Antonia V. “Toni” Sulzen

Toni Sulzen, 75, Kansas City, MO passed away March 29, 2012 at The Kansas City Hospice House. There will be a visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7009 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO, from 10-11 AM on Wed. April 4, 2012, with the Rosary at 10:30 AM, and a Mass at 11 AM, followed by a graveside service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Toni is survived by her husband Kenneth, 2 brothers; Nick and Paul Sharp, 7 children; Melinda, Robin, Gilley, Beth, Jim, Gavin and Brian, 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Teri.

Toni was born April 17, 1936 in Kansas City, MO; however, in her younger years she lived in Chanute and Lawrence, KS. She met Ken square dancing in 1977 but didn’t start dating until 1978. They moved to Merriam, KS when they married in 1979. They moved to Raytown, 15 years ago.  She and Ken both loved round dancing and square dancing and had both been to a senior ballroom dance about a month ago.  Toni had earned an Associates Degree in Medical Records and had taught 2 classes at Penn Valley.  She also worked in the medical records department at Shawnee Mission Hospital, she wrote magazine articles for lawn and garden marketing, was a salesperson at the Jones Store, a Cub Scout den mother and assisted in Girl Scouts. She loved the color red and tried to surround herself with it whenever possible. Toni was a mother through and through.  She blended the two families into love with care and skill, and had a great sense of humor.  She devoted her love to her husband, Ken for 33 years and he will always hold a special place in her heart as she in his.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, Ste. 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.




  1. Joanne and Bob Coffeen on April 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Dear Ken,
    We were very sorry to hear about Toni’s passing. She was a lovely lady and we enjoyed many years of dancing with you both at your club Dancing Shadows, at other round dance clubs, and in MARDTA. You both were very good friends. We send our deepest sympathy.
    Joanne and Bob

  2. Mike Smith on April 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Kenny , I am sorry to read about Toni’s passing . I didn’t know her well but figured she must have been very special to you . I can’t make it Wed. but please know that you both and your families are in my thoughts and prayers . My sisters Donni and Tina send their condolances too . Bill and Midge send their thoughts too but can’t make either . They both are battling cancer , Midge just had a chemo treatment today so she is pretty sick right now and Bill is recovering from major surgery . Take care , Mike

  3. Brian Baumgardner on April 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Toni took my Anatomy course years ago (as did Beth) at JCCC. She was truly a lovely and caring soul. I remember her enthusiasm and kindness. May the Holy Spirit be with your family as you wait to meet with her again. God bless you all.

    Dr. B

  4. Tanveer on September 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    They hired Trey Hillman, who previously was the magnaer of the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan for the last 5 years. He took that japanese team from last place to first (winning their version of the World Series 2 years ago and losing it in 5 games this year) with the same type of talent that the Royals have.By the same type of talent, they’re both teams that don’t really have any power hitters, but rely on solid starting pitching, great defense and national league style base to base hitting in order to win games.Oh, and GO YANKEES!!!!!

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