Le Mars, Iowa

Joanne Sneller, 90, of Le Mars, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Dr. Nevada DeLapp will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m., today, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

Joanne Van Batavia was born on March 15, 1927, in Luverne, Minn., the daughter of Benjamin and Lillian (Rikkers) Van Batavia. She was raised in the Beaver Creek, Minn., area, where she was a tomboy and farm girl. Joanne graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1944. Her first job was at Farmers Bank in Cheyenne, Wyo., and then First National Bank in Luverne.

She married Dwayne Richard Sneller in Manchester, Iowa, on Feb. 11, 1950. Dwayne and Joanne moved their family to Williams, Iowa, for seven years before coming back to Le Mars, where she worked at Floyd Valley Hospital for many years.

She was a charter member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Le Mars, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and catechism. Joanne also taught Sunday School, catechism and Vacation Bible School at her church in Iowa Falls, Iowa, while living in Williams. She was also active in Ladies Aid and Bible Study. In her spare time, Joanne enjoyed painting, puzzles and bird watching. She played piano and guitar. Joanne kept in touch with her relatives by studying her genealogy.

She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, David and his wife, Gerrie of Valley Springs, S.D., Steven and his wife, Jan of Le Mars, and Earl and his wife, Janice of International Falls, Minn.; grandchildren, Leah Sargent, Aaron (Nikki) Sneller, Jason (Mindy) Sneller, Jesse (Heather) Sneller, Nicole (Justin) Rolling, Kent (Megan) Sneller, Heath (Sarah) Sneller, Sarah (Lucas) Glass, Julie (Jim) Bissonnette, Krista (Dustin) Bennett, and Shawna (Danny) Fitzpatrick; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwayne on Dec. 17, 1985; an infant son; an infant brother, Bud; and a brother, Benjamin Van Batavia.

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