Theresa Wabnum Asselin Osh Obituary

August 23, 2010


MAYETTA – Theresa Wabnum Asselin, Osh, 72, of Topeka, formerly of Mayetta, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Topeka.

She was born August 28, 1937 at Delia, the daughter of Peter and Edna Keggmega Wabnum. She graduated from Haskell Institute in 1955 and later from Clarks Business School in Topeka.

Osh served in the U.S. Army with the Women’s Army Corps. She then worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Topeka, and transferred with them to Denver in 1977. She retired in 1993 and moved back to Mayetta.

She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, 4/4, the Drum Religion, and served on the enrollment committee for the tribe.

Osh was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta Keltner, a son, Anthony Asselin, a granddaughter, Elizabeth Martinez, and three brothers, Irving Shopteese, Eli Wabnum and Reuben Wabnum.

Survivors include her adopted mother, Voncile Mitchell, Mayetta; one son, Peter Asselin and wife Marion, Concord, N.C.; one daughter, Sandra Quintana and husband Dion, Topeka; an adopted son, Kabot Hale, Mayetta; two sisters, Maxine Begay, Mayetta, and Lorene Wahweotten, Denver; an adopted brother, Robert Roberts, Denver; seven grandchildren, an adopted granddaughter, Washos Doxtator, Horton, and nine great grandchildren.

Cremation is planned. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 24th at the Shipshee Cemetery, west of Mayetta. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at

(Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home-Hoyt, Kan.)