JoAnn Gerstmann

Oct. 31, 1938 - Dec. 2, 2005

JoAnn Gerstmann (nee Grafenstein), born Oct. 31, 1938, found peace in heaven on Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, after a long and gallant battle with heart disease and diabetes.

She was born and raised in Sheboygan, a graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and was united in marriage to Edward Gerstmann on June 7, 1958.

She is survived by her husband, Edward; two children, James Gerstmann and Jane (Stephen) Zelinski; and three grandchildren, Marcus, Thomas and Beth Zelinski. She is also survived by her sister, Jane (Franz) Hirzy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma (Zittel) and Adam Grafenstein.

The family wishes to express their grateful thanks to the nursing and support staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Drs. Michael Lunde and Sanjay Singh and the staff of the hospital CHF clinic (Cheryl and Bridgette) for their excellent quality of care and their compassion. Special thanks to nurse Jean Sesing for her loving friendship to JoAnn and the support and assistance to the family.

Remembrances to Mt. Olive Lutheran Elementary School, 5327 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53208, will be appreciated.