Patricia Elaine “Patty” Nutz Enslinger, 61, of La Crosse, Kansas, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away and left this Earth far too soon on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Patty was born August 29, 1957 in Washington, Kansas, the youngest child of Walter and Bertha (Sedam) Nutz. She was a 1975 graduate of North Central High School in Morrowville, Kansas and graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
On October 28, 1978, Patty married her best friend and love of her life, Lynn Enslinger, at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in La Crosse, Kansas. They settled in and created their life together in La Crosse and have loved working and residing there for the last 40 years.
Patty’s first passion in life was being a mother to her two children, Dustin and Melissa, and a grandma to her 9 grandchildren. She loved them fiercely and was so proud of everything they did. She and Lynn loved creating memories and took their children on many fun and educational family vacations across the U.S. She continued to make memories with her grandchildren with week long stays at Grandma’s house, pool parties, foot rubs, and even buying them a bounce house.
Patty’s second passion in life was being a teacher. She was a teacher for 28 years with USD 395 in La Crosse. Before her retirement in 2016 she had the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds of students who remember her and her teaching styles fondly.
Patty was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Gamma Zeta Sorority. She spoke often of her deep love and the sisterhood she felt with those women.
Patty is survived by her husband, Lynn Enslinger of La Crosse, Kansas; one son, Dustin Enslinger (Heather) of Enoch, Utah; one daughter, Melissa Minge (Shawn) of Hanover, Kansas; nine grandchildren: Jack, Zander, Katelynn, Maxxim, and Delaney Enslinger and Gillian, Audrie, Kolbi, and Trisha Minge; three brothers: Jerry Nutz, Wayne Nutz, and Lawrence Nutz; and five sisters: Bonnie Elliott, Wanda Henderson, Linda Falk, Mabel Comstock, and Leila Zenger. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David Nutz and Ed Nutz, and one sister, Ruth Pralle.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, La Crosse, Kansas, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. A vigil service and rosary will be at 7 p.m.
Church visitation will be Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 9-9:50 a.m at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, followed by the funeral service beginning at 10 a.m. with Father Eric Gyamfi officiating. Interment will be in the La Crosse City Cemetery in La Crosse, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests memorials to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in La Crosse, Kansas or donations to a scholarship fund to benefit future teachers.
Condolences or memories may be shared with the family at www.charterfunerals.com/locations/janousek-lacrosse.php.
Arrangements were by Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine Street, P O Box 550, La Crosse, Kansas 67548, 785/222-2517.