Patricia A. "Miss Pattie" Beller

  • Born: March 15, 1941
  • Died: March 25, 2014
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia Ann Beller, "Miss Pattie", 73, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with ALS.

Pattie was born to Erma and Edward Bova on March 15, 1941. She lived most of her life in Overland Park, KS. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and later attended the University of Kansas. In 1954, she started teaching dance to neighborhood children and this became her life's work. She retired as owner of Beller Dance and Gymnastics in November 2012, due to failing health.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilyn Sullivan; and step-daughter, Laura Beller.

Pattie is survived by aunt, Fern Coombs; two daughters, Marcia Beller and Diane Fessler (Bradley); five grandchildren, Matthew and Nicholas Yale, Carlee Roberts (Austin), and Alexa and Jacob Fessler; and two great-grandchildren, Ian and Evan Roberts; two step-sons, Steven (Linda) and Kent (Kerry) Beller; and five step-grandchildren, Paul, Emma, Jack, Kate and Kevin Beller.

The family wishes to acknowledge the many caregivers and especially the Good Shepherd Hospice Team for their loving care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Prairie Baptist Church, 7416 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons - Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS. An inurnment will take place at a later date at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, KS.

In lieu of flowers, it was Pattie's desire that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 11253 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest Condolences to Patty's family and friends. I believe we shared Home Room and a few classes at SMN from '57-'59. So sorry for your Loss...Sincerely,
Gerry H. Brazier /

Posted by Gerry Brazier - Woodland Park, CO, CO   April 27, 2014

I only learned of Pattie's illness and passing this morning. It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences. I have such fond and happy memories of dancing at her studio. I, too, was one of those little girls that danced at Pattie's house on 75th and Walmer. After watching the older neighbor girls in dance class, my mother "finally" let me begin dancing with Pattie when I went to kindergarten. . . I was barely 5 years old. It was 1965 and I danced with Pattie until I graduated high school. From the house, to the tiny "underground" studio, to the multiple classrooms and a gym! When I moved back to Kansas City as an adult, my oldest child danced there too! Pattie was a role model in so many ways. . . nurturing, fair, demanding, a business woman, fun, interested in all of our lives and she pushed the buttons that made us our best selves. She molded our presence and confidence. Such warm memories of hand-sewn costumes, auditioning for parts and opening number, finally being old enough to be the "helper" on rehearsal days. . and OH! those recital nights! I know you must have countless loving memories to sustain you at this sad time. Pattie leaves a lovely legacy. With sincere sympathy and much love, Lynne Grossman Bock

Posted by Lynne Bock - Leawood, KS - Former Student   April 12, 2014

I have such fond memories of Pattie and send my sincere sympathy to her family. I only learned of her illness and passing this morning. My heart breaks for what she and her family have had to endure. I, too, was one of those original little girls that danced at Pattie's house on 75th and Walmer. I had just turned 5 when my mother "finally" let me start dancing with Miss Pattie! Then, she built the tiny "underground" studio on Foster that grew into several classrooms and a gym! I danced with her until I left for college! Such fond memories of a great dance foundation, happy times, fun friends and a smiling, nurturing, yet "demanding" Miss Pattie! When I moved back to Kansas City as an adult, my oldest danced at the studio too! It is inspiring to see the staying power of her business! What a lovely legacy. . . I hope you, too, have happy memories to sustain you at this sad time. Lynne Grossman Bock

Posted by A friend   April 12, 2014

My deepest condolences to the family. Pattie was such an inspiration to my baby sis, Nanci Heigele. Her beautiful spirit will live on in her legacy which was dance.

Posted by Victoria Worrel - Olathe, KS - friend   April 02, 2014

I spent about 15 years of my childhood taking dance at Beller Dance Studio (until 1982). I have many fond memories of my time there - and of the people.

With heartfelt sympathy and love for Miss Pattie -

Posted by Susan (Utt) Glass - Lenexa, KS   April 02, 2014

Our girls took dance with Pattie for about ten years. We are so thankful for her loving and kind teaching methods and her very positive sweet spirit.

Posted by Barbara Wiezorek - Overland Park   April 01, 2014

Patty was a huge part of my sisters and my life(parents too). We spent many hours, classes and recitals at Beller's. To this day dance is a huge part of my life and I'm still dancing as a Zumba instructor! My condolences to the family.

Posted by Trisha Herman    April 01, 2014

Miss Pattie was the first dance teacher for
all 4 of my daughters. For 22 years they were part of Beller Studio and Miss Pattie encouraged their love of dancing. She gave all of us many wonderful memories.
The Kurtenbach girls, Julie, Kristi, Karen,
Laura, & mom Paula

Posted by Paula Kurtenbach - Overland Park, KS - Former students   April 01, 2014

Pattie passed her love of dance on to our daughter Megan and will always be remembered fondly by our family. We are saddened to learn of Pattie's illness and untimely death. She was truly a special lady.

Posted by Marilyn Taylor - Olathe, KS - parent of former student   March 30, 2014

Pattie was an amazing lady. She always welcomed me into the studio whether I was there for dance or gymnastics. She gave me my first job as a gymnastics coach. Through her studio I made some long long friends and I still love dance and gymnastics. Today my children do both of these and I always think of Pattie. I am so glad to have known her!

Posted by Mandy Knutson - Shakopee, MN - student and employee   March 29, 2014

I took tap, ballet and jazz from Pattie from 1068 until 1975 when I graduated from High School. After I was married I came back in about 1980 to take tap again. She really had an impact on my life. My sympathies to the family.

Posted by Diane Scheuchl - Pyle - Overland Park, KS   March 29, 2014


Pattie touched the lives of each of my daughters, but most especially Rachel. I sent Rachel skipping into the studio to learn to dance. I kept sending her to learn to live with passion, courage, and discipline. I will forever be grateful to Miss Pattie for the life lessons learned under her watch.

Posted by susan gittinger - overland park, KS - Friend, Patron, Student   March 29, 2014

So sorry for your loss. We sincerely appreciate the wonderful difference Pattie made in Lori's life through her dance experience.
Pat & Lori Elrod

Posted by Pat Elrod - Overland Park, KS   March 29, 2014


Our daughter took classes at the Beller's studio/gym for years. Patty was always kind and engaging with us. We appreciated her presence and the contribution that she made in the lives of all the girls there.

Posted by Debbie & Craig Babb - Prairie Village, KS   March 28, 2014

She will be missed it was always pleasant taking to her.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker - KS - Friend   March 28, 2014

I took dance lessons from Pattie in the early 60's before she was a Beller. She was probably 21 years old. She did this at her parents house. I will always remember the fun we had. She will be missed greatly. God bless her and her family.

Posted by Pat - Kansas City, MO - Dance Student   March 28, 2014

Pattie was an amazing teacher. My sisters and I started taking lessons from her in 1960 at her house on 75th street. We looked forward to lessons because she put so much joy into teaching. She created a love and appreciation of dance for us that will stay with us forever. We fondly remember the homemade costumes, class photos, and plaster ballerinas for perfect attendance. We could never thank her enough for her gift of teaching. With sympathy and blessings to her family, Patty Marquart Ikenberry, Cindy Marquart Deveaux, and Paula Marquart Sorg

Posted by Patty Ikenberry - Dakota Dunes, SD   March 28, 2014

My sincere condolences to all of the family. Patti was a lovely lady and will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Kay Salter - Prairie Village, KS   March 28, 2014

Our sincere sympathy and condolences from Carol and Susan Byrd of Byrd's Dance and Gymnastics..

Posted by Carol Byrd - Kansas City, KS   March 28, 2014

Thank you Pattie for encouraging our kids to love to dance!

Posted by Julie and Aaron Hammond - Mission, KS - Friend   March 28, 2014

Pattie provided such a loving and safe environment for my grandchildren. She provided guidance and encouragement for all four of my grandchildren that influenced them immensely. A fantastic lady in so many ways....she will be missed.

Posted by Anna decker - Burlington, KS - Grandmother of David Long   March 28, 2014

Beller's was a big part of our three daughters lives. I spent a lot of time there, as they all took at least 1 class a week,and sometimes 2. Now take that times 3! Pattie was always so patient as we tried to set them up, trying to get some at the same time as one of the others. We always looked forward to the Recitals each year to see what they had learned. They always tried so hard to get the Perfect Attendance Award, so you know they really enjoyed going. To this day, they still love to dance. Thank you for helping us form our girls lives. Condolences to the entire family, but especially to Diane.

Posted by Diane Wagner    March 27, 2014

Pattie put her whole life into Bellers. I remember talking to her when i went to get suckers after tap and her helping me get tap shoes. I loved Pattie dearly and will always remember her.

Posted by Abby Schiller - Overland Park, KS - Dance Student   March 27, 2014

I remember Pattie as a warm, friendly person with a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to her family at this difficult time.

Posted by Dan Neice - Lenexa, KS   March 27, 2014


Posted by Rachel Keener    March 27, 2014

Pattie was always a huge part of Abby's love of dance. Pattie touched so many lives and her legacy will live on through dance. Love to the family

Posted by Sara Schiller    March 27, 2014

I grew up dancing at Beller's and Pattie instilled in me a love of dance that I still have today as an adult. She was an amazing teacher and mentor, and had a huge impact on the community. I have so many fond memories of my time at Beller's. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Posted by Dawn Davis - Olathe, KS - friend   March 27, 2014

Pattie had such an impact on so many lives. The countless hours I spent in dance classes and the gym throughout my entire childhood are some of the best memories of my life. The platform she provided gave confidence and self-esteem to so many young girls (and boys). I know for a fact that it played a huge part in who I am as a person today. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She will be forever remembered.

Posted by Erica Cohen (Wells) - Overland Park, KS - former student   March 27, 2014

My thoughts and condolences are with Pattie's family.

Posted by Steve Travers - Moorhead, MN - friend   March 27, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. May your memories and love fill your hearts with joy.

Posted by Shannon Peters    March 27, 2014

Patti and Rebecca have completed their journey. They are dancing together in heaven and giving orders to the others. Our condolences to all the family.

Posted by Ken & Laura Millet - Overland Park, KS - Friend   March 27, 2014

I took dance lessons for many years from Miss Patty. I started when she was teaching in her home. I have
many happy memories of dance class and all the care time she put into the dances and recitals. I am so thankful for her life and the impact she had on mine.

Posted by Suzy Allen - Concord, MA - Student   March 27, 2014

Miss Patti was a long time friend and she played a big part in our daughter Amy Pressler Perez's enjoyment of gymnastics and dance while growing up. We are so sorry to hear of her struggle and passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Posted by Sharon Avery Pressler and Rich Pressler and Amy Pressler Perez - Merriam, KS - Friend   March 27, 2014

Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family, Miss Pattie. You have a wonderful, caring family.

Posted by Robin Seiler - Wildwood, MO - former student   March 27, 2014

Will miss you and your fun. We spent a lot of good times together Church and food kitchen and garagesales and many more good times. Restin peace. My love to you and your great family. Dottie Bloome

Posted by A friend   March 27, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I feel so blessed to have been part of the Beller's Dance Studio for a while. Patti is such an inspiration to all. Her legacy will live on.

Kathy Smith

Posted by Kathy Smith - Lenexa, KS - Friend   March 27, 2014