Arlene “Sis” Holsapple

Arlene Holsapple, 94, Overland Park, KS passed away Thursday, May 16 at Overland Park Place, Overland Park, KS. 
Arlene Holsapple  “Sis”  was born November 1924 in Kansas City, KS to Mary and Murlin Smith.  She graduated from Wyandotte High School and attended Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She taught in a one-room school house in Wallace County, KS where she actually did ride her horse to school.  
Arlene married Fred Holsapple (who proceeded her in death in 1995)  in November 1945 and settled in Winona, KS.  They had two daughters Becky Wooten (Overland Park) and Mary Kay Sanchez (Joe Sanchez) Seattle;  moving to Overland Park in 1951.
Arlene was a homemaker, artist, and musician.  Her passion for music from an early age was her true love.  She played many stringed instruments, was in several bands and made cherished friends along the way.  She loved her family especially her four grandsons, Scott Sanchez, Seattle;  Zac Wooten,Mission, Travis Wooten, Oceanside, CA  and Aaron Sanchez, (Lisa) and great grandchildren, Carmella and Alaric, GUAM.. She will be remembered for hosting large family gatherings and the famous Easter Egg Hunts. She leaves her brother David Smith (Margaret) and nieces Michaela Hesser and Jessica  Lance and families; her dear friend T.J.. Nidiffer,  niece Barbara Patterson, (also known as her third daughter), nephew Lou Holsapple,  Family and friends each as important and much loved.

Celebration of Life

Services to celebrate Arlene’s life will be at 10 am,  May 22nd, Overland Park Place, 6555 W 75th St., Overland Park.   Graveside Service Johnson County Memorial Gardens

Memorial contributions

Family requests donations to St Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N Main St, Chamberlain, SD  57325 or Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, May. 17th 2019 | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Arlene “Sis” Holsapple”

  1. Sally Goebel Chafa Says:

    I loved my Aunt Sissy so much and will miss her greatly. We spent many happy hours together just visiting and remembering the “good old days”. We had some wonderful trips together and our trip to Alaska was the adventure of a lifetime! I love you, Aunt Sissy!

  2. Ken Werne Says:

    Know that you and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. I was fortunate enough to play music with Arlene at our weekly rehearsal at Carolyn Stephenson’s apartment. I always looked forward to seeing Arlene every week and hearing her play. She is now making music in an eternal jam session with the angels in heaven.
    With sympathy,
    Ken Werne

  3. Dana Elaine Carr Says:

    Lou, I’m so sorry for the loss of your aunt. What a wonderful life to celebrate!

  4. Mike Carpenter Says:

    Truly sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Becky and Mary Kay. Brings back to me good memories of a time long ago.

  5. Carolyn Stephenson Says:

    I have had the pleasure of playing music with Arlene for several years. She was one of the most kind and considerate people I have known. She will be missed. My sympathy to Becky, Mary, Barbra and the rest of the family. I am sure the “Angel Band” will be thrilled to have Arlene join them.

  6. Naomi Karmeier Says:

    Will miss you so much, dear Arlene. You started our Shady Grove Music Group 25 years ago. Loved playing music with you all those years! Now you will be playing music with the angels, and I hope to join with you someday.

  7. Scott Klamm Says:

    Arlene was a great guiding light when I met her at the Prairie Dulcimer Club. She was always friendly and very encouraging. She at Pat Teachout used to come to our many performances, teaching workshops, and at local clubs as Acoustic Moonshine (Jim Curley and myself). Arlene was very encouraging when we starting recording our stuff. Since then our musical directions have taken us down many different paths, and I think back fondly of those early days. Thanks for everything. We will all miss you.

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