Joann Loseke, 79

Joann Loseke, age 70, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at her home.

Her funeral service will be held 2pm Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Morrill, NE, 405 Jackson Court. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday at Gering Memorial Chapel from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in Joann's name to Trinity Lutheran LWML. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

Joann is survived by her father George Pedersen, sister Judy Pedersen, husband Mel Loseke, daughter Michelle Loseke, aunts and uncles Sam Pedersen, Ben Pedersen, Emma Lea Pedersen, Oella Pedersen, Esther Pedersen, Anne Pedersen. She was preceded in death by her grandparents John and Lydia Pedersen, Augusta and William James, mother Gertrude Pedersen, and aunt and uncles Rhoda, Daisy, Ed, Bill, Roy, Nels, Mabel, Florence, Rella, Anna, Clarence, Ralph, Rollin, Levi.

Joann was born on May 29, 1943 in Morrill, Nebraska to George and Gertrude (James) Pedersen. She was baptized on July 18, 1943 by Pastor George Weber at St. John's Lutheran in Scottsbluff. She met her husband at a Walther League meeting at St. John's in Scottsbluff. She graduated from Gering High and then worked at the City of Gering. She married Melvin Loseke on July 2, 1963 in Gering, NE. They moved to Lincoln where she worked at Western Power and Gas in Lincoln while her husband attended the University of Nebraska. She served as a foster parent for over a dozen children through Lutheran Social Services in Oklahoma City and Hope Cottage in Dallas, TX. Later she worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper at Loseke Construction, and bookkeeper for LTI (software development firm) in Texas. After moving back to Gering, she worked as a factoring agent for SST Financial Group, and then worked as a bookkeeper for Gering Bakery until July of this year.

Joann served at the treasurer of LWML at Trinity Lutheran in Morrill and served as treasurer for the Pine Ridge Zone of LWML. LWML is a group of thousands of Lutheran women, who each volunteer or contribute in some small way; their efforts together result in world-wide blessings.

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