Joseph E. Danda, MD, Age :59
Jul 19,1961---Oct 03,2020

Joseph E. Danda, M.D., passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2020 due to complications after a severe fall experienced at his home.

A Rosary will be prayed at 4:45 PM followed by a visitation from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Friday, October 9, 2020 at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9405 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.

Born on July 19, 1961 in Laramie, Wyoming, Joe was the eldest of the five children raised by Jim and Gloria Danda. Joe attended elementary school in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he thrived on the ice and played an aggressive game of hockey. A natural-born scientist, Joe performed every experiment in his treasured Golden Book of Chemistry.

In the 1970s his family settled in Leawood, Kansas, and in 1979 Joe graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. Confident that his future would be in medicine, Joe challenged himself at the University of Kansas (KU) by studying English Literature--and playing pinball as often as he could. Upon graduation, Joe earned a full scholarship from the US Navy to attend KU Medical School, which he attended from 1983 to 1987. While in medical school, Joe met his wife of 32 years, Cira Garcia-Ferrer, M.D. On their first date, Joe drove Cira in a dilapidated 1974 Mercury Comet on a wild goose chase to find a reported sculpture of a giant orange brain on someone’s porch.

After medical school, Joe completed a medical internship in Portsmouth, Virginia, at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He served as a Physician in the Navy in the Philippines and then in Orlando, Florida, earning the rank of Lt. Commander. During those years, Joe and Cira became especially astute collectors of antique Chinese snuff bottles. After completing his military service in 1992, Joe began a Residency in Anesthesiology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he earned the Outstanding Anesthesiology Resident award. In 1994 Joe and Cira welcomed the birth of their daughter, Cira Gloria “Cigi” Danda, who became the center of his life. Joe then spent one year in Richmond, Virginia, at a Fellowship in Pain Management at the Medical College of Virginia. Joe practiced Anesthesiology and Pain Management from 1996 to the present day. As a physician he embodied the Hippocratic oath, truly caring for his patients and alleviating the suffering of others. Joe never expected anything in return beyond his own service.

Joe’s passions in life were rich and varied, and they typically involved reading and study. He devoured classics from Shakespearean plays to Irish poetry to Civil War history. Most recently Joe became a passionate student of theology and Catholicism, as he renewed his own faith in God.

A naturalist at heart, Joe was extremely fond of his farmland in Atchison, Kansas, and reveled in (unconfirmed) stories of Abraham Lincoln visiting the area. In 2011 Joe and his brothers purchased a farmhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and he became well known among friends and family for his spectacular fireworks displays. Joe enjoyed driving his tractor on the farm and—of course—his pickup truck.

Joe is survived by his wife Cira Garcia-Ferrer, M.D; daughter Cira Gloria “Cigi” Danda; parents James and Gloria Danda, Leawood, KS; brother Jeffrey Danda, Leawood, KS; brother James “Chip” Danda, Lawrence, KS; sister Michelle (Danda) Trouve, Prairie Village, KS; brother Matthew Danda, Leawood, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Notre Dame de Sion Grade School Scholarship fund. 3823 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO, 64109.



Condolences

Renee Hollowell, PT Oct 05 ,2020

Work ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Danda was a wonderful and skilled physician to work with! His patients loved him. He brought so much relief and healing to the world. He has left an excellent legacy and will be remembered fondly by so many. Prayers for healing and peace for the family.

Pat Brewster Oct 05 ,2020

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Dear Cira and Cigi and family, We are heart Broken that Joe has left this life for an even greater place, but in doing so, he has left a grieving family behind. It hurts my and heart to see my friends suffering so. I will pray for peace and acceptance for you for as long as it takes. His love will always be with you! Love and compassion, Pat

Pat Dowey Oct 05 ,2020

Family friend and client ,Hilton head ,South Carolina

Dear Michelle, Mark Jim and Gloria, my heart goes out to you on the sudden loss of your brother and son. Caroline will be at his remembrance on Friday in my place as surgery precludes my ability to travel. Michelle, come see me soon and we can add to the list of those we have loved and lost with a really good glass of wine. Love to you all, the Dowey family

David & Laura Biederman Oct 05 ,2020

Friend of the Family ,Denver ,Colorado

We are so sorry for your loss and wish the Danda family all the best in this difficult time.

Joey Oct 05 ,2020

friend and client ,Denver ,Colorado

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is with you during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves.

Fran Koenigsdorf Oct 05 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dearest Cira, thinking of you and sending prayers to you and your daughter in this time of sorrow.

Lori Finn, RN Oct 06 ,2020

Colleague ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Dr. Danda. I enjoyed working with him in labor and delivery at OMC. Love , Light, Peace, and Prayers to all; but especially to his family! Lori Finn, RN

Michael K. Pack Oct 06 ,2020

Friend ,Salt Lake City ,Utah

Dear Jim, Gloria and the entire Danda family, You have my heartfelt condolences at this sad and most difficult time. I hold you all in my thoughts, and hope that you can find comfort in the support of family and friends and peace with the passage of time. With love, Michael Pack

Michael K. Pack Oct 06 ,2020

Friend ,Salt Lake City ,Utah

Dear Jim, Gloria and the entire Danda family, You have my heartfelt condolences at this sad and most difficult time. I hold you all in my thoughts, and hope that you can find comfort in the support of family and friends and peace with the passage of time. With love, Michael Pack

Angela Conrad Oct 06 ,2020

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

To Cira, Cigi and family, My love and prayers go out to you all. May your sweet memories carry you through these hard times. Love and prayers, your friend, Angie

Casey Ward Oct 06 ,2020

Friend ,Catoosa ,Oklahoma

Dearest Cira, Bob and I are devastated to learn of Joe’s tragic passing. Our deepest sympathy and love to you, Cigi and Joe’s parents. Casey

Jeannette Skeens Oct 06 ,2020

Patient ,olathe ,Kansas

I saw Dr. Danda several times last year at the Pain Clinic. He helped me so much. He was such a nice person. Made me feel very comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. Prayers for the family. Jeannette Skeens.

Theresa Parkins Oct 06 ,2020

Patient ,Paola ,Kansas

At a patient's point of view, Dr. Danda was a very professional, caring doctor. He did his best to help his patients. I am so very sorry for the family's loss. Prayers for peace and comfort by God's loving hands.

Mike McGinnis Oct 06 ,2020

I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was a very caring physician who has helped many of our patients over the years. He and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Kathy Thompson Oct 06 ,2020

Coworker ,Paola ,Kansas

I worked with Dr Danda at the Pain Center, and I've never known a more wonderful man. He was a true patient advocate, and his staff loved him. He will be so incredibly missed by hundreds of people who relied on his incredible expertise. Thinking of his family, and praying for peace and comfort.

Marty Liston Oct 06 ,2020

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Cira, my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you, Cigi, and your family. I pray that your memories and God’s love will help you through this difficult time. God bless you all. Marty Liston

Heather Williams Oct 06 ,2020

Former employee ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Cira, my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss!! I had the pleasure to work with both you and Dr. Danda. He was one of the best!! Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time!

Coach David Barreca Oct 07 ,2020

Teacher/Coach ,Leawood ,Kansas

Sorry for your loss.

Lewis and Carol Berey Oct 07 ,2020

Friends ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Dear Danda Family, We really didn't know Joe, but in reading the obituary, it is easy to see what a fine man he was and how deep your loss must be. We are so very sorry.

LaQuita Rabanal Oct 07 ,2020

patient ,OLATHE ,Kansas

He's been my doctor for almost 8 years. He will be missed. :(

Ed Blum Oct 07 ,2020

Family friend ,Warsaw ,Missouri

Cira, Cigi, Gloria and Jim, anyone, everyone who knows the Danda and Trouve' families, mourn with you. Peace will come.

Donna Tout Oct 07 ,2020

Patient and sign language interpreter ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dear Dr Danda, Thank you sincerely for the care and concern of ever individual in ypur care. You were always available to explain and answer all our questions. On my last visit my pain was severe and all measures possible were provided by you and your dedicated staff! May GRACE and Peace be with your family, your doctors, staff and friends. Donna Tout

Jim & Wendy Kuras Oct 07 ,2020

Patient ,New Strawn ,Kansas

We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. Heaven gained an amazing, caring, kind hearted, gentle man who is going to be greatly missed. Keeping you as well as your family and those who loved him in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Jim & Wendy Kuras

Jennie mack Oct 07 ,2020

Work ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I was so sorry to hear the news about Dr. Danda. It was an honor to work with him for the 2 years I did at the clinic. He was a great doctor and a great person. He will be missed by all. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Kathy Chartrand Oct 07 ,2020

Colleague ,Olathe ,Kansas

How your hearts are breaking! My sincere condolences on the loss of this great man. Joe was compassionate, inventive and had a great sense of humor. I am humbled by his depth and breadth of knowledge and interests. My patients found relief from their physical pain while in Joe's care. I always enjoyed talking with him and want you to know how generous he was with his time. We can't understand why these things happen, but I hope you find comfort in knowing God's plan must surely include happy heavenly joy for eternity for Joe.

Daniel Taylor Oct 07 ,2020

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

I've known Joe for over 40 years... We were childhood friends, neighbors, we painted houses together in the summers, and we were fraternity brothers. He was a wonderful person. My condolences to the entire Danda family....

Jim & Wendy Kuras Oct 07 ,2020

Patient ,New Strawn ,Kansas

We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. Heaven gained an amazing, caring, kind hearted, gentle man who is going to be greatly missed. Keeping you as well as your family and those who loved him in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Jim & Wendy Kuras

MaLinda Manis Oct 07 ,2020

Keeping you all in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. My Mama thought Dr Danda hung the moon, he'd helped her continue to be mobile and functional with his treatments, we thank him for being such a wonderful, kind, and caring Physician.

carl applequist Oct 08 ,2020

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Cira and Cigi and the Danda family, I'm so sorry for the tragic loss of Joe. May you find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched and how much he will be missed. Joe was always kind to me over the many years of knowing your family and all the Garcia-Ferrer weddings and Cigi dance recitals. He could be very quiet and at the same time you got to see his sense of humor too. God Bless you all.

Sandy Francis Oct 09 ,2020

Patient ,GARDNER ,Kansas

My condolences to the Danda family. Dr. Danda was a caring doctor who always did his best to help his patients. He will be missed.

Sandra Stephens Oct 10 ,2020

Neighbor to Michelle and Marc ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss.... words cannot describe the feeling of losing someone you love so much...and your life will never be the same... I hope that happy memories will fill the hole in your heart and the gratitude of such a special man ❤️

Elnora Webb Oct 10 ,2020

May you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”

Elnora Webb Oct 10 ,2020

May you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”

Orlando Fortenberry Oct 13 ,2020

I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dr. Danda. Dr. Danda was my doctor for over 23 years. He was always very patient, kind and understanding of my pain. My wife, Linda and I extend our deepest condolences to the family. May the Lord strengthen you during your time of sorrow. I will miss my visits and our talks.

Cynthia Decker Daughter of Jacqueline Patock Oct 22 ,2020

Patient ,Gardner ,Kansas

Dearest Family, We are truly saddened by your sudden terrible loss. Doctor was the most caring, compassionate and best listener ever. I have never trusted anyone as much. He made you have hope of relief and then delivered it. His work was God given. I wept when told this horrific news, and I am truly immensely sorry for your loss just know others care and pray for your healing. He will be forever remembered, his smile, his soft spoken ways and all of these things plus his medicine made him have healing ways. We thank you for sharing him with us. A life cut short but what a larger than life legacy. We are eternally grateful.

Donald Vestal Oct 23 ,2020

Patient ,Edgerton ,Kansas

I wish to express my condolences on the loss of Dr. Danda. I was fortunate to be one of his patients for many years and he was truly a blessing for me relieving my neck and back pain. May god be with you during these times

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Oct 08 ,2020
Time:
4:45 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Oct 08 ,2020
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Oct 09 ,2020
Time:
10:30 AM
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