2000 - 2018
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12301 State Line Road
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JOHN DENIS ALBERS Valery Alexandrovich Zhemchugov was born Dec. 16, 2000, in Minsk, Belarus. He came home with his parents, Steve and Sheila Albers, and became a U.S. citizen on May 24, 2002. He was named John Denis Albers after his grandfathers, Bernard John Albers and Denis Vincent Birrane. John was active in BVNW wrestling, BVNW soccer and club sports; he particularly enjoyed TOCA F.C. and TOCA City. TOCA City is a soccer based outreach program located in Kansas City, KS targeting at-risk-kids from ages 7-18. John loved the program and planned to "reach kids through sports" as a career in the future. John was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, teammate and friend. He will be missed. Survivors include parents Steve and Sheila Albers; brothers Tommy and Patrick Albers; grandmother Lyn Birrane; aunts and uncles Christine Goodman (Birrane) and Tony Goodman; Cathy Kidwell (Albers); cousins Kyle and Hillary Kidwell, Kelly and Chase Davisson, Brian and Kaitlin Schmid; second cousins, friends, coaches and teachers are too numerous to name, but not forgotten. All of you had an enormous impact on John throughout the years. John loved both Blue Valley Northwest and his club soccer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: TOCA F.C., Memo: John Albers, P.O. Box 4306, Olathe, KS 66063; and/or Blue Valley Educational Foundation, Donations can be made online at; or BVEF, 15020 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66223. Services are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO. Please share a memory or note of condolence at

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Published by Kansas City Star on Jan. 24, 2018.
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McGilley Memorial Chapel
12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO
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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
1001 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO
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Dear Albers family,

You don't know me, but I am a mother and my heart breaks for the loss of your son, John. A parent feels the pain of every child lost and I hope you know that we are all grieving with you. Blessings to you and your sweet son. Peace and love to all of you.
Sheila Montgomery
February 20, 2018
Dear Albers Family: Psalm 56:8-9 assures us that our Heavenly Father is for us. Your family is in our prayers.
Pastor Erick E. & Dr.Elverta L.Vassol
Living Word of Christ Fellowship Ministry
Grandview MO
E Vassol
February 20, 2018
Dear Albers family,
I extend my deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your son John. I didn't know him, but I wanted to recognize his life and your loss. May the sharing of friends and even strangers on this page provide support and peace. John will be remembered and held in so many hearts. Peace. Laurie Franklin, Mission Woods, Kansas
Laurie Franklin
February 5, 2018
Dear Sheila, Steve & Family,
May you find comfort from God's enduring love and be surrounded with his unending grace. Praying for your continued strength in the days ahead. With Our Deepest Sympathy, The Detmer Family
Melba Detmer
February 1, 2018
Dean Steve and Family, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be at your side throughout this horrible tragedy.
Kerri Senger
January 29, 2018
Dear Sheila and Steve, We are so sorry for the heartbreaking loss of your John. We will keep ya'll in our prayers and we love ya'll so so much. -Lisa and Dan Bradford
Lisa Bradford
January 28, 2018
Steve, Sheila and family,
my heart is broken for you. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I will keep you and John in my prayers. Catherine Fritzsche Doyle
Catherine Doyle
January 27, 2018
Dear Sheila and family, we are so sorry for your loss. There are just no words adequate enough to express the sorrow and grief we share with you. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

The Howard Family
David Howard
January 26, 2018
Dear Albers Family, Our deepest condolence to your family. May God give you and your family all the strength to overcome this loss.
--Aatipamula Family
January 26, 2018
Dear Albers Family, Your heartbreak is our heartbreak. Your loss is our loss. The thoughts, prayers, love and support of your community surround you.
Randy and Donna Lane
January 25, 2018
I loved watching the video of your beautiful son John. What a wonderful life you gave him. Praying that you feel all the love, support and prayers that are being felt for your family because I know John is soaring with the Angels.
Michelle Sedler
January 25, 2018
My deepest sympathy to your entire family. Edwin Collins
January 25, 2018
Dearest Sheila, Steve, and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Chrystal Sailor
January 25, 2018
So sorry to hear about John. I can't even begin to imagine your heartbreak. He and our son Ryan were on the same soccer team several years ago (KCSC). John had determination and grit when he was on the field. I can still remember and picture him stepping in as goal keeper for a half and doing an awesome job.Your family are in in our thoughts and prayers.
Shane, Cindy and Ryan Gentry
January 25, 2018
Dear Steve and Sheila, I am so sorry you have suffered this tragedy. John was a good kid and you are both wonderful parents. Your family is consistently in my prayers.
Bridget Schell
January 25, 2018
Dear Steve and Sheila,

You're in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need. God Bless you, John, Tommy and Patrick. The Szukalski's.
Jim Szukalski
January 25, 2018
Dear Steve, Sheila and family,
It is with a heavy heart and a lack of words that I express the sorrow that our family feels. Jake and I enjoyed the times we shared with John. I have to believe that your beautiful, blonde, smiling, always polite, beautiful soul is wrapped in God's loving arms. If I knew of a way to take away the sorrow you must feel, I would do anything for you. May John rest in peace. He will forever have a spot in our hearts.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers,
Love Lisa Zevitz and family (especially Jake)
Lisa Zevitz
January 24, 2018
Dear Steve and Sheila, please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers for comfort during this unimaginable time.
Robert & Mary Paladino
January 24, 2018
a loved one
January 24, 2018
Dear Albers Family, I do not personally know you, but my heart was deeply touched when I read about the loss of your beloved son, John. We have three sons much older than he was, so hearing about this immediately drew pain. I can't even begin to imagine your pain. Our granddaughter goes to Harmony Middle School. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.
Sandy Fiocati
January 24, 2018
Sheila, Steve, Tommy and Patrick,
Oh, how our hearts ache for your family...there are no words to ease your pain...just love one another through this journey...and hold on to the hope of seeing John again. May all your wonderful memories live forever in your hearts.
Lisa, Bob and Caitlin O'Connor
January 24, 2018
Steve and Sheila, you, John, and your family will be in my prayers. I pray that you feel God's love and know that you are surrounded by many many people who love you during this unimaginable and heartbreaking time. If there is anything I can do, just call. Love to you all.
Katie Wilson
January 24, 2018
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Please know that your family is surrounded with support and prayers. John will be remembered for his bright smile and the wonderful connection he had with so many.
January 24, 2018
My deep condolences to the family.May God strengthen you and give you peace as you go through this difficult time. May you find hope in His promise to one day restore life to those now asleep. Hosea 13:14
January 24, 2018
My deepest condolences to your family during this most difficult time of coping with the loss of your beloved son and brother. There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory, because those who pass on are precious in his eyes. - Psalms 116:15.
January 24, 2018
Prayers for Peace and healing for your family.
Tracy Kunkel
January 23, 2018
Dear Albers family I'm so sorry for your loss I send my deepest condolences. May the comfort of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you in your time of need.
January 23, 2018
We are heartbroken for you over this devastating loss. There are no words. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.

Gary and Sharon Milligan
January 23, 2018
Dear Albers Family,

We pray that you feel God's presence, love and strength during this incredibly difficult time. May you all find comfort in each other and good memories fill you each day.

You are in our thought and prayers,
Maggie, Dana, Garreg and Tuscan Book
Maggie Book
January 23, 2018
Shelia and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the grief we all share. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you today and the days ahead. May good memories sustain you each day. God's blessings, Gina, Tyler, Blake and Zac Bolen
Gina Bolen
January 23, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.
Tricia Zolotor Hacker
January 23, 2018
Sheila & family ~ my heart & prayers are with you - today & every day forward. I hope that strength & peace will eventually find their way to you. Much love meanwhile ~ Kelly
Kelly Drury
January 22, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
jason breuer
January 22, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. I am Derek berardi' s grandmother, Mary Mason. I remember John as Derek,s friend when you lived in Wildwood MO. We came over to Sue's from Illinois for a few days. He was a great kid. Once we went to see the lights at the zoo at night while we were out there. John went with us and Sue's boys. It was cold and John was cold and Joy, my husband, Sue's dad wrapped John in his coat for warmth. So many good memories.
Mary Mason
January 22, 2018
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