Joan Ann East
Joan Ann East, 84, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away August 10, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House. She was born July 29, 1927 to James and Violet Meierotto of Clinton, Missouri.
Joan was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and School, and Church of The Nativity. She volunteered for several non-profit organizations including Ladies of Charity and Notre Dame de Sion and Rockhurst High Schools.
On November 7, 1947 Joan married Ira (Bo) East, also from Clinton, Missouri. They met in second grade and were high school and college sweethearts. They were blessed with four children, Anne East Austin, Ron East, Jeff East and Jane East Rowe.
Joan dedicated her life to raising her children. For the past 25 years she worked in the family business, Ira F. East Realty.
Six grandchildren brought her great joy; Matthew East Austin, Jason Rowe, Margaret Rowe, Alexander East, Megan Austin Guynes, and Maddison East. In the past year, she loved being with her great-granddaughter, Charlotte East Austin.
Known for her faith and spirit, Joan embraced life. Most of all, she relished her time spent with family and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Nativity Renewal, 3800 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209.