Sheila Rene Strecker, Age :57
Sep 02,1962---Jun 26,2020

Sheila Rene Strecker passed away peacefully at her home in Overland Park, Kansas on June 26, 2020, at the age of 57. She was born on September 2, 1962, to Dennis and Jeanette (Kimminau) Vierthaler at St. John’s Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas

Sheila graduated from Buhler High School in Buhler, Kansas in 1980, attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in 1982. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Kansas State University in 1984. Sheila continued her education, earning a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1990, with dual concentrations in Early Childhood Handicapped and Severely Multiply Handicapped.

Sheila met the love of her life, Paul Strecker, in 1988 at St. Gabriel Archangel Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Paul was attracted to Sheila’s beauty, but fell in love with her kindness and compassion for others. Sheila and Paul married on August 4, 1990 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. Together, Sheila and Paul raised two children. Sheila was most proud of her children, Leigh Anne and Brandon, and her husband, Paul.

Sheila taught elementary education for thirty-four years. She enjoyed working with children and applied her compassion and kindness to influence the lives of countless students, including Title I and English Language Learner students. Sheila taught at Quindaro Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas for six years. After earning her Master’s degree, Sheila taught Special Education at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, Kansas for one year, and the Olathe Public School District for two years. She went on to teach elementary education at Indian Creek Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas for twenty-five years. In 2015, Sheila was nominated as Kansas Teacher of the Year by her colleagues at Indian Creek Elementary. She will be remembered by the many students, parents, and colleagues whose lives she touched over the years. 

Sheila was a kind and loving daughter, sister, wife, and mother. She was a good, honest, trustworthy, generous, compassionate person and a friend to all who knew her. Sheila had a passion for cooking and liked exploring new recipes. Sheila enjoyed providing delicious homemade meals that brought the family together every evening to share stories.

Sheila had a strong Catholic faith and was an active member of the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, Kansas. Sheila gave generously of her time to her church, helping serve church meals and participating in parish ministries, particularly Perpetual Adoration, Christ Renews His Parish Retreat, and Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Paul (Overland Park, Kansas); their two children: Leigh Anne Strecker (Overland Park, Kansas) and Brandon Strecker (Royal Oak, Michigan); her parents, Dennis and Jeanette Vierthaler (Hutchinson, Kansas); her mother-in-law, Eleanor Strecker (Spearville, Kansas); her brothers-in-law: Bernard (Julie) Strecker (Wichita, Kansas), Larry (Eleanor) Strecker (Topeka, Kansas), Dale Strecker (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina); her sister-in-law, Pat Vierthaler (Ladson, South Carolina); and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Sheila was preceded in death by her two brothers, Timothy Vierthaler and Daniel Vierthaler.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia in Lenexa, Kansas. A Rosary will be prayed on Thursday evening, July 2nd, at 6 pm at Porter Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 8 pm. The funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Ascension at 9510 West 127th Street in Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, July 3rd, at 10 am, followed by burial at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas.

Due to COVID-19, face masks will be required to attend the rosary, funeral Mass, and cemetery burial. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations: Susan G. Komen at https://ww5.komen.org/ and Catholic Charities at https://catholiccharitiesks.org/.

 

The July 3rd, 10 am funeral Mass will be streamed and can be viewed live at https://kcascension.org/ by scrolling down to the photo of the church and clicking the red play button. Streaming will start 5-10 minutes prior to Mass time. To view the funeral at a later date, go to the same site, select "Video Recordings" and scroll down to 07-03-20.

 



Condolences

Lisa (Counts) Martin Jun 29 ,2020

Friend ,Austin ,Texas

Dear Paul, Leigh Anne, and Brandon (Mr. and Mrs. Vierthaler), I’m so sorry for your loss. Sheila and I were part of a small, close group of friends in high school. I was honored to attend Sheila and Paul’s wedding in 1990. It was clear that they were so happy to have found one another. Over the years, I was not good at staying in touch with Sheila, but she always sent me a Christmas card with a note about her family, and in the past several months we talked by text. I remember Sheila as always being great fun, a very kind person, and easygoing. She was very special to me. I’m going to miss her so much, but I’ll never forget her.

Kerry McDaniel Jun 29 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Sheila volunteered her help at Ascension Catholic School a few years ago, and she was paired up to help me and my students. She would work with kids each week, and when the kids went to recess, Sheila and I would talk. On the first day, I asked her about her last name, and we realized both of our husbands were from a Spearville, Kansas! I always enjoyed our weekly visits and seeing her. When her counts got too low to be able to help us, she would text me with news of her scans and therapies. I rejoiced with her when her scans looked good, and I continued to pray for her throughout the entire time. I will miss her texts and her visits, but I know she is resting with Jesus. Well done, good and faithful servant. ♥️

Delsie Chambon Jun 29 ,2020

Coworker ,Mission ,Kansas

Leigh Ann, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this time. May you and your family find comfort in the memories you share and peace in your faith. Delsie Chambon

Vicki Pflumm Jun 29 ,2020

Neighbor ,Overland Park ,Kansas

The Strecker’s have been our next door neighbors for 25 years. We have enjoyed watching their children grow up. They are a close knit family and have been a great support for each other throughout Sheila’s illness. Sheila was a very strong woman and not one to complain. We believe that she’s in Heaven with Jesus and without pain. We will remember her devotion to her family and her students, and her matter-of-fact approach to life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul, Leigh Anne, Brandon and her parents.

Sharon Walters Jun 29 ,2020

Friend of Margie Livingston ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. Margie has talked about Sheila and how she was such a kind and loving person. She was truly an example of someone who did everything possible to overcome her illness. She is now resting peacefully in the loving arms of God. May the Holy Spirit comfort and guide you through this troubling time.

Ann Null Jun 29 ,2020

Neighbor ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am so sorry. Sheila was lovely to me, when I was new in the neighborhood. I could hear the love for her family and her students in her voice, as she talked.

Rowe Family Jun 29 ,2020

Friend ,Liberty Towship ,Ohio

We loved doing things with your family when we lived in Kansas City and Leigh Anne and Taylar were such good childhood friends. Shiela was a great mom and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love, The Rowe Family

Mary and Gerry Lewis Jun 29 ,2020

Former neighbor and friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Gerry and I have been neighbors/friends of Sheila and Paul for 27 years. We lived next door to them. At first, it was just the two of them. Then Leigh Anne and Brandon were born, and we had the privilege of watching them grow up. Their trick or treat costumes (home made) were the best! Sheila and I got together frequently for lunch. She was never in a hurry and enjoyed the simple things in life like visiting. She was the strongest person I knew as she fought cancer and always had a positive attitude and strong faith. Leigh Anne and Brandon were her pride and joy, and she got to see them graduate from college and begin their careers. She was so grateful for Paul’s love and devotion. To all of you, her family, know that she loved you deeply. Though she was not healed here on Earth as all of us desired, she IS healed now. I hope that brings you comfort. We love all of you. Sheila, I will miss you, my Friend. —Mary

Rock D. Neelly Jun 29 ,2020

Friend ,South Lebanon ,Ohio

So sorry to hear of Sheila's passing. I thought the world of all three siblings-- Sheila, Danny and Tim. I mourn their passing and keep them, now especially Sheila in my prayers.

Patty(Moritz) Maurer Jun 30 ,2020

Friend ,Gardner ,Kansas

Dear Paul, Leigh Ann, Brandon, Mr. and Mrs. V, I am so sorry for your loss. Sheila will be greatly missed. Though we didn't get to see each other as often as we would like, I am so gratefully I had the opportunity to meet her for lunch earlier this year. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Marjorie Livingston Jun 30 ,2020

aunt ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I, along with many people who have been blessed to have known Sheila, will miss her very much. Her courage and strength throughout this 7 year battle was exemplary. She fought hard to have precious time with Paul, Leigh Anne, and Brandon. I believe that strength, her faith and the love surrounding her gave her the will to survive the length of time she did. Sheila approached everything in life with hard work, faith and determination. She was a great comfort to her parents who endured the loss of both of Sheila's brothers in recent years. She has always conducted her life in a way that made her parents proud, her children proud, and Paul proud just by being who she was. I am proud to call her niece. I picture her with Tim and Dan in heaven reaping the benefits of a life well lived.

Laura Kenny Jun 30 ,2020

Paul, Leigh Anne, Brandon, and Mr & Mrs Vierthaler, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife, mother, and daughter. Sheila was a beautiful and kind person who will be very much missed by all the many people that she touched in her life. Sheila and I crossed paths several times. We graduated from the same high school (though 6 years apart) and attended the same church in Overland Park, but I got to know Sheila best when I had the privilege of being her OB. She was always gracious and pleasant and I admired her courage and her poise. She was truly an amazing woman. She and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Underwood Jun 30 ,2020

School friend ,Hutchinson ,Kansas

I am so sorry to hear of Sheila's passing. I always liked her and will remember her fondly and treasure our years together in school. May God bless her family now and always.

Cindy Achey Jun 30 ,2020

Parent of former student ,Olathe ,Kansas

Our memories of the Indian Creek years were always made brighter with "Mrs. Strecker" in them. Sheila was my son's 2nd grade teacher in '93-'94 and has remained in our hearts ever since. On return visits many years after leaving ICE she was always the teacher we would seek out or enjoy bumping into outside of the school. She truly was an amazing teacher, filled with compassion and love for her students and their families. Please accept our deepest sympathies- Cindy, Bob , Greg and Karl Achey

Dina Happer Jun 30 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I always enjoyed and appreciated the time Sheila spent in my classroom helping my first graders at ACS. She was always so patient and helpful with each student. I looked forward to her weekly visits and always I enjoyed seeing her beautiful smile at Mass. Sheila will be grately missed and I find peace knowing she is enjoying her eternal banquet with our loving Father.

Mr. Munoz Jun 30 ,2020

Paul's fifth grade teacher. ,Parsons ,Kansas

Paul, so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that I will be thinking of you. Condolences to you and your family. Take care. Mr. Munoz

Susie (Dwyer) Marshall Jul 02 ,2020

Friend from Hutchinson and college days ,Wichita ,Kansas

Dear Paul, Leigh Anne, Brandon, Mr. and Mrs. Vierthaler, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sheila and I were friends from Holy Cross church and at Hutchinson Community College and KState. I remember her fondly from those college days. I only stayed in touch through our mutal friend Patty (Mortiz) Maurer and I know they were very close. I remember Sheila as a friend to all, kind and she always had a smile for you. I know you and all who knew her were blessed and will cheerish your memories of her. May the souls of Sheila and all the faithfully departed, throught the mercy of God, rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jul 02 ,2020
Time:
6:00 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jul 02 ,2020
Time:
6:30 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Church of the Ascension
Address:
9510 West 127th Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Jul 03 ,2020
Time:
10:00 AM
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