Obituary – Joan (Janssen) Guenther

OMAHA — Joan (Janssen) Guenther, 81, Omaha, formerly of Crofton, died April 17, 2013, at the Brookstone Village, Omaha.

Visitation and a Vigil Service were April 19 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton.

Mass of Christian Burial was April 20 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with Fr. Michael Schmitz officiating.

Burial was in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Crofton.

Honorary pallbearers were Joan’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, assisted with arrangements.

Joan was born to Emil and Mary Janssen May 26, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa, the oldest of five siblings. She was a graduate of Crofton High School. Joan married Wilfred Guenther Feb. 15, 1949, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Crofton. He died June 22, 2005, at the age of 78. They lived on the family farm north of Crofton. She lived in her Crofton home until 2009 when she moved to an independent living village in Omaha.

Joan was an avid homemaker, a great cook and accomplished seamstress. Her life was dedicated to the wellbeing of her family. She enjoyed being a long-time writer of the “Bits and Pieces” column for the Crofton Journal.

A long-time parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church, she was also a member of the Ladies Guild and the Christian Mothers. Singing with the Sweet Adelines was a special event in her life, as well.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Marcia and Victor Quinonez, Seattle, Wash.; Karen and Lonnie Hegge, Omaha; Pat Polland, Omaha; Diane and Joe Goudy, Fairfield, Iowa; Duane and Elaine Guenther, Crofton; and Beth Guenther, Omaha; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters and their spouses, Janet and Duane Goeden, Menominee; Rosemary Schieffer, Riverton, Wyo.; and Judy and Leon Cantin, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a brother and wife, Joe and Diane Janssen, Crofton.

Besides her husband, Joan was preceded in death by infant son, Michael; her son-in-law, Bob Polland; and her parents.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Rose of Lima Church, the Crofton Senior Citizen Center or the Crofton Public Library.