July 23, 2008 –
MAYETTA- Bernadette (Wapskishikwe) Cecelia Osage, 86, of Mayetta, KS passed away Monday, July 21, 2008 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, KS. She was born January 6, 1922 on the Potawatomi Reservation in Mayetta, KS the daughter of Francis and Dora Nah qua bah Kitchkommie.
She graduated from St. Paul’s Indian Mission in Marty, S.D. in 1941 and also attended Haskell in Lawrence, KS. She had lived in Topeka working as a CNA at SBA Hospital, St.Francis Hospital and later retired from Santa Fe Hospital. She lived in Oklahoma working as a home caregiver for many years. She moved back to Mayetta from Pawhuska, OK in 2002.
Mrs. Osage was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #198 in Pawhuska, OK.
She married Cirildo Miranda in 1942, he passed away in 1971. She later married Carl Osage in 1973, he passed away in 1998. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ernestine McClain and brothers, LeRoy, Joseph, and Jacob Kitchkommie.
Survivors include 5 daughters, Anna Marie Wooten of Eureka, CA, Carmen M. Matney of Big Fort, MT, Angela Miranda of Topeka, KS, Rosalie Whayne of Mayetta, KS and Monica Joan Miranda of Kansas City, KS; 2 sons, Ernest Miranda of Topeka, KS and Robert Miranda of Kansas City, KS; 2 sisters, Vivian Gonzales of Mayetta, KS and Ellen “Osh” Harris of Pawhuska, OK; 2 half brothers, David Lake of Mayetta, KS and Robert Kitchkommie of Topeka, KS; an adopted brother, Emery Hale of Mayetta, KS; 13 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren..
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2008 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church west of Mayetta. Burial will be in ShipsheeCemetery. Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, KS. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com .
(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Home, Holton, Kan.)