Through travel and photography, Susan Hidalgo captures moments to share

By Ron Bower
By Ron Bower

By Leanna Walters
Facebook friends of Susan Hidalgo look forward to her frequent, lengthy trips to faraway destinations. It’s not that they don’t like to have Susan nearby; rather, it’s the daily excitement of possible posts which momentarily take you away from the Midwest, away from your computer screen, away from the carpool. . . and into the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of somewhere altogether different.
She has visited, and visually recorded her travels through Africa, much of Europe, Mexico, South America, China, Japan and Vietnam. In each place she visited she captured the moments that excited her, the ones she wanted to preserve and share.
Along with her photographs, artwork and objects from her travels provide an eclectic and visually stimulating background in her home. Several close family members were or are “heavy into the arts,” including her mother, now deceased; her children and her daughter in law. Their paintings and photo albums remind her of shared moments with people dear to her.
Her most recent odyssey, taken with her husband, Wayne, and Quivirans Becky and Eric Johnson, included five days in Cuba, where they did a circular tour of the island, including stays in Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuego and Havana.
Susan talks about walking through the streets of each city, her camera always on her neck, at the ready for snapping interesting sights that seem to beg for a back story. That’s the thing about Susan’s photographs. They invite the viewer to interact–to look carefully, piece together a narrative based on what you think you know–then step outside your comfort zone to consider a whole different construct.
For example, one photo, taken in a plaza, shows a 15-foot tall bronze statue of a naked woman sitting atop a rooster, armed with a huge dinner fork. Near the statue is an older man in a wheelchair, eyes fixated on body parts of the woman in the statue. Next to him is a dour-faced woman–probably his wife–her eyes glaring at his eyes. In the background of the shot is Becky Johnson, smiling broadly. Has she also spotted the couple and is grinning at the photographer to share in the joke? What, for heaven sake, does the statue represent? Even if you understand a naked woman on a giant rooster, why the dinner fork?
You can see Susan’s Cuba photos, and others, by visiting the LQPCSmugmug website, clicking on Member Galleries and clicking on Susan’s name. You can also enjoy her first First Friday exhibition (see details below). It’s actually her first formal exhibit outside the Lake Quivira Clubhouse, where she nearly always has one or more of her works on the Photo Club gallery wall opposite the dining room.

Several of Susan’s Cuba photos will be featured at
First Friday Artist Reception May 5

First Friday Reception – May 5, 5 pm to 9 pm
The Abundance show, featuring Susan Hidalgo’s Cuba photos, along with nine other artists. will run 5/5 to 7/1 at Perennial Places at
Premier Financial space, 1535 Walnut, Crossroad Art & Entertainment District, KCMO. The gallery is open on First Fridays, and future shows will feature new artists.

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Quiviran John Christy is KC President and Certified Financial Planner with Premier Financial Partners. Quiviran Kim Ansari is owner at Perennial Places and curator for the Abundance show.

Following are two of Susan’s Cuba photos which will included in the First Friday event.

This cigar-smoking woman was posed just-so in a picturesque doorway–hoping for donations from tourists taking her picture. Susan walked by and quickly shaped this shot while the woman was looking away. By Susan Hidalgo
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Susan loved seeing the restored cars of her youth in Cuba. She calls this a typical street/alleyway scene. The viewer must guess what has caught the eye of the young girls on the balcony.


Quiviran John Christy is KC President and Certified Financial Planner with Premier Financial Partners. Quiviran Kim Ansari is owner at Perennial Places and curator for the Abundance show.
Susan’s mother is 2nd to left in the front row. Circa 1939

Susan comes honestly by her love of travel and of photography. One of her most prized possessions is a thick, leather-bound scrapbook copiled by her mother, following a momentous trip to Europe in 1939 with several other young women and chaperones. The scrapbook is filled with photographs of historic buildings which would be bombed less than two years later–as well as fun and frivolity of a group of young woman seeing the sights.
Susan said before the age of cell phones, 24/7 news coverage and the internet, they were probably not aware, before they set sail, of how volatile Europe had become.
In fact, her mother and her companions caught one of the last ships home before civilian travel was all but halted. On reaching New York, European Jews onboard who were hoping to seek asylum in the US were sent back to Europe.
“It was history in the making,” says Susan of her mother’s trip. She also sees her own trip to Cuba as history in the making as that country begins to open its borders to US travelers. Having taken over a thousand photos on her recent trip, she chose for the First Friday exhibit those photos which she felt captured a contemporary look at Cuba on the cusp of change.

A page from the scrapbook Susan's mother compiled from photos and notes taken during her 1939-1940 European tour.
A page from the scrapbook Susan’s mother compiled from photos and notes taken during her 1939-1940 European tour.


Quivira in Verse by Jeanne Jones

Allium Vineale
It isn’t what we planted but we have a bumper crop;
It’s thriving in our garden and it just won’t seem to stop,
No matter how we yank and dig and go on the attack.
Other weeds may wither but this stinker grows right back!
Perhaps we should resign ourselves and weave a wild bouquet:
A fragrant wreath of garlic bulbs to drive vampires away.

Charlotte Strah Kirchner – Obituary

0417 obit kirchner charlotte photoCharlotte Strah Kirchner, 79, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away March 5, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ., after a year-long battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Pittsburg, KS.. She spent her childhood in Arkansas, Kan., graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1955. Charlotte graduated from Kansas State University in 1959, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She taught school in Kansas City, KS, before marrying Dr. Fernando “Ferd” Kirchner in 1962. Charlotte was Ferd’s assistant, typing and editing many medical papers for him and later became the manager of his ENT medical practice.
They lived at Lake Quivira until 1989, when they moved to Tucson, where they were members of Skyline and La Paloma Country Clubs and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Charlotte was a prolific gardener, golfer, tennis player and volunteer, active with Junior League of Kansas City, Nelson Art Gallery, KU Medical Center’s Women’s Auxiliary, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, El Jardin Garden Club and Reading Seed Literacy Program.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Laura (Tom) O’Malley, Phoenix, AZ.; Melissa (Randy) Bright, Destin, FL.; five grandchildren, Erin and Tara O’Malley and Georgia, Halle and Kirch Bright; and twin sister, Charlene Strate of Vail, CO. Charlotte’s husband of 54 years, Fernando Kirchner, MD, and sister, Mary Jane Strah preceded her in death.

Fernando Romero Kirchner, MD – Obituary

0417 obit kirchner ferd photoFernando “Ferd” R. Kirchner, MD, 86, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away January 4, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 1930, where he graduated with honors from medical school at La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Ferd then trained at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, S, completing his residency in general surgery and otorhinolaryngology.
Ferd met and married the love of his life, Charlotte Strah Kirchner, in 1962. They made their home at Lake Quivira.
He was a professor at the KU Medical School for twenty years before going into private practice in Kansas City, KS. Ferd received numerous awards for his research and development of improved surgical equipment and techniques.
He enjoyed his retirement years in Tucson, where he was an avid golfer at Skyline and La Paloma Country Clubs, making double digit holes-in-one. Ferd also spent time fishing and volunteering with the Pima County Public Library. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Ferd and Charlotte were married for 54 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Laura (Tom) O’Malley, Phoenix, AZ.; Melissa (Randy) Bright, Destin, FL; five grandchildren, Erin and Tara O’Malley and Georgia, Halle and Kirch Bright; and sister, Bertha Romero Kirchner Aguilar, Mexico City, Mexico.

Mary Frances Lally Bates – Obituary

0417 obit bates photoMary Frances, age 90, Shawnee, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away March 17, 2017. She was born June 27, 1926, to John and Frances Lally. She attended Bishop Ward High School and graduated in 1943. She married Ralph C. “Rope” Bates May 10, 1947.
Mary Frances was a member of St. Joseph Catholic church and retired from the Shawnee Mission School District after twenty years.
As members of Lake Quivira County Club, she and Rope enjoyed golf and built many friendships during their thirty years there. She was an avid KU basketball fan and would watch as long as the score wasn’t too close, and then she would get too nervous to watch.
In her later years at Shawnee Hills, she was one to never miss a game of Canasta, or any card game, with her new group of friends, or enjoy a good book.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2006; infant daughter Carole Anne; and brothers Tom, John and Ed. She is survived by her four sons, Ron (Sherry), Ralph (Debi), Raymond (Evelyn); and Randy; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Betty Rafferty; sisters-in- law Joanne Lally and Martha Lally; and numerous nieces and nephews.
True to her proud Irish heritage and strong Catholic faith, it was only fitting that she died on St. Patrick’s Day, wearing green beads.
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial were March 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in hawnee, followed by burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shawnee, KS; Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO, 64114; or a charity of your choice . Online condolences may be left at

Patricia Peithman Baker – Obituary

0417 obit baker photoPatricia Peithman Baker, former resident of Lake Quivira, was born Dec. 26, 1920, to O.W. and Cora Lamm Peithman at Knob Noster, MO. She was a descendant of a pioneer land owning family who settled in Pettis County (Sedalia, MO) 150 years ago on her mother’s side and a direct descendant on her father’s side of the Peithmans, going back to 1380 in Northern Germany.
She went to college at Missouri Valley in Marshall, MO., and CMSTC in Warrensburg, MO. Patty came to Kansas City in 1941 and became a consultant for the Sonotone Hearing Aid Co., where she was the top woman consultant in the United States for four years.
She married Harvey L. Baker on July 28, 1946, and together they founded the Keystone Sunday School Class at Washington Ave. Methodist Church in Kansas City, KS. She was a member of the Church for over sixty years and was a co-owner of Baker Printing Co. for 25 years. She was a member of several circles at Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the choir for over fifty years.
She belonged to the Junior League of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties and the McDowell Music Club. She was president of the Naturalization Council of KCK for eight years, helping foreign born war brides assimilate into the American way of life.
Patty lived at Lake Quivira for 44 years and was a very active member and officer of the Quivira Mother’s Club, the GWGA Golf Association and the Quivira Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, on Dec. 9, 2014. Patty is survived by son, David Brent Baker and his wife Cindy; two grandsons, Wesley B. Baker and his wife Mary, and Jackson W. Baker; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Aidan; and sister, Louise Barrett of California.
Private graveside services were March 15, at the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Trinity United Methodist, KCK or the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice . Condolences may be expressed at: .

Childhood memories of Crescent Beach sparked Pat Jones’ interest in Lake Quivira

Patrick and Renee Jones, Associate Members. Photo by Aline Zimmer
Patrick and Renee Jones, Associate Members. Photo by Aline Zimmer

By Aileen Zimmer
A community of friendly people and the prospect of participating in a multitude of activities are what drew Renee and Pat to Lake Quivira. Pat’s grandparents lived here years ago, and Pat hung out with friends on the beach and played volleyball and tag. He recalls a ledge below the docks in the swim area as the perfect place to hide, and reminisces about the diving boards.
Pat is a graduate of Creighton University, and after starting out in the family heating and cooling business, started his own equipment sales business twelve years ago, Patrick’s Heating and Cooling Supply House. Renee taught students in the Kansas City, Kansas school district for fourteen years, and prior to that was the director of a childcare facility in Olathe. She earned her undergraduate degree from K-State and her graduate degree from the University of Kansas. She retired from teaching two years ago and misses the social interaction. She hopes to find new activities and friendships at LQ and has already joined a book club. She plans to try bridge, golf and the Garden Club, among other interests.
The Joneses have two daughters. Sara, a UMKC graduate, served members at the Clubhouse for a year or two and now works in the family business. Mary Katie is a Senior at Scion and will likely attend Kansas State to pursue an avid interest in ornithology. Two cats, Smoky and Blackie, round out the family.
Patrick enjoys golf, Bikram yoga, working out at the gym, and poker –he plays in a weekly game with about thirty players. He also enjoys racing cars at venues such as the Heartland Park and Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. Renee has met some LQ members through a Pilates class at Lifetime Fitness. The two enjoy travel, especially in winter, to places such as Mexico and Europe.
Welcome to the Lake, Patrick and Renee!