Joan Voorhees, Appleton, 82

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The funeral service for Joan Voorhees was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton with Pastor Michelle Rowell officiating.  Pati Arnold was the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns.  Jeanette Pfaff sang the special vocal music.
 
Casketbearers were Joan’s grandchildren: Adrienne Mendenhall, Jenna Kettner, Kaitlyn Kettner, Nathaniel Kettner, Janine Schaffer, Jared Voorhees, Joel Voorhees, Michelle Mieka Jo Hoffman, Miranda Arnold, Maggie Chardell, Alison Solma, Chris Pesek, Jamey Pesek and Matthew Pesek.  Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.
 
Joan Margaret Voorhees was born June 10, 1932, in Kragero Thownship, Chippewa County, to parents Andrew and Bernice (Sandven) Struxness.  She was baptized and confirmed at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan.  Joan attended country school at District 50 and Milan High School.  On March 9, 1950, Joan was united in marriage to Delmar Ernest Voorhees at Kviteseid Lutheran Church.  This union was blessed with five children and over 64 years of marriage.
 
Del and Joan made their home in Appleton.  Joan worked in the kitchen at the Appleton High School and at Dew Well Lanes drive-in.  Del and Joan also worked together at their greenhouse for a number of years and in 1976, they purchased Dew Well Lanes Bowling Center where they worked together again for 24 years.
 
Joan enjoyed Sewing Club, Milan Birthday Club, Appleton Birthday Club, bowling league and her church circle group.  She was an honorary cancer survivor.  Her many interests include playing cards, camping with family and friends, making quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time with her family.  Joan will be remembered for her beautiful smile and laughter, her caramel roll recipe, coleslaw dressing and vegetable soup.
 
Joan was called home on Tuesday, October 28 at Appleton Area Health Services-Nursing Home.  She had attained the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 18 days.
 
She is survived by her husband, Delmar “Del” of Appleton; five children: Mark (Judy Kammer) Voorhees of Eden Prairie, Cheryl Voorhees of Morris, Ritchie (Mary) Voorhees of Appleton, Mary Jo (Tom) Hoffman of Morris and Bradley Voorhees of Appleton; 14 grandchildren: Adrienne (Ian) Mendenhall, Jenna (Clint Schiller) Kettner, Kaitlyn Kettner, Nathaniel (Angie) Kettner, Janine (Bryan) Schaffer, Jared (Kara) Voorhees, Joel Voorhees, Michelle Mieka Jo (Nathan) Hoffman, Miranda (Ryan) Arnold, Maggie (Ben) Chardell, Chris Pesek, Jamey (Michelle) Pesek, Matthew (Jenny) Pesek, and Alison (Matt) Solma; 23 great-grandchildren: Ruby Mendenhall, Alayna Bjerke, Olivia Kettner, Kylie Forslin, Charlie Taintor, Matthew Rautio, Ariana Kettner, Cameron and Jaxton Kettner, Lilly, Lucy, Lola and Liv Schaffer, Zeek, Nettie and Della Voorhees, Nico and Luca Arnold, Mateja and Chloe Pesek, Riley Madison and Taylor Pesek; her sister, Donna Anderson of Montevideo; brothers and sisters-in-law: Leonard (Margaret) Voorhees, Jerry (Janet) Voorhees, and Ward (Carol) Voorhees; many nieces and nephews and her loving Yorkie, Trixie.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Matthew Kettner, infant sister, Arlys; brother-in-law, Elwood Anderson; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill and Irene Voorhees, Richard and Harriet Voorhees, Donald and Eunice Voorhees, Max Voorhees, Norman and Catherine Voorhees and Pauline Voorhees.

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