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Joan "Joni" C. Smith

August 31, 1943 ~ August 31, 2018 (age 75)

Joan "Joni" C. Smith passed away on August 31, 2018 at Dobson Ranch Hospice of the Valley, Chandler, Arizona.  She was born on August 31, 1943 to Elmer and Carol Melcher Giese.  She grew up in Burlington attending Notre Dame and Burlington High Schools.  

On September 27, 1986 she married Gary Smith. They renewed their vows on June 28, 2010 which was their 25th wedding anniversary.  

Joan was a life time member of St John's Catholic Church and after moving to Mesa, AZ she joined Christ The King Church. Joan was a 4H leader when her daughters were young. Joan was an excellent seamstress not only making all of her daughters clothes. She entered a beautiful coat in the county fair winning a blue ribbon. She also helped with music boosters. 

Joan retired from Wagner Elevator where she was a business manager. After retirement Joan and her husband moved to Mesa, Arizona where she enjoyed golf, reading, taking long walks and spending time with friends. They returned to Burlington every summer to see their beloved daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the greatest joy of her life.  

Joan is survived by Gary, her husband and daughters Beth Anne (Terry) Partridge of St. Charles, IL, Christina Sue (Dave) Warren of Ankeny, IA and Amy Pilger of Burlington.  She is also survived by her brothers James (Carmel) Giese of Houston, TX and Jerry (Sandy) Giese of Burlington, IA, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and two great grandchildren expected in February, and 3 step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in laws and a great granddaughter.

There will be a visitation for Joni will be Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM with a Memorial Celebration at 10:00 AM at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. 

By her request, Joan will be cremated in care of Angel Crematorium. Please send memorials to American Cancer Society and American Heart Society in her name.


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