On February 14, 2018 Mary Ann Kneib-Sadler passed away at her home. She had been diagnosed with cancer and been fighting a brave battle for a number of years.
Born February 4, 1942 in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mary Ann attended Immaculate Conception catholic school and graduated in 1960 from the Convent of the Sacred Heart high school in St. Joseph. She attended Clark College in Dubuque, Iowa and received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State College and her Masters in Education from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Later in her career she earned a librarian certificate to follow her lifelong aspiration to teach children and adults the value of reading.
During her career as an educator, Mary Ann taught at Webster Elementary School. Early in the 80’s she worked to develop the gifted and talented program at the school district. This opened the doors for her to become principal of Noyes and Parkway schools in St. Joseph. She devoted her talents to the MSTA and her favorite Delta Kappa Gamma teaching organizations.
She moved to Kansas City, Missouri in late the nineties to become principal at St. Monica’s catholic elementary school.
After retiring from school administration Mary Ann began a second career as head librarian. She was librarian at Quindaro and William Allen White elementary schools in Kansas City, KS. After retiring as a public school librarian, she worked at the Mid-Continent Library in Platte City, MO. Mary Ann created reading programs for the students, bringing books to life in so many ways. She inspired many families to enjoy reading.
What made Mary Ann special to all who came in contact with her was her open heart, her smile, her vivid and lively imagination, her willingness to stand up for all children and her ability to see joy and love even in the face of adversity. Someone recently said so aptly, “joy is not the lack of suffering or fear, and it’s how you choose to handle suffering and fear.”
Integral to Mary Ann was her faith. Mary Ann was a devoted Catholic in the true definition of Catholicism. She was faithful, generous of spirit and heart, open to all she met, giving of herself to God and others above all else.
Mary Ann had a wonderful sense of humor that shone with family and students. She truly believed learning need not be dull. One time as a principal, Mary Ann bet her students on the number of books they would read. Guess what, she lost. So she climbed up to the roof of the school and read a book to the entire student and faculty population. She never bet against her students again!
Mary Ann’s heart was golden, early in her career her sons would often be missing an outgrown winter coat, gloves and boots which she would give to her students in the winter for outdoor recess or make it home.
It was said if she ever returned all her books to the library at once they would have to hire additional staff.
Mary Ann loved spending time with her grandchildren. She cheered for them often. She may have set a new record for grandparent attendance at child sporting events.
In her retirement Mary Ann was able to travel the world to visit her peripatetic daughter and son-in-law and their children. She saw much of Germany, spent time in her mother’s home country of Luxembourg, visited Singapore and Moscow.
Mary Ann didn’t slow down in retirement. Twelve Apostles Catholic Church was the recipient of her love, time and talents. Recently she worked with Mercy in Motion group knitting prayer shawls. If there was a skipped stitch now and then, she would say, “those holes allow the Holy Spirit to shine through.”
Her devotion led her to the parish council. Mary Ann’s love for reading and faith guided her to the Bible study classes, Adult Formation classes, Women’s Group and Helping Angels. She was counted on to assist in all the church’s events, even dressing as a bunny during the Easter festival.
Mary Ann was the matriarch of a family of four children and created a home where all were welcome and loved. She is survived by sons Richard, wife Jill, their sons Christopher and Carson of St. Joseph, Roger Sadler of Platte City and Michael with his wife Barbie are care givers of Lacee and Erin of St. Joseph. Daughter Anna is currently living in Singapore with her husband, Felix Frie. Their children are Augusta and Hans. She is also survived by her brother Joseph, resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Jan. Lastly, Elsa, her beloved cat survived her as well.
Visitation will be held at Heaton Bowman Smith Fieden Chapel, Sunday February 25 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm with a Rosary at 2:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at Twelve Apostles Parish, 17900 Humphrey’s road, Platte City, MO. at 11:00 am with a luncheon afterwards. A commitment graveside service will occur at 3:00 pm at Mount Olivet cemetery in St. Joseph.
The family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Twelve Apostles Catholic Church her passion.
ers be made to the Twelve Apostles Catholic Church her passion.
- Mary Ann Kneib-Sadler, 76, of St. Joseph, Mo.
- Robert Richard Kneib, 87, St Joseph, MO
- Valerie Ann Sadler, 49, of St. Joseph, MO
- Aubrey Conaway 76, of St. Joseph, Mo.
- Colleen Mary Roberts, 76
- Mary Chleborad, 101, of St. Joseph, MO,
- Mary Elizabeth Makos, 92, St. Joseph, MO
- Mary Ann Baker, 86, of Smithville, Mo.
- Mary Ann Barber, 62
- Dr. Jack T. Jewett, 76, of St. Joseph, Mo.