Brenda L. Counts Wright, 69, made her transition from earth to Glory at her Kansas City, Missouri home on Tuesday morning, December 10, 2013.Brenda is survived by her son, Carl Green, and other family.A private family ceremony of the cremains will be held; and a Memorial Celebration of Life.Arrangements and full obituary are pending.
Kathleen Ann Eberle, 72, Shawnee, KS, passed away on December 9, 2013 after a long fought battle with cancer.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Toeneboehn.
She spent most of her life raising and loving her children and grandchildren but pursued interests in hair design, floral arranging and as a dental assistant. She loved flowers and to her family she was known affectionately as the “flower lady.” She was a leader and trailblazer for her family and always looked for challenges; her zest for life was contagious.
Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Donald; son, Patrick (Amanda) Eberle; daughters, Lisa (Barry) Schellhorn and Erin Williams. She is also survived by brothers; Richard Toeneboehn and Ron Tenebehn; sisters, Patty Maurer and Maureen Mills; grandchildren, Jack, Dylan, Lexie, Kaylee and Logan.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00am, on Monday, December 16, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11525 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS. with visitation preceding at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212.
Sandra Lee (Leskoff) Belt, 64 years old, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2013. She was surrounded by her beloved family, all of whom were dear to her heart. She was an amazing mother, cherished sister, and an unconditionally loyal friend. Sandi worked at Southwestern Bell for 34 years and USA Baby for 8 years. She will be remembered as an extremely hard working person, admired by her employers and co-workers.
Sandi is survived by her son, Bradley, daughter-in-law, Carina, her dedicated partner of 35 years, Bill Belt, sisters, Lulu and Soozi, brothers, Bill and Bruce, in addition to her niece, Nicole Griffith, and other numerous nieces and nephews. Sandi leaves four “bonus” children, Mike, Pat, Billy, and Kelly.
A celebration of Sandi’s life will take place on December 12th at the Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri from 6-9 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Sandi asked that donations be made in her name to the ALS Foundation (www.alsa.org <http://www.alsa.org>).
Sandi will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Charles William Hentzen, 56, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away November 24, 2013.
He is survived by his brother, Steven Hentzen, Kansas City, MO and sister Sandra Fox, Las Vegas, NV.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Clara Manor Nursing Home, 3621 Warwick Blvd, KCMO. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family for cremation expenses.
Rosemary Kasselman, 91, of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away November 26, 2013 in her home under the care of her family and Sacred Heart Hospice.
She was born February 9, 1922 in West Hammond Village, Illinois. She was employed in the aircraft industry during WW II and was a “Rosie the Riveter”. She worked at the Kansas School for the Blind as a cook and a houseparent.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her daughters, Patricia Bradshaw and Tamra Adam, her sons Tom, Jerry and Jack Kraus and David McDonald and many grandchildren.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 94th & State Ave., KCKS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Hospice or to the charity of your choice.
Refugia “Pula” Adams Poertner, nee Rios, 78, lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away November 18, 2013, at Highland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Refugia was born July 10, 1935, to Rosalio and Elvira (Cisneros) Rios. She graduated from Redemptorist High School. Refugia became a loving wife, homemaker and a young widowed mother of four. She became a postal worker and later a certified nursing assistant in home healthcare. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, music, bowling, embroidering and her Royals & Chiefs. Refugia’s innate kindness and caring endeared her to many.
She is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Howard Adams; her daughter, Lillian Adams; two sisters, Soledad Becerra, and Margaret Rodriguez; six brothers, Paul, Raymond, Frank, Russell, Robert, and Vincent Rios. She is survived by her sons, Brian, Michael, and John Adams; five sisters, Dolores Lopez, Theresa Mendoza, Mary Helen Williamson, Rosemary Miller, and Marie Rios; three brothers, Ralph, Joe, and Jesse Rios; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family expresses gratitude for the caring staffs at Highland, Midwest Cancer Care, and VITAS Hospice Care.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, December 6, in the chapel of Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1150 N. 38th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, at www.lustgarten.org
Dr. David J. Ferguson, 82, Kansas City, MO passed away November 24, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; daughter, Deborah (Stephen) Ferguson-Tripp and grandson, Alex Tripp.
He grew up in Arkansas and came to Kansas City to attend and graduate from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1963 and contributed 33 years to the university as a professor of dentistry, retiring in 1996. Private services were held.
Gary Richard Vaughn, 72, of Kansas City, passed away November 15, 2013 in Olathe, Kansas. Gary was born in Kansas City to James and Lorene Vaughn on January 26, 1941. He went to high school at Bonner Springs High School and went on to earn a degree in business from Emporia State University. He worked in the automotive business and enjoyed family, friends, sports and boating. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, James and Lorene, brother Ray and wife Patricia. Gary is survived by his daughter Lisa, sons Rick and Brett; grandchildren, Rick, Justin, Courtney, Madi, Jacob and Jessica; and great-granddaughters Grace, Kaylee and Aubree. A Memorial Service will be held at Evergreen Community of Johnson County on November 24th at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Community of Johnson County, 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 100 Olathe, Kansas 66061.
Jerry Lee Studna, 72, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away November 19, 2013 at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park.
He was born June 21, 1941 in Kansas City, MO, son of Harry and Christina Studna. Jerry loved to sing and sang in a gospel group, “The New Beginnings”. He loved his family and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his son, Harry Studna and Harry’s mother, Penny, his brothers, Regan (Chris) and Dennis Studna and his sister, Shawna Lee (Phil) Brewster and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 pm, Friday, November 22, 2013 at The Church of the Harvest, 14841 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The family suggests donations be made in Jerry’s name to Ascera Care Hospice, 3320 Clinton Parkway Court, #120, Lawrence, KS 66047.
Edna Lucille Roseberry-Helling, 87, of Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away November 9, 2013 at home under the care of Good Shepherd Hospice.
She was born January 14, 1926 in Dunklin County, MO, daughter of Albert & Vera Presley Fisher. Lucille lived many years in Florida. In 2009 she moved to Leavenworth to be with family.
Lucille is survived by her daughter Cathy (John) Mason, three granddaughters, Esther Heintzelman, Edgerton, KS, Sarah Laundy, Tonganoxie, KS, Anna Mason, Overland Park, KS, 17 great grandchildren & her sister Vera Scism, Farmington, MO. She is also survived by extended family members whom she loved. She was proceeded in death by her first husband, George Roseberry, her second husband, Ray Helling and her daughter, Sandra Spaulding.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday December 7, 2013 at Cornerstone Community Church, 2400 N. 81st. St. Kansas City, KS 66109. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Good Shepherd Hospice 11253 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215 or the church.