In Memory of

Marjorie “Marg” Asp Kuenn

December 26, 1951 - October 10, 2018


Marjorie “Marg” Asp Kuenn, 66, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away October 10, 2018. Memorial services will be October 20, 2018 at The First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, 2 NE Douglas St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 at 10am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Moorhead, MN at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or charity of your choice.

Marg was born December 26, 1951 in Moorhead, MN. She was a talented musician and knew at a young age the violin was her future. At the age of 17, she headed to the University of Southern Mississippi on a music scholarship. Marg earned her EdB and EdM in violin. She married Brent Kuenn on February 25, 1978, divorced in January 2001.

Marg performed with many symphonies thru her career, but her first love was sharing her love of music with her students. For 34 years she taught mostly in the Hickman Mills school district. After retirement, she taught vocal techniques and was a choir director. She will be remembered for her kindness, dedication, and her love of God, family, and friends.

Marg is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Rose Asp; youngest brother, Greg; and grandparents. Survivors include her brothers, Doug (Sally) Roger and Tom; sisters, Vicki (Steve) Bremer and Deborah (Bob) Seitz; 8 nieces and nephews; and special cousin, Carmen (Arthur) Rinehart; and many other family and special friends.


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She was my orchestra teacher from 1985 to 1989. She was amazing! She treated us like her own children, pushing us to do our best. I think of her often and I am so sorry she is gone. Mrs. Kuenn will always have a special place in my heart. I am truly sorry for your lost and my prayers are with you all.

A wonderful lady, who introduced myself and SO many others to music! She touched SO many lives and will truly be missed!

I am so sorry to hear that you are no longer with us. You where such an amazing teacher. I remember the first time you coming to get students to try out instruments never played one so exciting. I would sometimes pay absolutely no attention or try in you would put me on blast lol made sure I learned before I left that room. Rest in heaven

My prayers and condolences to her family and friends. She was my orchestra teacher at Smith-Hale and a wonderful lady who enjoyed her students. She was loved by many and will be truly missed

Ms. Kuenn was such a wonderful person with a huge heart! She treated all of us like her own kids and expected us to act appropriate and be the best we could be. She had a way to push all of us to excel and be our best and I feel she helped mold many of us into the great responsible people we are today! She had a great sense of humor and was so much fun to spend time with making beautiful music together. Marj will be missed by many and she will hold a special place in my heart forever. Go fly high and share your beautiful music up in heaven with the Angels. I pray for peace and comfort to all your family and friends during this difficult time.

My condolences to the family.She was my Orchestra teacher in middle school and we all loved her.

She was my sister, my brother and my orchestra teacher. I have so many found memories of her. I can remember starting her class in fifth grade. My brother (Justin Turner) was a talented Viola player who was in high school at the time. I was, just average at best! But she would not except that from me! She pushed me to go further in Orchestra then I ever thought I would. And most importantly, she made it FUN!!! It was horrible when I went onto high school, and found out she would no longer be my teacher. She truly was a special lady, that will be dearly missed. My condolences to you all!

She was my orchestra teacher for a couple of years…..I wanted to quit playing and she talked me out of it..she was always nice and always showed us the way…may she rest in piece….and I know the angels are playing away for her…….great person and wonderful teacher… Mrs kuenn….sorry to the family for a great loss….my prayers are with all of you…

An amazing teacher with a heart of gold. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have ever picked up a violin and fallin in love with it, may she Rest In Peace.

Mrs. Kuenn was my orchestra teacher for many years. I will always remember her kindness and her love for music. She definitely went above and beyond for her students. She will be missed. I offer my condolences to her family.

Her lessons and kindness will forever be with me. She didn’t have to come to school before it began and open the music room up, but she did. She saw that there were students eager to practice their music or learn a new instrument outside of class and she encouraged it. Thank you for everything and my condolenses to the family.

Ms. Kuenn was a warm and loving part of my growing up. She taught me so much more than how to play the cello, she showed me how to live with joy. Now that I am a teacher as well, I can see just how wonderful she was and how many lives she made better for having been a part of them.

I am so sorry to hear this. She taught me how to play the viola when I was in 5th grade. She was a vey kind and companionate teacher. I am blessed having known her.

My orchestra teacher from Smith hale; she opened my eyes to the world of music and was the author that started a whole new chapter of my life. This was the kindest, funniest woman I ever had the pleasure of meeting.

I’m saddened by this news and my heart aches. It’s touching to see how many others her presence blessed and it warms my heart to see everyone sharing their experiences. Mrs. Kuenn we’ll all miss you and rest assured not a single one of us will forget you!

She taught me to play violin viola cello and bass. Was my best friend from third grade at BA Burke to smithHale or and ruskinhigh ..she paid for me to go to summer school full orchestra..not a day goes by that I don’t think of her smiling face. I still play.. And will greatly miss her. I think of her standing in front of me saying… now Cheryl stop popping your gum on the …she touched many lives..and will be greatly missed.

Let your family stand so close together that one cannot fall without the other. Prayers during this difficult time for the family. Her work & music has always been a blessing.
Reginald Gatlin & family.

She was truly an amazing woman who taught so much more then just music. I will always remember her smile and her kindness. It is sad that she is gone and she will be missed by so many. Fly high and know you are loved Mrs. Kuenn

Unbelievable loss! I worked with Marg in the Hickman Mills District and such a lovely person with a great love and work ethic for her students. My heart goes out to her family. Rest in God’s peaceful Kingdom Marg!

Mrs. Kuenn…your spirit lives on in each of us who were blessed to be your students. You not only taught me to play the violin, you taught me to always believe in myself. You were the first person to tell me I could go to college even though my family couldn’t pay for it. You let me come in before and after school to practice with you when I wasn’t able to afford the private lessons that my classmates were getting. You drove me to and from my concerts when I didn’t have a ride. When things were rough, you gently took me under your wing and treated me (and so many of your students) like your own child. You taught me about grace and kindness and hope. You made me a better person, and I owe so much of who I am to you. I wish I could have had the chance to thank you before you left this earth, but I know you are smiling over all of us (your kids) right now…because you alone made so many of us better people. Thank you for the love, the music, the memories…I was so lucky to learn from you. Sending so much love to your family…

I taught with Marg at Symington Elementary for many years. I am saddened to hear of her passing. An amazing teacher that seemed to always get the best from her students. I was always amazed at her student performances when she would bring them over to Symington to perform. An amazing teacher she was!

Sooooooooo much history with this lady. I knew her all through middle school even though I took band. After college I came back to the same school/district and taught band along side her for 8 years. It was my first teaching job right out of college. She showed me the ropes, helped me get on my feet, and looked after me the whole time we worked together. Mrs. Kuenn was amazing. So many students were influenced by her teaching. I could go on forever. Really sad to hear of her passing. She will be dearly missed.

My condolences to the family, Mrs. Kuenn was a very sweet person and one of my favorite teachers growing up. She has touched many lives with her talent and kindness. Praying for her entire family during their time of loss.

Marg taught private lessons at Shining Light Music for most of 5 years. She was a wonderful teacher, friend, and mentor to her students and our staff. She was always thinking of her students and the best way she could serve them in order for them to grow both musically, and as a human being. She often paid for music, shoulder rests, or other accessories out of her own pocket, in order for her students to have the best experience possible.
My heart is heavy because of her loss, but I know she is with her Savior today and is rejoicing in heaven as she is free from diabetes and all the other physical problems that went with that.
Praying for the family as they grieve through this difficult period.

My heart goes out to you for your loss. I am a former junior high orchestra student from Smith Hale. I still remember a couple of our conversations where she explained her “Viking Roots” and even when she spoke of the future saying that she only wants music played at her funeral… I didn’t know it then, but looking back after reading about her life I can tell that she is a Woman of God. So, I celebrate her deportation back to the place of our true citizenship, in the arms of Our Heavenly Father . And I rejoice that she is rejoicing in beholding the face of our LORD Jesus! I’m sure the most beautiful music is now playing for her!!!

Mrs. Kuenn taught me in school and private lessons from 1996-2004 and was a tremendous contribution to my music appreciation and ability. Always the most patient guide as I developed. Lessons would involve tea, conversation, and guidance often outside the realm of music and into my life as a young adult. She came from a family of geniuses and her musical skill knew few parallels. Mrs. Kuenn will always stand out as a huge impact on my life, music, and learning. She was and is a huge part of my life and I’ll always be grateful for my experience with her. She will be missed and remembered.

Mrs. Kuenn was the kind of person who went above and beyond. She always made sure each and every one of her students were okay. She was extremely supportive and came through for me on so many occasions. She believed me, and believed IN me.

She was such a wonderful rare delightful person. She was the kind of teacher you could tell anything to and could trust to do the right thing, even if it was difficult. I always looked forward to orchestra, it was the highlight of my day, a safe place amidst the chaos of life.

She guided me, comforted me, and consoled me, and glued my fingerboard back onto my violin when it popped off the week before the show (this was when I tripped hard and dropped my violin on the stage after sectionals during my sophomore year of high school). She talked to me over the phone and reassured me that my violin would be ready the night of the concert. Her fix worked, and my fingerboard hasn’t come off since. She also knew how to stay calm in the midst of absolute chaos, which an anxious kid like me is eternally grateful for. She was never dismissive but always so level. There is not enough nice things I can say about this woman.

There’s a reason why, even the kids at Ruskin, every time we went to Festival of Strings, we all had to come say hi to Mrs. Kuenn. At one point there were so many of us who had to go say hi to her that she ended up having to set aside time after the show was over to say hi to all of us bombarding her with attention. You never forget having someone like Mrs. Kuenn for a teacher. She always knew how to connect to every last one of her students.


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Saturday, October 20, 2018