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May 11, 1922 - March 28, 2014 Madeline J. (Kiefer) Hale passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Warrensburg, MO. She was born in Independence, MO, on May 11, 1922. Madeline was the eldest daughter, one of eight children of Clarence A. Kiefer and Hazel Gillette Kiefer. She grew up in the Fairmont area, graduating from Northeast High School where she was one of its finest Vi-Queens. During World War II Madeline was eager to serve her country, and she became a SPAR in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Yeoman Second Class. While home on leave for the holidays, she met a handsome, young First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, Kenneth Hale. It was love at first sight and the two married in St. Louis on June 25, 1945. They made their home in Raytown, MO, where they reared three children, Barbara, K.O. (Ken, Jr.) and Bill. Madeline was a lifelong Catholic and a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Independence, MO. Here, she enjoyed the fellowship of many friends in the Altar Society and T.O.P.S. Other memberships included the Nixon-Baber American Legion, Post 332, where she was a past president and the Independence Horseshoe Club. Madeline is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Kenneth; her three children, Barbara Jo Koirtyohann, Lee's Summit, MO; Kenneth O. Hale (Roxanne), Pittsburgh, PA; and William C. Hale (Angie), San Antonio, TX; three granddaughters, Cynthia Koirtyohann (Saul Ramos); Allison (Clark) McGeary; and Jennifer (Kevin) Kretzschmar; and six great-grandchildren, Lucas Koirtyohann-Ramos, Reese and Mae McGreary, and Timothy, Kenneth and Jackson Kretzschmar; her siblings, Bonnie Mogan, Donald Kiefer, H.R. "Mick" Kiefer and Carol Johnson. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers, Paul and Clarence Kiefer, and her sister, Rita Sherrow. The family wishes to extend its deep appreciation and affection to the staff of the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO, where Madeline and Kenneth have resided for the past two years. The staff's loving care and compassion were unequaled, and they have provided constant support to these two members of "The Greatest Generation." Memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran's Assistance League, 1300 Veterans Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. followed by services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. Burial at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 30, 2014
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