Esther Ficken

Esther "Jo" Ficken (Mattern)

Friday, June 14th, 1929 - Thursday, April 1st, 2021
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Esther “Jo” Ficken, 91, of Olathe, KS passed away April 1, 2021 at Wellsville Retirement Community, Wellsville, KS. A Prayer Service will be held at 5:30 pm with visitation to follow at 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 7, 2020, at Bruce Funeral Home 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM, Thursday April 8, 2021 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main Street, Gardner, KS.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ace #204, Overland Park, KS 66202 or Inspire Hospice, 11827 W 112 St. Ste 100, Overland Park, KS 66210. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at

Jo was born in San Diego, California to Samuel and Esther Francis (Vannoy) Mattern. She grew up in San Diego then moved and graduated from high school in Los Angeles, CA. Jo married Albert E. Ficken on December 18, 1947 in Glendale, CA. They moved to the Kansas City area and lived in Olathe for 70 years. Jo worked for Olathe School District #233 as a Food Service Worker for many years. Jo was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Kansas Association of Family and Community Education, Gardner American Legion Auxiliary, and the Quilting Society of both St. Paul’s and Divine Mercy Parishes. She loved sewing, crafts, quilting and ceramics, often teaching quilting and ceramics classes. Jo will be dearly missed by her many family and friends.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; siblings: Grace Kramer, Marion “Buddy” Bennett, Myrtle Alicia Moyle, and Samuel F. Mattern, Jr. She is survived by children: Michael J. Ficken (Alice) Gardner, KS, Terrence “Terry” E. Ficken (Marlene) Gardner, KS and Robert A. Ficken (Traci) Olathe, KS; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Prayer Service at 5:30 prior to visitation
  • Service

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 10:30am
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Lisa Turner

Posted at 06:04pm
Mike, Terry, Rob and families- I am so sorry for your loss and send my love and sympathy to you all as you say good bye to your Mom. I will always have a special place in my heart for Jo and remember her as my second Mom since she was my babysitter for the first 3 years of my life and all of the good times we had as Navy families at picnics and swimming in the pool at the Navy base. I am so glad I got to see Jo in the past few years.
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Randy & Linda Tucker

Posted at 03:04pm
Rob & Traci, our deepest sympathies to the whole family!
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James & Della Kinney

Posted at 09:56pm
Amber/ Connor- You and your family are in our thoughts. May you always remember the best and happiest memories till you see and hug her again.
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Sue Beilman

Posted at 09:06pm
We are so sorry for your loss. We only met Jo a few times but she was such a sweet lady! Prayers to you all for strength and comfort !

lisa allen

Posted at 08:58pm
Auntie Jo will be remembered as a fun active woman. The quilt that she made for me will be a forever reminder of her and the love that she had for her family. Auntie Jo will be in our hearts and prayers.


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