McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47Th Street, Kansas City, MO


Joan Olson

April 1, 1926September 23, 2019

Joan’s journey in this world ended September 23, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was 93 and a half years young. Joan was born in Wheaton, MO on April 1, 1926 to Aud and Georgia Pearl (Carter) Lamberson. She grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. Joan was the 7th child of eight and took pride in the achievement of being the last survivor of her siblings. She graduated from Wheaton High School in 1945. After graduating, Joan took a train to Kansas City, MO, moved in with her two sisters, and began working. Joan met Warren J. Olson and they were married in 1950 and to this union came six children. Joan’s first love was her children, but as they got older, she returned to the outside work field where she held various positions. She was the church secretary at Our Lady of Lourdes, a crossing guard, and a Detention Officer for the Raytown Police Department. Joan also worked as a store detective at various stores like Montgomery Wards, retiring from Bonwit Teller. After retirement, she worked as an Election Judge for Jackson County and was also active in the Raytown Democrats. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and siblings; husband, Warren J. Olson; daughter, Patricia Roney; and grandson, John Bennett Greenwell II. Survivors include her children, Kay Greenwell (John); Bridget Olson; Rita Olson-Stawicki; Warren G. Olson and TC Van Baale (Kirk) and grandchildren, Sarah H. Greenwell and Warren R. Olson. Visitation will be 9am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10am on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 9020 E. 51st Terr, Kansas City, MO 64133. Burial following in Floral Hills Cemetery. Heaven has gained another Angel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice House, 3516 Summit St, Kansas City, MO. Online condolences may be left at www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arr. McGilley Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64133.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 28, 2019


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Christine Nolte

September 27, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with our good friends of Kirk and TC VanBaale. Had the pleasure to meet Joan several times and what a beautiful person. Heaven now has another angel!
Steve & Christine Nolte

Clyde Krewson

September 26, 2019

Rita - sorry for you loss
Joan was a second mom to a lot of us. You looked after us - you did your best to keep us straight. You where loved by all - always have been and always will be. You will be missed Love you Clyde