Genevieve “Jeannie” Hutter

Genevieve (Jeannie) Hutter, 57, of Independence, MO, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2022.

Jeannie, along with her twin sister, Tommie, were born on July 18, 1964, in San Diego, CA to Jacquelin and John Hutter, Jr.

She graduated in 1982, from Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC.  She earned her mathematics degree at MidAmerica Nazarene College in 1986. She attended Sterling College, Sterling, KS, for certification in speech and theatre.

Jeannie started her teaching career in 1990, at Liberty Middle School, Hutchinson, KS. In 1993, she moved to Kansas City where she taught math at the Kansas City Middle School of the Arts.

In 1999, Jeannie started the speech and drama program at Osage Trail Middle School, Independence, MO, while there, she also earned a Master’s in Educational Technology from Lesley University.

Ten years later she transitioned from OTMS to Fort Osage High School where she taught acting, directing, and stagecraft as the Director of the Theatre.

Jeannie directed well over 75 productions throughout her 25-year career. Her love of theatre powered her dedication to students and influenced their futures beyond high school.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jacquelin. She is survived by her father, John;  sisters, Tommie and Tammie (Brian) Caley, both of Independence, MO; nephews Corey and Daulton Caley; and great-nephews Zayne and Darian.

The J. Hutter Memorial Scholarship has been established. In lieu of flowers, please send donations payable to the Fort Osage Education Foundation, indicating  “J. Hutter Scholarship” in the memo. Address:  2101 N. Twyman Road, Independence, MO 64058.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Fort Osage High School Performing Arts Center. Masks are required.


  1. Bethany on January 10, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Ms. Hutter was my debate coach when she first started at Fort Osage. We spent so much time together after school, on the bus and at tournaments, even going to her house and helping her with middle school theater productions.

    She was so much more than a teacher. Her job wasn’t something she clocked in and out of it was her calling and who she was.

  2. Hunter Lindell on January 11, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    J Hutter was my Acting teacher for Acting 1&2 my junior and senior year in High School and she will never be forgotten and she was a great teacher

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