Joyce Cessna passed away peacefully at home in Overland Park, Kansas, on January 12, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer and heart failure.
Joyce was born on September 8, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Stapleton) Siminis. She lived in the Kansas City area throughout her adult life.
She graduated from Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis County and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Missouri State College.
Joyce married John Cessna in 1968 in St. Louis, MO.
She was an elementary teacher in the Independence School District, retiring after 38 years.
After Joyce retired, they completed a major remodel to their home, which included an extensive water garden. In their retirement, Joyce and John enjoyed traveling. Joyce enjoyed crossword puzzles and seldom ended her day without completing the USA Today daily puzzle. She loved gardening and entertaining at their home. She also enjoyed cooking and baking and was quick to provide a meal or baked items to friends and family.
Joyce and John had three Maine Coon cats. Their most recent addition, Bosley, came with a brother, Charley who recently passed away. Bosley has survived and is a great company to John.
Joyce enjoyed being physically active and ran several miles every day for many years. She completed the Kansas City Humana-Prime Health Marathon and several other running events. She also taught water aerobics for more than 20 years.
Joyce was active in the community. She was a member of People to People for 34 years and has friends throughout the world. She and John were involved in the New Theatre Scholarship Guild.
Survivors include Amelia Jensen, of Chicago, IL, Richard Siminis, of Leawood, KS, Carol Denes, of Prairie Village, KS and Nancy Offerman (Ken), Manchester, MO; many loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces, a great-nephew and longtime devoted friends Jerry and Gail Ward of Overland Park, KS.
Details for a Celebration of Life will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wayside Waifs, and Saint Lukes’ Hospice.