Apr 26, 1942---Nov 06, 2022

Joan Kay Wissbaum, 80, passed away on November 6, in Olathe, KS. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. with the Funeral Mass following at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 21650 W 115th Ter, Olathe, KS. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.

Joan was born in Grand Island, NE in 1942 to Ernest and Mary Wissbaum. She was the youngest of 5 children including three sisters and one brother. After high school Joan entered the convent where she pursued her Bachelors in Religious Studies while also working as a teacher. After much reflection, Joan decided the life of a nun was not her true calling but continued working closely with the church and its many charities.   

Joan started a new career with GSA and worked both in Washington DC and Kansas City, MO. Her daughter was born and they settled down in Olathe, KS. Outside of work she loved spending time with her daughter, taking nature walks, reading, painting, decorating and getting together with friends.  Joan was a very active in her church and was a member of the choir and Social Concerns Committee. She was a very loving mother and proud grandmother. She especially enjoyed her time with her grandchildren and would shower them with love and affection. 

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mary Wissbaum; her siblings Francis Wissbaum, Dorothy Mason, Trudy Schwartz, and Virginia Schafer. 

Joan is survived by her daughter Maria DeLeon, son-in-law Marcos DeLeon, grandchildren Julian and Evelyn DeLeon, nieces and nephews Mike Wissbaum, Rose Larsen, Peggy Nadeau, Mary Nadeau, Pat Wissbaum, Rachel Schwartz and her many close friends. She will be missed by many and we will carry her in our hearts forever. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Catholic Charities or Meals on Wheels.



Condolences

JOAN SOUTH Nov 09 ,2022

friend ,OLATHE ,Kansas

Oh, Maria, I was sorry to read about Joan. We would talk all the way to work and back home when we rode to work. i remember when she was planning your wedding.and what a great job she did. We would discuss all the detalis and it was the most beautiful wedding that we have ever attended. When I retired I missed our commute and conversations so much. The last time I saw Joan was at HYVee and she was getting ready to take a trip with one of her friends. She seemed so happy. She was such a fine lady and one of the best persons I have ever known. I will always remember her.

Peggy Robinson Nov 09 ,2022

Friend ,Pleasant Hill ,Missouri

I worked with Joan at GSA for many years. She was a smart, sweet lady. My prayers are with your family.

Kevin Santee Nov 09 ,2022

Co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So sorry to hear about your loss. I didn't know Joan well but we worked off and on periodically at GSA in Kansas City. She was always great to work with and a very nice person. She also had a very subtle and rye sense of humor. A very sweet lady overall.

Sandra Mason Nov 09 ,2022

Friend through her sister Dorothy ,Gibbon ,Nebraska

We are so sorry to hear this. Joan was such a wonderful and kind woman. She always sent a Christmas card every year and always took an interest in what we were doing. It makes me sad to here she is gone, but because of Jesus, we will see her again. May God comfort each of you with blessed memories. Love and prayers, Sandra

Patrick Wissbaum Nov 10 ,2022

Nephew ,Blain ,Minnesota

Maria, I am so sorry that I was unable to attend. Circumstances kept me from coming. I loved my aunt so very deeply. take comfort, knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus. And now with her loving family.

Jim Dean Nov 10 ,2022

Friend and Former Co-Worker ,Concord ,New Hampshire

Dear Maria, Joan and I entered the Federal service together through the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) program in 1980 and worked together at the General services Administration. We became friends and enjoyed getting together outside of the workplace on weekends for brunch or just to hang out. Joan stood out within our group of 6 PMIs as the most experienced (and the smartest) among us. She always embraced her assignments with enthusiasm and focus. She was a dedicated Mother and was always so proud of you. Whenever we connected over the years, Joan would always share cherished stories of her family. The World is a better place for having Joan with us to bring joy and love. Sending you and yours our deepest sympathy, Jim and Brenna Dean

Roxanne Aaron Nov 10 ,2022

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

I am grateful that I got to know Joan over this past year. During our visits she inspired me with her wisdom and faith. I admired her resilience, resourcefulness, and persistence in pursuing her best life despite adversity. My heart goes out to her family and friends at this difficult time.

carolyn Nov 11 ,2022

Work friend ,Raymore ,Missouri

Joan...she was great to talk with, fun to be around, lighthearted and energetic. Always enjoyed working with Joan. Sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with her family.

George Wilson Nov 11 ,2022

GSA co-worker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

The world lost a really fine person. I believe she had a very positive impact on the people she met during her life journey. I worked with Joan for many years. She was such a nice person and very good at her job. She mentioned to me once that she sang in her church choir and got lots of joy from that. I wish I had gone to see that. I love seeing people who are happy and enjoying selfless / charitable activities. At work, she stayed focused on the job at hand. She had a gift of seeing through petty interests and getting things done without ruffling too many feathers. I really admired Joan. My sincere condolences.

Dick Heins Nov 11 ,2022

Friend ,Bucyrus ,Kansas

Please accept my sincere condelence; I worked with Joan at GSA and had a grand working experience with her and trusted her wisdom and advice. So sad to learn of Joan's passing, and pray for your comfort and am sure you will always remember her and honor her memory. May your faith keep you strong and looking ahead to a successful life as Joan would wish for you all to achieve. God Blessings to you and the family. I will miss our visits and I will remember her influence in my life and career.

Carol Rubsam Nov 12 ,2022

Friend, teacher ,Olathe ,Kansas

Maria and family. I am so sorry. Been concerned with some of my own health issues last couple of months, and havent connected and for that my heart just aches. I thought about her often, and will miss her so much. If there is anything I can do, please contact me. I would love to paint her for you and your family. If you could send me a couple of favorite poses, ill get to work.

Camille Nov 22 ,2022

Friend ,The Villages ,Florida

As a friend and neighbor, Joan was fun to visit with. I admired her for her courage in trying new treatments so she could have more time with Maria and her family. She had a deep faith in God and is ow with her heavenly family. Every time I see a Sprite can I think of Joan😇

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Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Paul Catholic Church
Address:
21650 W. 115th Terr.
City:
Olathe
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66061
Date:
Nov 11 ,2022
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
St. Paul Catholic Church
Address:
21650 W. 115th Terr.
City:
Olathe
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66061
Date:
Nov 11 ,2022
Time:
11:00 AM
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