Monica Grace (Matyak) Steiner Monica Grace (Matyak) Steiner of Olathe, KS passed away after a long battle with cancer on Sat, Aug. 10, 2013, while vacationing with family in Colorado. Monica was born on March 2, 1970, the daughter of Paul and Genevieve Matyak of Delia, KS. She graduated from The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas in 1992 and went on to a successful 17-year career at Marketshare Publications in Overland Park, KS. Monica married Jay Steiner on Oct. 1, 1994 and has two children, daughter Lauren Grace and son Lance Matthew of the home. Monica enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, exercising, cooking, traveling and being with friends, but nothing delighted her more than being with her loving family. Throughout her journey with cancer, she was an inspiration to many. She was recognized with The Adversity Award from the Kansas City Sports Commission's WIN organization for her courageous approach to continue to live strong throughout her battle. She was proud of her efforts with The University of Kansas Cancer Center to bring more awareness and research to fight metastatic cancer. Proceeding her in death were her mother, Genevieve (Grace) Matyak, father, Paul Frank Matyak, and brother Paul Joseph Matyak. Monica is survived by her husband, Jay Steiner, daughter, Lauren, and son Lance of Olathe, siblings Ed (Kathy) Matyak, Dorothy (Eldon) Fastrup, Roxie (David) Fath, Topeka, and Rick (Melody) Matyak, Delia, and many special nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in the BEST Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd. in Overland Park, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Monica Steiner Memorial Fund, c/o Prosperity Advisory Group, 10955 Lowell, Suite 900, Overland Park, KS 66210. My love, you came to me like wine comes to this mouth grown tired of water all the time. You quench my heart and you quench my mind. Celebrate we will because life is short but sweet for certain. Monica Steiner
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Aug. 14, 2013