Jan E. Meeker, 68, Overland Park, KS passed away March 8, 2014.
He was a proud Air Force Veteran and an avid music lover.
He is survived by his son; Scott (Johnette) Meeker, 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Private services will be held with military honors at a later date.
Lynn Mensch Anderson, age 89, died peacefully in her home. She was born 3/20/25 in St. Joseph, Mo., the only child of Isaiah F. Bowen and Gladys Folwell. She spent the last seven years of her life at Fox Eye Ranch in Lawrence, KS, living a very happy life with family and friends around her who included her in their many social activities.
As a child growing up in St. Joseph, she displayed an early talent in music and was called upon at recitals to demonstrate her perfect pitch. She was accompanist for several vocalist and violinists and a pianist for a small church until she went off to college.
She received her BA from the University of Arizona in 1946, where she worked as lifeguard, and majored in philosophy and literature. While at Arizona U., she met her future husband, Harold (Hal) E. Mensch, who was stationed at Davis Montham Field in Tucson.
She was enamored with the idea of New York City and spent the next two years living in Greenwich Village exploring the city and its attractions. She lived in an apartment overlooking Sheridan Square and worked as a research librarian. She then married Hal and both returned to school at the University of Missouri to get their graduate degrees, hers in social work and his in guidance and counseling.
The forty years of their marriage were spent in K.C. North. Hal worked as a psychologist and guidance counselor for the K.C. Mo. School District. He wrote beautifully, had a wry sense of humor and an Irish gift for story telling. He was a delight at the dinner table and was the immediate focus of any social gathering. Lynn worked in many social work settings, mostly mental health. She supervised graduate students for both MU and KU. She became less interested in clinical work and more interested in program development and social activism. She started, staffed and managed a very successful home for girls from the Jackson County juvenile center. She also consulted with several community groups who started halfway houses for state hospital patients and alcoholics. She was a health care specialist for an 11 state region for VISTA (domestic Peace Corps).
During one of her stints at a Veterans hospital, she started and directed a program for blind veterans, for which she received a national award from the American Association of Blind Veterans.
Lynn retired when Hal became ill and required her full-time care. He advised her to sell their house after his death and to move out to their family horse ranch in Lawrence. She built her house there, furnished it and started work at Shawnee Mission Hospital on their mental health unit. A week after she moved into her new house, she met Jack Anderson, her high school sweetheart, at the only high school reunion she ever attended. Jack shared the family interest in horses, having bred national champion Palominos, and was a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association. They married and Lynn moved to his horse ranch in Broken Arrow, OK. They traveled each year to the AQHA conventions, to Brazil and to Washington DC frequently, as he was still active in the AQHA legislative committees. Lynn lived in Oklahoma until Jack died in 2008 when she returned to her home in Lawrence where she continued as a political activist frequently writing letters to the editor. She also continued to add to the beauty of our lives by planting thousands of bulbs, plants and trees reminding us of her at the change of every season.
She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Chris Mensch and Michael Wagner, Maura Landry and Chuck Schlittler, of the Foxeye Ranch in Lawrence, and Regan and Robert Brown, N.C.. Other survivors include her grandchildren: Adrienne Landry, Lawrence; Alexander and Chesney Severance, Denmark; Aaron and Melinda Landry, Annapolis; Daniel Schlittler, K.C., Teresa Schlittler, Oklahoma, Adam Brown, Louisiana, Jason Brown, Texas, Carlton Wagner, Colorado and Nathan and Ana, Norway. Lynn also has 3 great grandsons: Jacob and Hayden Landry, Carter Severance and a great granddaughter: Hana Severance. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Maryann Mensch of Parkville, Mo. and by Willie the Cat, her constant and loving companion.
Bruce Edward Sawyer 52, Olathe, Kansas passed away suddenly March 7, 2014.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Family and Friends will gather at Lake Olathe off Prairie Center Road. Services will begin 3:00 PM at the Beaver Shelter House.
Daniel Jay Shiel of Overland Park, KS died March 5, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Friends and family may gather Thursday, March 13, 6:45 pm to 9 pm, at the Matt Ross community center to share memories and again on Saturday, March 15, 10 am at Village Presbyterian Church for a memorial service.Born in Kansas City on October 28, 1946, Dan graduated from Kansas State University, Northwestern University, and the UMKC School of Law. He was an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency for 40 years.He is survived by Joyce, his wife of 44 years, as well as his son, Adam Shiel (Sarah), daughter, Erin Metzler (Josh), and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sheree Murphy, and many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his furry friend Katie who will surely lose weight lacking the table scraps he sneaked her and by the backyard birds for which he set a daily banquet.The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to Great Plains SPCA, 5428 Antioch,Merriam, KS 66202 or City Union Mission,1100 E 11th, Kansas City, MO 64106.
Rodney Lee Strickell, 53, of Wellsville, Kansas, died in a car accident, along with his son, Dylan on March 1, 2014 in Douglas County, KS. He was born June 27, 1960 in Hayward, California. Rodney graduated from Eudora High School in 1979 and worked as an electrician.
He is survived by his son, Dalton, his mother, Norma Gienau, brother Earl Strickell, sister Miriam Johnson and other family members.
A combined memorial service for Rodney and Dylan will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Eudora High School Performing Arts Center. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dalton.
Dylan Scott Strickell was born on August 16, 1996 in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of Rodney L. Strickell and Andrea L. Kester. Dylan passed away on March 1, 2014 in a fatal car accident alongside his father, Rodney.
Dylan grew up in Eudora, Kansas. He attended schools there from first grade through his junior year and he loved his community. He was active in baseball and soccer when he was younger, but his true love was basketball. He lived and breathed basketball and devoted every minute he could to shooting hoops with his dad, brother, and friends. He was also an avid gamer. He loved to play Xbox and spent hours playing and chatting with friends. He was a quiet young man with an enormous heart, a contagious smile, and the most beautiful blue eyes.
Dylan leaves behind so many people who love him. His mother, Andrea and step-father, Andrew Rea; his older brother Dalton; younger step-brothers, Connor, and Griffin Rea; and his youngest sister, Isabella Rae. He also leaves his grandparents; Terry and Debbie Kester; grandmother, Norma Gienau and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A combined service for Dylan and his father will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Eudora High School Performing Arts Center.
Linda Lee Nolen, 56, passed away February 27, 2014.
She is survived by her children, Teddy Nolen and James Lewis, her mother, Jane McMillen and two sisters.
Services are pending.
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
Sara Ann Lipsys, 71, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away February 28, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born March 27, 1942 and raised in Beatrice, NE, daughter of Adam and Cora Belle Hohbein. She enjoyed fishing, had a passion for the holidays and was an avid Nebraska Husker football fan. She also had a deep love for her family and especially enjoyed doing things for her grandchildren and children.
Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Max R. Lipsys, her parents and four siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Rene Latta and Lisa A. Versch, three grandchildren, Colette Latta, Timothy J. Versch, Jr. and Max D. Versch, and her sister, Margie Trauernicht.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to KC Hospice in memory of Sara.
Gordon Dean Hoy, 71, passed away peacefully February 25, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his wife, family, and friends.
Gordon was born February 11, 1943 in Kansas City, MO. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, 4 daughters, 3 step children, 2 brothers, 1 sister, their families, and hundreds of friends. He served as an MP in the Army for 10 years and was a Vietnam veteran.
Family and friends are planning a Celebration of Life in May. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114.