John E. Glenski

January 14, 1936July 10, 2018

John Glenski, 82, Gladstone, passed away July 10, 2018, surrounded by family.

Visitation is Friday, July 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO, with a prayer service at 7:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, NE 800 Shady Lane, Kansas City, MO. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City North.

John was born Jan. 14, 1936 in St Joseph, MO to Francis and Anna Glenski. After completing his degree at Notre Dame University, he married Mary Ann Webster on October 12, 1957 and moved to the Kansas City area. He was a Chemical Engineer for Colgate Palmolive for 32 years. He loved the outdoors and was a deeply committed faith-filled family man.

John is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Frank Glenski, Jim Glenski, Sister Zoe and Sister Sophie; and a granddaughter, Lisa Voigt. Survivors include his wife Mary Ann; children Jennifer Voigt, Mary (Bill) Shalley, Stephen (Rick Roberts) Glenski, John (Cindi) Glenski, Lisa (Dave) Anderson, Ellen (Erik) Betz, Mark (Hilda) Glenski,and Sarah (Rick) Crites; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother Joseph Glenski and sister Betty Wirtz; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Charles Guatemala Mission of Hope or the St Charles Church Revitalization Fund.

John was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the youngest of seven children in a large loving, devoted Catholic family. After graduating from Notre Dame University in 1957, he returned to Missouri to marry the love of his life, Mary Ann Webster. They began a 62 year journey of partnership and love on October 12, 1957 welcoming eight children along the way, Jenny, Mary, Stephen, John, Lisa, Ellen, Mark, and Sarah. As a chemical engineer, he was a project engineer and innovator for Colgate Palmolive his entire career of 32 years.

After retiring, he dedicated his life to service in his local community and around the world. Deeply faithful, he and Mary Ann were active members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, founding the St. Charles Guatemala Mission of Hope in 1988. They traveled frequently to Guatemala to work alongside Father Salvador Rojas Palacios building transformative educational programs that include MiCasita and Sagrada Esperanza schools located in Chimaltenango and a scholarship program in Guatemala City. He firmly believed in the power of helping students get an education to improve their lives and the lives of their families. If John was not giving back through the Guatemalan Project, he was investing his time into his family and the less fortunate in his community. John and Mary Ann were avid volunteers at the Morning Glory Café and the St. Charles Food Pantry. He was a natural fit at the Habitat for Humanity, with his love of wood-working and engineering mind.

As a nature lover, his children easily learned to appreciate the solace, inspiration and adventure a trip to the mountains or a simple hike on a local trail could provide the spirit. Many fond memories were made at the Grand Lake Colorado Cabin and deep in the Rocky Mountain National Park over the years. John lived a very full life and touched many. His compassionate and charitable legacy will be carried forward by all those who knew him or were lucky enough to be touched by his beautiful, loving spirit.


  • Mary Ann Glenski, Wife
  • Jennifer Voigt, Daughter
  • Mary (Bill) Shalley, Daughter
  • Stephen (Rick Roberts) Glenski, Son
  • John (Cindi) Glenski, Son
  • Lisa (Dave) Anderson, Daughter
  • Ellen (Erik) Betz, Daughter
  • Mark (Hilda) Glenski, Son
  • Sarah (Rick) Crites, Daughter
  • Joseph Glenski, Brother
  • Betty Wirtz, Sister
  • Sixteen Grandchildren
    Four Great-Grandchildren

    Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends

  • Rick Roberts
  • Rick Crites
  • Dave Anderson
  • Eric Betz
  • John Glenski
  • Mark Glenski
  • Stephen Glenski
  • Bill Shalley

  • St. Charles Guatemala Mission of Hope
  • St. Charles Church Revitalization Fund


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Prayer Service Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Commital Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

John E. Glenski

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Tom Burke

November 7, 2018

My condolences to the Glenski family.
I just noted Mr. Glenski’s passing in the current St. Charles bulletin. He certainly was a man who shared his faith.

Nancy Clisbee

July 20, 2018

Our most sincere condolences to all of John’s family. We were so very blessed to connect with John and Mary Ann at the Precious Blood Assembly so recently. What a gift to renew family ties going back several generations with this wonderful man.
We are holding you all in prayer.

Peggy Scholtes

July 17, 2018

My condolences to the Glenski family on the loss of John. Growing up on North Grand, I remember him as a very kind man. I have great memories of many hours spent at the Glenski house playing with Jenny, Mary, Stephen, and John. May God bring memories of good times to help sustain you.

Peggy (Taylor) Scholtes

Michael Grabowski

July 16, 2018

I remember when I first moved to St Charles parish. John was one of the first member that I met he was warm and friendly. Late I started to support the Guatemala project and John and Mary always make it a point to personally think me. The Guatemala Thanksgiving dinners are one of the big events at St Charles that happened in the last part of the year. It was always a chance to renew acquaintances to learn the progress of the sponsorship and the changes at the school. I was sorry that I was out of the country and could not be there to show my respect for John and all that he did for the church.

Sally Vaughn

July 14, 2018

Mary Ann and kids, my condolences at John’s passing. So many wonderful memories as next door neighbors and babysitter. John was a kind and gentle man. I will always remember his smile and how his eyes lit up when he did. I hope your many memories help to comfort you all.

Father Phillip Smith, CPPS

July 13, 2018

I have known the Glenski family ever since I can remember. As the first ordained from St. Charles, John always treated me with respect, was always inquisitive about my life and the wanderings of a missionary. He had a heart of gold, and the last time I visited with him at St. Charles on my annual Thanksgiving visit, he was just as inquisitive and excited about life as ever I have known him. We always spoke of his involvement in the Guatemala mission, as we CPPS also have missions there. As I recall, he was one of the first to participate in that endeavour and remained so until the end. I shall miss is warm smile, his comforting words, and enthusiasm for life and love. May the Chalice from which he now drinks be the one at the eternal banquet! May he rest in peace. (Father) Phillip Smith, CPPS
(graduate of St. Charles, 1964, ordained at St. Charles, 1977)

William Smith

July 13, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Glenski family. I have nothing but fond memories growing up next door to your family. Your father was an very good man.

Jeff Swift

July 12, 2018

Growing up in Hamilton Heights in the 60’s and 70’s meant time spent with the Glenski’s. Whether it was at the pool or in each other’s home, there always seemed to be a Glenski around. So a few years ago, when my wife and I switched parishes, you can imagine who was there at St. Charles with a friendly face and a kind word, Mr. and Mrs. Glenski. It felt like coming home to see them there. In the years since, we have had the pleasure of spending time with both of them at church events and functions. Mr. Glenski was always asking how my family was doing and always offered a kind word, even when he started having health issues he never changed who he was, or how he treated me and my wife. I’m sure he was that way with other’s just as well. I know he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and church community, but he left a wonderful legacy behind that I am sure we all will cherish in our own way. May he rest in eternal piece with GOD our Father.

Jeff and Cheryl Swift

Jack Nevins

July 12, 2018

I grew up with John and Mary Ann as friends to my mom and dad. John was a beautiful man and his presence always projected love, strength, and comfort. I am thankful for his friendship to my parents and am grateful to have known him. My thoughts are with all of you during this time.

Joyce Robey

July 12, 2018

Mary Ann, I was saddened to read of John’s passing in today’s Star. It was always so delightful to see you both at the YMCA . Your family will forever be a cornerstone at St. Charles Parish. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Joyce Robey