Obituaries March 12th

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Brenda R. Major
1953 – 2019

Brenda R. Major, 65, of Agency, Missouri passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Brenda was born to Francis and Georgia Peppers on November 2, 1953 in Independence, Missouri. She graduated from East Buchanan High School in Gower. Brenda was married to Ronald Major on April 7, 1973 in Gower.

Brenda was preceded in death by her husband Ronald and her mother.

Brenda is survived by her fiancee Aaron Erdley; her daughter Crystal (Cole) Smith; her son Andrew (Janis) Major, grandchildren; Kelly, Mason, Rylan, Ariel, Becky; great grandson Luca; her father Francis Peppers; brothers Mitchell and Mike Peppers and sister Gina Mitchell .

Celebration of Life will be 6:00 PM, Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph with family receiving friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Inurnment Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena, Kansas at a later date.

Memorial Donations may be made to Faucett Christian Church.


David P. Swartz
1942 – 2019

David P. Swartz, 76, of St. Joseph, passed away March 8, 2019. David was born on August 26, 1942, in Topeka, KS, to the late Dean and Josephine (Ingraham) Swartz.

He graduated from Topeka Kansas High School and proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He worked an Menninger’s Hospital, Topeka State Hospital and Topeka VA Medical Center. David was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #49 and attended Grace Evangelical Church.

He was a collector of everything and loved garage sales and flea markets. He enjoyed painting, building furniture and home renovation.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a two year old brother, Douglas.

Survivors include his children, Sara Ross (Brian); Hope Mischlich (Greg); Wendy Swartz; and Mike Swartz; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Jack Swartz (Martha) and Norman Swartz (Kay); former wife Shirley Jones; three nephews; one niece; beloved companion, Betty Jo Mosser.

Memorial contributions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; 1235 S. Clark Street Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202 would be appreciated.

Per his wishes, Mr. Swartz has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. Private memorial service and inurnment will be at a later date.


Diane Marie Glyzinski (Fourre)
1950 – 2019

Diane Marie Glyzinski “Uncle Di”, 68, of Atchison KS formerly of Topeka, KS and Lacey, WA died on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at the Mosaic Life Center, St. Joseph, MO.

The body has been cremated although she would have preferred to be frozen. Celebrations of her life will be at a later date, at a later time in both Kansas and Washington. The Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to a Humane Society of your choice. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Diane was born on May 19, 1950 in Arlington WA, the daughter of Ronald and Berta Mae (Snyder-Osborne) Johnson. She was raised by her loving foster mother, Eva Fourre. She earned an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a para-professional in the Elementary schools for Auburn-Washburn School District, Topeka in the behavioral unit. She enjoyed camping, fishing, the outdoors, reading, and animals.

Diane was a one of a kind and a character for sure. She was a true giver and even after her passing she likely improved the lives of others as an organ donor. She taught others to face adversity with love. She stood up for what was important and always had the best intentions. She was both welcoming and feisty. She is best known for her adventurous spirit and strong but fair character. You could always count on her to keep the campfire burning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She reminded us that life is an adventure not a crisis.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Glyzinski, Bellingham, WA, and son, Gavin Glyzinski, Bellingham, WA, a significant other, Judy McClendon, of the home, and her sons, Mike McClendon, Battle Ground, WA and Andy McClendon, Gig Harbor, WA, a brother, Gary Fourre, Olympia, WA, and two sisters, Pat McDougal, and Donna Vaughn, both of Lacey, WA, two granddaughters, Morgan McMonagle, and Haley Reed. Her parents, foster mother and a brother Eddie Michalis preceded her in death.


Lynda Claire (Fattig) Blevins

Lynda Claire (Fattig) Blevins, 76, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019.

She was born January 10, 1943 in St. Joseph, Missouri where she lived until later moving to the Kansas City area. She also spent a short time in Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to the Kansas City area. Lynda married Donald Blevins December 18, 1965. He preceded her in death May 1, 2008. She was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1961.

Lynda was an avid reader, enjoyed watching movies, working outdoors and loved animals. She was an accomplished artist and interior decorator. Lynda was a very giving and caring person and had a strong Christian faith.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Norma Fattig; brother, Randall Fattig; and nephew, Daniel Fattig.

Survivors include brother, Kermit W. Fattig (Valerie); niece, Sydney Fattig; cousins, Sandra Biehl and Jack Frost.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to The American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at


Ronald A. Lawrence
1953 – 2019

Ronald A. Lawrence, 65, passed away March 11, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones.

Ronald was born in St. Joseph, MO on September 19, 1953 to Ronald & Dorothy (Miller) Lawrence. He graduated from Central High School and attended Missouri Western State College. At the age of 19 he went to work at Southwestern Bell and retired after 32 years from AT&T. Ronald was a 32° Mason, a member of Moila Shriners, St. Joseph Eagles Lodge and the NRA.

Ronald was a loving father and husband and was so proud of his children. He loved music, enjoyed playing golf and never met a stranger. He was a loyal friend to many people.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; daughters, Mayme & Deanna Lawrence; brother, Paul Lawrence and numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life 2:00 PM Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Heaton Bowman Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior.