Violet Magee obituary | Fort Scott Biz

Violet Marie (Nardelli) Magee, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and caregivers at her home in Baldwin, Kansas on January 11, 2022. Violet was born in Gross, Kansas to Mario Nardelli and Johanna (Zanona ) Nardelli, October 6, 1924. She graduated from Arcadia High School in 1941, earned her teaching certificate at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburgh, and began her first job at a one-room schoolhouse in St. Paul, Kansas, the “Isle”.

Violet’s life spoke music, like a tapestry. It was woven throughout his journey and defined his being. By using singing lessons to learn the English dialect, it was discovered that she had the chance to learn quickly. Violet was notably a talented pianist who could embellish music and teach others piano and voice. So gifted, her instructor accompanied her to Chicago for a debut of her talent and a musical tour. Earlier, she had rekindled a friendship with a classmate; a pilot returning from World War II, so she came home to her true love. She was married to Raymond Edward Magee on June 20, 1948 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Mulberry, Kansas during a thunderstorm. A tornado followed the ceremony, so the reception was held in the family’s basement by candlelight in the church.

Violet and Raymond celebrated 52 years of marriage and “were proud and grateful for five children and were honored that God had entrusted them to be their parents.” They spoke of kindness and their actions showed care and kindness. Their home was stocked with handmade cappelletti, cinnamon rolls, pies, meatballs, and breads that were available to the family and anyone who needed a place to vacation. There were piano students of all ages, often 30 a week, as well as scout meetings, homemade dance costumes, student recitals, singing lessons and choir rehearsals for mass and weddings.

Music made the moment better, making every occasion better, as Violet performed at graduations, civic symphony, community choir, school plays, as well as participating and judging piano and singing competitions. She volunteered at St. Mary’s as a music teacher. As organist of the Mary Queen of Angel Catholic Church for fifty years, generations remember Midnight Mass and Easter. She has performed at many weddings as well as funerals. Hundreds of thank you cards lined her albums, recalling her contribution to their ceremonies. Music was a big part of her life, and she was grateful for the opportunity, but most of all, she credited God for her talent.

Violet was a friend, neighbor, teacher and mentor. Most importantly, she was a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 14 grandchildren, great-grandmother of 6 great-grandchildren, and a loving dog owner to her faithful O’Riley. .

Violet was predeceased by her husband, Raymond.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Magee-Minor and her husband, James, of Baldwin, Kansas; four sons, Dr. Raymond Daniel Magee, and his wife Connie, Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Lawrence Marion Magee and his wife, Michelle, Lawrence, Kansas, Mark Edward Magee, and his wife Cabrina, DeSoto, Kansas, and Dr. Shawn Michael Magee, and his wife Shirley Dawn, Topeka, Kansas.

What a wonderful difference she has made in the lives of many. “Always in our hearts”

Because the funeral mass is for family only, friends and neighbors can view Violet Wednesday, January 19 through Friday, January 21, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, Fort Scott, Kansas.

A private family service will be held at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church on January 22, 2022, where she served as organist for 50 years.

A private family burial service will follow at the Garden of Memories, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Expressions of sympathy in Violet’s memory may be directed to Mary Queen of Angels Music Ministry or Engineering Scholarship at Kansas University, Raymond and Violet Magee. Memorials may be left in the care of Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences can be submitted to the online guestbook at

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