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JoAnn Oberlies

1943 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
JoAnn Oberlies Obituary
JoAnn Oberlies October 7, 1943 - December 22, 2013 JoAnn Oberlies, 70, was called home by our Lord on December 22, 2013. She was born in Hammond, Louisiana on Oct. 7, 1943 to Joseph and Katie Weser. She was a faithful servant to God and her church, Town & Country Baptist Church, for over 40 years. JoAnn came to Bakersfield in her late childhood with her mother, father, and three siblings: brothers Paul & Troy Weser, and sister Althea Weser Colter. She attended Fairfax Jr. High and Bakersfield High School. At Bakersfield High School, she met the love of her life, Raymond Charles Oberlies. JoAnn and Raymond were wed on Feb. 23, 1962. From this marriage there were three children: son Raymond Joseph Oberlies (wife Julie), and daughters Kimberlee Kay Oberlies and April Ranee Findley (husband Jason). These children gave JoAnn six grandchildren: Callie (husband Miles), Robert, Kassie, Talor, Samuel, & Kaitlyn. JoAnn was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family meant everything to her. JoAnn was also involved in her community and was active in the PTA at Virginia Ave Elementary, Fairfax Jr. High, and Foothill High while her children attended these schools. She participated in many fundraising events and was a fixture at the school carnivals and bingo nights. She was always willing to help when needed. In the early 1970s, JoAnn & Ray started attending Town & Country Baptist Church, the church they were married in several years earlier. At church, they made many friends over the years. The sharing of their faith and fellowship with these friends was a great source of comfort and enjoyment. After raising her children, JoAnn started a career outside the home. She started to work at Friendly Check Cashing and worked there until the grandchildren started arriving. Once the first grandchild came, she recommitted to the care of her family. She cared for all 6 of her grandbabies until they were old enough for school. Grandma's day care was a happy place to be. JoAnn's kind and caring nature was given out in daily doses and her grandchildren are better people because of her love. Once the last grandchild was old enough for school, JoAnn again went to work outside the home, this time with her son and his business partner, Les Cofer, at Open & Shut Enterprises. She worked there until her husband retired and they decided to spend some time on the road traveling and visiting family and friends in Louisiana and Arizona. JoAnn had many hobbies and interests. She collected Barbie Dolls, Lladro, and roosters of any kind. She loved yard sales and had an eye for a bargain. She liked music. Elvis was her favorite. She attended many country artists' concerts and enjoyed every one of them. JoAnn also enjoyed playing bunco and the long time friendships she made along the way. JoAnn had a rich full life and her family would like for her friends to come remember it with them. Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel, Friday, Dec. 27th at 2pm. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2013
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