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Tara S. Downey, 56, of Lenexa, KS, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2-4 PM on Sunday, May 28th at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Lenexa, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research or to the Great Plains SPCA.
Tara was born on October 27, 1960, in Niagara Falls, NY, to Paul and Marilyn Sitzenstatter. Tara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts concentrated in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. Her career, for over 30 years, was in the telecommunication industry with Sprint and Ericsson. She managed teams responsible for access and hardware planning including transport, switching, SS7, and traffic management for wireline and wireless networks.
Tara enjoyed singing and dancing along to the music of Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Steely Dan. She loved crafting, creating wreaths or restoring furniture for her friends and family, working out with her fitness team at Lifetime, walking her dogs at Shawnee Mission Park or Lake Lenexa, being on the boat at Deep Creek Lake, and cheering on Jayhawk basketball, Royals baseball, and Bills football.
Tara was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Marilyn Sitzenstatter, her father-in-law John B. Downey, and brother-in-law Sam Morreale II.
Tara is survived by her husband of 32 years, Kevin Downey; son, Patrick Downey; daughter, Tyler Downey; brother, John (Martha) Sitzenstatter; sister, Kathy Morreale; mother-in-law, Ruth Downey; along with in-laws, Michael (Virginia) Downey, Maureen (John) Webster, Marilyn Webster, John (Glenda) Downey, Kathleen Downey, and Donna (Daniel) Cizsek. She is also survived by many loving friends, family members, nieces, nephews, and their children, as well as her three dogs; Bailey, Emmitt, and Brody.
Arrangements by Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444. Condolences may be expressed at porterfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 24, 2017
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