Rebecca Maria Circo

Rebecca Maria Circo was born on September 22, 1977 in Hastings, Nebraska.  She was adopted as a newborn by her parents, Bobbi Johnson and Carl Circo.  She died at her home in Shawnee, Kansas, on May 22, 2020.  Rebecca is survived by her parents, by her sister Elizabeth Circo, by her brothers Joseph Circo, Sang Circo, Michael Circo, and John Circo, by her sisters-in-law Mary Circo and Joy Circo, her nephew Alexander Circo, her niece Alia Circo, and her extended family: the Albros, the Fictums, the Monicos, the Sabatas, and the Springers. Rebecca graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1996 where she played volleyball, was the slowest runner on the track team, and made many life-long friends.  She earned her Associates Degree in Graphic Art from the Al Collins Graphic Design School in Tempe, Arizona, and completed a summer in residence at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California.  She was a devoted artist, who excelled in oil and acrylic painting and pencil sketches.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Rebecca loved all animals, especially cats and corgi dogs.  She participated in English style equestrian sports when she was young.  She was a dedicated sports fan who followed the Kansas City Chiefs, the Royals, and most of all Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball.  She delighted at the beach when she could get to the west coast with her sister or brother.  She enjoyed all types of food, but especially alfredo pasta.  Although she was often reserved, when she smiled it shone upon the world.  Her greatest treasure was a soft baby blanket her Grandma Johnson made.  She took it wherever she went, even to Rome, and slept with it every night.  Her comfort was wore into a shredded, raggedy tangle, but was cherished nevertheless to her final day.  Rebecca’s spirit will live on through her art, through the lives she touched, and through the memories she blessed us with.  


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
11311 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66203


If you would like to watch the livestream of the service for Rebecca Circo starting at 10 AM on Friday, May 29th, please click here.


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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Tuesday, May. 26th 2020 | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Rebecca Maria Circo”

  1. Kathy Monico Says:

    May Rebecca rest in peace. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her quiet gentle presence. My heart grieves with all of you.

  2. Chuck Monico Says:

    In this Easter season, I find hope and joy in the resurrection of Jesus and the promise that one day we can share that joy with Rebecca. May our shared faith bring us consolation and peace.

  3. Kathy Schafear Says:

    Know that pain and suffering is no more for Rebecca, she’s at peace in heaven with the Lord. May faith, trust and hope in the Lord strengthen you. I wish you peace and love.

  4. Judy Frankovic Says:

    My heart is sad but I will always fill my mind with memories of the beauty of Rebecca’s spirit in the artwork she created in my classes. So very sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul.

  5. Carol Yorke Says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to the Johnson Circo family. Rebecca is always in your hearts

  6. Billie Platt Says:

    I am so sad to learn of Rebecca. I remember her as a little girl when her parents were active in Holt Families of Mid-America. The children had so much fun playing at their Brookside home. My condolences to all.

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