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.
Martha Loretta Smith, 72, of Gardner, Kansas passed away December 2, 2013.
Loretta was the tenth of twelve children born to the late Stephen and Louise (Weaver) Smith, on June 10, 1941, in Swifton, Arkansas
She graduated from Swifton High School.
Loretta’s enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and many social activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gardner. Loretta will be sorely missed by her family and Friends.
Her last years in Gardner were with partner Roy Silva, by whom she is survived.
She was predeceased by her siblings: Vernice Schanfish, Velma Potts, Lucille Winemiller, Marvin Smith, Ernest Smith, Helen Keeley and Gladys Smith.
Survivors include her sons, Gregg Smith and wife Teresa; Frank Bell and girlfriend Jackie Brooks; daughter Kim Fesenmeyer and husband David; grandchildren: Joshua Smith, Jessica Smith, Ivy Bell, Montana Bell, Coleman Wenger and Hunter Fesenmeyer; sisters: Retha Runsick, Wanda New, Linda Black and Patricia Smith; and Brother-in-law R.W. Winemiller.
Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Gardner on Monday, Dec.. 9 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Memorial services will be held from 6:30p.m. to 7 p.m., also at the church.
Oather Wesley Shirley was born in Conway, Arkansas on February 12, 1919 and passed away at his home with his Bible on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He was one of 10 children and at the age of 94, he was the longest living member of his family.
Oather married Velma L. Barnett on January 4, 1946 and they shared 67 loving years together with five generations of family members. He was a great farmer who loved to work the ground, drive his tractor and his Willy’s jeep in snow and mud. He started several missions in Arkansas and Kansas City and was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for many years. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.
Oather loved life in general. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and pulling pranks! He lived in Stuttfart, AR, the “Rice & Duck Capital” for 44 years and transferred to Kansas City in 1963 with Fairbanks Morse as a machinist. He retired in 1981.
He served in the US Army from September, 1941 – November, 1945. Oather drove a truck according to military regulations and transported supplies, equipment, and personnel as well as cleaned, serviced and maintained trucks. He served in the Aleutian Islands and in the European Theatre of Operations.
Oather is survived by his wife, Velma, two daughters, Linda Webb and husband, Dennis, Mission, KS and Suzette Moss and husband, Tom, Mission, granddaughter Raenelle (Warren) Gardner, Mission, grandson Michael (Jessie) Lillard, Mission and great-grandsons Blake West, Kansas City, KS and Corey West, Mission. He is also survived by his great-granddaughters Alyssa Gardner and Savana Lillard, one great-great-granddaughter, Haley West, step-grandchildren Christopher Moss and Shelley Davis, all of Mission, three sisters, Cora Slaton, Huphrey, AR, Louvene Kirkpatrick, Sheridan AR and Onamae Lane, Huphrey, AR and one brother, JW Shirley of Kansas City, KS. He is the uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Wesley and Linnie Shirley, brother Leonard Shirley, sisters Stella Bohanon, Marie Sinclair, Louise Givens, and Estelle “Pete” Clevenger. He was also preceded in death by his favorite horses, Prince and Jenny.
A memorial service will military honors will be held at 6:30 pm, Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS. A visitation will precede the service beginning at 5:30 pm. The family suggests memorial donations to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Pkwy #100
Kansas City, MO. 64114.
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.
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.
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
Elnora W. Smith, 94, of Overland Park, Kansas, previously of Calera, Alabama, passed away November 22, 2013 at her home, under the care of Brookdale Hospice.
Nora taught ceramics for more than 50 years in Calera and moved to Kansas City to be near family in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Smith and son, Gary Anneman. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Crofcheck, son, John Steib, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services at a later date.
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.
Michael Darby of Paola, Kansas, passed away at Olathe Medical Center on November 20, 2013.
He was a beacon of humor—quick with a joke and ornery gesture—that never shied away from an opportunity to make others laugh.
A celebration of life will be held at his son’s house on Sunday, November 24 from noon to six.