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Joan Ness

Joan Ness, 82, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Avera Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls.

Family present visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 28, at Miller Funeral Home-Downtown, 507 S. Main Ave.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Thursday, September 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church Chapel, 909 W. 33rd St. with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Joan Quinby Ness, daughter of O.R. and Eva (Lundgren) Quinby, was born May 22, 1934 in Aberdeen, SD.

She graduated from Central High School in 1952 and Northern State College in 1955 with a B. S. in Biology. While attending college, she met her future husband, Russ.

Joan was united in marriage with Russell L. Ness on August 21, 1955 in Aberdeen and began their 59 year marriage in Mobridge, SD where their five children were born.

They moved to Sioux Falls in 1979, where Joan was employed by United Parcel Service until her retirement. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where she sang in the women's choir for many years.

Joan was a sports fan and especially enjoyed attending Augustana events. She had a special place in her heart for animals and had many pets throughout her life. Music was a particular love of hers, whether it was whistling around the house, playing piano or singing harmony. Always a night owl, she loved "going for a ride" to look at fireflies and Christmas lights, followed by a stop for ice cream - regardless of the season.

Joan was a generous and loving friend, and she deeply loved her family. She was thrilled that the move to Sioux Falls put her in the same city as her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Chris Bauer. She and Chris were dear, lifelong friends. She loved children. Holding an infant, especially her grandchildren, was pure joy to her.

She is survived by four daughters, Jan McDonald, Kris Willardson, Nancy Nichols and Carol Landsverk; their spouses and significant others, Marty McDonald, Wade Nichols, Brian Landsverk and Steve Bartlett. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Katie (Tom) Howard, Beth (Eric) Hanson, Madeline and Andrew Nichols, Annika and Siri Landsverk; two great grandsons, Ben and Sam Howard; two sisters-in-law, Chris Bauer and Gertrude Ness; two nephews, Tim Bauer and Bruce Ness; five nieces, Kathy Doescher, Judy Cederberg, Linda Ness, Ginny Larson, Lois Steiger and their families were an important part of Joan's life.

Joan was comforted by the certainty that she would be reunited with her guys -- her loving husband, Russ and her son, John, whom she loved and cherished. She is also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob Bauer; her sister, Maureen Flolo; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Willard & Earline Ness and Earl & Elaine Ness; a nephew, Phil Ness; and a great-niece, Megan Steiger.

Joan's family deeply appreciates the tender care provided by the dedicated team at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Memorials will be donated to the Music Ministry at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

As her children, we know that our lives began with her life. It's difficult to say goodbye, even for now, because she loved us all with her entire heart. Our parents' most precious gift to us was each other, and we so admire the way they lived their lives guided by their values of faith, kindness and generosity. We are forever grateful to them.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 27, 2016
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