Joanne Brown-Oberheide


LA MOILLE - Joanne Brown-Oberheide, 78, formerly of LaMoille, passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota has been entrusted with cremation rites. On the morning of Friday, Aug. 13, the family will host a visitation starting at 10 a.m. with an opportunity for people to say a silent prayer, and Mass will start at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Arlington with Father Ron Margherio officiating. Private family only burial will be at Union Cemetery, LaMoille at a later date.

Joanne was born Feb. 13, 1943 in Blytheville, Ark. to Charles and Mary (Sulenich) Chambers. She grew up in Michigan and met her husband Bob Brown (deceased in 1999) in Washington, D.C. They married on June 2, 1962 and were happily married for 37 years. After his death, she remarried Hal Oberheide in 2010 (deceased).

Survivors include her five daughters, Sheri (Terry) Cromwell and Terri (Chad) Nelson, both of LaMoille, Michelle (Mike) Brown-Garcia of Ladd, Brenda (Jim) Savage of Oglesby and Stephanie (Jim) Grivetti of Ladd; three siblings, Charles “Bucky” (Linda) Bucknam, Betsy McGlauflin and Deb (Bill) Kinney; one sister-in-law, Anne (Charles Michael) Chambers; and lifelong friends, Betty Wenzel and Mary Paula Schmitt.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Michael Chambers.

Joanne is best known for her love of T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ), Cursillo, and spiritually advising the prisoners at the Sheridan Correctional Center. She had an immense amount of love and pride for her eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She loved seeing her grandchildren and cared deeply for all of them.

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