Joan M. Strobel, 74

Joan M. “Joanie” Strobel, 74, found eternal peace Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, with her family by her side. Joanie was born to Desmond and Julia (nee Goretski) Cotter on March 11, 1941, in Wittenberg. She married Barney Strobel on Nov. 1, 1986, in Kewaskum.

Joanie was the ultimate people person and lit up the room with her presence. She was an animated storyteller, eager fisherman, competitive game-player, avid recipe-tester and had a passion for the one-armed bandit. She cherished the roles of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Joanie is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Barney; children, Susan (special friend Alfredo Lopez) Kleppin, Cindy (Fred) Mollwitz, Mike (Denice) Sterr, Larry (Camille) Sterr, Mary (Jim) Gutjahr, Mike (Jane) Strobel, John “Squeak” (Jodi) Strobel and Shelley (Todd) Bartelt; grandchildren, Alexander Kleppin, Katy Mollwitz, Mikenna Sterr, Dustin (Laura), Andrew and Jacob Sterr, Kevin (Laurel) Gutjahr, Kimberly (Dennis “Buddy”) Mechenich, Jenny (Joe) Mechenich, Jason (Karen) Strobel, Jessica (Christopher) Indiraraj, Jenna Strobel, Jill (Scott) Nitschke, Jackie (Brad) Warner, Tyler (Lindsey) Bartelt and Dylan Bartelt; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Larry (Nancy) Cotter and James (special friend Donna Klumb) Cotter; sisters, Sally (Chuckie) Fellenz and Susie (Thomas) Guth; and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Eisenhut and Val Strobel. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Joanie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Collette (Bernie) Kastner.

A funeral service for Joanie will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095) with Dan Schroeder presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Parish/School (406 Jefferson St. or 415 Roosevelt Drive West Bend, WI 53095).

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online