Stacey Kristine Stewart Henzlik
Stacey Kristine Stewart Henzlik, 50, of Olathe, KS, passed away April 28, 2019 at Nottingham Health and Rehabilitation with her mother by her side.
Preceding her in death were her father and grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Dale; mother, Jody; brother, Jason (Danyel Olson) of Madison, CT; nephews, Zachary, Reilly and Mason.
Stacey was born March 26, 1969 in Kansas City, MO to John and Jody (Wade) Stewart.
She attended Shawnee Mission schools and graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. She was part of Lakemary Center’s independent residential living for 29 years. After various fast food jobs she worked at the YMCA in Olathe for 11 years before she retired due to Alzheimer’s.
Stacey married the love of her life, Dale Henzlik, in 2000. They had an amazing marriage full of fun, activity, and affection for each other. They loved to dance and travel. Dale proved to be a wonderful caretaker the last year they were able to live together and faithfully visited her at Nottingham where an incredible, loving staff took care of her the last year of her life.
Along with the staff at Nottingham, Stacey was blessed with care from her Crossroads Hospice “team” who were with her through the end.
Stacey was a joy to be around, a bright ray of sunshine, a delight, wherever she went. Her busy life included winning gold medals as a swimmer at an International Special Olympics, and being a speaker for Kansas Special Olympics. Every sport was her “favorite.” She won the Johnson County CLEAR’s speech contest several years and loved going to “college.” She enjoyed playing in the Sunflower Ringers bell choir at Church of the Resurrection with Dale and was not shy about telling people of her plans and accomplishments. She loved hamburgers, ketchup, chocolate, and wearing pink.
As well as participating in many sports she was also a huge fan of the Chiefs, the Royals, the old Kansas City Comets, Shawnee Mission South Soccer, and much to her K-State parents chagrin, the KU basketball team.
Sunday morning at Community Covenant church was a highlight of Stacey’s week: the people, the hugs, the music, the worship. She will be missed by many but has given us wonderful memories. She loved Jesus and now sees him face to face.
A celebration of her life will be held at 6pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St., Lenexa, KS. Visitation will be held prior to the service at 5pm.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Stacey’s name to Lakemary Center, 100 Lakemary Dr. Paola, KS 66071. Donate online at: https://lakemary.org/