Christa Thiergart

Christa Thiergart, 78, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away July 1st, 2012. Christa was born in Berlin, Germany to Georg and Clara Adam. She is survived by her husband, Wolfgang “Wolf” Thiergart along with her sons Ralph and wife Barbara, Thomas and wife Raquel; four grandchildren, Erika Todtenbier and husband Ryan, Jessica Thiergart, Joshua Thiergart, and Timothy Thiergart; and one great-grandchild, Anna Todtenbier; and her sister, Elke Herrmann and husband, Hartmut.

Childhood sweethearts, Christa and Wolf met in 1947 and shared a married life together for 55 years. Upon graduation from high school in Germany, Christa worked six years as a bookkeeper for a coal distributor in Berlin. The couple’s honeymoon was their immigration to the United States in 1956. Christa was a loving homemaker who dedicated her life to her family and supported her husband “Wolf” as he pursued a 38 year career as a Shawnee Mission School District educator and administrator.

Christa had an adventurous spirit. She loved to travel and explore mountain and seaside destinations. Christa loved all-day hikes, picnics, and being outdoors year ’round. She was a former golfer, avid reader, enthusiastic bridge player and her passion for cooking delighted both family and friends.

A celebration of Christa Thiergart’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in the Murphy Chapel, 9300 Nall Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. A reception will follow in the Fireside Room. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the givers’ preferred charities.


  1. Jan Cohen (Marilyn Martin) on July 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I was so sorry to read about your losing
    your wife of so many years. May many happy memories offer some comfort.

  2. Cheryl Smith - First Grade Teacher at Roesland on July 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Christa was a wonderful woman who always had a big smile on her face. She was very supportive of Roesland. I cherish the times Wolf and Christa would come by school to offer a wonderful “hello”. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Cheryl

  3. LMS - Linda Sullivan on July 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Been keeping you and the family in prayers. May the wonderful memories keep you during the hard times. Warmth, LMS

  4. Lance, Dawn and Aria Austin on July 5, 2012 at 8:01 am


    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Scott Sperry on July 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Ralph, I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts are with you this week. I have fond memories of staying at your house when we were in school and your mom making some of the best breakfasts I ever ate. To this day, I have tried to duplicate her pancakes, but to no avail!

  6. Sarah Romine on July 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I always enjoyed the visits to Natchitoches. I will keep Mrs. Christa in my prayers. Thinking of your family at this time.

  7. Guyanne Knoblauch Weilert on July 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I did not know her, but can feel her in my heart at this her time of death. She is happier now than ever and at total peace. What a beautiful name, Christa. Sorry I never met her but she left a beautiful legacy in her children and grandchildren.

  8. Sandy Praeger on July 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I saw your wife’s obituary in the KC Star and after all these years wanted to reconnect and offer my condolences. I remember fondly my year teaching at Nall Hills Elementary School, 1967-68. You provided such good leadership for the school, its students and teachers. I am sorry about your loss, but know that you have wonderful memories and family to sustain you. God Bless.

  9. Stephanie Searcey on July 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Christa, what a light you were in my life. I feel blessed to have known you and to call you my friend. You will be missed!

  10. Jim Duncan on July 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Wolfgang,
    I was saddened to read that you have lost your dear wife. I did not know her, but am certain she was a wonderful companion.
    Jim Duncan
    Wyandotte ’51

  11. Lisa and Jay Adams on July 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Thinking of you and your family during your great loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Lisa and Jay Adams

  12. Michael Woodhouse on July 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mother and Family are in my prayers. Please remember all the wonderful things of a wonderful life.

  13. Bill Weimer and Schon Oppert on July 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thinking of you and your family during this time. My you look back on her life with joy and happiness in your heart.

  14. Spence & Ann Robbins on July 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Our prayers are with your family and may God bless you all.

  15. Jim Adams on July 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Christa Thiergart.

    Our Prayers are going out to you.

    God Bless you
    Jim and Suk Adams

  16. Jim & Brenda Raley on July 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Our thoughts and prayers are in support of Ralph, Barb and their family.

  17. Michelle Smoot on July 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

    My prayers are with your family during this time.

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