LAKE MILLS — Joan E. Simdon, 91, Lake Mills, was called home to her Lord on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.
She was born on August 1, 1926, in Lake Mills, the daughter of the late Reuben and Vera (Gallup) Gottschalk.
She was a lifelong resident of Lake Mills, believing, “Why leave Lake Mills when I have and love everything here?”
She was a graduate of the Lake Mills High School, class of 1944.
Joan married Marvin Simdon on March 1, 1947. He died on October 30, 1987.
She had been employed by the Lake Mills School lunch program for over 35 years.
Joan was a member of the Lake Mills United Methodist Church, Young Mother’s Homemakers, the Red Hats, served lunch for many years at the Lake Mills Senior Center, past marshall for the Town & Country Days parade, and volunteered for many area activites earning the award of Volunteer of the Year in 2012.
Joan enjoyed camping, square dancing and especially music. She shared her gift of music playing piano and singing for numerous funerals and uncountable area functions.
Survivors include her two daughters, Sandy (Russell) Jensen of Madison and Mary Jo (David) Hornickel of Lake Mills; grandchildren and great grandchildren; Dana (Rob) Padley, their children, Levi and Gracen, Eric (Lauren) Jensen, their son, Samuel, Ryan (Nicole) Hornickel, their children, Owen and Eli, Kyle (Marie) Hornickel, their children, Evie and Macey; one sister, Marjorie Schroeder of Onalaska; nephews, John (Loy) Schroeder, Paul Schroeder; other relatives and friends.
Also she was preceded in death by a stillborn great grandson, Isaac Jensen; brother-in-law, Al Schroeder, and nephew, Jimmy Schroeder.
A Memorial celebration of Joan’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Lake Mills with Rev. Jane Follmer-Zekoff officiating.
Friends may call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the church until the time of service.
Private Family Burial will be in Rock Lake Cemetery.
If desired, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or Rainbow Hospice.