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Connie Hoover

Feb 27, 1970 - Dec 02, 2023

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Independence, MO

Connie Tylice Hoover, Independence, MO was born on February 27, 1970, in Shawnee Mission, KS, and passed from this life on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at the age of 53.Connie grew up in Bethany, MO, and is a 1988 graduate of South Harrison High School. She met her life partner, Gary Howard in September 1995 and gave birth to her daughter Ashley on July 5, 1996. She always said that having Ashley was her greatest accomplishment. She was a dedicated, hardworking employee who worked in customer se...Read More

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EDITH MARIE CARROLL

Sep 20, 1933 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

EDITH "EDIE" MARIE CARROLL, 90, Independence, MO, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Wilshire at Lakewood Rehab Center. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27th, with funeral services to follow at 10 a.m., at the Park Lawn Chapel; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.Mrs. Carroll was born September 20, 1933, in Belle, MO. She retired from Research Hospital after more than 25 years of service and then re-entered the workforce at the age of 63 as a dialysis nurse for DCI, which was supposed to be on-call or as needed. She ended up working more than 40 hours a week for an additional 17 years, until a month before her 80th birthday when vision problems surfaced and prevented her from performing the job any longer. Mrs. Carroll was an avid reader, known for always having a stack of romance novels lying on the table next to her favorite chair in the living room.Mrs. Carroll was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Glandon; husband Alonzo "Lonnie" Carroll; grandson, Anthony Meunier; sisters, Daisy Scarlett and Shirley Carroll; and, brothers, Bob, James, Eugene, and John Scarlett.She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Muenks and her husband, Doug Muenks; granddaughter, Angela Meunier; sisters, Nora Johnson and Dottie Sansoucie; and, several nieces and nephews.

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Mark Douglas Lohman

Aug 12, 1959 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

While engaging in one of his many hobbies, Mark Douglas Lohman, of Independence, Missouri, stepped into eternity with Jesus on Thursday, February 22, 2024; a very untimely and unexpected shock to his family and friends, as he was always a glowing picture of health and vitality. The family awaits the results of an autopsy report for the final cause of death.There will be a public visitation Thursday evening, February 29th, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO, 64138, from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to All For Moms Foundation, and can be made online at www.allformomsfoundation.org, or by check made payable to All For Moms Foundation, with "Mark Lohman" in the memo line.A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Mark was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 12th, 1959, to Wesley and Blondena (nee Smith) Lohman, and except for some time he spent at Southwest Baptist University during his college years, has lived in the KC metro area his whole life. A multi-faceted person, he was so many things to so many people. It is daunting to try to define all the energy that was Mark Lohman. The task is like trying to contain a Texas tornado! (He would greatly appreciate that reference, ask his children and friends, severe weather and the threat of tornadic activity was but one feature of his many passions.) Everyone who knew Mark knew he had a zeal for life. He approached all he did with an electric intensity. Whatever pursuit he took up, he gave it his all.Mark enjoyed a close family growing up, with one set of grandparents next door, and cousins in the area. He loved retelling stories of the happy holiday gatherings with family all around, as his mom, aunts, and grandmothers were all great cooks and hostesses.Mark worked with various companies in the security industry since 1988, to include ADT, GE, Siemens, Stanley, and the last almost ten years being with Electronic Supply in midtown KC. He had many colleagues with whom he stayed in contact through the years.Music was a huge part of who Mark was. You can’t separate him from his music. Early in high school the seed of his love of music sprouted and bloomed big in his heart. He was involved in many contests and achieved high honors throughout his educational life. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC with a Bachelor of Music degree, went on to pursue a Masters in Saxophone Performance, and developed into an accomplished musician who would, his whole life, play professionally around the Kansas City region. His most recent "gig" was being a part of the local band "One Night Stand", a talented group of men who played mostly classic rock. He thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and great friendships they shared. He also played with Platinum Express and Rogers’ Brothers Heritage. Mark made many lifelong friends in the music industry.What a dynamic woodwinds player! He could set fire to the keys on his sax! He also played clarinet and flute, as well as the piano and drums. His mom used to drily comment on the seeming fortune they spent on instruments, lessons, and travel, but she always beamed with pride when sitting in a church pew hearing him play, knowing they had gotten a wonderful return on their investment.The passion Mark had for music was so evident when he played. Because it was anointed, it moved people on an emotional level. He served on several church music ministry teams through the years, always humbled to be part of the design to lift the body of Christ into a reverent and worshipful time of praise to the Lord. Being able to lead others to the throne of Grace was one of Mark’s greatest joys.He was equally at home in his delivery of a Jazz or Big Band piece, or a rock song like Deacon Blues or Nights in White Satin. At one gig on a particular Saturday night at a local venue, he was playing the solo part of Nights in White Satin, with such emotion that one of the customers kept throwing money at him on the stage, apparently so moved by Mark’s rendition (or so the story goes). Mark just had that ability to bring the heat. He LIVED for his music, it was therapy to him in many ways.A wonderful and encouraging teaching/mentor, he taught music lessons through the years, loving to pour his ardent love of jazz – and music in general - into young minds. To say that Mark was passionate about outdoor sports would truly be an understatement. If it had feathers, fins, or antlers, he had a devotion to it. An avid hunting enthusiast, he was craaaaazy about deer hunting, especially the trips he shared with his then-teenage son, Austin - out of which came a number of humorous stories. Mark also loved to turkey hunt with his dad, son, and friends; as well many bird hunting trips with "the guys". And we can’t forget the fishies! His grandmother and mother gave him his love of " wetting a line", and many were the hilarious stories of family fishing forays. When he and his wife Lisa took weekend trips, a fishing pole and some minimal equipment always clandestinely found their way somewhere to the back of the vehicle. Lisa often joked that if he had the chance, he would literally fish in a puddle, and she wasn’t too far from the truth. Patriotism and his faith in Jesus were another huge slice of who Mark was. He loved America and was saddened by the direction of the country the last thirty years or so. He was a man of strong belief in the ideas of Conservatism and could at times, unintentionally, get sideways with people of a different stripe if their ideas differed from his, and he let his dedication to the topic get the best of him. The older he got, that he did this grieved him. While his ideals did not change, his communication of them softened, especially after the death of his parents. His desire became about honoring the memory of his dad, for whom sharing Jesus was the more important topic. Married for 37 years to Lisa, they shared a great affection for the outdoors, which proved to be a life-long bond in their marriage, whether it was simply enjoying working in their yard, a companionable silence around their firepit, working together on never-ending projects around their home, taking serendipitous roadtrips, bike riding, or hiking. They also enjoyed doing various mission projects. They loved to laugh and have fun. According to their son, they had their "own brand" of humor (and apparently he is not the only one to think this!) – but their humor, too, was a bond that enabled them to battle through tough times. Mark had a never-ending supply of hilarious Three Stooges and Barney Fife clips that he shared with her, in spite of her protestations about it being the 475th time she had had to endure Barney Fife reciting his "Juanita" poem. Mark was a devoted father, a fun one at that (meaning Lisa was often saddled with the onerous task of discipline, as the kids tell it). His three children, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Austin were a huge part of who Mark was. He especially enjoyed their activities as kids, whether dancing, twirling, or cheerleading; from BVAC basketball and soccer in grade school all the way through high school sports and assorted activities. He was known to be a vigorous and vocal "supporter" from the bleachers, often assisting referees with what he felt was NEEDED bleacher-side advice (they never seemed too grateful about that, though?). He was crazy proud of each of his kids’ accomplishments, from kindergarten to the present. He immensely enjoyed the adults they have become and could often be somewhat startled - and challenged - at times when their strong perspectives on a topic differed from his.Mark lamented how busy life was for families; sad there never seemed enough time to spend more time with his kids and grandchildren. Sadly, the littlest ones will grow up not knowing just what a fun "Pop" and "PiPiLi" (just ask) he was. Mark lost his parents within 39 days of each other in 2022, and had not overcome their loss. To know that he has been reunited with them, and others who have gone ahead of him, brings Lisa a peace that passes all understanding. We who loved him and yet remain here, have a big hole in our hearts, but because of the work Jesus did on the Cross, our eternity, like Mark’s, is made secure in Heaven, and we can trust we will be reunited with those whom we loved who've gone on ahead of us, just like Mark.Mark was preceded in death by his cherished mother and father, Blondena and Wesley Lohman; a brother, Gary Stephen Lohman, and numerous aunts and uncles.He is survived by his beloved wife, Lisa (nee Irving) Lohman of Independence; beloved daughters Ashley White (Brandon), of Tonganoxie, KS, and Kaitlyn Hauser (Isaac), of Lee’s Summit; beloved son, Austin Lohman (Allie) of Spring Hill, KS; five beloved grandchildren, Parker, Foster, and Claire White, of Tonganoxie, KS; and Easton and Rylan Lohman, of Spring Hill, KS; and a number of beloved cousins on both side of his family. A blazing light has gone through the sky and passed quickly – too quickly – into eternity. We pray that in the way you knew Mark, his memory will always blaze a smile across your heart. In lieu of flowers, Mark would be thrilled to know you made a donation to his daughter-in-law’s mission-oriented organization, All For Moms Foundation. You may do that online at allformomsfoundation.org, or by check the night of his visitation. Please make your check to All For Moms Foundation, and be sure to put Mark Lohman in the memo line.

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Gwendolyn Gale Leach

Sep 20, 1945 - Feb 23, 2024

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Independence, MO

Gwendolyn Gale Leach, 78, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Independence Rehab of Independence. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Eastside Church, 19901 RT-78, Independence, MO 64057. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.Gale was born on September 20, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Bernard and Gwendolyn (Johnson) McManamin. She was married to William "Bill" leach who preceded her in death.

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Charles Bartocci

Jan 20, 1955 - Feb 03, 2024

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Independence, MO

Retired USCG Charles Bartocci, 69, of Topeka, passed away on February 3, 2024, in Independence, Missouri.He was born in Orlando, Florida on January 20, 1955, the son of Pasquale and Estelle (Vincent) Bartocci. Charles served his country in the United States Coast Guard for 30 years. He was most recently a Training Specialist for Homeland Security with the Coast Guard. He enjoyed working for his country and those whom he was associated with in his many positions over the years.He enjoyed kayaking, golfing, cooking, was an artist and a loyal Royals Baseball fan.He married Jacqueline Williams on August 16, 1997, in Topeka, Kansas. She survives. He is also survived by a step-son, Jordan Turner and his siblings, Cathy (Joe) Beaudoin, Tommy (Sharon) Bartocci and Annette Cobb. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.A Memorial service with military honors provided by the Coast Guard will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, February 17th, at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Meals on Wheels or to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.

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Jessica Dawn Russell Koehler

Died : Feb 09, 2024

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Independence, MO

Jessica Dawn Russell Koehler, 47, of Independence, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2024. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Heart of God Fellowship, 3720 Buckner-Tarseny, Buckner, Missouri 64015. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with service from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.Jessika was a kind soul; caring mother; and amazing partner. She was incredibly intelligent and loved her kids most of all. She was loud and proud to the very end.Jessika is survived by her children: Michael Russell, Nicholas Russell-Gamble, and Alexus Gamble; mother, Lisa Smothers; father, Dennis Russell; fiancée, Terisha Janeski; siblings: Tracee Gulley, Shaun Jack, and Scott Jack; nephews: Devan Brown, Kayden Russell, Toby Pointer, and JC Ault; niece, Audrey and many more family and friends.Jessika was a shining star that will be forever missed but never forgotten.

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Janessa Cherie Russell

Died : Feb 09, 2024

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Independence, MO

Janessa Cherie Russell, 44, of Independence, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2024. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Heart of God Fellowship, 3720 Buckner-Tarseny, Buckner, Missouri 64015. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with service from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.Janessa had a bubbly personality, infectious laughter, and always gave 100% to anything she put her mind to. She loved Mexican Coca-Cola; and she had a need for speed. Janessa overcame her fear of heights through skydiving. She was a loving mother who loved spending time with her kids. Being a good Mom was her proudest of many accomplishments.Janessa is survived by her children: Devan Brown, Kayden Russell, and Toby Pointer; mother, Lisa Smothers; father, Dennis Russell; fiancée, Terisha Janeski; siblings: Tracee Gulley, Shaun Jack, and Scott Jack; nephews: JC Ault, Nicholas Russell-Gamble, Michael Russell; nieces, Audrey and Alexus Gamble; and God Child, Kelsie Petty(Roettgen) and many more family and friends.Janessa was a shining star that will be forever missed but never forgotten.

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Christopher Timothy Meixueiro

Aug 22, 1970 - Feb 21, 2024

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Independence, MO

Christopher Timothy Meixueiro, known to many as Chris, passed away in Independence, Missouri at the age of 53. His life was one dedicated to the art of carpentry, where he served diligently as a member of the carpenter's union, the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, for many years. Chris was not only a skilled craftsman but also a patient teacher who shared his knowledge with friends and family whenever the opportunity arose.Born on August 22, 1970, in Kansas City, Missouri, Chris grew up to be a man of exceptional character. Described as having the kindest and most incredible heart, he exemplified selflessness and generosity in all aspects of his life. Always ready to offer a helping hand to those in need, Chris touched the lives of many with his compassionate nature. Apart from his professional life, Chris found joy in various hobbies and interests. He had a particular fondness for delicious food, especially relishing his mother's cooking. An avid player of games like chess and scrabble, he cherished moments spent competing with loved ones. His love for dogs was evident, especially towards his own furry companions. In his leisure time, Chris sought solace in nature through activities like fishing and canoeing. Family was everything to Chris. He treasured moments spent with his loved ones above all else, although his nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law held a special place in his heart.Chris is preceded in passing by his father, Fausto Meixueiro; and his niece, Christina (Meixueiro) Ferguson. He is survived by his mother, Angelina Cole; and siblings, Fausto Meixueiro, Jr. of Kansas City, MO; Angela Grady (Brian) of Kansas City, MO; Teresa Crane (Robert) of Independence, MO; Ricardo "Ricky" Meixueiro of Kansas City, MO; Annette Meixueiro of Sugar Creek, MO; Robin Meixueiro of Olathe, KS; and Rebecca (Bryan) Garrett of Raymore, MO; half-sister Elizabeth Harpool of Kansas City, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.Chris' family will greet guests during his visitation at Speaks Suburban Chapel on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 5-7 PM. His service will begin at 7 PM immediately following visitation.

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Jerretta Lou Peterson

Feb 19, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024

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Independence, MO

Jerretta Lou Peterson, 87 of Independence, MO, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Centrepoint Medical Center. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64052 for Visitation and Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2024, at the Olean Cemetery in Olean, MO. Jerretta was born February 19, 1937, in Eldon, MO to Lyman and Eunice (Shoemaker) Jobe. She had worked as a Floor Supervisor at Jemco Printing for over 30 years and in credit and retail at Montgomery Ward. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and visiting with family and friends and go cart racing. She is survived by her son, Richard Peterson; sister, Betty Harkless and many nieces, nephews, and extended family She is preceded in death by her husband, Delbert O. Peterson; her son Donald Peterson; her parents, Lyman and Eunice Jobe and her brother, Larry Jobe.

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Larry Ray Bentsen

Sep 16, 1951 - Feb 13, 2024

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Independence, MO

Larry Ray Bentsen, 72, of Odessa, Missouri passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at CenterPoint Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on September 16, 1951, to Raymond and Betty (Baker) Bentsen. Larry graduated in 1969 from Osage City High School in Osage City, KS. Larry proudly served from 1971-1974 in the United States Army as a special bandsman, driving trucks for the United States Army Field Band across the country. Following his military service, Larry attended DeVry, Wentworth, and Park Colleges. He received a Certificate in Electronics Technology, an Associate in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Computer Applications/Management. Larry was united in marriage on August 30, 1980, to Anita Grace (Bell Williams) Bentsen in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bentsen’s have resided on a farm outside of Odessa since 1987. It was here he spent many hours outdoors taking care of his cows, chickens, and pastures. Larry worked for Alstom in Warrensburg, Missouri as a Software Verification and Test Engineer. He was employed by Alstom, GE Transportation, and Harmon Electronics throughout the last 45 years at locations in Grain Valley and Warrensburg. He was lovingly referred to as "Larry the Legend" by family and friends. Larry recently was accepted into the Catholic faith. He was a devoted Kansas City Blades hockey and KU basketball fan. Larry had a special place in his heart for his family. Along with spending cherished time with his grandkids, Larry enjoyed reading, watching old westerns, Top Golf, bingo, reading his cattle forums, traveling back to Beatrice, and gardening. He lived well and was well loved, providing a shining example of what a husband, father, and grandfather should be. Larry is survived by his dedicated wife, Anita Bentsen; five children, Elliot (Kathryn) Bentsen, Evan (Betsy) Bentsen, Ethan Bentsen, Ellyn (Mitchell) Wilson, and Emery (Jessica) Bentsen; six grandchildren, Oliver Wilson, Adalaide Wilson, Malachi Porto, Whitley Bentsen, Alexander Bentsen, and James Bentsen; his beloved brother, David Bentsen; one brother-in-law Joe Melley; one sister-in-law, Joyce (Allen) Zimmerschied; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Along with both his parents, Larry was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Erryn Bentsen, his beloved sister, Linda Melley and a niece LaDonna Conrad. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2024, at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, 306 S. 2nd St., Odessa, MO, 64076, 816-633-5524. Due to his love for Hawaiian shirts, the family has requested visitors and coworkers wear Hawaiian shirts in honor of Larry. Burial will be held at the Odessa Cemetery following private services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mayview Fire Protection District. Memories and condolences may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com or on our Facebook Page.

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Joel Robert Ross

Dec 07, 1981 - Feb 24, 2024

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Independence, MO

Joel Robert Ross passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Independence, Missouri at 11:28 a.m. He was only 42 years old. His family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. Joel was born on December 7, 1981 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Independence, Missouri and attended Fort Osage High School. He later on attended Avila University and graduated with Magna Cum Laude. He was baptized at Our Redeemer in Kansas City, Missouri before attending Messiah Lutheran Church where he was confirmed. Joel was passionate about sports and loved to play the piano. He was very skilled at Texas Hold’em and loved to be surrounded by his friends and family. One of his favorite places was the ocean. He also loved animals and watching movies. His favorite jobs he held included working at the Animal Hospital in Blue Springs, Missouri and Marketing Sales for Royals Stadium. Joel is survived by his father, John Edward Ross; mother, Kathryn Susan (Diebold) Ross; and will forever be remembered by his siblings, Daniel Aaron Ross; and half- brother, Johnny Alan Ross. Joel was a very caring and thoughtful person inside and out. He cared deeply for the people around him. He made an impact on many lives. He will be forever missed. Until we meet again. Visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Interment will be in New Salem Cemetery.

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