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JoAnn Henke

JoAnn Henke
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November 06, 1932 -- Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Visitation Information: Visitation is 4-7:30 p.m., with a Vigil/Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, MO.
Service Information: Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday September 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salisbury, MO with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph School Foundation.


JoAnn (Farnen) Henke passed to everlasting life on August 30, 2017.

JoAnn was born on November 6, 1932 in Montgomery City, MO, the sixth child of Joe and Hilda Farnen. She is survived by her loving soulmate and husband of 65 years, Raymond F. Henke, and four children: Gary (Charessa) of Kansas City, Ron (Debby) of Salisbury, Peggy (Gary) Fuemmeler of Glasgow and Diane (Peter) Blazek of Naperville, IL. She was a proud, caring and involved grandmother to ten: Jessica (Jessie) Michalski, Brian (Sarah) Henke, Jeremy (Benita) Henke, Charles (Robyn) Henke, Emily (Matt) Henke-Groves, Rachel (Mike) Matranga, Jamey (Theresa) Fuemmeler, Joshua (Terin) Fuemmeler, Todd (Erica) Fuemmeler, and Audrey Blazek. Those ten grandchildren presented Ray and JoAnn with 25 happy, healthy great-grandchildren whom JoAnn loved to cook for, visit with, babysit and marvel at. JoAnn is also survived by three brothers Richard “Dick” (Mary) Farnen of Salisbury, William “Bill” (Jean) Farnen of Salisbury, Hugh Paul (Gladys) Farnen of Centralia, many nieces and nephews, some of whom considered JoAnn their second mom, especially the “California Girls” as she lovingly referred to Elaine David, Theresa Malloy, Pat Corder and Mary Urbach.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bernard Farnen and sisters Dorothy Davis and Frances Kocher.

JoAnn can best be described as having a huge heart and often expressed her love through her food. No one ever visited their home and left hungry or empty-handed. Her favorite past-time was baking, resulting in their freezers constantly overflowing with Ziploc bags of everyone’s favorite cookies, pie crust, dried apples and her famous “red apples.”

Ray and JoAnn were married on May 3, 1952 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salisbury, MO and were active and devoted parishioners for all those years. For many years, JoAnn was an active leader in the Altar Sodality, organizing dinners and fundraisers for the parish family. Their entire married life was spent in Salisbury, where many cherished friendships developed over card games or during mundane chores such as dressing chickens and canning sweet corn. JoAnn made friends wherever she went by showing genuine interest and care about all those around her.


Some of JoAnn’s favorite memories to share with others were of traveling and of the vacations they took throughout the years, many with friends and family, but especially with the grandchildren in one of several motor homes and campers they owned. As she often said, those family times together were when the most cherished memories were made. 


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