Joanne M. Katchever, 86
May 27, 1929 -- July 4, 2015

Joanne M. Katchever (nee Strom)Joanne M. Katchever (nee Strom), 86, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2015, at The Kathy’s Hospice in West Bend. Joanne was born on May 27, 1929, in Gary, Indiana to Miles and Marie Strom.

Joanne graduated from Hobart High School in 1948 and went on to attend the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied fashion illustration and design. Joanne married and relocated to Cedarburg, where they built their own home. They were blessed with three children, Terry, Cheri and Pamela. Later, when her children were in college, Joanne worked as a teacher’s aide with the West Bend School District. Joanne later met the love of her life, Ron Katchever, and remarried on Nov. 17, 1973. They have been blessed with 42 wonderful years together.

Joanne and Ron enjoyed traveling together to many destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica and British Virgin Islands.

Joanne returned to her love of painting once her children were grown. She designed “My Own Doll” portrait paper dolls from a love she had with paper dolls as a child. Her beautiful personalized paper doll books showed the intricate detail and color of a child’s favorite clothes. Joanne painted many of these personalized portrait doll books over the years. The orders were mailed to parents or grandparents all over the United States. She was featured in Doll Reader magazine and many other noteworthy publications. She also was a talented artist with watercolor, acrylic and Norwegian rosemaling.

Joanne’s greatest joy was her family. More than anything, she cherished family gatherings and time with her children. Her special grandson, Christopher, was her pride and joy. They have many wonderful memories of going out to dinner, attending school band concerts, and special times together. She was the most loving mom and grandma anyone could ever ask for. Joanne loved nature and the beauty of the northwoods. She loved to have family at their beloved lakeside home near Eagle River. There are countless wonderful memories of pontoon boat rides, walks and enjoying the deer strolling through the woods. In later years, Joanne and Ron loved spending winters at their home in Tucson (Oro Valley), Arizona. They made many wonderful friends that she held dear to her heart. Joanne always had a youthful spirit and compassion for others. She always put others’ needs before her own. Joanne will be immensely missed by her family and friends. You will remain in our hearts forever, Mom.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Ron; her two daughters, Cheri Fitch and Pamela (Michael) Mueller; grandson, Christopher Mueller; brother-in-law, Donald Anderson; stepchildren, Mark (Patti) Katchever, Michael Katchever and Danielle, Tony (Amy) Katchever, Tracy Lewandowski, Kent Katchever and Suzanne; step-grandchildren, Tyler, Mikey Katchever, Brandon Lewandowski and Josh Mrazek; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Terry Fitch; and sister, Lynaya Anderson.

Joanne fought a courageous battle with cancer.

The family extends a special thank you to The Kathy Hospice of West Bend for their care and compassion.

A memorial service for Joanne will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church (323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Falk officiating. Visitation will be held at Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.