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Mildred Kralicek

Sep 26, 1929 - Dec 03, 2023

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Independence, MO

Mildred I. Kralicek passed away on Sunday, December 3rd surrounding by her loving family. Mildred was born on September 26, 1929 to Glee & Leota Mason in South Haven, Kansas. After marriage to her husband Kenny Kralicek on December 21, 1952 she moved to Independence, Mo. so that Kenny would be able to work with his brother Harvey Kralicek in the cleaning shop. Mildred obtained her C. N. A. certification and worked at the Resthaven Nursing Home for many years.Mildred was also a member of th...Read More

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Nicolas Eugene Martin

Dec 14, 1980 - Feb 18, 2024

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Independence, MO

Nicolas Eugene Martin, 43, passed away on February 18, 2024, in Independence Mo. A full obituary after family approval.Memorial Service at a later date.

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Vernon Merle Smith

Mar 26, 1929 - Feb 23, 2024

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Independence, MO

Vernon “Smitty” Smith, age 94, of Brookfield, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Park Baptist Church in Brookfield with Pastor David Blakely officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A private Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Shafter, Missouri. Memorials to Mt. Olive Cemetery may be left at the church or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628. Vernon Merle, son of Harley and Nettie (Dowell) Smith, was born March 26, 1929, in Shafter, Missouri. On September 24, 1949, he married Martha Ann Graham who preceded him in death on June 2, 2015. Vernon was a lifelong resident of Linn County. He was a member of Park Baptist Church in Brookfield where he had served as a Deacon, and also attended Trinity United Methodist Church for a time. Vernon had worked for several years at Biegel Refrigeration in Brookfield and was the owner and operator of Smitty’s Cabinet Shop in Brookfield for over 50 years. Vernon was a true sports enthusiast. He was an outstanding basketball player in high school (and where he was given the nickname of "Short" by teammates, since he was literally short but extremely quick/fast). He played American Legion Baseball and was a member of the Mendon MO Ball Club winning the State championship in 1951. He was also a member of both the Pankey Oilers and Pepsi men's softball teams, which made multiple State appearances over the years. He most likely played every position during his career but was foremost a catcher, a pitcher, or a first baseman. Vernon also loved watching college basketball and football, but nothing compared to his love of baseball. He was a long time Kansas City Royals season ticket holder and also loved the Kansas City Chiefs. Vernon lived a long healthy life that allowed him to travel and enjoy his grandchildren in their sports. Survivors include his children, Laurinda Davison of Chillicothe and Stephen Smith of Kingsport, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Edward Lee Enyeart and wife, Kathleen of Kansas City and Phillip Stephen Davison and wife, Ashlea of Portland, Oregon; five great-grandchildren, Ian Enyeart, Alec Enyeart, Owen Fisher, Addy Fisher, and Izzy Fisher all of Kansas City; and one son-in-law, Brent Hazelrigg of Columbia. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Verna Suzanne Hazelrigg; son-in-law, Roy Davison; one sister, Norma Jenkins; and two brothers, Loren Smith and Virgil Smith. To to the family or in memory of Vernon Merle Smith, please

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Janice Rae Krska

Nov 13, 1936 - Feb 18, 2024

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Independence, MO

Janice Rae Krska, 87, of Independence, Missouri passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home, Independence, Missouri; burial following at Mt. Washington, Independence, Missouri. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, Missouri. Janice was born on November 13, 1936 in Madison, SD daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth (Overby) Baker. She married Arnold Krska on October 13, 1956 in Custer, SD. Their first 4 children were born before they moved to Independence, MO in 1963 having Gary in 1964. Janice worked for Kmart followed by Sams Club and happily retired in 2010. She loved traveling, camping and time spent at the lake. Janice was actively involved with her family and church and was known to be a great cook. She was a very loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; son, Timothy; 2 sisters: Julene and Marjorie and brother, Gerald Baker. Janice is survived by her 4 children: Mark Krska (Alene) of Holden, MO; Rick Krska (Carol) of Olathe, KS; Melanie Griffitt (David) of Independence, MO; Gary Krska (Carla) of Lee’s Summit, MO; 24 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements: Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home Independence, MO (816) 796-8600

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Matthew Paul Sitton

Apr 28, 1987 - Feb 11, 2024

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Independence, MO

Matthew Paul Sitton, 36, of Independence, Missouri passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2024 at Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home, Independence, Missouri; burial following in New Salem Cemetery, Independence, Missouri. The family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Family and friends are encouraged to wear Chief’s attire or Matt’s favorite color, red, to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brandy Sitton for their children. Matt was born on April 28, 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri son of Rickey and Kathy (Velasquez) Sitton. He graduated from Van Horn High School in 2005 and then went on to marry Brandy James on February 20, 2015 and they began to build a life and family. Matt worked at Ford for 9 years, where he made many close friends. He was a loving husband and father, an avid Chiefs fan and had a love for music. Anyone that knew him, knew of his love for Strange Music and Linkin Park. He was a big kid at heart, that still loved Nickelodeon cartoons, super heroes and was always plotting to play pranks on any unsuspecting person. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his wife and children. Matt was big hearted, vibrant, and radiated light. He was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and amazing sense of humor. He was generous, loyal and brave. Matt accepted everyone with an open heart, open arms and a perpetual smile. His boisterous laugh was infectious and could always be heard throughout any room. He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his family and friends. He truly loved each of them – and if you knew him, you knew it. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Paul; his paternal grandparents, Monroe and Leon Sitton; and his maternal grandma, Pauline Velasquez. Matt is survived by his wife, Brandy, of the home; two children of the home: daughter, Kenlee and son, Karter; parents, Rickey and Kathy Sitton of Independence, MO; three sisters: Cynthia Sitton of Independence, MO; Susan Sitton of Independence, MO; and Stacy Sitton-Sherley (John) of Kearney, MO; maternal grandpa, Francisco Velasquez of Independence, MO; many nieces and nephews; many aunts and uncles; and in-laws, Kenny and Rae Ann James of Independence, MO; brother-in-law, Clint James of Independence, MO. Obituary submitted by the family. Arrangements: Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home Independence, MO (816) 796-8600

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Linda Ann Pickard

Feb 13, 1951 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

Linda Ann Pickard, 73, a resident of Independence, MO passed away peacefully Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO. She was born February 13, 1951 to John R. and Bertha L. (Brumbley) Pritchard in Philadelphia, PA. Linda was a 1969 graduate of George Washington High School in Philadelphia, PA. She spent her working career as a book keeper in insurance, most recently for the Thomas McGee Group in Kansas City, MO. Linda enjoyed watching cooking shows and reading. She cherished her family and friendships over the years. Survived by her brother, John Pritchard Jr., and wife Susan N. of Lancaster, PA; numerous cousins, and many friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Bertha L. Pritchard. Linda will be cremated. Her family will celebrate her life at a later time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Linda and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com

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Ernest D. Case

Jun 15, 1933 - Feb 21, 2024

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Independence, MO

Ernest D. Case, 90, of Independence, Missouri passed away on February 21, 2024.At this time, no services are scheduled.Arrangements conducted by Funeral Services of Independence. Condolences may be shared on our website.

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Janice Rae Krska

Nov 13, 1936 - Feb 18, 2024

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Independence, MO

Janice Rae Krska, 87, of Independence, Missouri passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home, Independence, Missouri; burial following at Mt. Washington, Independence, Missouri. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, Missouri. Janice was born on November 13, 1936 in Madison, SD daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth (Overby) Baker. She married Arnold Krska on October 13, 1956 in Custer, SD. Their first 4 children were born before they moved to Independence, MO in 1963 having Gary in 1964. Janice worked for Kmart followed by Sams Club and happily retired in 2010. She loved traveling, camping and time spent at the lake. Janice was actively involved with her family and church and was known to be a great cook. She was a very loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; son, Timothy; 2 sisters: Julene and Marjorie and brother, Gerald Baker. Janice is survived by her 4 children: Mark Krska (Alene) of Holden, MO; Rick Krska (Carol) of Olathe, KS; Melanie Griffitt (David) of Independence, MO; Gary Krska (Carla) of Lee’s Summit, MO; 24 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements: Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home Independence, MO (816) 796-8600

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Dolores May Curtis

Aug 30, 1937 - Feb 14, 2024

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Independence, MO

Dolores May Curtis, age 86, of Independence, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. A visitation for Dolores will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 BLUE RIDGE BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64133. A funeral service will occur Monday, February 26, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 7000 BLUE RIDGE BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64133. A graveside service will occur Monday, February 26, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Floral Hills Cemetery, 7000 BLUE RIDGE BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64133.

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Jeri Jean Hatteberg

Feb 22, 1958 - Feb 15, 2024

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Independence, MO

Jeri Jean Hatteberg, age 65, of Independence, Missouri passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Jeri Jean Hatteberg was born the youngest of 6 siblings. Her love and dedication to her family and friends has always been on of her greatest attributes and we were all abundantly blessed to have been loved by Jeri. She left behind family including siblings, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins and so many friends. One of Jeri’s greatest gifts was that she loved well! She was an encourager to her core. You always knew Jeri was rooting for you in any situation. Her smile was electric and her humor was its fitting companion. She emulated joy and it only took one conversation with Jeri to experience her charm. As her family and friends, our lives were enriched by Jeri’s love for us and we are blessed because of it. Her roots may have started as a young farm girl in Iowa but her love for travel took her across the globe. Her love of adventure took her to many interesting destinations. She loved to learn about the world and would come back from trips with souvenirs that represented the soul of her travels. She loved immersing herself in different cultures. Her face would light up as she narrated stories from her many trips, both domestic and international. It was one of her true passions in life and she inspired many of us to book that trip! Jeri’s zest for life was a lesson for us all. She was a constant in a world of change. She was a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior. Jesus’ light shined like a beacon from her soul. She knew without a doubt to Whom she belonged. She was loyal to those she loved. She was a charitable giver to those less fortunate. She was a fighter to the end. Her physical battles were fierce but her spirit never wavered. She was a realist and a protector as she methodically prepared those she loved for what was to come. Her courage was undeniable. She left nothing unsaid and regret was foreign to her. With a simple smile, her calming spirit would bring your soul to a place of balance. She led by example and would never tell you to do what she wasn’t willing to do herself. Jeri lived life to the fullest. Her soul was genuine and compassionate. Her life taught us to love each other above all things and see all that life has to offer because God’s blessings are plentiful. Her handprint will forever be cemented in the lives of those she loved. We are forever grateful for her presence in our lives. We rest in the Promise of Everlasting Life because we know that is the bridge that connects us until we meet again. Jeri Jean Hatteberg's graveside will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12:30 PM at Floral Hills East Memorial garden, 25203 East 50 Hwy, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086. A funeral services for Jeri will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 East 40th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeri's memory may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 East 40th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 US, https://www.stpaulskcmo.org/; and Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110, New York, New York 10122, https://ocrahope.org/?form=donations.

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Kenneth R. Forbes

Mar 19, 1940 - Feb 18, 2024

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Independence, MO

Kenneth R. Forbes, of Independence, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024. Kenny was born March 19, 1940, to Frank Tom and Alice Forbes. Kenny is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers; Charles, Edie, David and Rick; sisters Grace, Floy “Sis”, Evelyn and Mary.He is survived by his wife Terry Forbes; sons Clark (Christa), and Andy (Angie); grandson Drew Forbes and granddaughter Rylie Forbes; sister Shirley Phillips and sister-in-law Wendy Hill.Kenny lived his whole life in the Independence-Fairmount area. He attended Mt. Washington Grade School, Northeast Jr. High School, and graduated from the then new Van Horn High School in 1958. He has many friends from his school days that he cherished beyond belief. He excelled at all sports, including football and basketball in high school as well as softball and bowling all his life, all winning teams. He wouldn’t accept anything less. He has so many buddies that admired his talent and zeal for any game he played. He had to be the best.Kenny worked in floor covering for 45 years. The goal was to perform quality work. Anything less was not acceptable to him.He left in 1961 to join the army. He took a leave from his tour in Germany to return in April 1964 to marry Terry, his best friend of 65 years. They traveled to lovely, fun destinations ever since.Kenny enjoyed his monthly lunches at Kross’ with his many high school friends. Fond memories of his best friends Charlie Trail and Fred Coats meant so much to him. What a ride.No services are planned, and he will be buried with his family at Mt. Washington Cemetery.“LET’S ROLL”

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