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Zita M. Berndsen, age 74, Topeka, passed away January 26, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born Zita Marie Hess on Oct 17, 1946 in Wichita. Following many years as a homemaker Zita became a Licensed Practical Nurse and cared primarily for persons with dementia. Zita enjoyed her family and friends and delighted in traveling the world, visiting 17 countries on 6 continents. She was most at home supporting her children and grandchildren in their pursuits. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Steve W. Berndsen, a son, Steve D. Berndsen (wife DeAnn); daughters, Allison Perez (husband Adrian) and Kelli Proffitt (husband Adam); grandchildren, Peyton, Aiden, Corbin and Brogan. She is preceded in death by a son, Aaron, parents, Thomas Hess and Mary (Long) Hess, and siblings Tommy Hess and Swana Wittgow.
Visitation and funeral rites will be held at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church on February 2, 2021, beginning with a Rosary at 9:30 am with funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Mt. Calvary cemetery will follow. Always a champion for others, Zita selected Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation for memorial contributions at https://www.pmsf.org/donate/ .
KC Funeral Directors 913-262-6310
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