M. JoAnn “Gramsy6”Hand, 74, of Mt. Pleasant and formerly of the Quad Cities, died Sunday, September 16, 2012 at her residence.
A funeral service for JoAnn Hand will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 24 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The Reverend David Forrester, Pastor, Trenton Missionary Church of Trenton, IA, will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem East Cemetery, Salem, IA. Friends may call from 1PM until 6 PM on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 9 AM until the time of the service on Monday. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimzeyfh.com
Marilyn JoAnn Hand was born September 23, 1937 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph John and Arlene E. (Crab) Wilson. JoAnn was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.
She previously owned Joe’s Coffee Cup Café. She was employed as a floral designer for theKnees Flower Shop in Moline. She had also worked at a record store, in several lingerie shops and as a bartender in the Quad Cities. For many years, JoAnn was the equipment room manager for the athletes of Augusta College in Rock Island. She retired from the college and returned to Mt. Pleasant sixteen years ago. In her retirement years, she became a cook at the former Mapleleaf Health Care Center in Mt. Pleasant.
JoAnn was baptized at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant as a child. She loved crossword puzzles and hald a strong fascination with Egyptology. She loved classical music and old movies. Most of all, she held her grandchildren near and dear to her heart, as her license plate read “Gramsy6”.
Those thank for sharing in JoAnn’s life include a son and his wife, Rick and Brenda Hand of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter and her husband, Doni and Mike Kernan of Geneseo, IL; 3 brothers – Art Wilson, Edward “Butch” Wilson and Robert “Bob” Wilson, all of Mt. Pleasant; 6 grandchildren – Heloni Lynn Hand, Cassie Jo Marie Hand, Ricky Joe Ryan Hand, Gina Jo Diane Hand, Shayna Michelle Hamma and Mason Michael Kernan and 9 great grandchildren.
Her parents precede in death.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family for a cause to be named later.