Makenna Bartel-Heaney

Makenna Rose Bartel-Heaney, formerly of Leawood, residing with her husband in Overland Park, passed peacefully in the early evening of April 22, 2013 at her home with loved ones surrounding her after a two year battle with cancer. Makenna was born October 19, 1984 and so began a lifelong passion for the arts, beginning at Nativity Parish and leading her to graduate from The University of Kansas Metalsmithing Program within the School of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Makenna successfully started her own Jewelry Design and Fabrication business. Makenna’s business provided her the opportunity to explore another passion, travel, as she was accepted to renowned art shows across the USA.  She also displaying her talent in local galleries within the Kansas City area.

Makenna is survived by her husband, James D. Heaney, Jr.; parents Cindy and Dave Bartel; sister Devon Bartel: and forever-faithful dachshund Lexi.
A private “green” burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The family welcomes you to an open house at the home of Dave and Cindy (12204 Reinhardt Ln., Leawood) to express your condolences from 4-6 p.m. on April 24th. A celebration of Makenna’s life will be held on a future date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent in Makenna’s name to: KU Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044-0928.  Per Makenna’s wishes, the funds donated, along with her own contributions, will fund a metalsmithing scholarship in her name to a worthy student in order to continue her legacy and love of the arts.


19 Condolences

  1. Larry Kihlstadius on April 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Know that our thoughts are with you. What a wonderful legacy that speaks to her authenticity.

  2. Greg Krall on April 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    With my deepest sympathy to the entire family. Makenna always had a beautiful smile and brought such joy to us all. We will miss her.

  3. Jerry & Vicki Gunnerson on April 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    We love you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very special young woman and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

  4. Christine Myers on April 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Myers

  5. Maria Mello on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Dave.

  6. Anthony Lewis And Barbara Lewis on April 24, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Barbara and I join with so many others that knew MaKenna in offering our deepest sympathy. There is great satisfaction knowing and being proud of MaKenna’s productive and well lived life.

  7. JUDY SPICER on April 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Dear Cindy, Dave, Devon & DJ,
    My heart is broken, but there is so much celebration when I think of Makenna. What a beautiful spirit that I know will live on in so many ways.
    Please know how much I care and pray for your peace and comfort in the times ahead.
    Much love & prayers, Judy Spicer

  8. Debbie Crawford on April 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I know how much you loved Makenna. Know that she is watching you from heaven and will always be with you.

  9. Jamie Overbey on April 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

    You know it’s a blessing to have a loving, strong and caring family. The whole Vistage “family” sends its thoughts and prayers to you and yours in this time of loss. Try to remember how many lives she touched and enriched along the way.

  10. Saundra Johnson on April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I truly regret never having had the chance to meet Makenna, as she was so loved by all of you. Sandy Johnson

  11. Sonja Dutcher on April 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Family of Makenna. I too am sorry to know of such a talented young person being taken from us. It is much sorrow for you all. I am sure all will miss her very much. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers as you go thru this time of grief. Sonja (Hertz) Dutcher

  12. Dan and Susan Krouse on April 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  13. Tom Kardashian on April 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Dave,
    Our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family at this time.
    Tom and Joan Kardashian

  14. Monte and Shellie Dalton on April 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Dave – Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  15. Sue and John Young on April 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Devon, We are so sorry to hear about your beautiful sister. We are thinking of you and holding you in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you and your family.

  16. Tom and Ellen Sheridan on May 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Dear Cindy, Dave and Devon we are so sorry. You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Michelle Viney on May 25, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I met Makenna in Oklahoma at the Paseo Arts Festival. What a wonderful and talented woman. I will cherish my beautiful jewelry she made and think of her every time I wear it. She touched my life too. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Leslie Lightfoot Wagner on June 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    To the entire family of Makenna, please accept my condolences. I first met Makenna at the Paseo art festival in Oklahoma City. She was there with her mother and I was immediately drawn to her and her unique style of jewelry. She was so very sweet and genuine in her love of the metal arts. I feel blessed to have met her. Sincerely, Leslie Lightfoot Wagner

  19. Stephanie Dalley on September 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Just hearing all these years later about Makenna. I’ve taught thousands of students in my career and I had her many years ago and I still remember her. I still find myself describing the sculpture she built from parts she found a u-wrench-it to my students. She was beautiful and amazing and she made a big impact on me.
    Knowing her was my privilege and blessing.
    Stephanie Riddell Dalley

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