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December 26, 1933 - December 27, 2022

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Joan Stalp, 89, of Wisner, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Franciscan Healthcare in West Point.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Monday, January 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Matt Niggemeyer as celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with lunch following at the GACC Cafeteria.

Visitation with family present will be Sunday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm with a Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters rosary at 3:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.

Joan Stalp was born on December 26, 1933, the 8th of 11 children to William and Clara (Sorensen) Feller on a farm near Waterbury.  The family also lived in Lyons before moving to Wisner in 1946.  After graduating from Wisner High School in 1952, Joan attended Wayne State College where she earned her teaching certificate.  She taught at Stanton and later in Norfolk where she met the love of her life at King’s Ballroom.

On August 20, 1957, Joan married Francis Stalp at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wisner.  The couple farmed north of West Point before moving to town in 2013.  They enjoyed square dancing in their younger days and played cards (pitch) with several other local couples on Friday nights for decades.

Joan was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guild, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters, and Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary.  She had many passions in life and was determined to keep learning new things.  Known as the “cream puff grandma,” Joan loved perfecting recipes for her baked goods and sewing new useful items for family and friends.  She was also well known for her “Feller” potato salad and homemade gravy with mashed potatoes.

Joan believed in service to others.  She volunteered at St. Joseph’s Retirement Community for over 20 years and offered her baking and sewing skills for decades to the Hospital Auxiliary and others.  Joan’s most sought-after items were her baby carrier covers, magic pillows, and microwave bowls.  When she wasn’t crafting or baking, Joan could be found talking by phone with her sisters, sisters-in-law, friends, and her children/grandchildren. She laughed easily and her drink of choice was a frothy Pepsi.

Survivors include her husband, Francis; daughter, Alice Kindschuh of Omaha; son, Dan (Lisa) of Overland Park, KS; seven grandchildren, Zachery (Carly) Kindschuh, Jessica (Jamie) Kindschuh-Bryan, Cody Kindschuh, Mackenzie (Mason) Matlock, Sydney Stalp, Jackson Stalp, and Dominic Stalp; two great grandchildren, Bradey Kindschuh and Max Bryan; sister, Mary Lou (Larry) Beeson of Wisner and brother, Bob (Judy) Feller of Wisner; sisters-in-law Corrine Feller of Valley, Carolyn Feller of Beemer, Bernice Hassler of Calgary; brothers-in-law, Dennis Stalp (Lorraine) of West Point and Paul Johnson of San Antonio, TX.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents; son, David in 1987; son-in-law, Jerry Kindschuh in 2001; sisters, Jeanette (Jim) Mandl, Florence (Phil) Murphy, Barbara (Gerhardt) Albers, and Alice in infancy; brothers, Don, Jackie, Doug, and Bill (Marion) Feller; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Feller.