Gwen Rico


Gwen Rico, age 71 of Overland Park, KS died peacefully at home on Saturday October 9, 2021 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Gwen is survived by her loving husband Chuck, her daughter Andrea Dahlin (husband David), and her siblings Anna, Aaron Charlie, and Marc.

Gwen was born in New York City on New Year’s Day, 1950. She moved to San Francisco, CA in the 1970s where she met her husband Chuck. They were married on June 22, 1980. They enjoyed 41 years together filled with many adventures and travels, which were always accompanied by a good shot of espresso.


A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Resurrection in the Wesley Covenant Chapel (Bldg C), Leawood, KS on Saturday, November 6 at 3:00 pm. The service can also be live-streamed by using the link:

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Church of the Resurrection’s Hunger Stopper Ministry or to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.


  1. Alessandro Arico on October 29, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Chuck and Family,
    I was so saddened to hear about Gwen’s passing. I hope she wasn’t in much pain and I am sure she will be missed.

  2. Brandi VanRoss on October 29, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    This completely breaks my heart. I always looked forward to seeing Gwen at our group workouts with Kory. Although she had 20 years on me, she would always leave me in her dust and it made me work harder.
    I’ll always remember her sweet smile, kind heart, saucy attitude and pure determination. If I would have known the last class we had together would have really been the LAST one, I would have hugged her and never let go.
    Life will never be the same without her. Sending good thoughts and sweet memories to all of you hurting. She will be missed

  3. Brenda Rausch on October 26, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Gwen was the first person to take me under her wing nearly 10 years ago during the KC Express Mother’s Day 5k training program. I showed up each week and would hear her encouraging words. Gwen’s welcoming definitely sparked my interest in running and the camaraderie of women supporting women. No doubt she will be missed as a bright light to many others as well.

  4. JP Shores on October 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Gwen was an inspiration to many of us on the weekly Spin! Bike rides. Her positive attitude was infectious and always had a kind word to say to all. She will be missed, we are all better for knowing her. ❤️‍♀️

  5. Tahnee on October 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for your families loss! Gwen was a powerhouse and put the energy into our classes at ENRGi. She will be so very missed

  6. Terri Rieke on October 18, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Gwen’s passing. We met at at Kansas City New Neighbors meeting and bonded instantly. We were in Causerie Francais language classes together and yoga and of course Shopping! We had lost touch at some point. She was an intelligent lovely person and I will miss her very much

  7. Janet Milkovich on October 17, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Gwen had a wonderful life partner to travel the world with. I will miss her caring words and big smile and cherish our many Bible study conversations with our small group. What a comfort to know she truly rests in peace.

  8. Lee Witkin Pierce on October 17, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I am deeply saddened hearing of Gwen’s passing to such a terrible disease.
    At one time, we were good friends, through our husband’s lifelong relationship.We spent many a time together,watching our children play, while sharing coffee and laughing about our daily lives. After they left town we lost touch, but always kept the fondness.
    She was a good person and the world is minus another angel.
    Peace and strength to Charlie and Andrea during this difficult time.

  9. Marilyn and Terry Downing on October 17, 2021 at 9:08 am

    We were so sorry to see this in the Buffalo News today. I hope Gwen didn’t suffer and that you all are holding up OK. We think of you often, as we are still in the house on South Ellicott. God bless you all.
    Marilyn and Terry Downing

Leave a Comment

Obituaries & Condolences

Shirley Faye McFarland

Deborah J. Puhr

Clifford William Doherty, Jr.

Vicki Bruner Louvier

Patricia Ann Kuehn

John McClain

Jennifer Marie Adriano

Timothy J. Trusler

Esther Brown Atha Giffin

Paula Ann VanDeBerghe

James “Jim” Harden

ElizaBeth Ann Doleshal