Joanne Brueck | Storm lake weather
Joanne Elise (Wanberg) Brueck, 91, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2021 at her home in Storm Lake.
Memorial services will take place at a later date. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home at Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Born September 17, 1929 on the family farm northwest of Galva, she was the second child of Elmer “Tollie” Wanberg and Vera (Clapsaddle) Wanberg. Joanne graduated from Galva High School in 1947, was accepted into the undergraduate music program at Drake University, and completed two years. She married David A. Brueck on December 4, 1949 at Galva United Methodist Church. They operated the Brueck family farm southeast of Battle Creek and later a farm in Washta. They then moved to Arizona in 1960. Joanne and her family lived in Texas, Colorado, California and Illinois and returned to Iowa in 1983.
Joanne and her family were active members of churches in all the communities in which they lived. She has dedicated her life to playing the piano and organ for church services and nursing homes, most notably as a choir director. Her choir served as the opening music for an NBC World News segment when NBC was covering the agricultural crisis in Iowa in 1983. She volunteered for the Holstein Good Samaritan community as a pianist for the Hugger Clowns Sing Along group. , and monthly music programs that she and her husband presented. She was a member of the Holstein United Methodist Church, Battle Creek Presbyterian Church, Storm Lake Lakeside Presbyterian Church, and the Kiwanis Club. Over the course of sixty years, she performed for over 4,000 church services.
Among her many other accomplishments, Joanne developed popular bread recipes with which her sons started a wholesale bakery in Illinois and later helped them start a bakery in Chico, California. She also wrote short stories and writings about the natural world that she observed.
Joanne had a deep love for her family which has always been at the forefront. This love extended to all his acquaintances. She was enthusiastic and enthusiastic about life and saw each day as an opportunity to be kind, loving and helpful to others. She loved the natural world of wild flowers, birds, sunsets and the star-filled night sky. In life, she was one of those stars that shone brightly on others. One of his favorite pastimes was to travel the country roads to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
Joanne was predeceased by her parents Elmer and Vera Wanberg-Wilson; her devoted husband of over 66 years, David Arthur; son David Charles; and his brother, France R. and his wife Helen Wanberg.
Joanne is survived by her son Timothy of Storm Lake; two step-grandchildren: Melissa (Mark) Newquist of Ida Grove; and Christopher (Stephanie) Smith of Reno, Nevada; his brother Dr. Kenneth (Dottie) Wanberg of Henderson, Nevada. She is also survived by two nieces: Kathy (Dennis) Breyfogle of Holstein; and Becky (Kirby) Neil of Gravois Mills, Missouri; four nephews: Gary (Deb) Wanberg of Galva; Richard Wanberg of Denison; and Kim Wanberg and Daron Wanberg, both of Denver, Colorado.
Cards and memorials can be sent to Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home, 1615 West Milwaukee Ave., Storm Lake, IA 50588.