.org/  .

Melissa “Missy” Potts Rosson

Missy Rosson, 86, Lawrence, died August 31, 2017, at home. She was born October 24, 1930, in Dallas, TX, graduated from the Hockaday School, Dallas, and attended two and a half years at the University of Texas at Austin. She dropped out of UT to marry, a marriage that lasted over 66 years until her death. She spent the first years of her marriage with her husband in the Air Force and later in graduate school, and arrived in Lawrence with her family in the fall of 1957.  Not receiving a degree did not deter her education. She worked for a number of years as a rare books library assistant at Spencer Library, and in the KU Graduate School office. A dear friend wrote in his letter of condolence: “If there was anyone on the planet even remotely like Missy, I missed them on my way through my 70 years. She was unique. I am privileged to have known her and most relieved that I never got in trouble with her. I have faced many things in life, and I probably would have preferred to be on the bad side of a bear than on the bad side of Missy.”

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diana Laird, and is survived by her husband Harold, two sons, Richard (Pacifica, CA) and Brian (Houston, TX) and her granddaughter Larissa Laird (Lawrence).

Her ashes will be scattered in Portage Lake, MI, where she had a lifetime of happy summers.

For those who wish, memorial contributions are suggested to be sent to Douglas County VNA, 200 Maine Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Patricia Ann Rogers

Memorial services for Patricia Ann Rogers, 56 Lawrence Ks, will be 3 pm,  Friday September 1, 2017 at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home. Patricia who went by many names Pat, Patty, Patty Ann, or Mean Pat was born on October 11, 1960 in Kansas City, Ks she was the daughter of Jake Raymond Rogers Sr. and Ann B. McClelland.

Pat was known for being kind heart and loving. She loved to plant plants, to light candles around the house to create a romantic moment.   She loved her cat Evie. She loved going to bible study and bringing food for everyone to enjoy. Her favorite thing was to cook food and invite people over for dinner. She loved telling stories about her wild days working at the Hawk. Family was important to her.

Pat was survived by her daughter Emma Mae McClelland 28 of Lawrence, Ks. Her son Dustin Otho Rogers 29 of Anaheim, Ca and his daughter Olivia Rogers 6 of Anaheim, Ca. Also her brother Jim Rogers and his Wife Laurie Rogers of Colorado, and Brother Jake Rogers and wife Nancy of Saint Mary’s, Ks.

She is preceded in death by her parents and older brother John R. Rogers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patricia Ann Rogers Memorial Fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Francisco (Frank) Romero

Frank Romero, 88 entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

A rosary will be recited at 6 pm, Thursday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, a visitation will follow the rosary until 8 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am, Friday, September 1, 2017, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky Street. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Frank was born to Gonzalo and Avelina Ramirez Romero in Lawrence, Kansas on April 2, 1929. He was married to Lazara (Lala) Gauna for 66 years, she survives of the home. They had five children, Anna Romero Dawson (Eric), Mary Lou Pierce (Kerry), Diane Romero, Mark Romero (Lori), Amy Chavez (Gabriel).

He served his country in the U.S. Army and was station in Germany in the early 50’s. He worked for the U.S. Postal service from 1954 until he retired in 1990 Frank was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. His hobbies included painting, wood working, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a gentle soul, an amazing husband, father and friend, who will be missed by all who knew him.

Frank is survived by his brothers, Tony, Rick, Peter, Omar and his sisters Jenny, Alberta, Tina, Cassie, Phyllis, Lorrie and Becky. 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and his faithful loving dog Napo.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jose, daughter Mary Lou and granddaughter Alicia Chavez.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses or the Altar Society of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Nicole Star Fisher

Nicole’s Family will be hosting a Celebration of Life on Sunday September 3rd from 1 pm to 3pm at Centennial Park East Shelter, 2124 W 9th Street, Lawrence. Everyone who loved Nicole is welcome.

Nicole Star Fisher, 38, of Lawrence was taken from us through an act of violence in Topeka on March 12th, 2017. Nicole was born August 28th, 1978 to Karen Fisher and Steve Swaggerty. She is survived by her mother Karen Fisher her Father Steve (Charlotte) Swaggerty; three children Brian Jacob Fisher, Savannah Elizabeth Johnson, and Ruby Anna-Leigh Klindt; sister Brandi (Kevin) Woodson, niece Jazmyne, nephew Aeron; brother Phillip Swaggerty, nieces Parker and Fiona; brother Brandon (Emily) Swaggerty, niece Ireland, nephew Braden; sister Ashlei (Chris) Babcock, niece Gretchen, nephews Sander, Reese, and Terk; Grandmothers Nancy Fisher and Belva Swaggerty, many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Nicole was a free spirit who lived her life to the fullest. Her star shined so bright that it burned out way too soon. She struggled with many demons but they didn’t stop her from being a loving, giving, soul. She loved her children, family, and friends and would give them the shirt off her back. She touched many lives. She will be forever missed by all who had the privilege of being touched by her light, especially her closest cousins Mitch, Michael, Amy and Lisa and longtime friend Sarah.

She attended schools in Baldwin City, Lawrence, and Eudora. She also attended Johnson County Community College.

In her youth she attended Coal Creek Gospel Hall and Church of Christ in Baldwin as well as First Church of the Nazarene in Lawrence

She was preceded in death by both Grandfathers: Philip Swaggerty and Ralph Fisher; Aunt Lori Welborn; Uncle Bob Fisher; Cousin Kris McDonald; and Step Father Mark Kemberling.

In Lieu of Flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Nicole Fisher Memorial Fund in care of Rumsey Yost Funeral Home.

Evelyn M. Athey

Evelyn M. Athey, 83, of Lawrence died Sunday, August 27th at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab Center. A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 29th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be Wednesday, August 30th at 10am at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Evelyn was born June 18, 1934 to William and Lily (Fields) Brightwell. She married Edward H. Athey on June 23, 1950 and they were married for 55 years. Mrs. Athey was a homemaker and volunteered with Douglas County Senior Meals on Wheels. She has been a member of the Lawrence community for most of her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward along with two sons Carl and Danny; Sisters Christine, Clara May, Janie, and a brother Christopher.

Survivors include her sons Larry, Edward, Roger, William, and Gary Athey; She also has five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to Crossroads Hospice sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044

Brenda Sue Reese Brown

Services for Brenda Sue Reese Brown, 66, Lawrence, will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Brown died, August 22, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 9, 1951 in Lawrence, the daughter of Randolph and Esther Ray Reese.

Ms. Brown worked in food services at the University of Kansas. She enjoyed attending church at Connect Church, shopping, and dining out.

She is survived by a daughter, Heather Allen of Blue Springs; son, Chris Wilson of Lawrence; brothers, Mike Reese of Lawrence, Steve Reese of Lawrence; and 7 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, where the family will receive them from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The family suggests memorials to the Brenda Sue Reese Brown Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.