Joan M. Thies, 82, of Geneseo passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Unity Point Health –Trinity Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating Joan’s life will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Joan will be held 4-7 PM Wednesday, October 16 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Joan M. Thies Memorial Fund.
Joan was born May 12, 1931 in Geneseo, the daughter of Charles and Lois (Dunbar) Kenady. She was a 1949 graduate of Geneseo High School. Joan was united in marriage to Stanley A. Thies on October 8, 1949 in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 2005. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for the former DeReu Skelgas Company and then at Hammond Henry Hospital and Northside School in Geneseo.
Joan was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneseo and a former Sunday School teacher at the Church. She belonged to the Women of the Moose in Geneseo and was Co-Founder of the Girls Softball League in Geneseo. Joan enjoyed spending time with her family, working crossword puzzles, watching Fox News, and doing artistry work. She liked her flower garden, listening to music, and wintering in Arizona with Stanley.
Survivors include 1 daughter: Lynette (Alvin) Berg of Eldridge, IA and Roger (Michelle) Thies of Atkinson, IL 4 grandchildren: Jason Thies (Jamie Ristau), Lyndsay (Joe) O’Brien, Kevin Berg, and Heather (Michael) Dabney; 4 great grandchildren: Tristan and Kennady Thies and Rylan and Makayla Hughbanks; and 1 brother: Richard Kenady of Geneseo, IL.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Sue Ann Thies.