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 fundbv.org/donate;
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 www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com
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Published by Kansas City Star on Jan. 24, 2018.