Gigi McKinzie

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June 21, 1958 - September 7, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Lake St. Louis, MO

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Gigi McKinzie of Lake Saint Louis, MO, passed away at the age of 61 on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Beloved wife of Michael McKinzie; mother of Jorden Basford, Michelle Racer, Jacque Lewis, Kim McKinzie, and Kellie Meyer; grandmother of Paige Batton, Drew Meyer, McKinzie Racer, and Merrick Basford; great-grandmother of Kendyl Batton; aunt of Alexander Sherman, Elena Coleman, Ryan Coleman, and Damien Von Klemen; daughter of Adolphe Von Klemen and Jean Davis; sister to John Von Klemen, James Von Klemen, and Cindi Coleman; sister-in-law of Denise McKinzie.

Gigi earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication at Maryville University and her master’s degree at St. Louis University. She enjoyed a long and successful career over the years at a number of businesses such as AT&T, Edward Jones, LMI Aerospace, and Cushman and Wakefield. Gigi was active in many organizations related to her faith, charitable spirit, and her professional status. She had the distinction of serving as a board member for Catholic Charities of St. Louis, did charitable work with the Queen of Peace Center and St. Patrick’s Center, belonged to the “Bible Babes,” and was formerly a President of the Professional Women SBC. She will be dearly missed.

Contributions in Gigi's name may be made to Catholic Charities or to Donor Connect.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Vicki Keller September 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Dear sweet Gigi, I can hardly believe I just read your obituary. My heart is breaking in millions of pieces. For me, but not for you. You are a shining beautiful joy-filled saint. I love you Gigi. Always will. ❤️

  2. Fran REILAND September 14, 2019 at 2:26 am - Reply

    candle 7Mike Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gigi was a wonderful woman

  3. Vivian Lewis September 14, 2019 at 6:18 am - Reply

    candle 1There are no Words to express the heartache I feel you were a Jewel and will be Missed. RIH my friend forever.
    Vivian Lewis

    • Fritzie Reeves September 15, 2019 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has received this beautiful soul and God’s strength shall keep you in the meantime. Praying for you and your family during this transition. 🙏🏾❤️

  4. Annamarie September 14, 2019 at 6:31 am - Reply

    candle 8A beautiful loving woman I know that will make it to Heaven fast doing her walking steps. I have such fond memories of walking with her. She was someone I knew for a short but very meaningful time. She was a true spiritual friend that I will miss SO VERY much. She helped me change my life and I am forever grateful.

  5. Gena Jordan September 14, 2019 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Gigi was such an asset to AT&T training. Such a sweet spirit who loved Michael and her family and friends so. My prayers for her sweet family and friends who I know will do miss her.

  6. Sue Boyd September 14, 2019 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Michael, I remember when you and GiGi met. GiGi with her long, iconic hair. You were immediately so comfortable with each other. What a great match!!! I always think of you when it is time for the Clayton Art Fair (it seemed like we always ran into each other there). I have been so sick hearing about her passing. I can’t imagine you without her. I pray that God will give you peace and family will give you support as you walk through the grieving process. Much love and prayers.

    • Patti Freukes September 15, 2019 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      candle 6Dear VonKlemon and McKenzie Family,
      It has been many many years since the old days of Fox School and Highland Park Subdivision growing up there. But there are still memories of many of the families from there that I have, including Gigi and her brother John among them. John you were in several of my classes for awhile j remember then you transferred schools…you were always polite and very intellectual and willing to explain math to me at times. GIGI…she wasnt in my classes as she was an underclassman, but we ALL knew who she was🌹! She was friendly, outgoing and spirited…she had a glow about her that attracted people and friends. It is not a mistake that she would become a people person in life and in her Church. Even though as hard as it is and will be for everyone to say Goodbye to her…she already has said “Hello again” to the family and friends who have gone on before her. Trust and Cast your Sorrow onto the Lord…🌠

  7. Kay Blackburn September 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Gigi was a lovely, beautiful soul – both inside & out. I initially met her thru work at SWB Yellow Pages, but became closer in the last few years through Book Club & other activities. She will be missed by so many people that she touched in so many ways. My deepest condolences to Micheal, Jordan and all her family & friends. Wishing everyone comfort for this tough loss.

    • Deb McCarthy September 14, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      candle 2Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t think of the right words but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you

      • Sue Kraus September 14, 2019 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        Michael and family, please accept my deepest condolences for such a tremendous loss. Knowing both of you, was a pleasure; but knowing you the two of you together was an honor. One could see and feel your love and respect for one another. May that strength carry you through your grief and may you come out the otherside smiling at her memory. With Sympathy

  8. Sue Kraus September 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Michael and family, please accept my deepest condolences for such a tremendous loss. Knowing both of you, was a pleasure; but knowing you the two of you together was an honor. One could see and feel your love and respect for one another. May that strength carry you through your grief and may you come out the otherside smiling at her memory. With Sympathy

  9. Mary Ann Siebert September 14, 2019 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Michael and Family. My heart just broke when I heard of the devastating sudden loss of Sweet Gigi. I am so very sorry. Your entire family is in my prayers. She was a kind spiritual Lady. God Bless all of you.

  10. Rhonda Long September 14, 2019 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    candle 6Gigi was a wonderful women and co-worker. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know it is so hard to understand, but God had a plan and needed Gigi to come home! Please know I am praying 🙏 daily your family to find comfort during this time of such a tragic loss.

  11. Beverly Allston September 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Knowing Gigi was to know a beautiful soul. I offer my prayers to you Mike and your entire family for peace and strength.

  12. betty bauers September 15, 2019 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Gigi, never did we have the pleasure to meet in this life, but in Eternity…You must have been a wonderful and loving woman for I know your husband and to hear the love in his voice when he spoke of you….you had to be special. May the Lord keep Michael in His tender arms to comfort him in this time of loss. love to you both

  13. Toni Pichler September 15, 2019 at 2:27 am - Reply

    candle 8Gigi we miss You – Du wirst uns fehlen

    Your family in Austria
    Toni, Birgit, Philipp, Elisabeth, Benedikt

  14. Richard Trudeau September 15, 2019 at 2:31 am - Reply

    candle 7Mick,
    I am at a loss of what to say. Like many I was in shock when I heard about Gigi’s passing…
    She is with Linda now in heaven and looking down on you and she is ok and watching over you.
    I am so sorry Mick. Please call me anytime if you want to talk.

  15. Kerry DeGregorio September 15, 2019 at 6:59 am - Reply

    candle 3Michael,
    There are no words , there are simply no words just love and prayers
    Love and Christ’s blessings today to you and your family.

  16. Susan Noyes September 15, 2019 at 8:12 am - Reply

    candle 3Michael
    Sending you heartfelt sympathy and prayers of comfort
    Gigi’s light will always shine…such a special friend and person

  17. John Bognar September 15, 2019 at 8:37 am - Reply

    candle 7The prayers and thoughts of Immaculate Conception Dardenne are with Gigi’s soul, and the hearts of her family and friends. I was truly saddened to hear of her passing as I enjoyed sharing the delivery of our Lords word as a fellow lector at ICD. She was a joy to be around. In fact we were scheduled to share duties tonight, Saturday 14 September 2019, reading scripture. Thank you for your service, Gigi. May God bless and envelope your soul with His ever loving arms. RIP, oh faithful servant.

  18. Steve & Carma Perez September 15, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Michael and family, please know that Gigi, you and the family are in our thoughts everyday. There is a void in the world that is felt by everyone who knew Gigi, such a sweet lady. Our love and prayers.

  19. Doris Smith September 15, 2019 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Mike, my heart is broken. but also filled with many wonderful memories of Gigi. Even though she was no longer a member of St.Richard Parish she continued the ministry of offering a communion service to the residents of Rosewood Nursing Home. She will truly be missed. Rest in peace.

  20. Fred Vishy September 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    candle 8Mike, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Brenda Kurtz-Schulte September 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    candle 3No matter how many times I read this, I can not comprehend that Gigi is gone. I will always remember the laughter. Michael, you and your family are in our hearts. I

  22. Karen Watts September 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Michael and Jorden: My sincere condolences. I was blessed to have known and worked with Gigi at LMI. Plus, getting to know the two of you another blessing! May God’s peace surround and keep you in the coming days as you hold your memories so close to your hearts.

  23. Louise Fulton September 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Please pass this along to their Family
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  24. Jill DeBolt September 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    candle 7My heart aches to have to write this. I want to be selfish and have you here with everyone. I don’t ask why anymore when someone leaves us, however I do know it has to be for a bigger plan. You were and are one of my favorite cousin’s. You are so truly missed. Love you and may you look over everyone. Rest in Peace knowing you are LOVED

    Jill, Michael, Landon, and Isabella

  25. Diana bellville September 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Dear family I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in my prayers

  26. Annie Magny September 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    candle 1Michael, anyone who knows you and Gigi knew you were like peanut butter and jelly….one is not good without the other. I can only imagine how hard this must be for you and your family, but Gigi touched soooo many lives and you all have so many people praying for your peace. Thank you for sharing your wife, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, sibling with all who knew her. She will truly be missed.

  27. Emma Espinoza September 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Mike and Cindy – my condolences on the loss of your precious wife and sister. Gigi was a great person to work with and her leadership in the Women of AT&T helped out many. I was saddened to hear of her passing. May she Rest In Peace.

  28. Michael Taylor September 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful lady. Our prayers for her family. May the God of all peace and comfort be with you.

  29. Cash and Jill Register September 16, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

    candle 5Mike and family- I really don’t know what to say. I am so sorry for your loss. Gigi was a special person. Jill and I will miss her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so honored to have known her.

  30. Jan Chesler September 16, 2019 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Michael, I’m so sorry for your loss. Gigi was a rare gem. It is hard to believe such a wonderful person can be gone. My sincerest wish is for you and your loved ones to find peace at this very difficult time.

  31. Carla Farley September 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Michael and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Gigi was such a special person. I don’t ever recall seeing her without a smile on her face. Since I have a son that is the same age as Jorden, we used to talk about our sons and how their lives were moving along. Gigi was so involved with all aspects of life. She worked hard but enjoyed her life outside of work. My prayers will be said, along with the many others who are praying for you, that you and your family will find comfort and peace in knowing that Gigi lived her life to the fullest.

  32. Joe & Nancy Giljum September 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    We all miss you, Gigi. You were so full of life we will always feel your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

  33. Mindy Strauss September 16, 2019 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7No words can express my feelings upon hearing about Gigi. She gave of her time and herself to so many people and to the things for which she was passionate. She will be deeply missed by all that had the opportunity to know her.
    My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your families, Michael and Cindy.

  34. Shiva Pakdel September 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm - Reply


    so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

  35. Linda Ward-St. Monica Parrish September 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    candle 1Gigi,
    You were such a beautiful woman both inside and out. I enjoyed the time we shared together while serving on our ACTS TEAM. We were roommates on retreat and we bonded there talking about our families and just laughing through the night. You sent me a text of encouragement just a couple of weeks ago. I know that heaven has just inherited another beautiful star to shine bright above the earth. Shine On Bright My Beautiful Sister!!! SHINE ON!!!

  36. mary borgschulte September 17, 2019 at 5:58 am - Reply

    candle 5Dear Mike and loving family of GiGi,

    Although I knew GiGi only through our service on ACTS, her lovely Spirit touched my heart. 2Cor 1:4 promises us comfort in all of our afflictions. Although we rejoice in the picture of sweet GiGi being face-to-face with Christ, her passing from us is an affliction for which we need great comfort. I am praying Christ, who looks lovingly into GiGi’s eyes, also comfort each of you now and in the days to come.

  37. Janine Reimann September 17, 2019 at 6:59 am - Reply

    candle 1In stillem Gedenken
    In silent memory of Gigi

    Michael and family – Gigi was friendly and had the gift of bringing a family closer together. The time spent together in St. Louis and Dresden is filled with many wonderful memories of her. We are so happy to have known her and truly saddened to hear of her passing. We sincerely wish you strength to go through this difficult time and find peace. Our thoughts are with you.

    Your family in Germany
    Janine, Karla, Adolphe Jr., Andy and Luis

  38. Laura Jay September 17, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    candle 5Jacque, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You have to believe that a higher power is in charge and has a plan in place. You may miss the physical being but the spirit lives on forever in your hearts and mind.

  39. Violet Li September 17, 2019 at 11:12 am - Reply

    candle 1Dear Gigi, it was my pleasure to be your friend. You were beautiful both inside and out. I am having a hard time to comprehend that you left us just like that. I am shocked, sad and speechless.

  40. Sue Crawford September 17, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    candle 4I was blessed to have known Gigi in the path of life. Gigi was a truly beautiful soul; always a smile on her face and there to offer a helping hand to anyone. A beautiful angel has joined the army of God in heaven. My prayers go out to Mike and family. 🙏

  41. Alexandra Lepee September 17, 2019 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    You are one of the most beautiful souls I have ever known. An angel on Earth.

    Je t’aime, Gigi. De tout mon coeur.


  42. Eling Lam September 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    candle 5This earth is a better place because you’ve lived on it…your lovely soul and contagious laughs will forever be missed, my dear friend!!

  43. Virginia McKee September 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Michael, our deepest sympathy. Gigi thank you for spreading God’s love
    to your family and many friends. You are a beautiful instrument of Our Lord.
    Thank you for your beautiful friendship! Rest in His Peace forever..

  44. Dave Kralemann September 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I attended a weekly bible study with Gigi. What a delightful, joyful and faithful person! My most sincere condolences and prayers to her family.

  45. Karla Moore September 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    candle 5I can’t believe this news. My heart breaks for you and your family Michael. I have all of you lifted in prayer. May our Gather give you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  46. Don Howard September 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sorry to hear

  47. Shirley Cavin September 18, 2019 at 2:55 am - Reply

    candle 8She was a beautiful soul and will be missed. Praying for peace and comfort for her family.

  48. Freddie Harsley September 18, 2019 at 4:31 am - Reply

    candle 4Michael,
    Praying for comfort and understanding for you and your family. Gigi was just a Beautiful person inside and out. Heaven has gained another Angel for sure.

  49. Karen Barnett September 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Gigi was such a wonderful person. Always friendly, always helpful, always nice. Sending my condolences to Michael and the rest of her family.

  50. Shirley Orr & Sue Casteel September 18, 2019 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    We were surprised and saddened to hear of Gigi’s passing. Our prayers are with you.

  51. Claudia and Eric Osborn September 19, 2019 at 7:33 am - Reply

    candle 5We are so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  52. Claudia & Eric Osborn September 19, 2019 at 7:41 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  53. Sonja Ecton September 19, 2019 at 10:20 am - Reply

    candle 5I’m so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Gigi. She was such a sweet, loving person. Since I have known Michael, Gigi has been the Iove of his life and I know his heart is broken. May you RIP Gigi, you will be missed by all that knew you😢💔🙏

  54. Dave Porterfield September 19, 2019 at 10:39 am - Reply

    candle 8Michael,

    I am so sorry and sad to hear about Gigi. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It was such a pleasure and honor to work with her for so many years when we were in the training department. Gigi had many outstanding professional and personal attributes that left such as a positive impression on me. I was always impressed with her creativity and compassion for other people.

    Dave Porterfield

  55. Judy Cox Ermold September 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Sending deepest sympathy and loving thoughts to Michael and all of Gigi’s family and friends. We all mourn her sudden passing. Gigi was (is) truly “beautiful, inside and out.”

  56. Diane Packer September 19, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Michael and family, you have our heartfelt condolences. Gigi will be gredtly missed.

  57. Diane Packer September 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Michael and family, you have our heartfelt condolences. Gigi will be greatly missed.

  58. Mike and Cris Gallagher September 20, 2019 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear this unexpected news. Gigi was a beautiful person. Sending prayers and condolences for your loss.

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