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Mary Joanne Heisterkamp

September 9, 1937 ~ February 13, 2019 (age 81)

Mary Joanne Heisterkamp, 81, of Blencoe, Iowa passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her residence.

A funeral mass will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Blencoe, Iowa with Father Michael Erpelding, Celebrant officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Blencoe, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, February 17, 2019 with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00 P.M. followed by the Rosary at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Mary Joanne was born September 9, 1937 near Blencoe, Iowa the daughter of Joseph “Tone” Anthony and Mary Marjorie “Gahm” Molle.

She grew up in the Blencoe area where she graduated from Blencoe High School in 1955. Joanne loved to play basketball and was nicknamed “Skip”.

Joanne and Roger J. Heisterkamp were united in marriage on December 28, 1955 in Blencoe, Iowa. The couple made their home and raised their seven children near Blencoe, where they were lifelong farmers.

Joanne was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Rosary Society in Blencoe, Iowa.  She was devoted to the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Our Lady’s Blue Army. She was always very active in community events. She was named an honorary member of the VFW after helping out at their many picnics. She was a past 4-H Leader. Joanne was named the Pickle City Queen during the Blencoe Centennial celebrations. She served as the Treasurer for the Monona County Democratic Party for many years. She was famous for her baked beans at family reunions and other social events. Joanne was very sentimental and always had a smile on her face willing to help anyone at anytime.

Joanne enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, welding, carpentry, deer hunting, camping, fishing, and traveling to visit family. Joanne loved doing many things with her family, and she also loved being on the farm and farming. She was very proud that the combine she drove was also serviced and repaired by herself with her own tool box. Joanne and Roger worked side by side in everything that they did on the farm and for their family.

Survivors include her children: Rhonda (Wayne) MacClure of Hornick, IA, Roland Heisterkamp of Onawa, IA, Barbara Heisterkamp (Dr. Frederick Petty) of Winter Springs, FL, Stanley Heisterkamp of Omaha, NE, John Heisterkamp of Golden Valley, MN, Rodney Heisterkamp, and Douglas (Jodi) Heisterkamp of Cleveland, OK; grandchildren, Jeremy (Heather) MacClure of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Rachel (Damon) Eike of Ames, IA, Mary (Dejay) Langel of Yankton, SD, Joseph “Joe” Heisterkamp of Onawa, IA, William “Bill” Heisterkamp of Onawa, IA, Liann Heisterkamp of Iowa City, IA, and Alex Petty of Winter Springs, FL; great grandchildren, Levi, Noah, and Andrew MacClure, and Isabel Eike; sister, Judy (Thomas) Kane of Jupiter, FL; in-laws, Yvonne Hanneman of Council Bluffs, IA, Ardith Olson of Onawa, IA, Mavis Ryan of Blencoe, IA, Gayle Keele of Scottsdale, AZ, Franklin (Wanda) Heisterkamp of Blencoe, IA, Ronald (Geraldine) Heisterkamp of Mondamin, IA; sister-in-law, Patricia Heisterkamp of Onawa, IA; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger J. Heisterkamp on March 31, 2004; her parents, Joseph “Tone” and Marjorie “Marge” Molle; brother, Chuck Molle; in-laws, Frank (Martha) Heisterkamp, Verla (Maurice) Benjamin, Delbert (Yvonne) Heisterkamp, Glenn Heisterkamp, Quentin Hanneman, Dennis Keele, James Olson, and Dwayne Ryan; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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