Joanne Kindler
1930 - 2021
November 28, 1930
January 10, 2021
Joanne Kindler

West Bend - Joanne Carol (Nee Shields) Kindler went to be with her Lord on January 10, 2021 at age 90. She resided at the Cornerstone Assisted Living in West Bend. She was born on November 28, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wi.

Joanne obtained a degree in Commercial Art at Milwaukee Area Technical College. There she met her future husband Frank and they married in 1953. The couple built a homestead in Richfield, Wisconsin.

Joanne worked as a graphic artist for Wisconsin Bell Yellow Pages in Milwaukee until becoming a full-time mother. She was also an Avon lady and cub scout leader.

Her love for arts and crafts was evident. She was a talented artist and calligrapher creating and illustrating poems. She loved baking and her poppy seed cake became a family tradition.

Joanne is survived by her four children, Suzanne Kindler, Daniel (Debra) Kindler , Sandra (Frank)Tingle, and Julie (Matthew) Kasprzak; 5 grandchildren, Brian, Joshua, Timothy, Tiffany, and Samuel; 8 great grandchildren, Zoey, Riley, Nathan, Gabriel, Jordan, Isaiah, Taylor and Charlie Mae.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents Elsie and Werner Shields, brother William, sister June and husband Frank.

Joanne's family would like to acknowledge the Cornerstone Assisted Living in West Bend and Angie Galleske for their love and care of Joanne.

Joanne was an unwavering Christian and served as pianist and Sunday school teacher in her church for many years. Joanne encouraged peace, forgiveness and unity for her family.

Burial services will be Thur Jan 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online condolences available at

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2021.
Graceland Cemetery
, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53095
Funeral services provided by:
Schmidt Funeral Home - West Bend
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I am so thankful for Joanne(mom) in my life. She was truly the person who openly shared Jesus to me as I grew up with your family. God was so important to her at all times of life. All the laughter and giggles we shared together were priceless. These last couple years meant so much to me to see her so happy. Dan, Sue, and Sandy, she always knew up to the very end that each one of you loved her so very much and she loved each one of you so much also. She would be so excited when each of you came to see her. Dan, thank you for everything you did for her, she truly appreciated all your love and help she needed in her final years. One fond memory of her was when I asked if I should close up the box of chocolate up so we don't gain too much weight. Her response was, "Who cares" with lots of giggles afterwards.
Angela Galleske
January 15, 2021