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O'DONNELL, BERNARD MATTHEW - Independence  
BERNARD MATTHEW O'DONNELL Bernard Matthew "Barney" O'Donnell, proud papa of Aubriana and Caleb, and loving husband & father to wife Rita & daughter Tahitia, passed away April 15, 2015, at the age of 84. He was born on August 6, 1930, to Matthew & Elizabeth O'Donnell in Galesburg, Ill. Family will greet friends on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 2-4:00pm, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Indep., MO. Barney will be laid to rest in Valhalla Memorial Park, in North Hollywood, CA, at a later date. Contributions may be made to CCVI or Children's Mercy, in honor of Barney. Online condolences at www.speakschapel.com . Arr: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600 Speaks Suburban Funeral Home, 18020 E 39th St, Independence, MO 64051, 816-373-3600
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 17, 2015

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OWEN, MARY "JOYCE" - Raytown  
Mary "Joyce" Owen died on April 14, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Joyce was born on September 2, 1926 on the family farm near Fairview, Kansas to Paul and Irene (Whitney) Cyphers. She joined older brother and sister, Emerson and Marjorie. Joyce grew up surrounded by relatives and would walk to school with her 9 cousins. Joyce's first date with Bill (William) Owen was in 9th grade when they attended a music festival together. He would sing and through the years she accompanied him on the piano. Joyce attended Kansas State University where she was active in Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She and Bill were married June 23, 1946 when he returned from serving in the Navy. They lived in Manhattan and Norton, Kansas and Warrensburg, Missouri settling in Raytown in 1957 where they raised their 3 children, Gail, Todd and Diane. She lived in Raytown until moving to Kingswood Manor in 2007. Joyce's faith has always been central in her life. She was baptized as an infant in the Reformed Church in Fairview, Kansas and wherever she has lived she has been an active member in the church. In Kansas City she served as one of the first female elders in the Presbyterian Church USA and served for years as Director of Christian Eudcation. She was a member of 2nd Presbyterian Church. Joyce was a lifetime member of PEO. She was the nurse at Norfleet Elementary School in Raytown for 20 years. Joyce's love affair with Rocky Mountain National Park began when she was a toddler when her family traveled over Fall River Pass in a Model A. Her first trip up Trail Ridge Road was in 1946 on her honeymoon. Yearly the family traveled to RMNP to hike and appreciate God's amazing creation. On their 40th Anniversary, Joyce and Bill purchased their mountain home in Estes Park. She passed on her love for RMNP and the mountains to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joyce and Bill were able to travel through the United States and she was proud to have visited 49 states and 49 capitals. They also enjoyed several trips to Europe. Joyce enjoyed decorating her home with things that reminded her of her many travels. Joyce is survived by daughter Gail (Mike) Owens, Todd Owen (Patricia) and Diane Turner. Grandchildren: Tod Buckner, Jason Buckner, Angela (Buckner) Hill, Jill Turner Cocking, Ben Turner and Katie Turner DeHaven and 9 great grandchildren. There will be visitation on April 17 from 7-9pm at Missouri Funeral Care, 816-353-1700 in Raytown. Funeral services will be held at 2nd Presbyterian Church, Kansas City on April 18 at 10am and burial will be at 3:00 at Powhatten Cemetary, Brown County, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to William and Joyce Cyphers Owen Memorial Scholarship at Kansas State University which provides aid for students studying engineering and agriculture. 2323 Anderson Ave. Manhatten, KS 66502 or online at www.found.ksu.edu . 1- 800-432-1578. M
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 16, 2015

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O'FLANNIGAN, SISTER MARY JULIANNE - Leavenworth  
SISTER MARY JULIANNE O'FLANNIGAN The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Mary Julianne O'Flannigan, 92, who died on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Ross Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas. Kathleen Sheila O'Flannigan was born on July 6, 1922 in Laramie, WY, the oldest of seven children born to Thomas and Julia Mary Leonard O'Flannigan. Both her parents and her maternal and paternal grandparents were born in Ireland. Kathleen graduated from Fremont School, Laramie, and Mount St. Gertrude Academy in Boulder, CO. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint Mary College in 1958. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August 6, 1959 and, as Sister Mary Julianne, made her profession of vows on February 19, 1961. In 1969 she was awarded a Master of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Wyoming. Sister Mary Julianne taught at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth as well as at secondary schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Montana. She later applied her business skills as secretary to the president of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Services Corporation and subsequently as secretary to the treasurer of the religious community. Survivors include brother John O'Flannigan, Goodyear, AZ; sister- in-law Mrs. Mary (James) O'Flannigan, Laramie, WY; sister, Sister Nora Patricia O'Flannigan, RGS, San Francisco, CA; nephews, nieces, friends, and her SCL Community. A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. Belden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S 4th ST, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 15, 2015
ODLE, JOSEPH P. - Bonner Springs  
Joseph Preston Odle, 79, Basehor, Kan., passed away April 14, 2015, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kan. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Fri., April 17, at the First Baptist Church of Basehor. Burial to follow in the Glenwood Cemetery, also in Basehor. Friends may call at the visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Fri., April 17, at the church prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of your choice. Mr. Odle was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Kansas City, Kan., and has been a lifelong area resident. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked for over 30 years for the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department retiring as Captain and Union President in 1984. He later served as Mayor of Basehor and as a Basehor City Councilman and was appointed as the Kansas State Fire Marshall. He was a longtime member of the Basehor VFW and the First Baptist Church of Basehor. Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sabra Odle of the home; four children, Bob Odle (Debbie) of Basehor, Mike Odle (Carmen) of Piper, Kan., Dawn Edmonds (Russell) of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Sean Odle (Angela) of Tonganoxie, Kan.; six grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor (Adam), Klynn, Madisyn, Jason and Jessica (Mark); two great grandchildren, Xavier and Zane. Alden-Harrington Funerals, Cremations, Pre-Planning. 913-422-4074, AldenHarrington.com
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 15, 2015

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OWEN, VIRGINIA A.  
Virginia A. Owen, 80, of Dearborn, Mo., died April 11, 2015. Cremation. Private graveside service at a later date. Memorials American Cancer Society. Arr.: Vaughn-Aufranc FH, Dearborn, (816) 992-3366.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 14, 2015
OYER, EDDIE B. - Kansas City  
Mr. Eddie B. Oyer, 85, of Kansas City, MO passed away March 17, 2015 at home with his wife Patty and sister-in-law, Vickie by his side. Eddie's memorial service will be held at Independence Boulevard Christian Church, 606 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, MO on April 18, 2015, 11:00 AM in the Main Sanctuary. Eddie was born on November 20, 1929 in Jacksonville, MO to Alfred & Jean Brooks. As an infant he was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Clarence & Ida Mae Oyer of Kansas City, MO. A lifelong resident of the Northeast area he went to Gladstone elementary school & graduated from Northeast High School in 1947. During his childhood his adopted mother saw in him a talent for music. He was trained by his sister, Eleanor Mae & others. Eddie's musical accomplishments during his youth were many & legendary. Eddie began performing at the age of 3, a piano prodigy, sometimes in lounges & cocktail settings that because of his tender youth his mother had to be present. At the age of 10, owing to his music expertise, Eddie was given the extraordinary privilege of playing on the Viennese Steinway piano of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the renowned pianist & composer who was the former Prime Minister of Poland. Eddie was distinguished for his brilliant smile & sequin costumes. He was known as "The Keyboard Atom Splitter" because of the meticulous way he played the Boogie Woogie. He played at the Muelbach Hotel, The Broadway Interlude & at concerts for The Jenkins Music Company all across Kansas City. To great acclaim, Eddie performed at the Omar Lounge that was located in the Hotel Continental at 11th and Baltimore. Equally at home playing jazz, contemporary music or concertos by Rachmaninoff, many considered that Eddie, a deeply humble man, was a musical genius. He continued this career until in 1950 when he enlisted the US Army & was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. During this time he was trained as a Combat Engineer. Eddie had admitted that his talents did not extend to the handling of explosives and was always "getting blown up" during exercises. Before his battalion was to ship out to Korea, the Base Commander one day heard Eddie playing the piano and he decided that is was more important for Eddie to entertain than to blow things up & was transferred to the Base band. It was during this time in the Army his talent for music was being recognized and in 1954 was featured in a talent contest on the Arlene Francis TV show in New York City where he took First Place. After his service in the Army he returned home to Kansas City. His sister, Eleanor Mae had a dance and music studio on the third floor of the house on N. Lawn. He assisted her by playing the piano during student lessons. Later on when she had a child Eddie took over the business and a local legend was born. In the 60's Eddie purchased a small building on 5240 St. John Ave and called it "The Eddie Oyer School of Music and Dance". There he remained for almost 50 years until his retirement in 2010. His thousands of students learned the gift of music, dance & pageant performance from Eddie, showering him with great respect & love. Many of his students went on to professional music careers, including performing at the Starlight Theater, local music theaters & even the Lawrence Welk Orchestra on television. Part of Eddie's inspired education method was to have children play the piano from small wooden fully functioning pianos that could be situated on a TV tray or table. Even after retirement Eddie continued to teach one student up to the time he passed away. On August 25, 1967, Eddie's life was further fulfilled when he married the love of his life, Patty Strohm. Their love story continued for 49 years. During those years they were inseparable. Together they shared adventures travelling around the USA & Europe. Later on they loved taking ocean cruises where he continued to entertain by playing the piano for his fellow passengers. Even during his years as a teacher he still found the time to involve himself with many civic activities. His involvement included membership in: The Kansas City Tourist Commission, The Musicians' Union, the Northeast Community Council (where Eddie and Patty first met), the Kansas City Chapter of the National Professional Business Association, Board member of the Kansas City Museum & Chairman of the local Chautauqua Committee. For many years Eddie performed for the Glennon Nursing Home. He was an Elder, Sunday school teacher & pianist at Budd Park Christian Church, Elder & pianist at Independence Boulevard Christian Church. In 2005 the Northeast Newspaper published an extensive article on Eddie's many accomplishments in which they named him, the man who "Taught Northeast to Dance". In the spring of 2012 former student John Armato, established the Eddie & Patty Oyer Scholarship at Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, Illinois. The scholarship was designed to honor "the powerful impact Mr. Oyer's presence has had" on the life of his many students. The scholarship is a gift award to worthy students in both the Bachelor & Master of Music college programs. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James & Michael Brooks and a sister, Eleanor Mae Ryan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Patty; brothers, Donald Brooks (Mary Lee); A.W. Brooks; Robert Brooks (Bernie); sister, Linnie DiGiamcomo (Robert); sister-in-laws, Vickie Strohm & Betty West; brother-in-law, Charlie Strohm (Candace) and many nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews and great-great nieces & nephews. Patty Oyer wishes to thank in a special way Dr. Steiner and his staff, North Care Hospice, Rev. Lee Chiaramonte and son, Jaime; their dear next door neighbors; old time friends the Robinsons; and his buddy sister-in-law, Vickie, who deeply misses him; Patty's sister, Betty; Joe the Barber and a special lady who helped "Mr. Eddie" – she knows who she is. Memorial Contributions can be made to Independence Boulevard Christian Church, 606 Gladstone Blvd., KCMO 64124 or the Eddie & Patty Oyer Scholarship Fund at Vandercook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal Street, Chicago, IL 60616. www.VanderCook.edu . Online condolences to www.mcgilleysheil.com Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 816- 353-6555. M
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 12, 2015
OYERLY, VIVIAN DARLENE - Kansas City  
Vivian Darlene Oyerly, 83, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at her home in Kansas City, MO. Visitation will be 6-8pm Thur, Apr 16 with Rosary at 7:30pm at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am Apr 17, Our Lady Of Peace, 1029 Bennington Ave, Kansas City, MO. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to North Kansas City Hospice or American Cancer Society. Vivian was born October 15 1931 in St. Joseph, MO to James "Ferd" Hilgert and Blanche Terry Hilgert Newton. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Jean Wattenbargar. Vivian retired from Avon after 25 years of service. She had also worked for Sears Roebuck & Co for 10 years. Vivian leaves her daughters, Judith Ann Lawson, Diana Lynn Oyerly, Carol Jean Oyerly and Vivian Elaine Oyerly; seven grandchildren, Troy, Mark, John, Will, Shawn, Brena and Amber; eleven great grandchildren. (Arr: Park Lawn 816-523-1234)
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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 14, 2015
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