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.
Pat Ervin, 78, Rolla, Missouri, passed away November 26, 2013 at Villa St. Francis Nursing Center in Olathe, Kansas under the care of Crossroads Hospice.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Paul Garrett, grandson, Joe Pacheco and his wife, Sharon, two great-grandchildren, A.J and Ashlyn and her brother, Donald.
Pat was preceded in death by her son, Kenny Turner.
Berniece Beets, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday November 23, 2013.
Berniece, as she was known most of her life, was born in Independence MO on December 11, 1918. She was a life-long resident of Independence and married Carl Eugene Beets who passed away November 20, 1969.
She lived on Vassar Avenue in Independence with her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis Beets and Barbara Beets.
Berniece worked at Butler Manufacturing as a cost accountant until 1983 when she retired to watch her grandchildren.She was a past member of Maywood Baptist Church.
She truly loved to be with family and friends. She lived for family dinners and holidays so she could always see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved surprise visits.Her hobbies were reading, knitting and baking wonderful cheesecakes.
For the past 18 months, she lived at the Groves in Rosewood Center. The family thanks the staff, hospice and all the workers who took such good care of Berniece in the last months of her life. Their time, understanding and care that they gave our dear Berniece will not be forgotten.
Berniece leaves behind her son Dennis and his wife Barbara and grandsons Matthew Beets and his wife Amanda and Christopher Beets. She also leaves Matt and Amanda’s two beautiful children, her great-grandchildren, Ashton and Carly Beets.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 7 at Salem Cemetery, 1823 N. Blue Mills Road, Independence, Mo. The family would appreciate donations for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.
We will miss her but we are comforted knowing that she lived a long fruitful life surrounded by loving family and that she is in heaven now, young, vibrant, and smiling.
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.
Robert B. Crosthwait, Sr. 85, of Lake Waukomis, Missouri, passed away November 19, 2013 at the Villages of Jackson Creek, under the care of Grace Hospice.
Bob was born March 1, 1928 in Granite City, Illinois to Albert Logan Crosthwait and Virginia Kegin McCaughey. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in the Class of 1947 and later served in the US Navy. Bob was a resident of the Kansas City area all of his life. He worked at various businesses including the KCMO City Market. He also owned “The Basement” bar in Gladstone which was under Gladstone Bowl. Bob retired from TWA after 42 years as a line mechanic. He was a 66 year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Bob had many hobbies including bowling and golf. He was a co-founder of organized T-Ball in 1962 and was on the Board of Directors of North Kansas City Little League from 1958-1967.
Bob was an Alderman and former president of the Lake Waukomis Association where he was a Hall of Fame Inductee. He was always the “life of the party”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Richard, granddaughter, Toni Moore and a great-grandson, Spencer Crosthwait. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, brother Albert Jean Crosthwait, two sons, Jerry and Buddy (Barbara), his daughter, Cathy (Dennis) Pryor,daughter-in-law Sally Crosthwait, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Bob was greatly loved and will be missed by his family and his many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3-8 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Lake Waukomis Community Building, 1147 S. Shore Drive, Lake Waukomis, MO 64151.
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.
Norman Morris, 75, Stover, MO, passed away November 13, 2013 at Beautiful Savior Nursing Center in Belton, Missouri.
He is survived by his sons, Chris, Craig and Curt, eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Private family services are planned.
Carolina (Larios) Coleman 75, of Ottawa, Kansas, died November 3 surrounded by her beloved family at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She succumbed to serious injuries sustained after she fell unexpectedly.
A nurse for 35 years at the Edith Nourse Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, she had a long career caring for sick and injured veterans. She graduated from St. Lukes Nursing School in Kansas City, Missouri. She launched her career as an ER nurse at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and later specialized in respiratory care and geriatrics as a nursing manager.
She was inspired to help others and was sought out for her nursing management expertise as well as her career advice mentoring younger nursing staff.
After she retired and returned to Kansas, she volunteered at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
Carolina was also an expert needlepoint sewer, cross-stitch enthusiast, crocheter, knitter, and painter. Her creativity and eye for design resulted in winning numerous blue ribbons at local fairs on the East Coast where she lived for 40+ years.
She idolized French cuisine and infused its savory character into all her everyday creations especially her Mexican family dinners.
She is best remembered as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.
Carolina leaves her husband Richard, her son Mark Coleman and her grandchildren Kyle, Alec, Davis and Callie, as well as her daughter Lisa Lauducci and son-in-law Joe Lauducci. She also leaves her sisters Marcelina Baer (husband Rod Baer), Cristina Coomer (husband Dan Coomer), and Elizabet Huff; her brothers Delfino (Sonny) Larios (wife Senida) and Jose (Butch) Larios; her aunts Gloria Alfaro and Rachel Cortez; and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service is planned at the family’s home on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to:
American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 11454
Alexandria, VA 22312