Sister Joanne Simonini Bvm
Sister Joanne (Lisbeth) Simonini, BVM

Dubuque - Sister Joanne (Lisbeth) Simonini, BVM, 89, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Mount Carmel Bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa.

Virtual funeral services will be held Monday, May 3, 2021. Sharing of Memories begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by virtual visitation. Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

All events may be viewed through live videostream at

She was born on Aug. 12, 1931, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Ray and Anita (Prosperi) Simonini. She attended St. Ambrose Elementary School and St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines.

She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation on Sept. 8, 1951, from Holy Trinity Parish, Des Moines. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

Sister Joanne ministered in Des Moines as principal and primary teacher at St. John, principal at Holy Family, and director of religious education at St. Joseph.

She also taught in Missouri and California.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Elizabeth (Leo) Sarcone. She is survived by a niece and niece's husband, Susan Sarcone and Mitchell Schneider, Arlington, Va.; cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM with whom she shared life for 69 years.

Memorials may be given to the BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

Published by the Des Moines Register from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2021.
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8:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Mount Carmel - Sisters of Charity
1100 Carmel Dr, Dubuque, IA
Funeral service
10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Mount Carmel - Sisters of Charity
1100 Carmel Dr, Dubuque, IA
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I fondly remember Sister Joanne and all the Sisters who served over the years at our parish and grade schools. Thank you Sister Joanne for your many years of service, care, love, devotion, leadership and example to the kids at St. John’s and Holy Family schools communities. My parents always spoke fondly of her over the years. May you Rest In Peace.
Cindy (Hanrahan) Soliday
Cindy Soliday
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