Jean K. Prinds

14 mai 19244 septembre 2020

Jean K. Prinds, 96, Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully September 4, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Prinds, Jr., her sister, Carol Smullin-Tierney of Bartlesville, OK, and her parents, George & Louise Smullin. She is survived by her children Barbara Lester & husband Stan, Eric M. Prinds & wife Patricia, Larry A. Prinds & wife Pamela Flash, Nancy Prinds and Linda Beller & husband Steve; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; Jerry Prinds, nephew, of Louisburg, KS, nephew Steve Tierney and nieces Kathy Tierney-Cain and Janet Tierney-Honeycutt, all of Bartlesville, OK.

Jean K. Smullin was born May 14, 1924 in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in the area that is now KU Medical Center, always roller skating with her best friend Margaret Emmick-Kiff to pass the time. She graduated from Rosedale High School in 1942. In her early 20's, Jean was quite the "looker" and modeled for a Western Auto catalogue, whom she also worked for.

In 1948, Jean met and married the love of her life Hans Prinds Jr., a dairyman from Overland Park, KS. They made a wonderful life together first in Overland Park, then moving to a farm in Olathe, KS and finally settling on Mackey Street in Overland Park where they would raise their five children and spend the rest of their lives. Jean was passionate about her family and was deeply involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and PTA. Jean was a true "lake person". The family enjoyed many weekends at Lake Pomme de Terre with family, friends & neighbors.

Being very strong in her faith, Lenexa United Methodist Church was another big part of Jean's life, being a member since 1956! She was very active in church circles and the church sales. The annual Trash to Treasure sale was a high point for Jean each year. She was also a frequent volunteer at Cross-Lines and at soup kitchens in the KC area.

While German in heritage, Jean and Hans were active members of the Danish Brotherhood in America. She learned to make classic Danish dishes like kransekage, ebleskiber and frikadila. Jean was a fixture at the KC Ethnic Festival for over ten years manning the Denmark booth.

Above all else, Jean was most proud of her family. She adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jean would light up whenever the kids came to visit. She took special and individual interest in what each was up to and where their dreams were leading them. Jean also kept a secret stash of chocolate in her living room and would invite them to sneak a piece when they came to visit.

She was Mom, Grandma Jean & Memaw and she made all of us better for the experience. Mom is finally at peace and in heaven with Dad. We love you and will miss you always!


  • Visitation

    lundi, 14 septembre , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    lundi, 14 septembre , 2020


Jean K. Prinds

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Denise Moore

septembre 13, 2020

I’m going to miss you. You always made me feel comfortable and welcomed in your home as I though I was just another one of your kids. I respected and loved that. I’m going to miss our talks as you indeed made my family and I feel important to you as you always wanted to know the latest. I’ll hold my memory of you in my heart. You are blessed to have lived such a long life and now may you Rest In Peace. My condolences to your family at this time. Your three girls mean so much to me and I know you are so proud of them.
I love you,

David Flash

septembre 12, 2020

Larry, thinking of you and the rest of your Prinds family. Here’s hoping that the happy memories you have of Jean bring you solace.

Barbara Pierce

septembre 8, 2020

Goodbye Dear neighbor, We had good times together, garage sales, doing crafts, kids playing together, our girls were close then and still are good friends. Ronni and I came to your 90th birthday party, you looked great. My Ron built your pool in 1980,it still looks good,your grands and my greats have enjoyed the pool. Many happy Memories. Love and prayers to all the family

Faye Reynolds

septembre 8, 2020

It was such a incredible experience knowing this lady. She brought me into their lives. I was a better person for knowing her and her wonderful family. I will miss her always. Prayers and love to the family. I love all of you. You're in my thoughts always!

john johnson

septembre 6, 2020

Sorry to hear the news of your mother passing, if it wasn't't for this VIRUS, I would come to the visitation, I don't get out much nowadays. I just wanted all of you to know that I"m thinking of you. John Johnson. ps stay safe.

Daniel Dice

septembre 6, 2020

Jennifer & I offer our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom Jean.
I have very fond memories growing up as your neighbor on Mackey. The Prinds family was the first to greet us when we moved in. They have always been like family to me and the rest of my family.

Dan & Jennifer Dice