On February 1928 a beautiful gift was given to the world, to George Winters and Marie Butler Winters. A little girl that inspired many along her journey until the Lord called her home, June 3, 2019.
Before her school days at 2 years old she was very active in dance. Her first big dance recital was on June 8, 1933 at the age of 5. Interestingly, June 8th became a much more important date years later, when meeting and marrying Achilles V. (Skip) Wheat born June 8. JoAnne studied piano and organ but dropped out to take up drums and baton. She made her first communion in 1st grade and was confirmed in her 10th year. She played Bass Drums in the St. Peter’s Band and a year later made the Head Drum Major. She also became interested in acting in plays and was the Virgin Mother and portrayed the Goddess of Liberty 25 times in different organizations. She was a campfire girl. JoAnne’s joy was dance! She was accomplished in all types of dance and a dance instructor for Bishop Ward High School theater. She was a member of the “The Young Ladies of Sodality.”
JoAnne and Skip adopted two children, Renee Wheat Weigel and Roy Wheat. She attended St. Peter’s Parish Elementary school and Bishop Ward High School and then went on to St. Mary’s College. Later she became very active with the Sister Servants of St. Mary’s. At the Kansas Music Center she was head of the Dance and Baton Twirling Studio. The journey of her life was actively serving the community in, Junior League, volunteering at Providence Medical Center for 31 years with 3,600 hours serving communion to patients. As well as, being a sacristan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she opened the doors and prepared the alter early every morning for 10 years. Our family called her “God’s little Anna.” She was an Equisetic Minister and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. JoAnne traveled to St. Mary’s College in Mudelein, Illinois, to support young seminarians. She loved travel, visiting many places as well as flying with private pilot License, a Cherokee Piper.
JoAnne enjoyed playing bridge with dear friends for 60 years. She was the assistant director of the Children’s Theater from 1959-1960. A member of and served one year as Vice President of Monday Club of Wyandotte County, a member of Ladies of Charity of the Metropolitan KC area and had completed 35 years plus of service. As the Vice President of the St. Bernadette Circle at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, she served meals and more. Skip and JoAnne were in the Serra Club.
Her greatest joy is her family and having the family holidays. Her faith, love and family were her world. She was one of a kind, classy woman!
She was preceded in death by her husband Achilles “Skip” Wheat, parents George and Marie Winters, her siblings, George Winter, Virginia Rowland, and Arthur Winters.
JoAnne is survived by her daughter, Renee Weigel (Steve), son Roy Wheat, four grandchildren, Farrah W. Brown (Jim), Seth Weigel (Vanessa), Leah W. Strydom (Malcolm), Stephen Weigel (Rachel). Nine Great grandchildren, Ian, Ryan, Grayson, Landon, Jace, Britten, Teigan, Dominick and Reece.
The family will receive friends, 2:00 -4:00 PM, Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS. with the Rosary prayed at 3:30 PM.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 AM., Monday, June 10th, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St. Kansas City, KS. Burial Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th & State Ave.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Sisters Servants of Mary, 800 North 18th Street, Kansas City, Ks. 66102.