All services will be held September 28, 2023. Rosary 9:45 a.m., Visitation 10:00 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church. Fr. Mike Roach presiding. A luncheon will follow the Mass downstairs in the Wooldridge Center at St. Therese. The Committal Service and urn placement will take place 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Linda Sue Osterhaus, 76, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2023. She was born to the late William and Beverley Merciez on August 14, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, which she called home until 1960, when her family moved to Liberty, Missouri. Here she attended St. Pius High School and Liberty High School. After graduating high school, she worked at Burstein-Applebee where she met the love of her life, Alan Osterhaus. They were married on October 20, 1973, in Kansas City, MO, where they have lived together for 50 years. They became and remain members of St. Therese Parish, a source of faith and strength over the years.
Linda fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a mother, having five children: Jason, Jessica, Sarah, Laura, and Michael. Throughout her years raising children, she was devoted to her children, often running her children to sports practices and events and cheering them on from the stands. Once all her children started school, she began working at St. Therese Early Education Center. She worked at the STEEC and helped care for many children over 12 years until her cancer diagnosis in 2005. She bravely battled many rounds of cancer treatments over the last 18 years, becoming a favorite patient to many nurses and doctors. She handled her diagnosis with strength and grace while continuing to be a wonderful friend, an amazing mother, and grandmother to two granddaughters, Aubrey and Hayden. Linda fought courageously until she was called home on August 25, 2023.
Linda was a loving, faith-filled, caring, compassionate woman, mother, daughter, and friend who loved with all her heart. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, Sunday breakfast with family and friends, and sharing life with everyone she loved. She will be greatly missed and celebrated every day.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Merciez, and mother and father-in-law.
Survivors include her loving husband of 50 years, Alan Osterhaus; children; Jason (Clara) Osterhaus, Jessica Osterhaus, Sarah (Matthew) Neal, Laura Osterhaus, and Michael Osterhaus; grandchildren Aubrey and Hayden Neal; grand dogs; her cousins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, and nephews.