Audrey Ann Wichman Luckeroth

December 9, 1932 – May 21, 2021

Memorial Mass for Audrey Ann Wichman Luckeroth, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial for Audrey and the late Dr. Norman A. Luckeroth will follow at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Seneca, Kansas. Audrey passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her children on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Audrey was born to Louis Herman and Mary (Carlin) Wichman on December 9, 1932 in Seneca. She attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School for both grade and high school. She graduated from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse prior to becoming a wife and mother.

Audrey married Dr. Norman Luckeroth on July 13, 1955 in Nagoya, Japan while Norman was serving in the United States Air Force. Following Nor-man’s retirement from the Luckeroth Veterinary Clinic in 1995, they moved to Lawrence. The couple gifted the veterinary practice to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to establish the Norman and Audrey Luckeroth Endowed Scholarship. They were able to celebrate 59 years of marriage prior to Norman’s death in 2015.

Audrey enjoyed getting together to play bridge with her many wonderful friends, watching western movies, gardening, and spending time with fami-ly. She loved following her grandchildren’s school activities and was espe-cially happy that seven of her grandchildren graduated from college. Her last wish came true when her youngest grandchild became valedictorian of her high school class and will start college in the Fall of 2021. She loved watching the birds, especially the cardinals, from her deck on the golf course, car rides to Clinton Lake, and petting her beloved dog, Cody.

Survivors include her three daughters, Michele Walker of Lawrence, Leah Luckeroth MD of Overland Park, Louise “Lou” Luckeroth of Topeka; one son, Jay C. (Barb) Luckeroth of Topeka; eight grandchildren, Coleman (Meredith) Walker, Audra (Cris) Ratliff, Sabrina Weng PT, Tina Weng, Kristi-na (Colton) Buckhalter, Kayla (Zach) Luckeroth McLinn PharmD, Chloe Luckeroth and Chelee Luckeroth Blancas; one great-grandson, Beckett Walker; brother, Harold (Rita) Wichman of Litchfield Park, AZ; and one sis-ter-in-law, Pat Luckeroth of Seneca. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Norman and her daughter, Tina as well as six brothers; Thomas Wichman, Walter Wichman, Raymond Wichman, Glen Wichman, Louis Wichman Jr, and Edwin Wichman, and two sisters; Lucille Lierz and Ellen Ramsby.

The family appreciated the compassion and kindness of Audrey’s caregivers and friends who loved her dearly, making her village complete. Audrey had a special relationship with Maryam Visram who also cared for Norman.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial contributions may be made in Audrey’s name to the Kansas State University Foundation. This will fund the Wempe-Luckeroth Family Scholarship or the Dr. Norman A. and Audrey A. Luckeroth Endowed Scholarship in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Memorial contributions may also be made to Midland Hospice in Topeka or to a charity of your choice. Please send contributions in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

6 Condolences

  1. Betty Lynch on May 26, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    I have many pleasant memories of good times shared. Audrey was a very caring friend.
    Betty Lynch

  2. Janice Knutson on May 28, 2021 at 9:24 am

    It is very hard to lose your Mom. So I send my condolences and love to all my cousins and aunts who are grieving. I have many fond memories of all of you and of being in Uncle Norm and Aunt Audrey’s home growing up. May you find comfort in your love and memories of two loving parents and all you shared together and the legacy they left behind. Jan Luckeroth Knutson.J

  3. Joseph A Luckeroth on July 9, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Loved visiting Audrey and Norman and the family when in Seneca growing up. Audrey and Norman were always welcoming and nice to us. She will be missed. My Heart and paryers go out the family I know it is hard to lose a parent I have lost both of them. They will always be in your heart and mind. Love to all of you.

  4. Kathleen Christian on July 15, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    My grandson was Audrey’s caretaker and I would sometimes go and visit them. I loved chatting with Audrey even though she wasn’t able to fully verbally communicate I felt I had made a connection with her. I just loved her spirit – you could see it in her eyes. She will be remembered and missed in so many ways. I know Audrey made a lasting impression on my grandson and I’m so thankful of the time we had with her. Sweet condolences to her family as she walks her journey with God. Until we meet again.

  5. Amy Kohake Minnis on July 20, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have fond memories of Audrey when I would spend the night with Lou. She was always so kind and fun to be around. God bless you all.

  6. Brenda on July 28, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Even while not growing up in Seneca KS with the rest of the family I’ll always have very special memories of Aunt Audrey and Uncle Norm. I remember visiting the family home there in Seneca and always feeling so welcomed. I’m so glad that Aunt Audrey finally made it out to Oregon to visit with mother (sister). That visit meant a lot to Aunt Ellen. As kids we never imagine losing our parents. I know it’s hard. My condolences to all of my Luckeroth cousins in this difficult time. I have no doubt that they’re all together now with our Heavenly Father. Peace and much Love, Cousin Brenda

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