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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
Fax: 712-546-4710
Joan Roepke

Joan Roepke

Monday, December 27th, 1937 - Saturday, April 10th, 2021
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Le Mars, Iowa - Joan (Wulf) Roepke, 83, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa surrounded by her family, due to complications from Covid. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. Rev. Dr. Michel Okitakoyi Lundula will officiate. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mauer- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm. Masks and social distancing per Covid protocol are requested. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Joan was born on December 27, 1937 at Floyd Valley Hospital in LeMars, the daughter of Edward and Alma Wulf. She graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1956. During her senior year of high school, she accepted a secretarial apprenticeship at Wells Blue Bunny and continued employment at Wells until her first child Nancy was born in 1962. After her second child Steven started school in 1970, she went back to work at Calvary United Methodist Church (now UMCL) where she retired from her position as secretary after 23 years. Joan married Jim Roepke from Kingsley, Iowa on August 17, 1958.

Joan and Jim loved spending time at Lake Okoboji, Iowa during the summers for over 40 years. For more than 20 years they spent the winters in Austin and South Texas spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jim and Joan had a passion for country music over their 62 years of marriage and met many stars including Johnny Cash on numerous occasions.

Survivors include her husband Jim of LeMars; daughter Nancy (Randy) Ellsworth of Buda, Texas; son, Steven of San Marcos, Texas; grandchildren Jamie, Jacqueline, Jennifer and 6 great grandchildren Emme, Eliana, Easton, Everett, Kase and Bode.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Norma (Harm) Lubben.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church of Le Mars building fund.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Masks will be required.
  • Service

    Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 16th, 2021 2:00pm
    United Methodist Church of Le Mars
    901 3rd Ave SE
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    There will be an hour of visitation at the church before the service. Masks are required at the church.
    Rev. Dr. Michel Okitakoyi Lundula
  • Interment

    Resthaven Memory Gardens
    33200 150 th st
    Le Mars, Iowa, IA 51031
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Judy Lorensen

Posted at 04:38pm
Jim and family.. so sorry to hear about Joan.. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, we always enjoyed visiting with you and Joan, you were wonderful neighbors when we lived by Cleveland Park. Always remember Nancy babysitting Brad and Dawn. I will cherish the memories I have of Joan and family.

Virginia Huppe

Posted at 01:38pm
Jim I felt so badly to read of Joan's flight to heaven. I am so sorry as we were friends forever. I always enjoyed the time we used to share after church when you let me join you at Taco Johns. We did that almost every Sunday. Joan was so bubbly and fun to be around and I will miss sending her interesting emails. To your family I want them to know they had a delightful mother and she was a wonderful friend to me, as well as you. Thanks for being there for me while I lived in Le Mars. Virginia Huppe (Bitterly)

Kathleen Anderson

Posted at 09:52pm
Jim, I'm sad to hear of Joan's passing. I so enjoyed our visits at music events and family gatherings. Praying that you are feeling God's presence as you cherish the many fond memories of your lovely wife.

Jean Langie

Posted at 01:40pm
Jim and family - Our deepest condolences on your loss. Joanie was such a sunny person with a great outlook on everything. It was always so nice to talk with her at the Wulf family reunions. We will all miss her.

Mark and Chiyo Ellsworth

Posted at 11:03pm
Dear Jim and family,
I am very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She will be very much missed during our family get togethers. It won't be the same not seeing her at our house on Christmas day. The one thing that I can honestly say is, she was always very nice to me. She treated me, and I suspect all others, with respect and friendship. I have known her for 47 years and can't remember a time that Joan wasn't part of a good conversation. I can't remember any bad conversations. She was just an upbeat person.
When I 1st met her, at 11 years old, she welcomed me into her home and treated me kindly. When she 1st met my wife, they were friends for life. She was just a very sweet woman. My wife and I will truly miss her. Rest in peace Joan. God Speed!
With love,
Mark and Chiyo Ellsworth

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