Pauline Werner Thorpe

Pauline Werner Thorpe of Garnett, Kansas, and formerly of Mission, Kansas, passed away June 18, 2020, at Anderson County Hospital in Garnett. She was 95.

Pauline was born to Paul Werner and Leona Lindgren Werner in Kansas City, Kansas on December 6, 1924. She was the second of two children in the family.

Pauline grew up on Sumner Street near 13th Street in KCK surrounded by members of the extended Werner family who lived in the neighborhood.

After graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1942, Pauline married her high school sweetheart, Charles “Chuck” Ormund Thorpe on March 26, 1944. While Chuck served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, Pauline lived in California near the base.

After the war, the couple moved back to their KCK neighborhood, and Pauline began working as a secretary. She loved secretarial work and her skills helped her secure positions working for company managers and presidents.

Her employers included Poindexter & Sons, Commercial National Bank, Johnson County Water District No. 1 and Pyramid Life Insurance Company. She also worked as the bookkeeper for service stations owned by her husband.

On Feb. 22, 1952, Pauline and Chuck gave birth to a daughter, Charlene. And in 1959, Pauline and Chuck moved to Mission. After 43 years of marriage, Chuck died in 1987.

Pauline was a member of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in KCK.

Pauline continued to live in Mission until 2009. She then moved to Vintage Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. In 2015 she moved to Parkview Heights in Garnett.

Pauline and Chuck bowled together for many years, mostly at Mission Bowl. She enjoyed playing cards and would forgo other pastimes to enjoy a good round of bingo. Pauline became an avid quilter and made many quilts over the years. She also loved her pets, especially her two cats. 

Born to a family of musicians, she loved music, especially listening to her father and other family members play. For many years, Pauline and Chuck hosted the Werner family’s Christmas Eve party, where her father, uncle Eddie Werner and other family members entertained.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father and her sister, Marian Baldschun. She is survived by her daughter Charlene Sims and her husband Roger of Parker, Kansas.

Her family would like to thank the residents and staff at Parkview Heights and Vintage Park for being such an integral part of her family over the last few years.


A private service will be livestreamed on Tuesday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Please click here at 12:50 PM if you would like to watch. In addition, the family plans to hold a life celebration later this year.


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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Jun. 19th 2020 | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Pauline Werner Thorpe”

  1. Kim Hoffman Wilson Says:

    Charlene & Roger,
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss of dear Pauline. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  2. Bill Mosimann Says:

    So sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. Reading this morning, I do so remember those Christmas Eve’s with all Werner musicians! Very fond memories. Hope all is well, and my sincere thoughts and condolences to you and your family for your loss.


  3. Connie and Bob Davidson Says:

    Charlene and Roger-We wish you comfort in this sad time of your lives. You took loving care of your mom. She knew that you were both there for her. Our sincere condolences to you.

  4. Mary Werner Creagan Says:

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mother, sweet Pauline. Your Mother and Father were the most adorable and devoted couple I have ever seen. She was so lucky to have you looking out for her, as you were to have such wonderful parents. According to her picture, she never stopped being a beautiful person. My family and I send our condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  5. Kataskia Brookins Says:

    Pauline your were such a joy to take care of. There was never a dull moment you kept us laughing and on our toes lol. I’m truly going to miss you.

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