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Joanne E. Hutmacher

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:52 p.m. CDT

Joanne Emily Hutmacher, 76, Forreston, died at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 surrounded by family and friends after a lengthy illness.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1937 in Freeport to Walter and Emma Jacobs. She attended Freeport High School and graduated from HCC Nursing Program.

Joanne was employed at FHN Memorial Hospital until retirement.

She married Roger K. Hutmacher on June 19,1954 in Freeport.

Joanne was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She also enjoyed cooking and sharing her food with family and friends.

Survivors include her five daughters, Carol (Gary) Shelly, Forreston, Kathy (Greg) Pruitt, Ridott, Colleen (Todd) Reuber, Pecatonica, Brenda (Kevin) Duitsman, Forreston, and Susan (Ky) Gustafson, Forreston; grandchildren, Ryan (Laura), Seth, and Joseph Shelly; Jered (Zach), Jeremiah (Nina), and Noah (Christina) Pruitt; Micah (Nilsa), Scott, and Leah Reuber; Jessica and Heidi Duitsman; Ky II (Noelle), Laura, and Kayleigh Gustafson; great-grandchildren, Isaac, Grace, Olivia, Lillian, Justin (Katie), Isabelle, Kennedy, Gideon, Melina, Ava, Amelia; great-great-granddaughter, Hailey; her brother, William Jacobs; and Dorothy Getty.

She is also survived by her beloved cats, George and Gracie.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roger; son, David; her sisters, Wilma and Nina; and brothers, James and Jack.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Walker Mortuary Ltd, 321 W. Main St., Freeport.

Per Joanne’s wishes, she was cremated.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of her life on Sunday, July 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Warnken Park in Forreston.

Thanks goes to the staff at FHN Memorial Hospital during her recent hospitalization.

Her family would like to also thank FHN Hospice for their help and support.

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