Joanne B. Lehr

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Joanne B. Lehr

Joanne B. Lehr, 81, of Sioux Rapids, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center at Sioux City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial will be at a later date.

Joanne Barbara Rice, the daughter of Ross and Mabel (Holland) Rice, was born in Laurens, on Jan. 26, 1928. She received her early childhood education in Moville, and completed her education in Storm Lake, graduating with the Class of 1946. Joanne continued her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. While in college, Joanne served as president of her sorority.

On April 16, 1949, Joanne exchanged her wedding vows with Jerry D. Lehr, and this couple has been blessed with four children: Robert, Richard, Jerry W., and Rebecca. Following their marriage, Joanne and Jerry resided at Hornick and Sioux City. They came to make their home in Sioux Rapids in 1952. Jerry has been in the insurance and real estate business and Joanne was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

Joanne was a member of the First United Church of Sioux Rapids and also held memberships in many civic organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, James Rice.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Jerry of Sioux Rapids; her children: Robert Lehr and wife, Gail of Grand Prairie, Texas, Richard Lehr and wife, Teresa of Bloomington, Ind., Jerry W. Lehr and wife, Lori of Indianola, and Rebecca Lehr of Sioux Rapids; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and her sister, Marjorie Edwards of Madison, Wis.

The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.