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Joan Elaine Biesemeyer, 78, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2011. She was born February 26, 1933 in Vernal, Utah to James Alexander McCarty and Mildred Cloward. Arizona was her home for 72 years, the last 31 years in Mesa. She married William (Bill) Biesemeyer on March 18, 1950 and was sealed to him in the Manti temple for time and all eternity on September 5, 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister June Pew, her brother James McCarty, and her daughter-in-law Cindy Biesemeyer. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, her children Dan Biesemeyer of Mesa AZ and Diane Palmer of Syracuse UT, and her sister Jean Weaver. She has nine grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.She helped her husband Bill run Biesemeyer Manufacturing for almost 20 years. Joan generously shared her time and talents in serving her family and friends throughout her life. She was the glue that held her family together. She will be sadly missed by all. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 11 from 6-8 pm at Melcher Mortuary, 43 S. Stapley Dr. in Mesa. Services will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10 am at the LDS Church 1455 N. Harris in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wells Fargo acct 1343926158 to help with the medical and funeral expenses for her daughter-in-law Cindy Biesemeyer. Melcher Chapel of the Roses handled arrangements. 480-964-4537
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 11, 2011