OBITUARY

Anne Catherine McKinney

27 June, 19446 September, 2021
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Anne Catherine McKinney died Sept. 6 at home in Overland Park, Kansas. She was 77. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Anne Catherine Cipparone was born on June 27, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frank Angelo and Mary Ethel (Malizia) Cipparone. She attended and graduated from Cecilian Academy in Philadelphia. She married the love of her life, James Francis McKinney, on June 27, 1964. After the wedding, the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where James began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Military life took Anne and James around the world. As an officer's wife, Anne supported her husband's career, managed frequent relocations, and made every new house a home. James calls Anne the wind beneath his wings. Together the couple raised two daughters, Leigh and Diana.

In addition to being a military spouse, Anne was a voracious reader, gourmet cook, avid gardener, and Tai Chi instructor. She enjoyed going on cruises with her husband and friends. Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Cipparone. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James; daughters, Leigh Anne McKinney (husband, Gregory Belshe) and Diana McKinney Oesterle (husband, Jeff); grandchildren, Spencer James Zelle, Ethan Steele Belshe, and Sophia Walker Belshe. She is also survived by her sister, Frances Grace Lodise, and four nephews.

A "Celebration of Life" for Anne will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula St., Olathe. Anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 is welcome to attend. Please wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

Anne was cremated according to her wishes. A private family inurnment will take place Sept. 16 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you share a fond memory of Anne at McGilley-Frye.com or by email to James (mckaj@aol.com). If you would like to make a memorial contribution in Anne's name, please consider giving to CaringBridge.org or an organization of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Frank A. Cipparone, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Ethel (Malizia) Cipparone, Mother (deceased)
  • James F. McKinney, Husband
  • Leigh Anne McKinney, Daughter
  • Gregory Belshe, Son-in-law
  • Diana McKionney Oesterle, Daughter
  • Jeff Oesterle, Son-in-law
  • Spencer James Zelle, Grandson
  • Ethan Steele Belshe, Grandson
  • Sophia Walker Belshe, Granddaughter
  • Frances Grace Lodise, Sister
  • Anne is also survived by her four nephews.

Services

  • "Celebration of Life"

    Wednesday, 15 September , 2021

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Regina Cisternino

13 September 2021

A best friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved them. Anne was my best friend. More than that: we were sisters, neighbors, military wives, co-conspirators, and world travelers. She and I shared a common bond, a common experience, a unique lifestyle, and a love of life! We adventured far and wide watching our families grow together over a span of 45 years. She spoke of her husband, Jim with love and pride and knew he adored her. She was so proud of her daughters, Leah and Diana and all their accomplishments.
My best friend, Anne, patiently shared her knowledge and mastery introducing me to the art of Tai Chi, Yoga (bless her heart, she tried); a new genre of authors like Stieg Larson, Louise Penney, Elizabeth George; foreign movies at the Rio and Glenwood. She and I coerced our husbands into going. That didn't last long but, they met us for dinner afterward! We thought that was the icing on the cake! I admired my best friend as she was meticulous in everything she did: her home, her cooking, needlework, her watercolors, photography and her life. I cherish our friendship, relish the joys of our shared memories and I will always miss her!

Frank R. Raschilla

11 September 2021

Anne and I grew up in a row home neighbor in North Philadelphia she was my junior by 2 years almost to the day. Before we were allowed to cross the street we would play on our landings along with other preschool friends. I met her husband Jimmy in elementary school and we were all close friends through our teen years and early adult life. Anne was a special person always a smile and Jimmy knew he picked a great one.

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Biography

Anne Catherine McKinney died Sept. 6 at home in Overland Park, Kansas. She was 77. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Anne Catherine Cipparone was born on June 27, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frank Angelo and Mary Ethel (Malizia) Cipparone. She attended and graduated from Cecilian Academy in Philadelphia. She married the love of her life, James Francis McKinney, on June 27, 1964. After the wedding, the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where James began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Military life took Anne and James around the world. As an officer's wife, Anne supported her husband's career, managed frequent relocations, and made every new house a home. James calls Anne the wind beneath his wings. Together the couple raised two daughters, Leigh and Diana.

In addition to being a military spouse, Anne was a voracious reader, gourmet cook, avid gardener, and Tai Chi instructor. She enjoyed going on cruises with her husband and friends.

Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Cipparone. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James; daughters, Leigh Anne McKinney (husband, Gregory Belshe) and Diana McKinney Oesterle (husband, Jeff); grandchildren, Spencer James Zelle, Ethan Steele Belshe, and Sophia Walker Belshe. She is also survived by her sister, Frances Grace Lodise, and four nephews.

A "Celebration of Life" for Anne will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula St., Olathe. Anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 is welcome to attend. Please wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

Anne was cremated according to her wishes. A private family inurnment will take place Sept. 16 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you share a fond memory of Anne at McGilley-Frye.com or by email to James (mckaj@aol.com). If you would like to make a memorial contribution in Anne's name, please consider giving to CaringBridge.org or an organization of your choice.