John Edward Stumpff, 47, of Sterling, Alaska, was on board a medevac helicopter that was conducting a transport mission and returning to Anchorage when it went down in the Alaskan Passage Canal on December 3, 2007. John was a flight nurse with Alaska LifeGuard through Providence Hospital in Anchorage that performs rescue and medical transport.
John Stumpff, was born on June 29, 1960 to Edward J. and Mary Frances Stumpff from Shawnee, Kansas. John attended St. Joseph Grade School in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1978. Following graduation, John enlisted in the Air Force, served 4 years and was honorably discharged. After moving to Dover, N.H. he served as a firefighter EMT and cross-trained to a paramedic. During his more than 12 years with the department John received several recognitions and honors for rescues including Firefighter of the Year in 1994.
John moved to Florida and worked in Haines City as a firefighter then pursued his nursing degree and worked as an emergency room nurse in Orlando and Titusville. John took a traveling nurse assignment to Nome, Alaska and then worked for Providence Hospital in Anchorage in their emergency department. He received the opportunity to join their LifeGuard flight crew and recently transferred to their Soldotna base and moved to Sterling.
Family survivors include his wife, Illiana Angie Roman, two daughters, Crystal and Bianca Roman-Stumpff and a granddaughter Selena Fester of Florida. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Frances Stumpff of Kansas and four sisters, Barbara Demesko of Ohio, Patricia Schroder of Pennsylvania, Deborah Crane of Alabama and Rebecca Novotny of Kansas.
To honor John as a son, brother, husband, father, friend and hero, a visitation will be held for family and friends on Monday, December 17, 2007 from 6-8 pm at Amos Funeral Home on Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kansas at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2007.
In lieu of flowers, the families are requesting donations be made to the John Stumpff Memorial, Providence Hospital, Emergency Department Pediatrics, 3200 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508.
John Carl Stuhr passed away, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at Shawnee Gardens. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Village Presbyterian Church. The family suggests contributions to Together Center, 1112 E. 10th St., K.C., MO or Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
John was born October 30, 1926 on his parent’s farm near Minden, Iowa. His parents were Mathilde Henrietta Pieper and John Carl Stuhr. He attended one-room country schools and was the only one in his grade all eight years. His freshman year was at Hancock, Iowa High School. His father died that year so the family moved to Minden where his mother taught school. While attending high school he worked at Piepers Meat Market and the Blue and White Grocery Store. After graduation from Minden High School he enlisted in Navy Officers Training and was stationed at Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska. In 1946 he married Virgina Ann Altaffer, daughter of Clara Marie Thompson and Virgil Eugene Altaffer. In 1949 he graduated with honors from Drake University with a B.S. degree in accounting. He was employed by Standard Oil of Indiana (now BP) in Des Moines. In 1962 he was transferred to Kansas City, so the family moved to Overland Park.
John was active in University Christian Church in Des Moines, Overland Park Christian and Village Presbyterian Church. He served on the committee for his son’s Boy Scout Troop. He was a member of Kansas City Crisis and was always an advocate for the underprivileged. He was the first supervisor in his office to hire an African-American employee.
Gardening was one of his hobbies. He treated neighbors, relatives and fellow workers with tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. He was an excellent photographer, developing and printing his own black and white photos.
Preceding him in death was his sister, Margaret Kriewald. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, sons, Jim (Julia), Shawnee and John, Jr., Overland Park, sister, Jean Lemonds, West Des Moines, IA and brother Paul Stuhr (Ann) Council Bluffs, IA.
Joanne Stangohr, 70, a loving and adored wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away on December 26th at the hospice house in Houston Texas. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Joseph and Ann Heinz.
She leaves behind her husband of 50 years, Delnar Stangohr of Overland Park and their five children, Janet Robinson of Olathe, Karen Yoksh of Olathe, Mark Stangohr of Shawnee, David Stangohr of Lees Summit and Sarah Cranford of Olathe. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Joanne sang in the church choirs for Holy Cross Catholic Church and Ascension Catholic Church for over 30 years. She also belonged to and was very involved in St. Helen’s Circle through Holy Cross Church.
Joanne loved to travel and was fortunate to have traveled throughout the continental US, Alaska and Spain. She loved to spend time with her family and many, many friends. She was involved in many groups, playing cards or other games and she was an avid Bunko player.
The visitation will be held at Ascension Catholic Church, 9510 W. 127th Overland Park, Kansas 66213 on January 3rd, 2008 beginning at 9:00 AM, the funeral mass will directly follow at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers and gifts the family is requesting contributions be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society or The Hospice Foundation.
Jeanne Bogdan, 75, of Lenexa, KS, passed away, Thursday, December 20, 2007 at her home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday, December 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with entombment in Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, KS. The family suggests contributions to the Holy Trinity Building Fund, 9150 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215
Jeanne was born in St. Louis, MO and graduated from St. Elizabeth’s Academy. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church. Her husband, Robert J. Bogdan, Sr., died in 2004. Survivors include three sons; Rick (Susan) Bogdan, Robert Bogdan, Jr. and David (Jacque) Bogdan; two daughters, Catherine (Ted) Hollembeak and Elizabeth Bogdan; two sisters, Mary Behrmann, St. Louis, MO and Margaret Wolf, St. Charles, MO and nine grandchildren.
Lovina "Jean" Jumara
Lovina Jean Jumara, 83, Leawood, KS passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at Clarebridge Alzheimer’s Care, Leawood, KS. Funeral services will be 1:30 PM, Friday, Dec. 21 at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee; burial in the Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 12-1:30 PM, Friday at the chapel.
Jean was born Sept. 5, 1924 in Bremerton, WA to Lyle Thomas and Beulah (Suldan) Naish. She worked as a secretary for the CEO of United Telecommunication (Sprint) retiring in 1985. Jean was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Nova Chapter #436. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Clyde E. Grindle and John Jumara, Sr. Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Judith Ann Johnson and husband, Gary, Chicago, IL, Darlene Louise Richardson and husband, Edward, Easley, SC and Dona Jean Fisher and husband, Ernie, Roeland Park, KS; step-son, John Jumara, Jr., Kansas City, MO; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
James O. Davis
James O. Davis, 63, of Shawnee, KS, passed away, Monday, January 21, 2008. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee with burial in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shawnee Soccer Club.
Jim was born in Kansas City, MO. He was a programmer – analyst for Sprint. He loved sports of all kinds and loved coaching soccer for the Shawnee Soccer Club. He was an avid bowler, having bowled several 300 games. He also enjoyed golf. Jim is survived by his wife, Letitia Davis; a son, Andy Davis and his wife, Jessica, Shawnee, KS; a daughter, Kristina Davis, Brooklyn, NY; a sister, Vicki Thompson, Kansas City, MO; brothers, Jack Davis, Wilmington, DE and Robert Davis, Kansas City, MO and two grandchildren, Sydney Catherine and Aaron Scott Davis.
Janeice Urban Ewert, 77, Shawnee, KS; passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Heartland Chapter 3846 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, KS; 66208.
Janeice was preceded in death by her parents Niecie May and William Lawrence Urban, sister Elnor Wilson, brother Darold Urban, and granddaughter Christina Ewert Bandel. Janeice is survived by her husband David L. Ewert of the home six daughters Diane (Joe) Sabadish, Mechanicsburg, PA; Laurie (Jim) Ewert-Krocker, Huntsburg, OH; Denise (Tim) Bandel, Marion, IA; Lisa (Greg) Elming Grimes, IA; Julie (Dan) Hays Iowa City, IA; Elizabeth (Tim) Badger Shawnee, KS; and one son Christopher (Debbie) Ewert, Aurora, IL; two sisters Melba Behnke, San Diego, CA; Audrey Henning San Diego, CA; and seventeen grandchildren.