Patricia James 1935-2022

Patricia Ann (Schuessler) James, 86, of Topeka, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Plaza West Health and Rehab in Topeka.

She was born April 28, 1935, in Washington, the daughter of Thomas and Mildred (Allen) Schuessler. She graduated from Washington High School.

On Dec. 11, 1956, Patricia was united in marriage to Loren Dean James in Fairbury, Neb. They shared more than 30 years of marriage before Loren passed away on July 10, 1987.

Patricia worked for many years at the State of Kansas as a clerk in the Department of Administration Division of Purchasing. She also worked for many years as a door greeter at Walmart in Holton. Most of all, Patricia was a loving and devoted wife and mother where she took care of her family.

Survivors include four children, Richard James of Topeka, Randy James (Marcia) of Topeka, Debra Gallentine of Topeka and Lori Yerger (Chad) of Dover, Pa.; two brothers, Steven Schuessler (JoAnn) of Hutchinson and Michael Schuessler (Kim) of Washington; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Loren.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Graveside memorial services will be held in Holton Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Patricia James Memorial Fund (designated to a children’s memorial fund at a later date) and sent to Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave the family a condolence please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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