In Memory of

Valerie Rosenthall

August 27, 1932 - May 16, 2024


Valerie Rosenthall, a beacon of inspiration and resilience passed away on May 16, 2024, at the age of 91.  Born on August 27, 1932, in Kansas City, Kansas.  Valerie’s life was a testament to the power of determination and love.

Daughter to Bernice and John Gabriel Tate.  Valerie grew up alongside her siblings L.C., Willie, John, Leroy, and Dorothy Mae.  She pursued her education at Sumner High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College, laying the foundation for her incredible journey.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Valerie made her mark in the business world, operating grocery stores in three locations and later establishing a successful commercial janitorial company.  Her tenacity and innovation were truly inspirational.

Valerie was united in matrimony to Aron Rosenthall.  Her heart was full of love for her children, Bernice, Diane, and Vanessa. Michelle and Julius Brown, the love they showed her made them her children as well she was their Mother Dear. She was a devoted mother who made time for her children, whether it was taking them to dance and music lessons or being involved with PTA at their school.  She was quite active and loved to play basketball and shoot pool. Occasionally, she could be found dancing along to the beat of a song.  Going to church was very important to her.  When her children were growing up, she was a member of the Mt Zion Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.  She later converted to Catholicism and brought with her love of gospel music to the Our Lady and St Rose Catholic Church.  While there Valerie along with her sister started a youth gospel choir.  At the time of her passing she was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Valerie’s legacy will continue with her children Bernice Morris, Diane Barber, and Vanessa Rosenthall along with grandchildren, Gretchen Simpkins(Ramon), Aneka Rojas(Anthony), Michael Kidd(Kelly), Gabriel Rosenthall, and Matthew Barber and her great-grandchildren Deja, Taylor, Efrain, Victoria, Tamia, and Jeremiah.

Valerie will be missed by a host of relatives in Texas, Illinois, and Michigan although they live afar they would call to talk to her on a regular basis.

Valerie’s legacy is one of love and compassion.  She touched the lives of countless people during her lifetime, and her impact will continue to be felt for years to come.  Valerie’s family and friends take comfort in knowing that her memory will live on through the countless lives she touched and the example of kindness she set for us all.

A celebration of life for Valerie will be held May 24, 2024, at 9:00 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 MO 150, Lees Summit, Mo.  Valerie’s love and warmth will forever be cherished by those who knew her.



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My deepest condolences to Diane, Vanessa and Bernice on the passing of your beloved mom. May God strengthen and comfort you in yout time of need. 🙏🏾❤️

I am sorry for the loss of your mom. My condolences to you and the family

Vanessa and family,
Mrs. Rosenthall was such a lovely person. I will always remember her being quiet and patient while we, as teens and preteens, tried to learn the beautiful music her and Mrs. Walker were trying to teach us. It was always nice to see her in church, long after the choir disbanded. Hugs and love to you all while you grieve.
Gina Robinson

My deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May the fond memories of you Mother bring you peace.

Vanessa and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. I just noticed this obituary. What a blessing it was for me to have the privilege to get to work with and know Ms. Valerie. May God bless you and be of comfort to you at this time.

Bernice, Diane and Vanessa and families,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a special lady and I know you will miss her deeply. Although you are grieving I know you rejoice that she is in the presence of her Lord and that o e day you will join her there.
I pray for God’s presence and healing as you grieve her loss.
Love in Christ,

Sorry for your loss my Friend, My Condolences to you and your Family.
Praying for you. God loves you and so do I
She is at Peace now❤️❤️

To the family of this beautiful lady, Mrs Valerie Rosenthal, I send my deepest sympathy and love. I met her through my Delta Soror and friend, Diane Barber, and felt like I knew her. Surely she possessed a lovely spirit which shows through her beautiful smile. May He who knows all keep the family in his care. God bless you all.

My prayers and deepest condolences to Mrs. Diane, Matt, and the family. Mrs. Rosenthall’s legacy lives on through each of you.

To my very dear friend and sister Diane and family a beautiful Rose 🌹 has now entered the Rose Garden of Eternal Life.May God continue to bless you and yours is my prayer.

My deepest condolences to the family! May Ms. Rosenthal rest in peace. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Diane, I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother. After reading her obituary, I see so much of her in you. She was very successful in her professional life. But most of all she was an inspirational Mother. The Lord blessed you to have her in your life. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort and acceptance that she is in his hands and at peace.


Friday, May 24, 2024
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lees Summit, MO 64082


Friday, May 24, 2024
10:00 AM Mass
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lees Summit, MO 64082