Nancy Annette Julia Krische
Mass of Christian Burial for Nancy Annette Julia Krische, 54, Lawrence will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Center. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. Nancy passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at her home.
Nancy was born April 25, 1961 in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of George Robert and Donna Mae (Wehmeier) Krische.
She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1979. She attended the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor’s degree.
She was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center, Daughters of Isabella and was a definitive member and consecrated virgin of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. She also sang in the Choir and was a Cantor at St. Lawrence Catholic Center.
Nancy was the Administrative Assistant for the St. Lawrence Catholic Center. It was a great joy to Nancy to work at the St. Lawrence Center. She performed many functions there, from event coordination to teaching classes on the faith. She loved working with people and for the church where her outgoing personality and love for God and others shone through.
She is survived by her mother, Donna Krische; brothers, Thomas Krische, Edwardsville, KS, Daniel (Jeanne) Longmont, CO, Robert (Deb), Overbrook, KS; sister, Susan (Dan) Fogo, Lakewood, CO; many nieces and nephews; Brian, Catherine, Matthew, James, Theresa, Vincent, Michael, Elizabeth, Laura, Amy, Matthew, Lisa, Br. Andrew, Josephine, Luke, Nathan, and Veronica. She was preceded in death by her father, George Robert Krische; and sister, Linda Heiman and her husband, George; as well as her nephew and niece Joseph and Mary Krische.
The family will greet friends at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015 with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the St. Lawrence Catholic Center and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
To Nancy’s family,
I am very sorry for your loss. As the member of the St Lawrence Choir who has been there for the longest time (about 33 years), I have known Nancy for a very long time. (Note: Though I’ve been in the choir about 33 years, I’m only 1.5 years older than Nancy.)
Nancy always had such a positive attitude. I don’t recall a day where she was not smiling and making all feel welcome at the Center. She was also reliable as she was the one I would always inform if I saw a bathroom leaking water or a light bulb out, and she would see that the janitor got it fixed. She was also all over the place helping the priests, helping get masses ready, helping with the children who are watched before mass, helping in the kitchen for receptions, etc. Sometimes it seemed like she should have a pair of roller skates so that she could get all over the Center quicker for all the things she helped out with.
I would like to share a memory of Nancy from years ago… We had some good times on the trips to Europe that we had in the 1990’s. The one that stands out was one of our dining experiences at a restaurant with an outside seating area. I don’t remember all that were in our group but it was at least myself, Nancy, and Michael Podreberac… Anyway, the waiter brought out what looked like a tray filled with samples of different cheses all cut in unique shapes. Nancy couldn’t wait to try one. So she grabbed one and bit into it. Unfortunately, it turned out to be butter — not cheese. Her facial expression was priceless! The best part is that she could freely laugh at herself once she shared that it was butter! That posititive sense of humor is how I will always remember her. Years later when we would bring up that story, she would still laugh about it. That was our Nancy.
The center has a lot of turn over since its focus is on the Catholic students who only spend a few years at KU and then graduate and leave. However, both those that are only temporarily there as well as those (like me) that seem to stay forever will never forget Nancy. Her shoes can never be truly filled at the Center.
To family and the friends of Nancy, I offer my deepest sympathy. It had been a couple of years since I have seen her but her smile, infectious laugh and kindness are seared in my memory. As a director of music in the late 1990’s I had the opportunity to work closely with her. She is in my prayers as are all of her loved ones. May she rest in God’s grace and peace – she made the lives of so many around her so much better and holier because of her witness to the love of Christ in beauty and truth and goodness.
To Matt, Julie and the Krische family,
So sorry to learn of your loss this week. I had met “Aunt Nancy”
several times, and was struck by her fun loving personality and
warmth. I’ll be praying for you and your family. I know “Aunt
Nancy” will be greatly missed. My condolences to your family.
Amy Zook “Aunt Amy”
To all the Krische family,
Nancy was a light to all her knew her. She was such a loving and caring person. I really appreciated the reflections she helped put together for the permanent community during Advent and Lent. She and all of those who will miss her are in my prayers. I’m sure she is happy now in God’s presence. She made the lives of those around her better, holier, and fun.