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Joanne K. Baier

Joanne K. Baier

Joanne K.  Baier, entered the everlasting presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on her 75th birthday, June 19, 2022, after a delayed battle with two rare autoimmune diseases. Wife of 51 years to James; mother of Amy; mother-in-law of Ben; grandmother of Bailey; sister of Carol.

Joanne gained many family members through her marriage including several nieces who spoiled her with delicious baked goods! Joanne was a longtime employee of and advocate for the Village of Elmwood and Pierce County. During her professional career, she was instrumental in the creation of two local town libraries, the county's own books-by-mail service, and an Elmwood History book.

She had a life-long love of dollhouse miniatures and there was virtually nothing she could not create in miniature! She supported her church and her community for many years in many ways and loved reading and traveling, especially her visits to England. Her favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 41:10.

Thank you to the loving, patient and kind medical staff at the Heritage of Elmwood, Adoray Home Health & Hospice, and Mayo Clinic Health System, all of whom assisted and greatly cared for Joanne and her family during her illness.

Memorials will be used at the discretion of the family.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday June 28, 2022 at the Spring Lake Lutheran Church, Township of Spring Lake, rural Spring Valley.  Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery-Farm Hill, rural Elmwood.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church.




  1. Clark Collett

    Sorry for you loss. May all your memories of Mary help ease your pain.

  2. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Joanne. She was a lovely lady to know and very friendly to talk to. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  3. Elizabeth Marie MOORE

    Dearest Amy and Uncle Jim so very sorry for your loss. I think of Aunt Joanne fondly, and will miss her greatly.

  4. John & Judy Yauch

    Jim, so very sorry to learn of the loss of your wife, Joanne & your partner of 51 years. These times are difficult & bittersweet ???????? May she RIP. Thoughts, hugs & prayers to you, your family & friend & community. She’ll be missed always but never forgotten. ????

  5. Sali Seydel Mounce

    Jim and Family -
    I wish I'd known Joanne for so many more years. Even though we were "cousins," it wasn't until recent years that we were truly connected. I loved her sense of community, family, and humor. I'll remember her fondly, and miss her immensely.

    Sali (Seydel) and Mike Mounce

  6. Jeff & Amy Cady

    Jim, Amy and Family, we are so sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  7. Woody and Ruth Michaelson

    Jim and Amy. We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Joanne. We'll keep you in our prayers.

  8. Pam Johnson

    Jim and family, how sorry Ted and I are to hear of Joanne's passing. We are sending many prayers. What a lovely person she was. May your journey forward bring you wonderful memories and some sort of peace. I bet she is whispering in your ear reminding you of all you have left to do. Much love.

  9. Judi & Gary Bauer

    Our sympathy Jim and family, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

  10. Ann Bock

    Just found a about Jo please know that I am thinking of you she was a great friend hugs and kisses pare with you all????

  11. Rita Bennett and Russ Bennett

    We are so saddened to hear of Joanne's passing. Loved that lady. Our deepest condolences to Jim and the family. She will be deeply missed

  12. Chris Knospe

    i got to know Joanne by going to coffee on Wednesday mornings. She was a wondeerful lady, inside and out. Our Show and Tell was the best part of our days. Our deepest Sympathy to her family. God Bless you all, especially Joanne.
    Darryl and Chris Knospe

  13. Richard E Bates

    Jim & Family: So sorry to hear of your loss. We will remember Joanne and your family in our prayers. Jan & Dick

  14. Elizabeth Marie MOORE

    Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss our hearts are ????

  15. Jim Krause

    Jim, Amy, and Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Joanne was a great asset to the Village of Elmwood and the community. She was a great person and will be missed. I loved her miniatures, and was honored last week to see them at the house. Thank You Jim. You are all in my prayers. R.I.P. Joanne.

  16. Amy Herrington

    Dear Jim, Amy, Ben and Bailey,
    I am praying for you during this time of transition. I am so glad I got to spend some time with you all a few years ago and enjoy her stories. Much love to you all! Amy

  17. Dee Nazer

    I am so sorry to hear of Jo's passing. She was a sweet and kind person. She was a great neighbor. I will miss her. I will be praying for the family. Take care of her Jesus

  18. Suzi Crownhart

    Jim, Amy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Joanne was a wonderful lady. May she Rest In Peace. Suzi & Mark

  19. Bill and Lenny Howard

    So sorry for your loss Jim and Amy,...our prayers will be with you.

  20. Joe Tschumperlin

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless

  21. Gary and Rosey Asher

    Jim and family,
    So sorry for your loss. May God's love and the peace of Christ surround you all.

  22. Betty and Patrick Denison

    Condolences to Jim and family. Jo was a member of our wedding party 53 years ago today. I will always remember her as a dear friend and outstanding woman.

  23. Sue (Samuel) Walz

    Jim and Amy - I am so sorry for your loss. Joanne helped foster my love for reading at a very young age, and I have a fond memories of her (and Amy) being at church camp with us. I was so excited to have recently re-connected with her via FB. My prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Dick & Marlene Zimmer

    Jim & Family, We were privileged to be the recipient of Joanne's goodness when we used the "Mail a Books" as well as later on when we viewed her many miniature displays. She was a special person and we send our sympathy. She will be missed.

  25. Val & Dave Nelson

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.

  26. Pam Pfankuch

    So sorry to hear this Amy & family! Know that with faith in Jesus, that she is no longer suffering and you will see her again. Your sister, I Christ. ????❤️????

  27. Kathy & Bob Geraets

    Our condolences to Jim & Amy

  28. Don Hardy

    Marti & I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  29. Ann and Mike McKernon

    We are so sorry for your loss Jim and Amy. Jo will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Tom and Dawn Lechner

    We are truly so very sad to hear of Jo's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim, Amy and families for strength and grace during this time of grieving. Know that you are not alone and that she is with her Lord. God bless.

  31. Rayola Hastings

    Jim,Amy & family. Sending our sincerest sympathy.
    RIP Dear Friend

  32. Kathy Schwartz

    Dear Jim, Amy & Family, Jo was such a beautiful person both on the inside as well as the outside. I felt such grat admiration for her and loved her miniatures. She will be missed. God Bless you All.

  33. marge binkowski

    Our sympathy to you all

  34. Rebecca

    My deepest sympathies go out to Joanne’s family and friends. Joanne was one of my top favorite people on this Earth. You will be missed until we meet again.

  35. Larry Lecheler

    Sorry for your family’s loss…Joanne was a very nice person. We will continue to pray for your family….????5

  36. Debbi Fields

    Needless to say I was shocked to hear of Joanne's passing, but I know in my heart that she is happy and not in pain. My heart and HUGS go out to Joanne's entire family. I hurt with you. Stay strong as she always did.

  37. Paula Biesterveld

    Thoughts and prayers she was always so friendly. I will never forget storytime at the library.

  38. Fred & Anne Sinz

    Jim and family, Sorry for your loss we will be praying for you all.

  39. Vicky Wallace

    Sending our love and sympathy to Joanne’s family. I have fond memories of being at the library as a child. She was a wonderful lady.

  40. Chris and Arnie Bauer Jr

    Prayers to family

  41. VickyForster

    So sorry for your loss Jim and family

  42. Linda Thompson Mulheron

    My deepest sympathy to Jim and your family. Joanne was such a wonderful person. I'll always remember running into her at the Amsterdam airport.

  43. Cher COPLEY Brannon

    RIP beautiful soul… see you in Heaven one day

  44. Jerry and Jayne Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

  45. Ken & Char Harvey

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joanne will be missed

  46. Gary & Roxann Peterson

    Our sincerest sympathy to you JIm and family. Joann was such a kind person, liked by everyone. So glad we had the chance to get to know her. Heaven gained an angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary & Roxy

  47. John & Jodell Marson

    Jim, Amy & Family -
    Sending our Sincere Sympathy

  48. Steve & Diane Radle

    Jim, we’re keeping you & your family in our thoughts and prayers. You have an Angel in heaven watching over all of you.

  49. Mary Baier

    We will continue to pray for Jo and for the family. What a great loss for her family but a great asset to heaven!

  50. Betty Hawkins

    Jim and family:
    So very sorry for your loss. Joanne was a beautiful soul and will be missed~ Sending thoughts and prayers.

  51. Rene Blomquist

    I’m sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. Always a friendly face and so kind whether running into her around town or at the public library. My condolences to Jim and family.

  52. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  53. Shelly Hanson

    Jim & family,
    So sorry for the loss of Joanne! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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