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Joan Elizabeth Koetters

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Joan Elizabeth Koetters, 78, of 1603 Wilmar Drive, Quincy, died at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday (July 30, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.

Joan was born on Aug. 6, 1934, in Quincy, a daughter of F. William and Norma Bruenger Heckenkamp. She married Gerald "Jerry" R. Koetters on June 11, 1960, in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Quincy. He survives.

Joan attended St. Peter's Grade School and was a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She graduated from Quincy College with a teaching degree. Prior to her marriage, she taught in Belleville, Ill., for several years before she came back to settle in Quincy. She also taught at St. Peter's School before she was married. She taught fifth grade at Adams School and finished her 34-year career at Baldwin School.

Joan was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, participating in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel and the Social Concerns Committee.

Recently she had become an associate with the Dominican Order in Springfield, Ill.

Joan was also an active volunteer at Blessing Hospital working in the Tea Room for many years. She loved to play golf and bridge and lunch with the ladies.

Joan was a wonderful wife and sister and aunt and friend.

Survivors in addition to her husband include her brother, Bill, and sister-in-law, Joan, of Quincy, numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Sr. and Norma, and her brother, Gene, of Akron, Ohio.

SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, with Monsignor Leo Enlow officiating. Pallbearers will include nephews, Tim Koetters from Nashville, Tenn., Gary Koetters from Hendersonville, Tenn., Kevin Koetters from Olathe, Kan., Will Heckenkamp from San Clemente, Calif., John Heckenkamp, from Dove Canyon, Calif., and Rob Christie from Wheaton. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: St. Peter's School, 2500 Maine Street, Quincy, 62301, or Quincy Notre Dame High School, 1400 S. 11th Street, Quincy, 62301 or donate online at:

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home


Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2013
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