Joan Leca

October 29, 1950 - January 14, 2023


Obituary For Joan Leca

The world was blessed with an angel on October 29, 1950, when Joan Leca was sent down from Heaven. She was given her angel wings when the Lord requested her return to Heaven on January 14, 2023. Although she had a strong will to live, she is now dancing and celebrating with her family and friends in Heaven. While her passing is mourned by those who loved Joan, her life will be celebrated.

Joan was born in Mount Vernon, NY to Manuel and Hilda Leca. She was raised in Mount Vernon, NY and graduated from Mount Vernon high school in 1968. She married Robert Kopfensteiner on September 27, 1969. She is survived by her beloved and devoted only child Lisa Ann.

She retired from Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY after more than 20 years of service.

Joan was a positive influence and left an impression on all who met her. Her strength and faith were unwavering. She was tough, strong and determined. She never let problems or setbacks derail her as she believed they were obstacles you must maneuver that only made you stronger. She had an amazing way of turning any negative into a positive. She believed in hard work and always doing a job to the best of your abilities.

She had an incredible sense of humor, even though she did not know it, and made everyone laugh. She put people, animals and all of God’s creatures before herself. She ensured everyone she met was well fed, comfortable and happy. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, music, dancing and photography. She believed music was essential to a happy soul. She celebrated life every day. Joan’s over the top celebrations of birthdays and holidays was inspiring. She loved entertaining and would use any excuse for a party. Her door was always open, and all were welcome into her home.

She loved her daughter Lisa Ann. She put her happiness above all and was determined to raise her to be loving, strong and faithful. She was truly beautiful inside and out. She was a blessing an inspiration and a gift to this world, and she will never be forgotten. She will continue to live in the hearts and souls of all those who loved her. Goodbyes hurt the most when the story was not finished, until we meet again.

Service details are below.


25 Jan

Liturgy of the Word

01:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • January 18, 2023

    Beth and I send our condolences to Lisa on the loss of her Mother. Although I never met Joan, it feels like I knew her based on many conversations we've had at work over the years. She leaves a wonderful daughter and her spirit carries on through her.

  • January 18, 2023

    My deepest condolences to Lisa on the loss of her beloved Mom, Joan. I was honored to spend many afternoons talking to Joan, mostly about all of the delicious foods she would create. I will always remember Joan and her zest for life. She was an amazing woman.

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