Obituaries detail

Lisa Marie Tironi

May 14, 1957 - August 29, 2023


Lisa Marie Tironi was a remarkable human being who entered this life on May 14, 1957 in Detroit, MI surrounded by her overjoyed parents, Joseph Tironi and Mary Ann Kaminski Tironi. 


Later, Lisa welcomed her sisters Paula Tironi and Angela Tironi Coughenour who were her best friends throughout her life.  The Tironis settled in Three Rivers, MI where the sisters grew up, and the family developed lifelong friendships in that community.


Lisa was a music educator extraordinaire who taught choral music at the middle school and high school levels in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.  After 17 years of teaching the older kids, Lisa moved up to the elementary level and completed her career with 12 years of teaching children in Kansas at Sunset Ridge Elementary School.  Lisa immersed herself in consistent professional development and was very involved in daily application of the Orff process that she used to patiently guide her students to musical understanding and artistic self-expression.  A creative composer, she wrote original musical pieces and conceived and presented one-of-a-kind productions that were inspirational for her students and their audiences.  Lisa loved every day and every level of student she ever taught, and they loved her.  Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Tulsa.


Beyond her professional life, Lisa loved to garden, travel, take classes in drawing and paper making, and study Italian.  Some of her favorite times were spent with longtime friends while traveling in Europe.  She spent significant time and energy documenting her family history and recently visited her relatives in Bergamo, Italy.


She left this life peacefully being comforted by her best friend and husband, Charles Robinson, and her loving son, Benjamin Robinson, on August 29, 2023 in Overland Park, KS.


A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 1:30 pm in the Olson Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  Following the service, there will be a reception with light refreshments in the lobby of the OPAC. The address is 4949 Cherry Street, KCMO 64110 and a campus map is HERE.


The family requests memorial contributions to the Michigan State University College of Music , the Heart of America Orff Chapter, Operation Breakthrough, Harvesters Food Network or any other group that makes the world better.  For out-of-town guests who may need accommodations, we recommend two hotels located five minutes from campus in the Country Club Plaza area.  There are many other options close by in that area as well.



  - Hampton Inn and Suites-Country Club Plaza

            4600 Summit Street, KCMO 64112; 816-448-4600

            - Hotel Sheraton Suites-Country Club Plaza

            770 West 47th Street, KCMO 64112; 816-931-4400

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Celebration of Life
Olson Performing Arts Center
4949 Cherry Street
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Oct 07, 2023
Time of Service:
1:30 pm
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Kristin Ayers Shuck Aug 31, 2023

I am so sorry to learn of Lisa’s passing. She helped reinvigorate my joy in teaching and I was blessed to have learned from her, however briefly.

Meredith McFarland Smith Aug 31, 2023

Colleague ,Baltimore ,Maryland

I am so sorry to hear of Lisa's passing. She was such a joy and light! I distinctly remember her inviting me over to Sunset Ridge during my first year teaching in Blue Valley to share ideas to help me with my 6th graders, among other things. She was such an encouragement, and it was so wonderful to know that she was available as a resource even though she wasn't in my feeder system. In my nine years with BV, I always looked forward to interacting with her at professional development and learning from her wisdom. She will be missed, but her legacy will live on in her wonderful family and in the lives of all those touched and changed through her teaching.

Lorissa Mason Aug 31, 2023

Friend and colleague ,Little Rock ,Arkansas

Sending peace and comfort.

Melissa Mercadal-Brotons Sep 01, 2023

Chuck's colleague ,Barcelona

My sincere condolences to you Chuck, and all the family. My thoughts are with all of you. Best regards, Melissa Mercadal-Brotons

Jamila McWhirter Sep 01, 2023

Friend ,Murfreesboro ,Tennessee

My heart is so sad to hear of Lisa’s passing. She was a light to everyone around her. Praying comfort for your hearts during this difficult time. Much love to you Chuck and Ben.

Janet Snook Sep 01, 2023

Dr. Robinson’s student ,Whitehouse ,Texas

Dr Robinson, I just wanted to reach out and offer my condolences for this great loss that you and Ben are experiencing. I cannot imagine. My prayers that the peace of God will comfort your hearts, and that he would fill you with joy at a memory of your dear wife and comfort you with his love and the trying hours ahead. I know you love her deeply and feel great sorrow. I pray that you will both find comfort in knowing that she is with Jesus and someday you will be too. Sincerely, Jan Snook

Carolyn Karwowski Sep 01, 2023

Cousin ,Sterling Heights ,Michigan

I was so sorry to hear the news of Lisa’s passing. She was a fighter throughout her illness and always seemed to be a positive person. I will always remember the good times we shared as children, when our parents would get together. Memories always cherished. With thoughts and prayers to her family to heal and keep the memories alive in their hearts. With Love, Cousin Carolyn

Suzanne Rita Byrnes Sep 01, 2023

friend ,Tallahassee ,Florida

Dear Chuck and Ben, there are no words. My heart is broken. I hold you all in my thoughts and wish for beautiful and happy memories. Lisa will continue to garden and make music through others. She has influenced so many. I will mostly miss "just chatting" with her. “The song is ended but the melody lingers on.” Irving Berlin

Emily Freeman Sep 01, 2023

Colleague ,Shawnee

I am so very sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing! She was a brilliant musician and educator, a fabulously warm human, and so much fun! It was a privilege knowing her and working with her in Blue Valley. May God’s great peace comfort you in this difficult season of healing. Love to you all - Emily Freeman

Michael tironi Sep 01, 2023

Cousin ,Clinton twp. ,Michigan

I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Lisa. Try to take comfort in knowing she is in a better place now. the positive impact she had with her students and the love she shared with everyone will have a lasting impact. Psalm 84:5,6,7 Blessed is the man who's strength is in you, who's heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of Baca (weeping) they make it a spring; the rain also covers it in pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from there eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, not crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Rhonda Hackworth Sep 01, 2023

friend and Chuck’s former student ,Oxford ,Mississippi

Chuck & Ben, My heart is broken. I pray for peace and comfort for you. I love this quotation from Joe Biden, and I hope it will bring you comfort: “Someday the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. My prayer is that day will come sooner than later, but rest assured, it will come.”

Bob and April Tironi Sep 01, 2023

Cousin ,Grand Haven ,Michigan

Very sorry and shocked to hear of Lisa’s passing. Way too young for such a beautiful person in many, many ways.

Jan Ward Sep 01, 2023

Friend ,Independence ,Missouri

Charles, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are familiar with the heartache of losing a spouse and parent, and we offer you all our prayers and thoughts. Please contact us when you and Ben are ready for a good home-cooked meal and some company that's set to share stories and reminiscences. Love and hugs..... Jan and Tanna Ward

Deb Confredo Sep 01, 2023

Friend ,Saint Martinville ,Louisiana

Dear Chuck and Ben, I am so very saddened to learn that Lisa left us. I can only imagine the sorrow that you feel. My prayer is that you are both comforted and uplifted by her memory - may she continue to be a constant source of light and love in your lives. I pray for your healing as you move forward. With love, Deb

Lindsey McKee Sep 01, 2023

Work colleague ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I’m so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Logan Contreras Sep 01, 2023

Dr. Robinson, we are sending you and your son so much love and support. I can’t imagine the comfort Lisa must have felt with you by her side.

Stephanie Martin Sep 02, 2023

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dr. Robinson and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Lisa! She was a joy and spirited teacher! I was always so blessed to be around her at our Heart of America workshops. What an impact she had in music education and those around her! God bless! Stephanie Martin

Erin Lillie Sep 02, 2023

Dr. Robinson, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You always talked of Lisa with such immense love and affection. You and your son are in my thoughts. You are so loved!

Siobhan M Calandrelli Sep 04, 2023

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Lisa was such a beautiful light to everyone. I loved learning Italian with her. She was a brilliant teacher. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Wendy Sep 05, 2023

Friend ,London, ON, Canada

Dear Chuck and Ben. Our whole family is sending our heartfelt condolences to your family. We will forever cherish the many great memories of the fun times we had when the kids were young. I loved sharing in Lisa's love of gardening, and chatting and laughing while the kids played on the fort. Lisa will forever be in our hearts.

Marzia Rubini e Veniero Monzio Compagnoni Sep 08, 2023

Cousins ,Treviolo Bergamo Italy

Lisa was a worderful woman. Just seeing her brought serenity and desire to smile. It has been a great pleasure spending time with her and was a privilege to host her in our home. Lisa always talked about Charles and Ben, she loved you so much. We know what a terrible loss this is for you. We are with you in this sad moment. We hug you. Marzia e Veniero

Debbie O’Renick Sep 08, 2023

Parent of a UMKC student ,Sugar Creek ,Missouri

Sending prayers for the family.

Tanya Dixon Sep 12, 2023

Dr Charles Robinson (former teacher) ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I grieve with you, and rejoice in the fact that we know where she is. Praise God for a life well-lived. Hugs.

Michelle (King) Ray Sep 30, 2023

high school voice student from 1985-1988 ,Owasso ,Oklahoma

I knew Lisa back when she was "Mrs. Stainbrook." When anyone ever asks me who the most influential teacher in life was- I immediately come back with "Mrs. Stainbrook." She was my highschool choir teacher and she taught our small swing choir every genre music from Italian arias, to German ballads, to The Charleston, to Godspell. I also took private voice from her from age 14-18. Oh I loved her so. All through high school, she had words of wisdom for me at several important junctures in my life. She truly cared about me and she modeled virtue. A true role model. My sophomore year, there was some school unfair/bully board politics that tried to push her out of our school- and her students and the parents rallied around her at a late nigh school board meeting and one by one they testified as to what an amazing teacher she was, and how she should be able to keep her job as a the music teacher at Owasso High School. The students and parents won the case! She taught at OHS for several more years! She was so loved. Later when she moved to KC and remarried, I looked her up and we met at Crown Center for lunch. She was the same wonderful woman- always a smile and a spark in her eye. I found out about her passing today on accident. Some other former students and myself were reminiscing about her today and I googled her and stumbled onto this sad news. I am heartbroken to hear that she is gone so soon; but thankful that she was a part of my life.