Joan Evelyn Heitzman

Joan Evelyn Heitzman, 86, originally from Flint, Michigan was a longtime resident of Independence, MO died on July 29, 2019. Joan was the daughter of Reinhart William Kramer and Verna Hazel Kramer (Beers).

Joan was married to Richard Heitzman for 62 years before his passing in 2013. They had three children; two sons, Roger and Robert; and a daughter, Brenda. Joan and Richard are the co-authors of a book about Butterflies and Moths of Missouri for the Missouri Conservation Department. Joan was a member of Idalia Society. She also co-authored another book with Richard about Polly’s Pop. Joan graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1950. Joan spent a lot of time with her precious cat Glamorous. She also enjoyed attending Psychic Fairs.

She is survived by son, Robert and (wife Debi); daughter, Brenda; grandchildren, Melanie, Nathan, and (wife Andrea), Robert, Rica and (husband Mark), Ricky and (wife Nicole) and Jason; and ten great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held September 14, 2019 from 5-7 PM, at the Liberty Street Community of Christ Church, 416 N. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050

For cards or condolences, ect. please call 816-726-7478



  1. Daniel Cejka on July 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I’m very sorry about your loss. She was a great person and fun to talk to. I know she’s in a better place now. Rip gma

  2. Kim Loney on July 30, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Brenda i am so sorry about your mothet i no u r going to miss her but she is still with u in or heart and mind no one can take that away what i did meet of or mom i tjought. She was fun to talk to she has alot of stores or should i say jounrys in her life and they were very interrest to listen to or mom loves u dont never forget that u could tell your friend kim if u need anything just call if i can i will help .

  3. Bro Bill on July 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    From Bro Bill and Cheryl Johnson our family like to wish you and your entire family Our deepest condolences for the loss of your Precious Mother. Heaven await the best of the best. Thoughts and Prayers are with you All. God Bless you All

  4. Lisa on July 30, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Brenda I’m so sorry about your loss. She was such a social butterfly and she always laughed at my jokes. She never had a visitor who wasnt welcome and I’m glad you were able to spend some time with her in the last couple years. Shes sooo pretty in this picture. I see you in it. I just kept thinking yesterday is the first day your mom got to see and be with your dad for the first time in a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You know I love you like crazy and will forever. Noone has a more pure and good heart. Lisa

  5. Mollee Flores on July 30, 2019 at 8:13 pm


  6. Mollee Flores on July 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    We love you, grandma.

  7. Pandora Jammie Jay Durbin on July 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Grandma Joanie was such a wonderful person and there will never be another like her. I just know she’s having a good time now with her husband, Roger, and my mom. So much love and many condolences from me and mine.

  8. Alex Hamill on July 31, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I’m so sorry for this loss. Aunt Joanie was such a wonderful part of my childhood; I still remember her famous eclairs she’d make for Thanksgiving! What wonderful memories of a wonderful woman and family. Much love to the family.

  9. Amy Cruz on July 31, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Aunt Joanie always made me feel warm and welcomed at the big family gatherings-I loved to listen to her stories and her laughter. She will be missed.

  10. Suzette Slocomb on September 8, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Nathan. I was so sorry to hear about your grandma. Please accept my sincere condolences. Your friend, Suzette

  11. Mark Bartonek on September 9, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Aunt Joanie was a large part of my childhood a big influence on my love of plants and the outdoors.

    She was a wonderful Aunt, and is missed

    Our loss is havens’s gain

  12. James K. Adams on September 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I’m so sorry I lost touch with both Richard and Joan toward the end of both of their lives. They were family to me (as anyone close to them will know), and I would not be the person I am today without their influence. I am so happy to have known both of them.

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