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Lucille M. Wichman

Published on -1/23/2013, 10:27 AM

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Lucille M. Wichman, 93, Seneca, died on January 21, 2013, at the Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Olathe, Kansas.

Lucille was born June 12, 1919, on a farm southeast of St. Benedict, the daughter of Frank Melcher and Lena Bergman Melcher. She attended St. Mary's School and was among the first St. Mary's High School graduating class in 1937.

Lucille attended a hair dressing academy in St. Joseph, Missouri, following her high school graduation. With her hair dressing certification, Lucille returned to Nemaha County. Lucille worked for a variety of beauty shops in Marysville, Centralia and Seneca prior to opening her own beauty shop in Seneca. Lucille was joined in business by her sister, Evelyn. Lucille and Evelyn operated a beauty shop on the second floor of the bank building at Fifth and Main throughout World War II.

 On November 28, 1945, Lucille married Joseph F. Wichman Jr. at St. Mary's Church at St. Benedict. Joseph recently had returned from four years of military service in North Africa and Europe from 1941 to 1945. They lived in Seneca at the corner of Roanoke and Seventh Street for several years prior to moving to the house at 406 South Seventh. Lucille continued to operate her own beauty shop while Joe worked as assistant manager for the Farmers' Elevator Co. Later, Joe and Lucille owned and operated the Seneca Furniture Store from 1972 until 1989.

Lucille was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Joe and Lucille enjoyed traveling with their sons on summer vacations. Summer weekends were spent at area lakes boating and water skiing. Lucille also enjoyed playing bridge with a group of long time friends, the DHS sorority.

Survivors include three sons, Ross Wichman of Ellis, Kansas, Boyd Wichman of Lenexa, Kansas, and Curtis Wichman of Lenexa, Kansas. Other survivors include a brother, Elmer Melcher of Seneca; sisters, Evelyn Waters of Hastings, Nebraska, and LaVon Strathman of Juda, Wisconsin, as well as nine grandchildren (Brian, Cheryl, Lisa, Kevin, Mark, Ross Joseph, Elizabeth and Joseph) and seven great-grandchildren (Blake, Hayley, Emma, Whitney, Gus, Jalen and Elijah).

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph on December 30, 1995, her brother, Vern, on March 11, 1976, her sister, Melita Haverkamp, on July 2, 2004, her brother, Francis, on July 3, 2006. She also was preceded in death by an infant sister in 1910, an infant twin brother and sister in 1914, and an infant brother in 1918.

The Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Benedict, Kansas. The burial will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery at Seneca, Kansas. The rosary will be prayed at the Lauer Funeral Home on Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.          

Memorials may be given for the Evergreen Community of Johnson County, the Sts. Peter & Paul Church or the St. Mary's Restoration Fund. Please forward your memorials to Wichman, 8405 Greenwood Circle, Lenexa, Kansas 66215.

To express your sympathy and for more information visit www.lauerfuneralhome.com.

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