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Joan Ciszek Wheeler

July 25, 1934 ~ October 9, 2020 (age 86)


Joan Wheeler left Bay City Michigan at the age of 18 in 1952.  She anxiously boarded a train bound for KC seeking new horizons and experiences.  Joan loved Kansas City from the moment she stepped out of Union Station to start her new life and was greeted by the magnificence of the World War 1 Memorial.  Her interests were vast and included cooking, entertaining, dancing, book clubs, bible study, theater, opera, jazz, multiple bridge groups and a very dry martini at days end.  Indeed, Joan was a fun loving and curious woman!  Mom dearly loved her “table of 4” bridge girlfriends and their camaraderie.  She adored her sister Pat and brother in law Ken who called regularly and shared many good times with her in KC and at the Villages in Fla.  She was extremely proud of her family of 4 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and loved looking at pictures and videos every day.  Joan Wheeler lived with fierce determination to not allow obstacles to become barriers until she took her last breath on Oct 9.  She is remembered for her lovely laugh, beautiful smile, and stubborn will.  She will be greatly missed by her loving family including;

Daughter Joy Wheeler (KC, Mo),  Grandson Korey Haug and daughter in law Taylor Haug and  great grandson Watson Haug

Daughter Lynn Wheeler (Moss Bluff, La.), Grandson Christopher Wheeler and daughter in law Kelsey Wheeler and great grandsons Sawyer and Benjamin Wheeler

Daughter Karen Hopper Saufferer and son in law Keith Saufferer (Paris Tx.)  Granddaughters Whitney Hopper and Courtney Hopper and great grandson Elijah Evans

Daughter Paula Kastanek (Greensboro, NC), and grandchildren Chloe and Michael Kastanek

Sister Patricia Koza and brother in law Kenneth Koza (Grand Rapids, MI) and nieces Jennifer Aten and Lori Koza

Sister in law Linda Ciszek (Bay City, MI) and nieces Carmen Petrosky, Janel Blair, and nephew Douglas Ciszek

Deceased family members include parents Anna Ratynski Ciszek and Harry Ciszek, brothers William Ciszek and David Ciszek.

Memorial Services are suspended until a later date due to COVID concerns. 

Contributions can be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital and Wounded Warrior Project 



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Services to be Held at a Later Date

Cure of Ars Catholic Church
9401 Mission Road
Leawood, KS 66206

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