Juanita Jessepe Obituary


ROSSVILLE – Juanita Ann “Wash-ke-she” Jessepe, 72 of Rossville, KS passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Rossville Healthcare & Rehab in Rossville, KS. She was born February 10, 1946 on the Prairie Band Common Land, the daughter of Wesley Alex and Mary Jo (Magnauck) Jessepe. She graduated high school in 1964 from Marty, South Dakota. Juanita lived most of her life on the Prairie Band Common Land.

Juanita was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Drum religion and Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church. She also worked as a social worker for several Native American tribes and a former tribal council member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Juanita is survived by her 2 sons, Michael Allen of Lincoln, NE and Mark Allen of Mayetta, KS and 5 daughters, Laura Abeyeta of Delia, KS, Wenona Wahweotten of Mayetta, KS, Cindy LeClere of Mayetta, KS, Karen Thomas of Horton, KS and Julie Masquat of Mayetta, KS; 4 sisters, Jennifer Kelly of Ada, OK, Linda Flores of Dallas, TX, Debra Jessepe of Red Lake, MN and Carol Jessepe of Dallas, TX; 1 brother Ronald Jessepe of Mayetta, KS; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister, Mary Jo Jessepe.

Rosary will be recited 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. A wake and dinner will be at the Danceground Building on Friday evening. Burial will be Saturday morning, July 14, 2018 at the Danceground Cemetery. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

  • Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes