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Mass of Christian Burial

New Cassel Retirement Center Chapel
Monday March 2nd, 2020

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JoAnn Stoltenberg

JoAnn Stoltenberg, 92, of Omaha, formerly of St. Paul, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the New Cassel Retirement Center Chapel, 900 N. 90th Street, Omaha, NE. The Rev. Patrick O’Kane and Deacon David Probst will celebrate the Mass. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. JoAnn was born on June 5, 1927, at Fairfax, South Dakota, the daughter of Ambrose Charles and Edna (Lunn) Burke. She grew up in Bonesteel, South Dakota and graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1945. She attended radio teletype school and later attended Briarcliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. She then worked for Eastern Airlines in Washington, DC and Newark, NJ. She was united in marriage to Raymond E. Stoltenberg on June 14, 1948, at Naper, Nebraska. They lived in Naper until 1960, when they moved to St. Paul. Ray and JoAnn owned and operated Stoltenberg Construction Land Leveling Co. along with their sons. JoAnn assisted with the business by doing the bookkeeping and raising her family. In 1986, they moved the business to Kansas City, MO, and retired in 1992. At that time, they moved to Ralston and were both employed part-time at the Omaha Athletic Club for several years. JoAnn then cared for Ray until his death on Oct. 3, 2006. She moved to New Cassell Retirement Center in 2015, where she lived the rest of her life. While living in St. Paul, she was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, an officer of Sts. Peter & Paul Altar Society and schoolboard member of Sts. Peter & Paul School. She also served as a St. Paul EMT and belonged to a bowling league and bridge club for a number of years. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends, reading, playing cards, listening to music and taking walks. She loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children and spouses, LeeAnn and Jim Wehr of Tubac, AZ, Stuart and Debra Stoltenberg of Port Angeles, WA, Steve and Jan Stoltenberg of Omaha, Scott and Joy Stoltenberg of Stegall, Lisa Wood of Papillion, Mitch and Lynda Stoltenberg of Omaha and Matt and Kathy Stoltenberg of Kearney; eight grandchildren and spouses, Jessica and Jeff Berry, Joel and Jill Wood, Nathan and Alissa Wood, Erin and Adam Jorgensen, Lucas Wood and Tina Nguyen, Sam and Kylie Stoltenberg, Josh Stoltenberg and Raymond Stoltenberg; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn Burke of Tumwater, WA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Ray, she was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Ron Wood; granddaughter, Alizabeth Stoltenberg; and brother, Dean Burke. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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Well Mom, you were right, you will hand down the making of danish pastries to Kathy! Shes our Danish gal now! I tried once and when you grabbed my hands and said only pat once, I knew this wasn't my fourtae..But I do have the Anice down now! I will miss our conversations about whats going on in "your neck of the woods"! You fought long and hard and had a very good strong life. You will be missed! There are a few things we have told each other in confidence and I will not share, its our little secrets! Some things we just cannot share. You were the best mom in law a gal could ever have. I could use your patience nowadays, as you and I know. Who am I going to send goodies to now? Until we meet again, you are the woman I wish I was! As always when signing off... I love you! And I hope we will meet again.... Your daughter in law Deb Stoltenberg

Deb Stoltenberg Mar 1 2020 11:19 PM

Dearest Cousins, Joann has the most beautiful smile. All of you made her so proud! She loved her family so very much, her family was her purpose. Please find some peace knowing that she is with Uncle Ray again. . Joann has always been more like a mom to me. Aunt Joann took over that role so naturally when my mom passed. The memories will always be in our hearts. We laughed together, we cried together and we confided in each other. She loved to keep me updated about all of you, she was so excited when she spoke of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren! This is such a difficult and heartbreaking time for everyone. We are so blessed to have had Joann in our lives. I loved her so very much. My prayers are with all of you. All my love, Nancy

Nancy Burke-Hall Feb 28 2020 7:37 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of JoAnn's family, she was such a lovely person. Always a big smile and time to visit with you. Cherish all the many many great memories you all must have with your Mother, Grandmother and all. They are wonderful memories to cherish and share with each other. Hugs to each of you. God Bless. Velda Peters

Velda M Peters Feb 28 2020 2:01 PM

Matt and Kathy, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

Chris Kosmicki Feb 28 2020 8:58 AM

Lisa, deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Jon Sazama

Jonathan Sazama Feb 28 2020 8:37 AM

JoAnn was such a nice lady, I loved eating her Danish pastries and home baked bread. Rest In Peace JoAnn. Love and hugs to the family. :heart: Denise Novak

Denise Novak Feb 28 2020 1:30 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stoltenberg family.

Candace Tenopir Feb 28 2020 1:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnn Stoltenberg

Candace Tenopir Feb 28 2020 1:05 AM


Maryjo Harrahill Feb 27 2020 6:54 PM

Momma JoAnn...you will be missed. I have so many good memories of being at your house with Matt. Your easy-going temperament was amazing considering some of the strong-willed kids you raised. Peace to you and your family.

Jason Sidel Feb 27 2020 11:37 AM