Joanne Utter
1931 - 2021

Joanne Utter

Aug. 26, 1931 - Jan. 18, 2021

BLOOMINGTON - Joanne Utter, 89, of Bloomington, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at OSF Healthcare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A combined graveside service to honor the lives of Joanne and Richard will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois.

She was born August 26, 1931 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, a daughter of James E. and Lilla Stoffel Holbrook. Joanne and Richard Utter were married for 68 years prior to his passing.

Surviving are five children: Sherry Fitzgerald of Spring, TX, Terri (Tim) Peifer of Bloomington, Tracy (Greg) Klawitter of Heyworth, Richard Jr. of Bloomington and Jerry (Lisa) Utter of Chandler, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers: R. James (Joyce) Holbrook of Edina, MN and Jerald (Ruthie) Holbrook of Syracuse, NY; and a sister, Bonnie Claeys of Stuart, FL.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Jacqueline Radford; a son-in-law, Bob Fitzgerald; and a great-grandson, Eli Wheet.

They enjoyed spending winters in Stuart, Florida with Joanne's family. Joanne worked at JC Penney's in Bloomington for 30 years. She loved country-western dancing and traveling. She cherished her dog, Molly, who never left her side.

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Published by The Pantagraph on Jan. 24, 2021.
Graveside service
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
, Bloomington, Illinois
Funeral services provided by:
Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home
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Lisa - thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this very sad time.
Pam Seymore
February 3, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. You have my deepest sympathy.
Connie Klink Haney
February 3, 2021
I was so very sad reading about Joanne's passing. I have fond memories of Richard and Joanne out country dancing. Visiting with them shopping at Peifers Meat Market. They had a loving family who will deeply miss both of them. I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Frankie Peifer
Frankie Peifer
January 25, 2021