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Cecilia Mary Niemann, 17 years old, of Overland Park, KS passed away on January 22nd, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones.
A private Celebration of Life Service is being held. The family invites those who want to pay respect to an informal reception on Saturday, January 29 th , 2022 from 3pm-5pm at Grace Church, 10300 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS.
Cecilia was born February 6th, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri. Cecilia had a smile that brightly lit every room and penetrated the hearts of everyone she met. Her impact on her family, friends, peers, and community was profound. She was committed to breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and promoting inclusion. From raising awareness about community playgrounds and public bathrooms needing better adaptations for those that had physical limitations, to including assisted athletes in community sports and races, Cecilia’s influence is lasting in the metro.
Cecilia enjoyed music and dance parties, silly jokes and a good belly laugh (with a snort), splashing and swimming, and participating in road races and triathlons. She found no roller coaster or snow-covered mountain that was too steep, too fast, or too thrilling for her to experience. Cecilia was a junior at Blue Valley Northwest High School.
Cecilia is survived by her mother, Debbie Niemann; her father, Josh Niemann and his partner, Kellie Henry; Cecilia’s sister, Lucy; brother, Loren; Grandma Wendy and Grandpa John Halamicek; Grandma (Helen) and Grandpa (Keith) Niemann; many loving aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the following organizations that touched Cecilia the most over her lifetime: Variety KC, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (adaptive ski program), CCVI, Make a Wish, Camp Barnabas, and Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City).
Melissa Walline says
We treasure our time and memories with Cecilia. The last outing a Royals baseball’s game. Debbie had to use the ladies room. I was in charge of wheeling C around. I did a terrible job. Hit every pole. Turned corners to sharp. I got down to her eye level and said I am so sorry. With an eyeball roll and one word. MOM. I was fired. Blessed to have known you. Watch you grow and mature. Although gone too soon. Some people can getter done. That would be you. ??
Kate Newby says
I had the amazing opportunity to be in Cecilia’s peer tutoring class last year. She brought a smile to my face every day and I could see that she did the same for the other people in the class. She made everyone laugh when we’d play games or just having a fun time. She truly did make my day better and I wish I had gotten the chance know her better because she was such an beautiful person inside and out. My prayers go out to your family.??
Paige Cott says
Although I never had the privilege to work with Cecilia, she drew others in and connected in a way that made them feel special. She was a ray of sunshine and truly inspirational. Prayers to your family.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you today and always.
Eric, Kate, Mackenzie and Carson Niemann; Beth and Dale Niemann
Mary Parker says
I never met your daughter, but she was beautiful. I love you Debbie and haven’t forgotten you. Live Aunt Mary