Laura L. Thomas, 68, Topeka: July 30, 1947 – March 02, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – Laura L. Thomas, 68, of Topeka, passed away on March 2, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital. She was born July 30, 1947 in Rossville, Kan., the daughter of Gerald VanVleck and Luella Beck VanVleck.

Laura attended Rossville schools. During high school she moved to Topeka, where she lived with her aunt and graduated from Highland Park High School. She enjoyed playing bingo at Post 400, and the lottery, fishing and Coca-Cola. She also enjoyed hanging out at Walmart. Laura was a devoted mom and grandma. She just loved everybody. She also enjoyed watching old episodes of Gunsmoke.

Survivors include her husband, Albert Christian, of Topeka; two children, Jeff Lance Thomas and fiancé, Angelica, Topeka, and Korinna Osipovitich and husband, Jerry, Overbrook; brother, Clifford VanVleck; sister, Mary Kay Neidfelt, Wamego; grandchildren, Casey, Jeffrey, Isiah, Iluvani, Angel, Brenda, Monica, Austin, Alexander and Cheyanne; stepdaughters, Kellie Thompson, Ionia, Mich., and Christina Christian, Bay City, Mich.

She was preceded in death by Parker, Charles and Richard VanVleck.

Memorial services were March 7 at Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka.

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