Joan Lucille (Madsen) Meier, 91, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, while visiting relatives. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Geneseo, as well as one hour prior (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) to the service at the church. Memorials may be left to First Congregational Church, in Geneseo, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Joan Lucille (Madsen) Meier, 91, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, while visiting relatives. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Geneseo, as well as one hour prior (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) to the service at the church. Memorials may be left to First Congregational Church, in Geneseo, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Joan was born Jan. 7, 1927, in Princeton, the daughter of Alfred and Verda (Johnson) Madsen. Growing up on the family farm in Sheffield, she learned how to preserve fruits and vegetables as well as deliver milk in a horse-drawn wagon. She graduated from Sheffield High School with the Class of 1944. In 1948, she graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in home economics education. On Nov. 11, 1951, she was united in marriage to Donald Ernest Meier at Sheffield Methodist Church. Joan taught home economics in Monmouth, Cambridge, Tiskilwa and Geneseo. Joan was a very active homemaker and volunteer. She was a skilled seamstress and cook, well known for her frozen sweet corn, ham balls and Danish pepper nuts by those fortune to eat in the family home. Joan volunteered with 4-H, as a Cub Scout den leader and as a Girl Scout leader, participated in Home Bureau and Home Economics clubs and was active in church. She belonged to Sheffield Methodist Church, St. Peter United Church of Christ, in Geneseo, and, most recently, First Congregational Church, of Geneseo. Most importantly, she was a loving wife and mother of two children, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of two.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Donald Meier; her son, Robert (Emily) Meier, of Montesano, Wash.; her daughter, Janet (David) Landeweer, of Arlington Heights; grandchildren, Daniel (Zandile) Meier, of Bothell, Wash.; Ryan (Elena) Meier, of Woodinville, Wash.; Julia (Evan) Rush, of Stillwater, Okla.; Steven Landeweer, of Miami, Fla.; and Jonathan Landeweer, of Arlington Heights; great-grandchildren, David Meier and Jobe Meier; sister, Marilyn Wilkerson, of Elk Grove Village; and a brother, Richard Madsen, of Carlsbad, Calif.