Mary Jo Monahan Biersmith
Mary Jo Monahan Biersmith, 72, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away September 19, 2011 at her home. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Saturday September 24, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6415 Holmes, Kansas City, Missouri.
Mary Jo was born on December 18, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Hugh and Elizabeth Monahan. She graduated from Lillis High School and continued her education at Mount St. Scholastica. She went on to get her Master’s degree in special education at UMKC. She taught at St. Peter’s and in the Independence School District for over 25 years. Mary Jo was an avid traveler, even though she had no sense of direction, a gifted athlete and competitive tennis player who often beat players half her age and a wonderful cook who made the best meatballs in the world.
She is survived by her children and their families, Carolyn (Vince) McCarthy, David Biersmith Jr., Chris Biersmith, Beth (Marty) McCarthy, John Biersmith, Kurt Biersmith; grandchildren Alex, Luke, Jack, Brady, and Katie McCarthy. In addition, she is survived by her sister Kay Smith and her brother Michael Monahan.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to: Sisters, Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109