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McGilley Antioch Chapel

3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Christine Elizabeth Lieb

August 20, 1966July 21, 2019
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Christine Lieb, age 52, passed peacefully surrounded by family at St. Luke’s Hospice House on July 21, 2019, after her courageous 4 year battle with metastasized triple negative breast cancer.

Chris is survived by her daughters, Nichole Hartnett (Alex); Jennifer Lieb; her parents, Thomas and Beth Voltz of Sandusky, Ohio; 2 sisters, Candy Puma (Scott); Cindy Schlett (Jerry); 1 brother, Robert Voltz (Lori); multiple nieces and nephews; and a plethora of friends, colleagues and students who will miss her dearly.

Memorial visitation is 5-8 PM Thursday, August 1st at the McGilley Antioch Chapel. Memorial services are 1:00 PM Friday, August 2nd also at the McGilley Antioch Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice House.

  • FAMILY

  • Nichole (Alex) Hartnett, Daughter
  • Jennifer Lieb, Daughter
  • Thomas and Beth Voltz, Parents
  • Candy (Scott) Puma, Sister
  • Cindy (Jerry) Schlett, Sister
  • Robert (Lori) Voltz, Brother
  • Nieces and nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Luke's Hospice House

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 2, 2019

Memories

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Beth Voltz

August 20, 2019

Happy birthday in heaven to our wonderful daughter.
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Laura Reynold

August 7, 2019

I am so grateful to have had Chris in my building. There were so many times when I struggled and would go down to her room and she helped me with open arms. Zero judgement. Only support and that sweet lil laugh of hers. She loved her content and students with all of her heart. And her work ethic, WOWZA! Bless you sweet lady.
Jul 17, 2019

M Ruggles

August 7, 2019

Chris, I am so grateful I had the privilege of working with you at Lakeview. You are always a ray of sunshine and positivity. I also feel blessed that my daughter Mikayla was lucky enough to have you as her teacher. You have always been, and will always be an amazing lady. Marilyn
Jul 17, 2019

Somer Stuhlsatz

August 7, 2019

I have always been in awe of your amazingly positive outlook and attitude! Never, ever, a single complaint...never!! You have inspired so many people in your career (students and adults alike). I am blessed to have had you as a colleague but even more blessed to have you as a friend. Love you Chris!
Jul 17, 2019

Anne Riggs

August 7, 2019

So many memories of college and fun times with long talks and laughter. I can't tell all the memories but going dancing at the village and Louis and the summertime fun were just some of them. just a bunch of crazy girls living and loving life. We had a blast living together at BG. I cherish those memories. Chris was always smiling and laughing. Tina and Jules ,Chris and I were a great group of friends. We saw each other through some hard times and laughed together. I always admired her artistic talents and math theory classes that boggled my mind. I love you Chris. My friend.
Jul 17, 2019

Diane Markley

August 7, 2019

Chris was one of the first people I made friends with when I started my teaching career. It was a challenging first year of teaching, and she was so wonderful to offer a listening ear and ideas/support for my classroom. Her high expectations for kids and her willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help them learn inspired me, and she has never wavered from that dedication. I was so excited when she got the chance to move to the high school, and she has impacted so many lives there. In the midst of her cancer battle, she has remained so optimistic and positive, and I have learned so much from her. She has remained a cheerleader and source of support over the years, and I love hearing her stories about raising two girls especially now that I have two of my own. She is always concerned for others before herself, and I have and will continue to treasure our visits over these last couple of years. I love you my friend!
Jul 18, 2019

Stormi Peterson

August 7, 2019

From the moment I met you my sophomore year of college I knew that you were unlike any other mom I had met. Nichole and I became friends in college and when I met you, I knew where Nichole got her giant heart and positive spirit. Your smile is absolutely contagious and lights up any room and no matter what your situation, you’ve been able to see the good and positive through it all. Chris, you are one of the strongest woman I have had the honor of knowing and your two amazing daughters share that same strength, beauty and light in the world.
From lake trips, to house hangouts and game nights like our Friendsgiving “bean boozled” game - yuck lol! - those memories I have shared with you and the girls are forever in my heart and such a blessing! Love you all - thoughts, prayers and love sent your way always 💕
Jul 18, 2019

Jennifer Schoenfeldt

August 7, 2019

It has been an honor and a privilege to teach in the math department with Chris for several years. Her love of kids, her creativity, and her passion is an inspiration to everyone around her. She has been and will always be our "Wonder Woman." You and your family are in my prayers
Jul 18, 2019

Lisa Justus

August 7, 2019

Chrissy,
You are such an inspiration to me. You showed me the way to strength and grace in my cancer journey. You are truly amazing, beautiful an so positive.
I am so grateful for the memories we have from years past. I will always remember the big red van, the traffic cone and the fine Pilsner we bought at the drive thru. A special place for me is Kellys Island. My fondness started because of the wonderful times we had with you and your family. Six Voltz will always mean happiness and love. You are such a wonderful mom that has raised two beautiful daughters, just like you. I think of you every day and it gives me peace to know you are so loved. God bless you!! I love you!
Jul 18, 2019

Melissa (Missy) Creston

August 7, 2019

Chrissy, my childhood best friend and sister! Oh how we had fun as kids playing hide and seek in Dr Meeker's bushes, and roller skating, dodge ball in his parking lot. The Chinese jump rope, beauty pageants galore, and oh the Barbie sessions at your house! I think between us, we must have had every Barbie car, plane, camper, etc that was out at the time. How I miss those times and the giggles we shared. I still thank God often for you and the rest of my "adopted" family. I had the best childhood and sisters around! Love you all!
Oh, and I don't remember exactly what this game was, but see if you and your sisters remember this: I'm going downtown to smoke my pipe and I won't be back till Saturday night... if the old witch catches you... I'll spank you with my old rubber shoe, so I'll leave the key with you....
Jul 18, 2019

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Biography

Christine Lieb, age 52, passed peacefully surrounded by family at St. Luke’s Hospice House on July 21, 2019, after her courageous 4 year battle with metastasized triple negative breast cancer. Chris was born on August 20, 1966 in Sandusky, Ohio, to Thomas and Beth Voltz. Christine was a compassionate daughter, sister, mother, friend, and teacher. She was a beautiful woman who lived her life with the highest expectations for herself, her daughters and her students. Chris lived life to the fullest every day and taught those around her to “cherish every day”.

Growing up in Sandusky, Ohio, she was the youngest child of four. Chris was studious, very social, always had to have her knee socks straight, particular about her activities, would wake-up in the middle of the night to finish school work, and always tried her best. She enjoyed summers on Kelly’s Island at “Six Voltz” with her siblings and friends. Siblings remember Chris playing with dolls, being the “stop light”, running away to the end of the block, the dates they followed her on and passing out cashews to share one by one. Chris’ personality lent itself to many life-long friendships, especially Susie Boehmer (Reidy). In middle school, Chris was a fun-spirited cheerleader. In high school, she was a mat maid for wrestling and ran cross-country, which she recruited other girls to join. During meets, much to her coach’s dismay, Chris’ big heart would not let her leave a runner behind. Throughout her schooling at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Chris won many awards for her artwork, which was a passion of hers. She enjoyed modeling as a teenager- something she NEVER talked about, not even to her daughters! In her college years at Bowling Green State University, she spent her free time dancing with friends at the Village. Chris was dedicated in her schooling and completed her bachelors and masters degree while getting married and starting a family. Not only was she a dedicated student, she worked hard at any job she had, which included the bike rental at Kelley’s, Ralph’s Garage, Cedar Point, Barr Rubber, and May Company.

Chris loved being a Mom. As a mother, it was important to revolve life around faith and family. Prayers would be said throughout each day and family traditions were always a high priority. Chris was a mother that enjoyed old traditions and new, especially around the holidays. Crafting, library hour, 7-11 walks for slushies, cuddles, family celebrations, bike rides and TV tray weekends were some of her (and her girls) favorite times. She always knew how to test out new products on her daughters and would love to display pictures of special moments in frames or albums. Chris not only taught her daughters positive life virtues and morals, but also lived them out. She was a mother who listened with all her heart and wanted to know all the details about her daughter’s day. She modeled excellent work ethic and expected her daughters to display the same. Chris was a humble mother who gave chances, taught responsibility and also celebrated life’s moments, big or small. Whether it be french braiding hair, shopping trips, getting nails done or grabbing a coffee treat, Chris made small moments special. Chris loved a bargain and was always on the hunt for a good deal. She was the Groupon/coupon queen! Groupon deals became part of her “living life to the fullest” motto. Especially after being diagnosed, Chris used her bargaining skills to create new traditions and memories such as the Nutcracker performance, helicopter rides, hotel “staycations”, and spontaneous places to visit. She raised her daughters with the following ideology: “Don’t cancel plans with someone just because something better comes along”, “Don’t ever lie”, “Snacks are better than the meal”. Chris always soaked in every moment together and was always positive, making the most out of tough situations. Chris’ daughters not only were blessed to call her mom, but also a best friend they looked up to. Chris was a mother figure to many more than two, including Rachel Birkel.

Throughout her life, Chris surrounded herself with friends who lived out the same values as she. Whether she was getting in trouble at home during her teenage years for missing her curfew because she was the responsible driver getting everyone home safely, dancing the night away with her girl friends in college, or on some shopping trip looking for a new treasure she couldn’t live without, Chris’ magical spirit was always present. She was the dancer, the “flitter”, the “sunshine in a bottle”. Always ready for an adventure, always there to help a friend, lend an ear, savoring every moment of life.

Chris taught math at the middle and high school levels for the past 27 years. Her first 7 years of teaching were at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Sandusky, Ohio, the same high school from which she graduated. The last 20 years have been with the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri. She also taught college algebra at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City. Her colleagues remember Chris as “cheerful, inspirational, optimistic, concerned for others before herself, having a beautiful smile, and a ray of sunshine and positivity.” She taught thousands of children to formulate algebraic expressions over the years. Endless tutoring before/after school helped countless students learn and pass their math classes. Chris was such an inspiration to the entire student body at Park Hill South High School during her battle with cancer. At one point when she was going through chemo treatments, she offered to let the students shave her head to raise money for families in need during the holiday season at school. In 2014, Chris was selected as “Miss Congeniality” at the end of the year awards ceremony. In 2017, she was honored to be the Grand Marshall at the PHS Homecoming parade. In 2019 PHS staff honored her with the “Wonder Woman” award for going above and beyond in her duties at school.

No matter how you know Christine Lieb, you know she will be deeply missed. As she has taught us, we will “cherish every day”, until we meet again on the grandest dance floor of all.