Doon, IA: JoAnne Carol Blankespoor, 78, of Doon, Iowa died Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, February 27, at 11:00 AM at Doon United Reformed Church with Rev. Joel Vander Kooi officiating. Burial will be held prior to the service at Hillside Cemetery in Doon. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Tuesday, February 26, at Doon United Reformed Church from 5:00-7:00 PM. Memorials may be given to Doon Christian School.
JoAnne Carol, daughter of Peter J. and Minnie (Horn) Vis, was born January 24, 1941 in Boyden, Iowa. She graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa. On November 6, 1959, JoAnne was united in marriage with John Blankespoor. To this union, the couple was blessed with five children; Marge, Hank, Carol, Brian, and Dawn. The couple made their home and raised their family in Doon, Iowa. JoAnne was a member of the Doon United Reformed Church.
JoAnne worked for several businesses in the area over her lifetime. She had a very strong work ethic, which she passed down to her children. Traveling seeing the history of the United States is something JoAnne enjoyed. She also looked forward to time spent with friends. JoAnne found joy in being with her grandchildren whom affectionately called her “G-Cat”, because of her love for cats. JoAnne would take the grandchildren on little vacation trips here and there. Memories that both JoAnne and the grandchildren always cherished.
JoAnne is survived by her children, Marge (Terry) Stoterau of Sherman, South Dakota, Hank Blankespoor of Doon, Iowa, Carol Wehrkamp of Brandon, South Dakota, Brian (Cindi) Blankespoor of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Dawn (Todd) Scholten of Phoenix, Arizona; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brothers, John (Marge) Vis of Valley Springs, South Dakota, Jim (Audrey) Vis of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Norm (Judy) Vis of Valley Springs, South Dakota; and sisters, Katherine (Jacob) Hoogendoorn of Hills, Minnesota and Linda (Harley) Bork of Jasper, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Karen Vis of Valley Springs, South Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Minnie; daughter-in-law, Gail Blankespoor; son-in-law, Brad Wehrkamp; brothers, Marlin Vis and Allen Vis; and nephews, Mark Hoogendoorn and Monte Vis.