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.


  1. andersons on May 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    very sorry to hear this

  2. Jack Koenig on August 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My thoughts and prayers to you and yours my good friend

  3. marlene and marshall hatfield on August 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Ira we offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was involved with Joan while we had children in school and she was so nice to work with. I recall how cute she was going to college. Joan was a delightful person and I will always remember her that way.

    Marshall and Marlene Hatfield

  4. Nancy Farris Gillard on August 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Oops, I forgot to leave my maiden name. Yep, I’m a Farris. Blessings

  5. Nancy Gillard on August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Dear Jane, Jeff, Anne and Boz, I pray that God will bless you with peace and warm memories. I’m smiling right now thinking about the talent show we had in your backyard. Were we 6 or 7? Jeff I think you sang a little ditty and I’m pretty sure Jane and I danced. I’ll always remember the hugs and smiles I got from Joan and Boz at the TCU parent’s weekends. Now as Joan’s passed into heaven, I have a smile on my face knowing that her first big hug from Ronnie. Please know that you’re in my heart.

  6. Nancy Farris Gillard on August 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Dear Jane and Jeff,
    I pray God will bless you with peace and warm memories. I will always cherish my memory of the talent show we held in your back yard with all the neighborhood kids. Jeff I think you sand a little ditty and I’m pretty sure Jane and I had a dance. And though my memory of this may be hazy I’ll never forget your mom’s love for life and her fantastic smile. She always greeted me with a big hug at TCU parent’s weekends.

  7. Sharon Lowenstein Shoham on August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Bo and kids:
    My sincere condolences. I enjoyed living across the street from Joan and your family for many years. She was a beautiful woman. My thoughts are with you.
    Sharon Lowenstein Shoham

  8. Ray Simonson on August 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Boz, we are very sorry to hear of Joan passing, but know she is at rest and peaceful. Our best to you and yours.
    Ray and Betty Sue Simonson

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