Lucy Olga Rygas Melzer

  • Born: May 22, 1923
  • Died: October 6, 2013
  • Location: McPherson, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460
Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lucy Olga Rygas Melzer, 90, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at The Cedars, McPherson.

She was born on May 22, 1923, in Kiev, Ukraine, the daughter of Gregory and Lubow Karpenko.

Lucy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to a Polka Club. She enjoyed music and loved her flowers. She tended to her beautiful rose gardens, being blessed with a green thumb. Her travels all over the United States, Hawaii, and Australia are documented in her immense collection of photo albums, along with the many pictures of her family. Her children and grandchildren were extra special to her, and she loved them dearly.

Survivors include: son, Alex Rygas and wife, Dana Bower Rygas, of Pulaski, Virginia; daughters, Emilia "Amy" Rygas Kimmel of Clayton, North Carolina and Yolande Rygas Deck and husband, Lyle, of Denton, Texas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Vitali Karpenko, and children's father, Stefan Rygas.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, The Cedars, or the McPherson Opera House in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Please know how very sorry I am for your loss. I have a very bad flu and will not be able to make it. Prayers to all of you !!!

Posted by Patty Parsons Hindman - Hutchinson, Knsas, KS - Friend   October 09, 2013

So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Carolyn H. Simpson - Dublin, VA - Friend   October 09, 2013

Alex and Dana, I went to tell Lucy good-bye on Saturday. I'm glad I did, as I see she passed on Sun. Sorry for your loss. I will miss her witty spirit and our morning conversations. God bless! Lori

Posted by Lori Hager-Johnson - KS   October 08, 2013

Alex and Dana, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of Alex's Mom from our college days and later. She had so much spirit and love. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She will always be with you in your memories and heart. Love, Elaine

Posted by Elaine DeTour Spronken - Tucson, AZ - Friend   October 08, 2013


Rest in peace to my mother-in-law of 44 years.You will be forever in our hearts!

Posted by Dana Bower Rygas - Pulaski, VA - Daughter-in-law   October 08, 2013

Alex, Dana and family,

Don and I are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you during this time.

Don and Deena

Posted by Deena and Don Stowers - Pulaski, VA - Friends   October 08, 2013