JoEllen Koerner, 75, died on December 29, 2012, at her home in rural Newton.
She was born on August 3, 1937, to Helen Adamson and Don Joe McGinn at the Axtell Hospital in Newton.
On June 9, 1956, she married Charles A. Koerner at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Halstead. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2003.
She was a farm wife for many years, raising her family. JoEllen did work outside of the home at Boeing for several years, and retired in 2009 from USD 373 as a bus driver.
JoEllen was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Newton, and had served on the altar society in years past. She was a member of the the Circle 8 Square Dance club, the Round Robin EHU, Friendship Club and the Lucky 13 4-H club. Her involvement with the general election and the voting process went back many years, and was even held at her homestead until 2011.
JoEllen was also involved in the Sedgwick Girls and the Party Girls clubs. She enjoyed traveling to Colorado with her friends, seeing the mountains, hiking with family and friends, but most of all enjoyed time spent with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her spouse, Charles; an infant brother, LeRoy; and sister-in-law, Alice Baumgartner.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen Koerner and Joel (Debbie) Koerner; two daughters, Charlene (Dan) Vierthaler and Marie (Shawn) Ashcraft, all of Newton; eight grandchildren, Stacie and Kristen Vierthaler, Alex, Ben and Cole Koerner, Cassidy, Jerrod and Brett Ashcraft; sister, Nancy (Bill) Rice, Sedgwick; two brothers, C.G. (Deb) McGinn, Sedgwick, and Earl (Sue) McGinn, Garden City; three sister-in-laws, Kay Perkins, Newton, Sandra (Ben) Stahly, Topeka, Joan Tice (Wichita); and many nieces, nephews, close friends and wonderful neighbors.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, from 1 to 8 P.M. with the family greeting from 6 to 8 P.M. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Friday, January 4, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 6:30 P.M. Immediately following the Rosary, the family will greet friends in the school cafeteria.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father James Mainzer will be the celebrant.
Burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Walton Rural Life Charter Foundation, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in care of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
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