Michelle Diane Mosiman, 52, received her eternal reward March 28, 2021, when her sweet granddaughter Brooklyn took her by the hand and led her into the arms of Jesus.
Michelle Diane Mosiman was born Jan. 22, 1969, to William F. and Linda K. Budde. As the oldest of three girls growing up on her parents’ farm in Walton, Kansas she learned a love for agriculture and farming that would shape Michelle’s life. From a very young age she was taught a strong work ethic and responsibility as she learned everything that someone working the land and being a farmer would need to know. As a small girl she learned about running every type of farm equipment as well as how to fix it when it broke down, caring for sick animals, learning to cook and bake for large groups of people, fine-tuning her patience and having the smarts to master the ins and outs of the business side of running a successful family farm.
On August 25, 1990, Michelle would marry the only man she ever loved, James Mosiman. They would start their young lives together living in their first home in Newton before eventually buying her Aunt Marie Fluke’s farm in Eastern Harvey County. It is there that she and James would build their life together and start a family. God blessed them with two children: Erin, in August of 1992, followed by Justin in July of 1995. While Michelle loved her children dearly one of the greatest days of her life would come in August of 2014 when she became a grandmother. Michelle had a deep and abiding love for family and when Brooklyn came into their lives she took the title of being a grandma seriously and Brooklyn would become a source of tremendous joy in her life. Brooklyn and Michelle had a special bond and spent countless hours together doing “business” and whatever else it was that Brooklyn wanted.
Family was everything to Michelle and though it may seem cliché, her family was her true pride and joy. Michelle was always happiest when they were together. It wouldn’t matter whether they were working or playing, she wanted to be with them. Michelle would tell you that a hard day’s work with them was far better than any day without them. She treasured her time with them and made sure to instill in them her love of farming, as this would shape their young lives as well. One of Michelle’s favorite things about farm life was preparing large meals during harvest to take to the field, helping move equipment where it needed to go or running for parts for repair.
No matter where life would take them, Michelle greeted everyone with a huge smile and it was her light that people gravitated to. She had a huge heart and was someone that everyone could rely on. As a mother, she was her children’s biggest fan and would support each of their endeavors, whether that meant providing food for the entire team, picking up trailer loads of geraniums, or simply signing up to be the room parent for their classrooms. It was important to Michelle to know who her kids went to school with and she made it a point to mother all of their friends as well. She shared her love with those lucky enough to know her, whether she was giving you tough love or just a hug because you needed it.
Michelle also had lifelong friends that she herself would tell you were friends that she had chosen as her own family. It would be these deep and abiding relationships that would help build the foundation which would shape and mold her life and their family. It would be those ties that would see Michelle and James through the ups and downs of life.
Michelle attended Walton Grade School, Santa Fe Middle School and graduated with the Class of 1987 from Newton High School. While a senior in high school Michelle would launch her career in banking through the Office Education Association program offered at Newton High School where she began working at First Bank of Newton. It is there that her love for business grew and would eventually lead her to a career at Central Kansas Credit Union in Hesston where she would become branch manager. In 2006 Michelle began working as a program technician for the USDA Farm Services Office in Newton where she would work until the time of her death. Most days she enjoyed working with farmers in the area and the job seemed to be a perfect fit for her where she could use her love of farming and her tremendous knowledge of agriculture to help those in our community.
Michelle will be deeply mourned but forever loved by her husband and love of her life James Mosiman; children Erin Mosiman (Brian Boegel) and Justin Mosiman (Maddi Butler); sisters Carrie Budde White (Chris) and Mindy Budde; mother-in-law Arlene Corfman; sister and brother-in-law Pam and Curtis Schmidt and brother-in-law Darrell Mosiman; Favorite Uncle Dale Egy and her many nieces, nephews and friends that love her dearly.
Michelle is preceded in death by her granddaughter Brooklyn Michelle Boegel; parents William F. and Linda K. Budde; Grandparents Frank and Helen Budde, and Mildred and Cecil Egy; Aaron Mosiman and Roy Dean Corfman.
Funeral services celebrating Michelle’s life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 N. Boyd in Newton, with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Trinity Heights Church with the family present. Private burial to follow. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Memorials may be made to the Michelle Mosiman Memorial for Walton City Park c/o Halstead Bank, 314 Main Street, Halstead, KS 67056.