Joan K. Gerhardt

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Joan K. Gerhardt, 91, of 2928 Spring, Quincy, died at 4 p.m. Sunday (May 11, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.

Joan was born March 21, 1923, in Shelbyville, Ind., a daughter of Erhard and Catherine Burke Hey.

She graduated from St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School in 1940. During World War II, she worked as a teletype operator at Dale Mabry Air Depot in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a cryptographic clerk for the Air Technical Service Command in Dayton, Ohio, and Oakland, Calif.

In 1945, Joan married George J. Gerhardt of Loraine and moved to Quincy. He preceded her in death. She later was married for 27 years to Wayne Rinne, also of Quincy.

In 1964, she went to work at the Quincy Post Office, the first female employee hired by that office. She worked first as the operator for the Federal Telecommunications System, then as secretary to the postmaster. In 1982 she transferred to Panama City, Fla., to be secretary to the Panama City postmaster. After retiring from that office, she later moved back to Quincy to be with her children.

She was a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church, the National Association of Retired Employees, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Joan loved ballroom dancing, was an avid reader, enjoyed volunteering at Blessing Hospital and other places through RSVP, sewing, knitting, playing the keyboard, and above all, enjoyed being with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Jake (Jeff) Stroot of Quincy, and Peg (John) Fox of Galesburg; a son, Keith (Vickie) Gerhardt of Quincy; 11 grandchildren, Lance (Laura) Fox of Columbia, Mo., Shea (Daphne) Fox of Manchester, Mo., Chad (Velma) Fox of Cameron, Nick Fox of Abingdon, Bree Ceja of Galesburg, Jennifer (Nate) Fischer, Meegan (Ryan) Fischer, Katie (Eric)

Wait, Justin (Alana) Gerhardt, Nathan Gerhardt and Misty (Craig) Spilker, all of Quincy. Joan is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Kay DuVal Hey; a daughter, Kath-Ann Gerhardt; a granddaughter, Megan Rae Davison; two sisters, Martha Newman of Panama City, Fla., and Nancy Rosen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a brother, Robert Hey of Venice, Fla.

SERVICES: A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tom Shaughnessy OFM conducting. Inurnment will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church.

MEMORIALS: Blessing Hospital Volunteer Services or the .

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.

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Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
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Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-4907
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 13 to May 15, 2014
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