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Joan J. Schoeneberger

Joan J. Schoeneberger

Joan J. Schoeneberger, age 75 of Durand, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire with her family by her side.

Joan was born on October 28, 1941 in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of Jerome and Genevieve (Hopp) Nicholson. Joan grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from the Dominican Prep School in 1960. After high school, Joan attended St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul and graduated with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy.  Joan met the love of her life, William Schoeneberger, on a blind date on April 7, 1962. They were married on August 7, 1965 Main Post Chapel in Ft. Knox, KY. After marriage, Bill enlisted as a Captain in the Military and Joan served as an Officer’s Wife for over three years. Together Joan and Bill started their family and raised them in various parts of the country as Bill’s job transferred him. Once her children were raised, Joan returned to her original occupation as an Occupational Therapist where she worked until retiring at age 71. After retirement, Joan and Bill moved to Durand to be closer to family.

Joan loved taking care of her family at young age, she kept the home light burning while Bill was on the road. From cooking, baking, tutoring school and coordinating their religious education. She also enjoyed doing crafts, needle point, knitting and sewing.

Joan is survived by her husband of 52 years; Bill, three children; Bill II (Lynn) of Vergas, MN, Brian (Barbra) of Durand and Karla (Stephen) Grubb of Cripple Creek, VA, four grandchildren; Alphonse, Paul, Ethan and Elizabeth, four sisters; Nancy (Herman) Schmidt of Lisle, IL, Patricia Nicholson of Milwaukee, Peg Krueger of Chandler, AZ and Mary (James) Havel of St. Louis, MO, one brother; Tim Nicholson of Farmington Hills, MI, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister; Susan Kirkham.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 28, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand with Rev. Paul Bosco officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Mary Moore

    Love you Aunt Joan. Til we meet again.
    Requiescat in pace.

  2. Brian schoeneberger

    Mom, you are in a better place. May those family members who abandoned you find mercy on their day of judgement.

  3. Cynthia Gawin

    Brian, I was saddened to hear of your mother's sudden passing. Please give your dad my condolences. Your family is in my prayers. May the Lord comfort you all, as only He can do! All my love, Cindy

  4. Karl, Carl, & Wesley Mueller

    We will never forget her kindness. May God give her eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.

  5. Mary Havel

    Although I can not be there, the fond memories of long ago, no one can take away from me. She is in a much better place now and looking down on all of us. She is up there in great company of those who have gone before us. Rest In peace Joan.

  6. Lisa and Todd Greig

    Wishing you the courage to face the days ahead. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sarah Happel

    Dear Bill, Fox, Brian & Karla,

    We are heartbroken to hear of Aunt Joan's sudden passing last week. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time. She will be greatly missed by many & we are grateful to have been touched by her journey on Earth. Many hugs from Washington DC. Thinking of you. Sarah, Jarkko, Mika, Mati & Timo

  8. Randy & Sharon Bauer

    Brian, Barb, Ethan & Liz & all other family members of Joan's -
    We are Praying that God grant you comfort & peace during this time of great loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Joan & each of you.

  9. Susan Kinlund

    Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss. These next days will be very hard. Know that your family is here for you. Gods Blessing for you all.

  10. Lane (Kinlund) Frazier

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you during this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

    Ron and Lane Frazier

  11. Lina Belar widow of Jerome Boedigheimer

    My sympathy and prayers to the family for your loss. Blessings to you Bill in this difficult time

  12. Carol Brasel

    Joan was a beautiful lady and friend. She will be truly missed.

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