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Edna F. Gay

December 2, 1928 — January 21, 2022


Edna Frances Kassel Gay, age 93, formerly from Wantagh NY and Shawnee KS, passed away on January 21, 2022. She lived a long healthy life. Edna was born on December 2, 1928 in New York City (Brooklyn) to Edward and Frances Kassel. Edna grew up in Queens and Greenport, NY. Her father was an electrician in the city he was called to build Non-Metallic Mine Sweepers for WW2 in Greenport.

She went to Richmond Hill High School in Queens, graduated 10th of 250 in her class with a 90.72% GPA. She took Secretarial classes and worked as a secretary until Gregory and Kenneth were born in 1955 and 56. She survived her husband John W Gay (Jack) by 13 years. Edna met Jack (they were “Jack & Ed”) at Rockaway Beach and would enjoy time at the beach and Coney Island.

They married and lived in Bellmore and Wantagh, NY for the next 20 years. Ed & Jack and the Kids spent every summer on the water, in a boat or at the beach. That’s what you did if you live 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Edna loved her parent’s summer house in Greenport. She spent most of her childhood summers there. The Gay family would then spend most of their summers in Greenport.

Edna moved to Shawnee KS in 1977 with Jack. He took a job in Edwardsville, KS. They quickly made friends and enjoyed playing Bridge in several groups in the area. Edna enjoyed entertaining and shopping!! She was also very good in the yard and loved her big Peony Patch.

For a while Edna was fine after Jack passed. Soon she became forgetful. In 2016 she was placed in Wellsville Health and Rehab in Wellsville, KS. She passed there on January 21st 2022. The Staff at Wellsville Health & Rehab took wonderful care of Edna. Good Shephard Hospice provided excellent end of life care.

Edna preceded in death by, her Mother, Frances (Rosik) Kassel and her father Edward Kassel, her husband Jack, sisters Joan Kassel Market of Seaford, NY and Mildred Kassel Burns of Hempstead, NY. She is survived by her son Gregory of Rantoul, KS and Kenneth of Overland Park, KS. Her sister, Barbara Kassel Leone and husband Louis of Live Oak, FL.

Memorial Service will be at Amos Funeral Home 10901 Johnson Dr. in Shawnee Kansas 66203, 913-631-5566, Friday January 28, 2022.
Family will receive guests at 6PM with a short memorial Service at 7PM

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Chuck’s Place, a planned “Memory Care Home” at Wellsville Health and Rehab, would be appreciated. Scott Averill, (Owner) has a passion for helping the memory challenged. Scott stepped up to visit Edna daily when COVID prevented visits from the family. Complications from Alzheimer’s and Cancer took Edna. Scott is a good guy trying to do another good thing.
Please indicate this donation is for: “Chucks Place”. Wellsville Health and Rehab 304 W.7th St Wellsville Ks 66092 785-883-4101

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