Joann R. LeMere, 68, of rural Augusta, passed away early Saturday morning, Oct. 13, 2018 at her home in hospice care.
Joann Ruth LeMere, daughter of Robert and Ruth (Esser) Fitzmaurice was born October 19, 1949, in Black River Falls, WI. Joann with her 5 siblings were raised in Humbird and she attended Humbird Elementary School. She was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alma Center and graduated from Alma Center High School. After her graduation she moved with her family to Augusta, where she worked as a nurse’s aid at the Augusta Area Nursing Home. Joann was united in marriage to Gerald LeMere on June 21, 1969 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Augusta, and to this union their 2 sons were born.
Joann loved being a stay at home mother and did so until her children were both established in school. She then started with the Augusta School District and for nearly 3 years worked with special needs children and also worked as a nurse’s aid at the Fall Creek Valley Nursing Home. In addition to her employment and being a homemaker and mother, Joann was also taking classes at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. She eventually was able to concentrate on her classes and graduated from the CVTC Nursing Program. At the time she received her license as a register nurse she and her husband were in transition from the Eau Claire Uniroyal Plant to Fort Wayne, Indiana. For the next 11 years she worked as a registered nurse at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Fort Wayne. When Gerald retired in April of 2001, the couple moved back to Augusta and for the next 16 years she was employed by the Augusta Nursing Home, retiring in April of 2017. Joann loved her role as care giver to her family and also as her occupation. She was not only a dedicated and competent nurse, but one who was very compassionate with her nursing home families. When not working she enjoyed spending time with her family and especially when it involved fishing in nearby lakes, and hunting deer and turkey in her back woods. She also looked forward to driving the tractor to do the yearly field work.
Joann will be dearly missed by her husband Gerry of Augusta; 2 sons, Karl LeMere of Fairchild, Kevin and Angela LeMere of Charleston, South Carolina; 3 grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Russo, and Greenlee LeMere; 3 brothers, Dennis and Darlene Fitzmaurice of Augusta, Williamand Linda Fitzmaurice of Eau Claire, Robert and Susan Fitzmaurice of Augusta; sister, Jean Dyson of Augusta; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Carol (Larry) Anderson of Altoona, Dianne LeMere of Augusta, Brian (Mindy) LeMere of Fall Creek, Mariann(Fred) Ballbach of Mayville, Arlene (Curt) Freseth of Altoona; nieces and nephews, Mitchell and LeAnn Balliett Marshall Balliett, Amy and Scott “Gibby” Gibson, Scott and Chelsey Mayer, Angela Sandoval, Ashley
Fitzmaurice, Adam (Mary) Fitzmaurice, Liz (Joe) Langford, Robert (Chuck) Joyner, Jacob Dyson, Rita (Matt) Sunday, Sandra (Steve) Bertram, Bob (Luci) Barnett, Charlie (Rebecca) Barnett, Angie (Dan) Lane,Jayme (Mandy) LeMere, Brad LeMere, Cory (Becky) Schalinske, Kris (Dan) Dunday, Andy Kapfenstein, Tanya Freseth; and their families; uncle James Esser of Spooner: aunt Darlene Fitzmaurice of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Joann was preceded in death by her father Robert in 1982; mother Ruth in 2016; and her sister Carol Mayer on April 28, 2018.
A visitation will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and from 11 a.m. to noon. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at the church, with burial at a later date in the West Lawn Cemetery in Augusta.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com