ANNA — Agnes Joan Mueller “JoAnne,” 88, was born Nov. 25, 1930, and peacefully died Dec. 5, 2018, after illness following a stroke in February 2017.
She was the daughter of Gladys Pearl (Kimmel) and Herbert Rendleman and was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Kenneth H.; her sisters, Ruth Modglin and Peggy Norton; and her beloved son, Kenneth W. Mueller.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Mueller-Fleenor; grandchildren, Matthew, Jane, Scott and Ellen; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Mueller; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Todd; and also leaves behind loved nieces, a nephew and family and friends.
JoAnne spent her birth through graduation from high school in Wolf Lake, and there, after World War II, met the love of her life, Kenneth. They were married in Anna at Trinity Lutheran Church and were married 70 years until Kenneth's death in December 2017. Both were faithful members of Trinity Lutheran throughout their lives. JoAnne lived and worked in Anna all of her married life and was a long-term employee of Anna State Hospital. She and Kenneth traveled in retirement years and she was especially fond of travels to honor his World War II service with the 100th bomb group and for the Veteran Honor trips to Washington D.C.
She was an avid baseball, Cardinals, and basketball, Bulls, fan and tried to never miss watching or listening to a game. When Ken was young, she tried to never miss his little league games or high school basketball games. For many years, after JoAnne convinced Kenneth in 1978 he would learn to dance, she loved to go dancing with her best partner, Ken, and they were a beautiful couple. In the words of the family, "Mom loved and was dearly loved by her family. Mom, we will miss you."
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be in Jonesboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home.
To view the obituary and leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.