Dorothy Maxine Posch, 89, of Independence, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Dorothy was born on June 26, 1930 in Cleveland, Oklahoma, the oldest daughter of Albert A. (Jack) and Roxy (Patterson) Lassley. She attended elementary school in Cleveland and graduated from Wildhorse High School in Wildhorse, Oklahoma in 1948. While in high school, Dorothy played both volleyball and basketball, but she was especially known for her basketball skills. It was also in high school where she developed exceptional typing skills, which would eventually provide her with a long and rewarding career.
Following high school, Dorothy worked for newspapers in Bartlesville and Nowata, OK. She learned to operate the Teletypesetter machine, which was at the time the latest technology in the newspaper industry. Her skills were known throughout the region and she was sought out by many area newspapers, before eventually beginning a long career at the Independence Daily Reporter.
On May 26, 1952, Dorothy was united in marriage to Vincent M. Posch at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, KS. They had three children, Tim Posch (Jane) of Parsons, KS, Terry Schweikart (Jim) of Lebanon, IL and Tom Posch (Traci) of Independence, KS.
Following more than 25 years at the Reporter, Dorothy also worked briefly at Emerson Electric Company, and then began a second career of more than 20 years at City Publishing Company, where she was Supervisor of the Update Department.
Dorothy was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Dorothy’s real passion was plants and flowers. She enjoyed not only their beauty, but simply the act of helping them grow. She could bring almost any plant or flower back to life. She also enjoyed listening to music and singing, and she instilled that love in her children. Although times were often tough, she always found a way to provide any instruments or lessons they wanted or needed throughout their childhood and beyond. Dorothy also loved to crochet, and throughout the years she made many, many beautiful Afghan blankets for each member of her family and for many friends. In her later years, Dorothy took great pleasure in sitting on her deck with her niece, Mona Gilfillan, sharing stories, drinking coffee or eating ice cream, and enjoying the view of her beautiful rose bushes.
In addition to her children, Dorothy is survived by her brother, Glen Lassley (Wanda Jo), sisters, Alice Tomlinson (Gregory), Gladys Ritzhaupt (Gary), Beverly Lassley and Lexie DiMario (Frank); Grandchildren, Julie Wengert (Jonathan), Steve Posch (Heather), Sheryl Dick (Brian), Kevin Posch (Amy), Kiel Morgan (Cammie), Tara Fraser (Chris), Andrew Posch (Ali), Mason Posch (Amber Mittman), and Tyler Posch; Great-grandchildren, Daniel Posch, Kara Posch, Caleb Morgan, Jocelyn Wengert, Jameson Wengert and Corinne Posch; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers, Herman Lassley (Imogene), Thurman Lassley (Eva), and sisters, Wanda Ringle (Bill), Shirley Allen, and twin brothers who died at birth.
A visitation will be held at Potts Chapel on Monday, May 4 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by a private service at Calvary Cemetery at 1:30 pm, with Rev. Zachary Pinaire of St. Andrew Catholic Church presiding. Honorary pall bearers will be her grandsons, Kevin Posch, Kiel Morgan, Steve Posch, Andrew Posch, Mason Posch and Tyler Posch. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital may be left at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Estates and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for their loving care.
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