Audrey Carolyn Kriegshauser
Kriegshauser, Audrey Carolyn (nee Kelsey) of Saint Louis entered into rest at the age of 63 on Friday August 31, 2018 while surrounded by family at Evelyn’s House Hospice Center. Love of a lifetime to husband Michael A. Kriegshauser for 40 years. Devoted mother to Michael P. Kriegshauser (Jessica), Kathleen A. Kriegshauser, and Sarah M. Wilson (Andrew). Proud “Oma” to Gabriel Barro, Zoe Moynahan, Michael Kriegshauser, Gavin Moynahan, Kelsey Wilson, Shelby Wilson, and Charley Wilson. Beloved daughter to Carolyn V. Kelsey and the late Myron E. Kelsey of Kansas City, MO. Dedicated sister to Howard Kelsey and Warren Kelsey (Dianna), both of Kansas City, MO. Cherished sister-in-law of William A. Kriegshauser (Cathy), Dr. Lawrence A. Kriegshauser (Dianne), M. Christine Debartolo (Tom), Gerard A. Kriegshauser (Susie), Julie M. Bilquist (Brent), Patrick A. Kriegshauser (Linda) and Timothy A. Kriegshauser (Lisa). Adored Aunt to 25 nieces and nephews and their families. Treasured friend to many.
Audrey was born to Myron and Carolyn Kelsey in Kansas City, KS. When she was just 3 years old, she moved into her childhood home in Gladstone, MO. There, Audrey and her family became members of, and actively involved in, Fairview Christian Church. She graduated from Oak Park High School and then went on to graduate Cum Laude with her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Maplewood Community College. After earning her Associate’s Degree, she enrolled at Central Missouri State University where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts and met the love of her life, Michael A. Kriegshauser.
Audrey spent most of the early years of her married life as a stay-at-home mom to her 3 children. She stayed busy making Halloween costumes, decorating bikes for parades, volunteering her time at school with her children, and planting flowers in the yard. She enjoyed being a Children’s Liturgist for 13 years at St. Richard’s Catholic Church. In 2001 with all her children busy in school, Audrey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Maryville University with her second Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts where she studied to become a paralegal. She eventually went to work for one of the top Saint Louis law firms, Thompson Coburn, where she stayed until retiring in 2010.
After retirement, Audrey enjoyed being “a woman of leisure” (AWOL). She kept busy in the community garden at the local library, volunteering her time at her grandson’s elementary school library, and playing bunco. She was involved with multiple book clubs due to her vast love of literature. She adored her monthly craft club, weekly Bible study, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
Throughout her retirement Audrey visited over 20 different states in the US. She also traveled to Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and France. “A family that vacations together, stays together” was her motto, and vacationing with her beloved family and friends was something she enjoyed most.
After only 4 years of retirement, Audrey was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in July of 2014. This diagnosis led to her active involvement in the Saint Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) group. As a part of SLOCA, Audrey would share her personal ovarian cancer story to local medical students. Audrey wanted to raise awareness of ovarian cancer amongst the young medical community in hopes that women affected by this disease would be diagnosed as early as possible, and lives could be saved. Audrey’s ovarian cancer diagnosis deepened her faith, which was something she was eternally grateful for. She gave praise to God for each day and always stopped to admire His hand in all that she saw and did.
Audrey considered her family her greatest blessing. She enjoyed visiting, talking to, and corresponding with her family members and countless friends. She cherished and nourished each and every relationship she had. Those that were blessed to know her, admired her humility, grace, patience, love, kindness, generosity, and empathy.
If she knew you, chances are she was praying for you. A devout Catholic, Audrey spent her mornings with her daily devotions and praying for over 100 names of family and friends that she cherished. She had an appreciation of and ability to notice God’s hand and see His presence at work in even the smallest detail and simplest moments.
Funeral Services: The wake will be held at John L. Ziegenhein and Sons South County at 4830 Lemay Ferry Road Saint Louis, MO 63129 from 5 to 8pm on the evening of Friday, September 7th. The funeral mass will be held at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church at 6603 Christopher Drive in Saint Louis, MO 63129 on Saturday morning September 8th at 10am. Following the mass, Audrey will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery at 6901 MacKenzie Road in Saint Louis, MO 63123.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Please go forth and enjoy yours to the fullest.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Saint Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) or Evelyn’s House of BJC Hospice.
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Pat Caster Klee saysSeptember 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm
I remember Audrey very well from Oak Park H.S. Her smile always made smile. It was genuine. May her soul rest in eternal peace and prayers to her family.
Lisa (Jones) Callahan saysSeptember 9, 2018 at 2:58 am
Prayers go out to the Kelsey family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Taylor Wallis saysSeptember 9, 2018 at 2:11 am
I grew up with Audrey. She was always smiling and a great classmate. I believe we went all through school together from elementary to High school. Praying for her family
Terry R Heberle saysSeptember 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm
Mike, I am so sorry about Audrey. She was a person full of happiness and love for all of those who were around her. You and your family have been in my prayers, and I will continue to think of Audrey, you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.
Lynn Pate saysSeptember 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Audrey’s passing. I worked at Thompson Coburn with Audrey from 2006-2010 and have fond memories of her. She was always so cheerful and kind to me, always willing to answer questions and help. I, for one (of many) am glad we crossed paths. She will be missed. My prayers for you, her family, as you navigate the coming weeks and months. Grace and peace to you all.
Carolyn Penuel saysSeptember 4, 2018 at 4:27 am
My prayers and thoughts are with you as we share this deep pain of loss. May the God of peace, love, and comfort be always with you.