Joe Stasi, succumbed to illness in a deep sleep February 26, when he just stopped deep-sleeping.This was on post at Ft. Leavenworth at the Eisenhower Hospice. He was 85. (Precious Lord, Take my Hand.)“Buddy” to friends and family, (a nickname from a signature 1920′s song his father gave him)–was employed, like his father before him, by The Kansas City Star. His career spanned seventy continuous years, beginning as a paperboy and later moving into company and contractor positions, where he wore many hats.As an employee of the Star, he opened the very first Star satellite office in Johnson County. His pivotal experiences included being a thirty-something Democrat appointed by the Star to host another thirty-something Democrat’s two-day visit to KC in the late 1950′s. This is how he met JFK and Jaqueline Kennedy, whose politics and Catholicism offered enough Camelot-commonality to make all their non-stop conversations all the more memorable, even as the story was embellished and grew over the years.During his tenure as a Star contractor, Joe was President of the K.C. Star Carriers Care organization. This charitable non-profit was instrumental in the creation of Project Warmth for the needy. In the seventies Joe and the carriers organization also led in the creation of the Crittenton Center, a shelter house for young women.His penchant for wanting to play professional baseball (like two of his cousins, John and Rocco Stasi-both of whom had brief pro ball careers) never came to fruition. He played in numerous softball leagues well into his forties and had a catcher’s broken, disfigured fingers to prove it.On occasion he spent time at “Stasi’s on Fifth,” the nearly 100 year old family tavern in the old Italian neighborhood. There he’d talk baseball with the likes of sports greats Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Roger Maris when the N.Y. Yankees were in town, and a handful of Kansas City A’s, including Hank Bauer. These icons became friends and these occurrences often yielded countless autographed pictures and baseballs to be found around our house, now all lost to history.From the mid-1960’s until his 85 birthday, Joe Stasi delivered the Kansas City Star and Times (a twice-a-day newspaper) from rural Kansas City, KS through western DeSoto. There he made numerous life-long friends and memories as “the paper man” in a world that had the likes of the milkman, mailman, bread man and other home delivery providers. “Neither snow nor rain…”, was his credo.Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years, Madeline, the love of his life since their childhood. He is also survived by me, his son Rick Stasi (Sharon), daughter; Sandra Manfredi, (Ron) and grandchildren Adam Stasi (Amanda), Allison Stasi-Nigro (Michael), Nick Manfredi and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Nigro, Jackson Nigro, Kinley Stasi and due for arrival Monday, March 3, Nora Stasi. The only son of Angelo and Catherine Stasi, he also leaves three sisters, Louise Donegan, Shirley Sanders and Marietta (Mike) Oliver, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Joe Stasi was a WWII veteran, a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.And he’d want me, his son, to tell you (and everyone) the he loved God, his family, America, boating, baseball, the job that gave him such happiness over seventy years, and that he had a happy, joy-filled life!So there you have it. Dad is in better place now, renewing acquantences and residing “in the place that was created for him long before the foundations of the world.” EPH. 1:4And now straight fingers and strong arms will reach out for a catcher’s mask and chest protector. Just in time for spring training.A Catholic memorial is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at St. Joseph Church, Shawnee 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203. Visitors may call after 10 a.m and are invited to participate in Joe Stasi’s celebration of life Mass, at 11.In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: VA Medical Center/Dwight Eisenhauer Community Living Center-(hospice unit) c/o: Volunteer Services, 401 S. Fourth Street Trafficway, Leavenworth KS, 66048
Mildred Laverne Gamphor, 76, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2014. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and under the care of Kansas City Hospice.
She will be greatly missed.
Leslie Teegarden, 72 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away February 18, 2014 at Truman Medical Center.
He was born January 9, 1942 to Edward and Cora Teegarden. Les enlisted in the Navy and faithfully served his country during the Vietnam conflict for 6 years. He later worked for the Social Security Administration, working in the IT field. He retired in May of 2013.
Les was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by half brothers Randy Teegarden of Pacific Junction, Iowa, Rod Teegarden of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Tony Teegarden of Glenwood, Iowa. He is also survived by half sisters Julie Teegarden of Omaha, Nebraska and Jan Torok of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future.
Brian J. Harwick, 50, Roeland Park, Kansas, passed away February 21, 2014.
He was born August 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Kansas, son of Harold & Sue Harwick.
Brian is survived by his children, Madison & Braden, his parents and his sister, Susan & husband Joe.
Private family services.
Rick was born July 6, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Michigan and moved to Kansas City, Missouri in the late 1970′s. He passed away at his home on Monday, February 17, 2014. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Lou Newhouse. He leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Cheryl Newhouse, Boone, NC, his nephew, Grant Newhouse and niece Rebecca Newhouse, his many friends and his furry companion, Chou.
Rick attended the University of Indiana and graduated from paralegal training at Penn Valley Community College. He worked for many years in the restaurant and liquor business before taking a position as a paralegal at the law firm of Bryant & Associates. For the past ten years he has been employed as a manager for American Cash Advance.
Rick was an avid activist and supporter of many causes, including Missouri NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. He was a wonderful chef, made the best martinis, an avowed history buff, a passionate Frankophile and above all, a great friend to everyone who knew him.
He will be cremated and his ashes taken to Paris by his family to be sprinkled on the Seine River. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to ACLU or Humane Society are requested.
Barbara Ann Zuber, of Lee’s Summit, MO, died peacefully in her home February 12. She fought a valiant fight against Parkinsons, serving as an inspiration for all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Zuber, her children Gary Hill and Cathy Morrison, her step-children Tammy Kennedy, Cheryl Brownfield, Alan Zuber and Kristi Dryden, and eleven beloved grandchildren. We all cherish memories of her strength and determination, and her love of family, friends, music, dancing and playing cards. Visitation at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 Missouri 150, Lee’s Summit, MO on Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 pm, Memorial Service at 8:00. Donations can be made to The National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org.
Charles Ray Hanson (Chuck), 67, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away from complications of frontotemporal dementia on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Warrensburg.
Chuck was born June 7, 1946 in Jefferson, Iowa, the son of Gerald Hanson and Lois Truman Hanson. He graduated from high school in Wichita, Kansas in 1964 and from University of Kansas in 1973. He served in the United States Navy from 1964-1968. He married Pamela Lynn States in 1971. To this union were born two sons. He married Jean Emmerson Hernandez on May 5, 1990. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Mark Hanson of Kansas City, MO, Paul (Stacie) Hanson of Springfield, MO, Nick Hernandez of Lincoln, NE, Chris (Nikki) Hernandez of Gardner, KS and six grandchildren; Logan and Katelynn Hanson, Mariana, Nicholas, and Ella Hernandez, and Julia Rollings-South. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Chuck retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail handler in 2008. He was a member of the Roeland Park United Methodist Church, Roeland Park, KS where he served as an usher for many years. He had also served on the Board of Trustees and he had sung in the choir. He always enjoyed the United Methodist Men activities as well as bowling on a men’s bowling team from church.
Chuck was a Johnson County Master Gardner volunteering to help in the gardens at the Shawnee Indian Mission. He was a member of the Johnson County Bicycle Club for a number of years and enjoyed participating in many bicycle rides. Chuck especially enjoyed planning and taking active vacations with his wife Jean to various national and state parks.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Roeland Park United Methodist Church, 5110 Cedar, Roeland Park, KS. A visitation will precede the service at 10:00 a.m. at the church. The family asks that contributions in Chuck’s memory may be made to Roeland Park United Methodist church, 5110 Cedar, Roeland Park, KS 66205 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208 (web site www.alz.org/kansascity).
Anne Burton Grether passed away peacefully on February 1, 2014.
Anne and her twin sister, Alice, were born in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 19, 1934 to parents Hartzell (Ding) and Florence Burton and sister Lucille. Anne graduated from the Sunset Hill School and the University of Kansas. On August 1, 1959, she married Ralph Waterman Grether, and for over 50 years, they lived in Prairie Village, KS and raised their daughters, Laura and Katharine. Anne and Ralph were active members of First Lutheran Church. Anne will be remembered for her love of sports-especially KU Jayhawk basketball, her great cooking, her hospitality to all that passed through her door and sat at her table, her constant smile, her strength and courage, and her kind and giving soul. She was a proud Swede, a true friend, a great neighbor, and a lover of life. Anne will live on through her daughters and grandchildren of whom she was tremendously proud.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents; Ralph, her husband of 53 years; and her numerous pets. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (Jeff) Martin and Katharine (Darby) Ritter; her sisters, Lucille (William) Reno and Alice (Lloyd) Silver; her grandchildren, Grace and Walter Martin and Christopher, Hayley, Lauren, and Jack Ritter; her nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends; and her beloved cat Charlie.
Anne’s family thanks Dr. Paul Diederich, Dr. Gregory Muehlebach, and the staffs at Park Meadows Senior Living, Kansas University Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU, and Select Specialty Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas, all of whom provided such outstanding and compassionate care for Anne.
A memorial service for Anne will be held Friday, February 7 at 11 AM at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd., Mission Hills, Kansas. A luncheon and visitation will follow, and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, Anne’s family suggests contributions to First Lutheran Church or Wayside Waifs.
Jack E. Smith, 91, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away January 31, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House with his loving family by his side. A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Woodbridge Club House, 300 Woodbridge Lane (approx. 129th Street between Wornall Road and Holmes Road) from 2:00 to 5:00 pm..
Jack was a remarkable man. A member of the “Greatest Generation”, Jack grew up in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas during the Great Depression. As a straight “A” student, he was able to graduate from Rosedale High School a year early (1939) and was offered a commission in the U.S. Navy, becoming an ensign at age 19 while attending the University of Kansas. After he finished at KU, he reported for active duty in 1943 and was eventually assigned to the USS Wisconsin, an Iowa Class battleship. Jack served in the South Pacific on that ship until the end of WWII.
Jack worked as an engineer while going to law school at Kansas City University and, still in the Navy Reserves, was called up to serve on another battleship, the USS Missouri, during the Korean War, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the war, Jack became a partner at the Kansas City law firm of Barker, Winger, Bagby, and Smith. Later, he worked for Pitman Manufacturing and R.O. Corporation before settling down as a partner with his brother Robert Smith in the engineering firm of Smith & Boucher, and, later, Energy Masters Corporation.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Smith, as well as his first wife Janet Smith, infant son Timothy Smith, eldest daughter Kathleen Smith, and daughter-in-law Linda Smith. He is survived by his wife, Mary Smith, of the home; his brother Bob Smith; his children Mark Smith, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith (Emily), Philip Smith (LaMar), and Margaret Hartnett (Tom); step-daughters Julie Lacy (Ron) and Laurie Steffee (Sean); grandchildren Amy Keffer, Lucas Youngblood, Christopher Grindinger, Evan Youngblood, Gregory Smith, Lindsey Hartnett, Eric Steffee, Jessica Steffee, and Andrew Hartnett; and great-grandchildren Drake Chrisjohn, Tyler Keffer, Dakoda Chrisjohn, and Jackson Keffer; and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word. An accomplished business leader and a man of great intelligence and character, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Victor L. Bohnenstiehl, 94, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s south Kansas City home on January 18, 2014. Vic was born October 25, 1919 and was raised in Black Jack, Illinois, by his parents Maude and Martin Bohnenstiehl. Black Jack was a small township of German immigrants where Vic first learned to speak English at the age of seven.
Vic worked for Sears Roebuck & Company for 35 years. In 1980 he retired as Group Operations Manager for stores located within the Southwest Region. Vic served for four years as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army during WWII. He earned five Bronze Stars while on campaign in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He was an active member of the Shriners (Ararat Shrine Temple) for decades and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. Vic enjoyed golf with friends and could be seen at Minor Park Golf Course on a regular basis.
Vic was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret, who passed away September 18, 1988, and his only brother, Clarence, September 1, 1981. Survivors include sons: Jeff (Jill), Joel (Jane), daughters; Vicki and Ellen. Vic leaves four grandchildren: Jason, Kari, Josh and Jack and eight great-grandchildren. All reside in the KC area.
Vic requested to be cremated with a private memorial. Any donations should be sent to Kansas City Hospice whose tireless help and support was immeasurable.
Family and friends will miss Vic. He is now with his Lord Our memories of him are fond and will last forever.
“Throughout my life I’ve never thought of myself as anything special, I’m just your average everyday guy.” Vic, you were special to everyone who was lucky enough to have known you!.