Joann H. Vandemore, 85, a lifelong resident of Atkinson, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Englbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Joann H. Vandemore, 85, a lifelong resident of Atkinson, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Englbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Joann was born March 18, 1932, in Atkinson, the daughter of Joseph B. and Helen (Causemaker) Vandemore. She graduated from Atkinson High School and furthered her education at Stephens College. In her early years, Joann modeled for the Peterson Harned Von Maur Department Store, in Davenport, Iowa. She was a funeral assistant for Vandemore Funeral Home, starting with her father, Joe, and continuing with her nephew, Joel Vandemore. She assisted many families through their losses over many years, and she was cherished by them for her gentle and sincere presence.

Joann was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she served on the Altar & Rosary Society, and the St. Anthony’s Cookbook committee, of which she was very proud of the monies raised for the parish. She cherished the friendships she created throughout her years serving St. Anthony Catholic Church. Joann had a love and passion for horses. She raised and showed many throughout her life. Joann also loved her dogs, Irish Setters and Italian Greyhound. She was an avid, lifetime Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. She loved Atkinson and was dedicated to it until the end.

Those left to cherish her memory include her nieces and nephews, Terry (Jill) Vandemore, of Geneseo; Tina (Rock) VanOpdorp, of Atkinson; Robin (James) VanMeenen, of Atkinson; Tom Vandemore, of Atkinson; and Joel Vandemore, of Geneseo. She also is survived by several great- and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen; and by her brother, Darrell “Ki” Vandemore.