Felicity Bliss "Fifi" Wiedeman
1956 - 2020
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Felicity "Fifi" Bliss Wiedeman Felicity "Fifi" Bliss Wiedeman, 63, died on Sunday, April 5th. She brought a tremendous energy, passion, and enthusiasm to her life that exceeded her tiny frame. As a child, she sang, danced, and twirled, practically before she could walk. She played Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" at Sunset Hill, went to Pomona College to study theater, and then moved to New York to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, selling ties in a Madison Avenue store to pay the rent. When she returned to Kansas City, she became the Program Director for the Crown Center Summer Arts Festival, disarming the world-renowned performers she hired by showcasing the charm and unguarded enthusiasm that she displayed in all parts of her life. When she met her future husband, Reeves, she liked to point out that their childhood homes were just blocks away from each other, and that they went to the same 8:30 mass as children. They had a deeply devoted marriage, and built warm and beautiful homes to which friends and family loved being invited. They shared a love of dancing, an enthusiasm for their large extended families, and annual New Year's Eve parties with long-standing friends. As a mother, Fifi was inventive, playful, and affectionate. She raised her two sons and daughter to be thoughtful and strong, with a deep sense for the importance of community. Her commitment to their education, and to building a stronger Kansas City, pushed her to run for, and win, a seat on the Kansas City Missouri School Board. Later, she took on the task of renovating and reopening the iconic Dime Store in Brookside. She climbed every mountain, with vigor and whimsy. For her 50th birthday, she had a line dancing party. Fifi struggled for many years with severe depression, an illness that afflicts more Americans every year than cancer. She put up a brave fight, seeking medical treatment while trying to lead a full life like the one she always had: volunteering at NourishKC community kitchen; joining a singing group called The Noteables; and continuing to nurture her adult children. She relied more and more on the strength and optimism of her husband, as well as her children and sisters, but the disease eventually became too difficult to bear. The fact that she died by suicide shows the terrible force of this illness. Fifi is preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Bette Bliss. She is survived by her husband, Reeves; her children, Reeves (Tom), Sam, and Kaitlynne (Katie); and her sisters Mimi Lachman, Lili Shank, and Kitty Bliss. A private ceremony was held on April 10th. The family would be honored by any donations made in Fifi's memory to NourishKC (nourishkc.org). Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.muehlebachchapel.com

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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 14, 2020.
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October 26, 2020
We met years ago as neighbors. She reached out 20 years ago regarding her personal battle with depression and helped guide us through a terrible period with an understanding that seemed so unperceivable. A very deep understanding of what you are experiencing and wish you peace and aid in your complicated grieving process. Our prayers are with you. Cathy and Sean Mulcahy.
Cathy Mulcahy
Friend
June 6, 2020
I just came across this beautiful tribute to a dear friend from our years together at Pomona. Fifi was a shining light to all who were lucky enough to know and share the stage with her. Will always remember her sweet smile and infectious personality. My heart is heavy at this time and I wish peace to her entire Kansas City family. Know that she lit up our college world.
John Lick, Pomona 1980
Classmate
May 3, 2020
Reeves,
I am so sad about Fifi but I am glad to have just spent a joyful time with Fifi and your whole family in Mexico. I will never forget when Fifi was Eliza Doolittle, seeing her on the stage at Worlds of Fun, and being new Moms together! I have a lifetime of memories of the Bliss girls and will always cherish those deeply. I am sending hugs to your whole family.

Cynthia Cox Talley
Cynthia Talley
Friend
April 22, 2020
Reeves,
What a beautiful tribute to Fifi. She is a wonderful lady. My mom was a huge fan when the Dime Store reopened, thanks to Fifi!
She will be missed. Hope our paths cross soon.
Would be good to see you. My deepest sympathies to you & your family. Love from the O'Leary's.(the Tom O'Leary side)
April 21, 2020
I met "FIfi" in my role as a psychologist. She first came to see me with her family of origin, and then by herself. She had a strong spirit, and a commitment to the greater good. She came from a background of privilege, but genuinely cared for those less fortunate. I was very sorry to hear that her depression was so overwhelming in the end. The world will miss her spark. My condlences to the family.
STEPHEN COREY
Friend
April 20, 2020
Requiesce in pace.
April 20, 2020
Reeves,

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. What a beautiful tribute to Fifi. She was an amazing woman who loved her family very much.
Paige Tuck
Acquaintance
April 19, 2020
So sad to hear of Fifi's passing. She always had a smile on her face. My thoughts are with the family at this time.
Diana Burdett
April 19, 2020
Reeves and the Wiedeman family, Lili and the Bliss family, I am so sorry for your loss. Depression is so tricky, so difficult to treat. My thought and prayers go out for all of you. Peace be with you.
Julia Mullane
Classmate
April 18, 2020
When I saw Fifi's beautiful picture staring at me from the paper the other day I learned what an adventurous and amazing woman she was. She was filled with enthusiasm, curiosity and accomplished more than most of us. I'm sure she will now live on through her family. Thank you for sharing her story. God bless the family.
Kelly Bride
April 18, 2020
Blessings of peace to all the family❤
Katy & John Morris
Friend
April 18, 2020
Dear Kitty, Lilly, Mimi . I am writing personally to you three as you are the three I know but my heart is breaking for all of you. Fifi has been on my mind since hearing. I have had a candle lit in her honor since. Your family is part of my base and I feel kindred spirits with you all. Many, many memories swirling from Gigi to KCCC to your mother and father to your lovely family home to all of you and most recent memory of how kind you were Lilly when my mother died. Please remember in the darkest moments that you have a HUGE crowd of us who know you and care about you. Love from Sarah MacLaughlin ❤
Sarah MacLaughlin
April 18, 2020
Reeves, and family --

This beautiful tribute and its courageous authenticity will help to place an emphasis on, and further educate, our society as a whole as to the seriousness of both depression and suicide. While neither is ever anyone's fault, they both continue to be a baffling conundrum for us all.

I wish you all peace at this very difficult time.
Reta Brosnahan Saffo
April 17, 2020
Sending fervent prayers for Fifis loved ones to find peace. So genuinely sorry.
Melissa Capen Rolston
Friend
April 17, 2020
I am shocked to hear of Fifi's passing. I can't imagine the pain she was experiencing and I hope that she is in peace now. This is so difficult for everyone. She touched the hearts of many. Peace and love to her family and friends. Cydney Millstein, Kansas City
Cydney Millstein
Acquaintance
April 16, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Fifi's passing. She was truely an inspiration to work for. She was so enthusiast about everything in her life and wanted so much more.
Prayers to the family. Suicide is such a hard thing to understand. My brother took his life in 2013. It has been the hardest 7 years of my life.
Nan Prather
Coworker
April 16, 2020
To the Bliss and Wiedeman families. Our hearts go out to you all. Terry worked for Curtis and we so enjoyed his friendship and stories of all his girls. Cherished the beautiful tributes you gave to both your mom and dad. Special prayers to all.
Terry and Julie Hainje
Terry and Julie Hainje
Friend
April 16, 2020
Dear Reeves and all the family,
This news was very hard to hear. I am thinking of you and praying you find peace. So sorry, a tragic loss.
Greg Fowler
Friend
April 16, 2020
I loved the entire Bliss family growing up and just wanted to be one of them. They were all so kind and beautiful and talented. For Fifi to marry Reeves who was another neighbor on the other side seems just perfect. But I keep learning we can't judge by the outsides. We never know what is going on inside a persons head. Depression is so dark. This obituary was just fabulous because it will help so many others. I thank you for being so brave during your difficult time. All of you children, Reeves, friends, sisters, aunts, uncles,cousins. Bless you all and thank you all. Nina Wheeler
Nina Yoakum
April 16, 2020
Lili, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
Beckie Cooper
April 16, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Fifi's family. Raising awareness of how devasting depression can be is a lasting tribute.Cindy Cowherd
April 15, 2020
I extend my deepest sympathy to the Bliss and Weideman families on your loss. I have happy memories of Fifi's smile, her generous and kind spirit, and her friendliness, always. We crossed paths a couple of years ago when I was back home visiting in KC and she made the point of coming over to say hello, having been childhood neighbors close by. Much love to you all, especially in this time of grief. May you find peace in your memories of happier times together.
Elie Shutz Gaines
April 15, 2020
I knew Fifi from St. Elizabeths days, and later, at Southwest High. She was always so proud of how she slipped fizzies into the holy water at St. Es, my favorite memory of her. I hope she has found peace, and more fizzies.
Mary Lu Johnston
Acquaintance
April 15, 2020
Dear Reeves and family-I am so sorry for the loss of lovely Fifi. Bless you all.
Kathy Burke
Kathleen Burke
April 15, 2020
Dear Reeves and Lili,
I never had the pleasure of meeting Fifi, but I was lucky enough to meet the two of you. i am so sorry for the loss of your wife and sister. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
josephine licausi
Friend
April 15, 2020
Reeves and family, I am so sorry for your loss! Fifi was an amazing woman. I have known her since Border Star days with Katie and my son going to school together. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Hugs to all!
Karlie Speicher
Friend
April 15, 2020
Dear Bliss and Reeves families,
I was very saddened to learn of your loss. Fifi was a couple of years ahead of us at SHS and set an amazing example to live up to, with her talents, academics, athleticism and confident leadership, she was so well respected by all of us in school, so admired and loved! I wish your families peace and solace in your fond memories of her.
Julia Flynn
Julia Flynn
Friend
April 15, 2020
Dear Lili and Family,
So sorry for your loss. Hoping your happy memories can bring you some comfort. Lisa Feingold
LISA FEINGOLD
Acquaintance
April 15, 2020
We share our deepest condolences with the Wiedeman and Bliss families as you grieve the loss of Fifi.
AIA Kansas City
April 15, 2020
Reeves and family, I was so sorry to hear of Fifi's passing. Having know you all most of my life, it gives me great sorrow. I remember the early days knowing Fifi and her sisters during our PCD/SHS years and how she was always happy and energetic. She and her siblings were always as bit suspect of me and my band of knuckleheads ( for good reason I might add ) but always seem to give us the benefit of the doubt. Having moved away from KC since college, I did not have the opportunity to see you, Fifi and your family, but know that you all were a loving and close. I pray that she is at peace at the hand of the Father, and that HE is providing you and all your families comfort at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all. David
David McGuire
Friend
April 15, 2020
Please accept our sincere condolences on your sad loss...
Dan LoScalzo
April 14, 2020
I knew Fifi from St. Francis Xavier and always enjoyed talking to her. At one point, she and Katie volunteered at St. James Community kitchen with our church team. I am very saddened by her sudden death and extend my sympathy to all of her family.
Karen Stigers
April 14, 2020
To Lili and all of Fifis family and friends, I am deeply saddened to learn of Fifis passing. She was loving, talented and beautiful inside and out. I am blessed to have known her and will always remember her wonderful smile. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand as you walk through this time of grief. I will always treasure my memories of her openness, honesty and friendship.
Melody Baldwin
Friend
April 14, 2020
Dear Reeves and Family,

I am so sorry about your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you all during this time.

Mr. Kim Wrench
KU- Spirit Squad 1975-1978
Mr. Kim R. Wrench
Friend
April 14, 2020
Ding- dong the bells are chiming Eliza. You were the best. My favorite memories of PHS-SHS always include you. RIP. Alfie
Michael Shaffer
Classmate
April 14, 2020
Mimi, Kitty, Lili, Reeves and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of Fifi. I was one of Fifi's high school classmates and last saw her at our 40th HS reunion. The obituary captures her spirit beautifully. Many of my fondest HS memories include Fifi - Friday night bridge games, her infectious laugh and gorgeous smile, and her burning desire to improve our world. My mouth still waters when I think of her homemade chicken salad made with fresh roasted chicken and luscious grapes. The warmth in your home was so evident every time I was there - I always wanted to be a Bliss sister...you were all so cool. Hopefully all of your wonderful memories of Fifi will bring some sense of comfort during the long times ahead. My thoughts are with you. Fondly, Nancy Bartlett XOXO
Nancy Bartlett
Friend
April 14, 2020
Dear Lili and family- I'm so sorry to hear about Fifi's death. When I think of Felicity,, and it's been 30 years now, I see her smiling face, can-do spirit and optimism shining through. My sincere condolences. Barney McCoy
Barney McCoy
Acquaintance
April 14, 2020
Barney McCoy
Acquaintance
April 14, 2020
I only knew Fifi for a few years. She was my bridge partner in Junior League. She had such a wonderful sense of humor and was kind beyond words. My sympathies to your family. She will be missed.
Maraline Hayob
Friend
April 14, 2020
I read with great sadness Fifi's passing. She was a wonderful person with a giving heart. I wrote about her for The Kansas City Star. My sympathy goes to her family and friends. Fifi will be missed.
Lewis Diuguid
Friend
April 14, 2020
Reeves - I just learned about your loss. I am so sorry. I met Fifi many years ago. My first impression of Fifi was that she struck me as an incredibly uplifting spirit. My second impression was that you definitely got the better end of the deal. Again, Im sorry old friend. Whatever you need, you can call me. 913-314-4101.
Bob Radford
Robert Radford
Friend
April 14, 2020
I loved playing bridge with Fifi at two of her homes. She was a great host with a wry sense of humor. I will miss her.
Vera Seeley
Friend
April 14, 2020
Lili...so sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and your family.
Jim Overbay
Coworker
April 14, 2020
I had the opportunity to work with Fifi at the Children's Mercy Hospital Gift Shop. We had fun together the short time she was there. Please accept my sincere sympathy. May your sweet memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Mary Russell
Friend
April 14, 2020
Reeves, Mimi, Lily, Kitty and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Fifi was always a joy to be around with so much energy, charm and spirit! I will always remember her bright smile. I wish I could give all of you a big hug now -- but will have to save it for the next time I see you. Im sorry I missed the drive-through to express my personal condolences and sympathy. My thoughts and blessings are with each of you! Much Love - Joe
Joseph Kessinger
Friend
April 14, 2020
Our hearts are saddened today to hear this news. Our love and condolences to all the Wiedeman and Bliss family on your loss of Fifi.
George and Mary Jo Coughlin
Acquaintance
April 14, 2020
Reeves, we haven't seen each other in years, but I just read the notice of Fifi's passing. What a wonderful and brave obituary. Although I didn't know your wife, she was obviously a beautiful person and positively influenced many lives. My wife, Nancy Huff, knew at least one of the Bliss sisters, but I don't think it was Fifi. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.
Bob & Nancy (Huff) Walrafen
Acquaintance
April 14, 2020
sorry for your loss my sympathies & prayers are with you
Frank Franke
Friend
April 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Fifi's passing. I remember so fondly working with her when our church community had the Greek Festivals at Crown Center. Her enthusiasm for our endeavor was so gratifying....she quickly worked her way into our hearts !! I recall seeing her outside the Dime Store some years ago and was so delighted we had a few moments to talk. May all the wonderful memories of years past help to console her family and begin to build a bridge over your broken hearts...you will be apart only a little while...heaven awaits all of us...may her memory be eternal. My sincerest sympathy....Stella Kartsonis
Stella Kartsonis
April 14, 2020
Stella Kartsonis
April 14, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Westwood Internal Medicine
April 14, 2020
Reeves and Reeves: I was so saddened to read the news this morning about your wife and mother. And it was so important to address the cause in the obituary. She had been such a force in our city and neighborhood. Take special care. Such a tough time.
Steve Paul
Friend
April 14, 2020
What a lovely, wise and kind obituary, thank you. It well suits a giant hearted, luminous lady who waged a tremendous battle every day and lit up every room she graced.
Jennifer Field
Friend
April 14, 2020
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
Amen.
April 14, 2020
My heart goes out to all the family on this great loss. Thanks for sharing the beautiful words about Fifi in the obituary. PS 34:19 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those whose spirit is crushed.
(A former SFX parishioner. )
Liz Donnelly
April 14, 2020
I was so heartbroken to learn about Fifi's passing. We just saw her in Mexico for Alex's wedding where Reeves officiated. I am so grateful I was able to see her and her children. My heart breaks for those children, Reeves and her family and friends. May she be at peace.
Tricia Venable-Barnes
Friend
April 14, 2020
To Reeves, Lili, Tommy and family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Fifi brought so much energy, enthusiasm and love to all who knew her! I hope all those special memories will eventually replace the grief you are experiencing. In these times where hugs are absent we sent one from our home. We were sorry to miss the notice of the drive-through to express our personal feelings. Our thoughts are with you,
Kirkland and Kathy
Kirkland and Kathy Gates
Friend
April 14, 2020
Fifi was a lovely and caring lady. Her devotion to her husband and children was a pleasure to hear as she talked about them.
My deepest sympathy to her family and all whose life she touched.
Charlotte Sands
Acquaintance
April 14, 2020
Our family is devastated by Fifi's passing, and our prayers and love are with Reeves and all of her family. We have many fond memories of our conversations after Mass at SFX and the deep pride she took in her wonderful, talented children. Our hearts goes out to all of you. God bless her memory, may she rest in peace.
Kevin and Kathleen Collison
Friend
April 14, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to such a lovely, passionate woman. I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes as she shared with me about her husband and children. My brother suffered with depression as well and his life ended in suicide. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends during this difficult time. I truly loved Fifi and she will have a special place in my heart forever, cradled with nothing but love and comfort.
Patty Burrell
April 14, 2020
Iam sending my condolences to your family fifi was a gift to me in my life and a friend she helped me more then she could of ever known and she was a beautiful person she will be dearly missed Natalie
Natalie Flores
Friend
April 13, 2020
These words that have been shared about Fifis life are beautiful. Peace be with Fifi and all of the family.
Thea and Bob Gude
Neighbor
April 13, 2020
So much sorrow in my heart for Fifi and the family. She was a beautiful person and will be remembered. Take good care of your tender hearts
Amy Donnelly
Acquaintance
April 13, 2020
I babysat Fifi and her sisters as young girls...not a lot younger than me. It was my favorite job. They introduced me to Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup, loaded with cheddar cheese, still a personal favorite. They let me brush their hair. Fifi was the most energetic and lively of 4 wonderful sisters. I had 4 daughters of my own. I remembered the Bliss sisters often. My mom knew their dad, Curtis, from childhood. Our family was also friends with the Wiedemans. John was a good friend of David. For years I would see Drolett at the grocery store and she would ask after John. She always knew and recognized me. This is not a common experience as a middle kid of a large family! My heart is with both of your families now. God bless all of you. Fifi is finally breathing calmly. Take gentle care of yourselves and each other. Jeanie Neenan
jean neenan
April 13, 2020
Fifi was a great Mom to Katie. My daughters played often and spent the night therr. They loved being in their home.
Joan Shramek
Neighbor
April 13, 2020
I did not know Fifi personally, although I knew her sisters, Kitty and Lili. From all the people who did know her, I only heard how wonderful and creative she was. Im so sorry that she suffered from depression so terribly, but commend you all for being so courageous in acknowledging this in her obituary. You are all in my thoughts as you grieve.
Barbara Edwards
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