Enzina Lettieri Reynolds, 87, died July 8, 2023, in Kansas City, Kansas, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 29, 1936, in Naples, Italy, where she lived with her family by the seaside.
In the late 1950s, she found great happiness when an American sailor, Walter Reynolds, visited Naples. They married and were together for 64½ years. After Walter’s naval service in 1959, Enzina sailed to the U.S. and settled in his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas.
They lived on historic Strawberry Hill and joined St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. It was at St. John’s that she felt welcome and made many beautiful friendships that would last for decades. Enzina’s husband and four children were the center of her life. She was active at St. John’s School where her children attended, serving as room mother, Cub Scout leader and working with the PTO. She later got a job in the school cafeteria there and became a mom to all of the school’s children.She was an excellent cook and known for making authentic lasagna. Her skills led her to a position as cook in the central kitchen of Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.Throughout her life, Enzina served her church activities through the Altar Society, St. John’s Seniors and the Croatian Festival; and volunteered with the Sister Servants of Mary. The family enjoyed camping and traveling.
Survivors include her loving husband, Walter; daughters Anna Reynolds and Kathy Reynolds; son Walter Reynolds; grandchildren Christopher Reynolds, Nicole Bejan, Davienne Bejan and Meagan Reynolds; and great-granddaughter, Amelia Reynolds. She is preceded in death by her parents, Armando and Immacolata Lettieri; sister Anna Maria Lettieri; brothers Antonio De Litto and Johnny Lettieri; and her daughter Imma Reynolds.
The family suggested donations be made to the two organizations she cherished - St. John the Baptist Church and Sister Servants of Mary.
Funeral Services are Thursday July 13th, beginning with Visitation from 9-10AM, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM at St. John the Baptist, 708 N. 4th, KCKS with entombment following at Gate of Heaven, KCKS.