Joanne D. Kiesow

Joanne D. Kiesow, nee Kolander, 64, of West Bend passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Kathy Hospice.

Joanne was born on Oct. 8, 1943 in Lakefield, Minn. to the late Willard and Doris (Baumann) Kolander, and married James C. Kiesow on Aug. 21, 1965 in Lakefield.

The couple met at the University of Wisconsin-Stout while pursuing teaching degrees and both graduated in 1965.

They spent the first five years of their lives together teaching in Muskegon, Mich.

In 1970, the couple moved to West Bend.

Joanne was a 30-year member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA and Love and Work day.

Joanne also enjoyed working at the West Bend Community Me-morial Library for 21 years. She always had a smile and a good word for her many friends, co-workers and patrons.

Joanne loved life and in particular her family. She was a wonderful life partner, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.

A true joy for Joanne was to be with her children and grandchildren at Christmas.

She was an excellent seamstress and belonged to the Amer-ican Sewing Guild. When her children were young she enjoyed making outfits for them. In later years, she took pleasure in making doll clothes for her granddaughter and a special baptismal gown for each grandchild.

Joanne was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Joanne is survived by her husband of 42 years, James; a daughter, Jennifer (Craig) Erdmann of St. Louis Park, Minn.; a son, Jeffrey of Chicago; and grandchildren, Amanda, Wil-liam, Johnathan and Abigail Erdmann.

She is further survived by her mother, Doris Kolander of Lakefield; a sister, Carol (Jack) Baumgarn of St. Francis, Minn.; two brothers, Wayne (Paula) Kolander of Okabena, Minn. and Eldon (Sue) Kolander of Rockton, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Joanie (Sydell) Kolander of Okabena; a brother-in-law, William (Jani) Kiesow of Neenah; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard Kolander; her in-laws, Herman and Dorothy (Neumann) Kiesow; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn Kiesow.

Funeral services for Joanne will be held on Saturday (today) at 2 p.m. at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, 1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend, with Pastor Pam Marolla officiating.

Cremation will be at Paradise Cremation Services, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the church only on Saturday from noon until the time of service.

Memorials are appreciated to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Cen-ter, Kathy Hospice, Our Saviorís Lutheran Church or West Bend Community Memorial Library.

The Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend, is assisting the family.