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Joan E. Hoelscher


1928 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Joan E. Hoelscher Obituary
Joan E. Hoelscher, passed away on May 28, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She spent her entire life being a true instrument of God's will. Her journey began nested in the home of a deeply compassionate Christian family. Her father was a United Methodist pastor, serving churches in rural Iowa. Joan said that being part of this loving, supportive family was one of God's greatest gifts to her. From it she was launched into mission work that included serving migrant families, three years as a missionary for the United Methodist Church in the Philippines and working with Hungarian refugees in Austria. There she met her first husband, Earl Miller. Earl was a United Methodist minister and together they returned to the United States and served churches in Colorado where their three children were born. They also enjoyed serving churches in Belfast, Ireland and Aberdeen, Scotland. She drew from her master's degree in Christian Education as she served the church at her husband's side. Earl and Joan had a love for adventure and, bringing their children along, led many church-related workcamps throughout Europe and the United States. After Earl passed away in 1991, Joan met and married Wayne Hoelscher. They enjoyed their retirement years in Arizona, members of the United Methodist Church in Green Valley, active in a hiking club, and enjoying taking cruises to many parts of the world. Joan loved her grandchildren and served as an inspiration to them all. She and Wayne moved to Colorado six years ago, settling in Estes Park. Her love for the beauty of nature made this the perfect setting for her final years. There she and Wayne continued to be active in the Methodist Church and Joan volunteered her services at Good Samaritan, where she lived. Joan valued and cared for her community her family and her friends, and died with the deepest gratitude for the many people who were a part of her life. Her final words were, "I love you so much."

A Memorial Service to celebrate Joan's life will be held at the Estes Park United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5th. Memorial gifts in Joan's name may be given to: The United Methodist Church of Estes Park, 1509 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park, 80517 and will be used to further the work of the United Methodist Women around the world.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on May 31, 2013
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