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Joan E. Boeding, 88, a lifelong resident of St Paul, Iowa died peacefully at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Donnellson Health Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born July 10, 1926 at St. Paul, Iowa the daughter of Bernard and Rosa (Umthun) Steffensmeier. She grew up in St. Paul, and worked at the Sheaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison, Iowa. She met her future husband Harold "Harry" Boeding while roller skating. After Harry returned from the Navy they were married February 8, 1947 in St. Paul. Married for 67 loving years, Joan and Harry built a life together that revolved around family, friends, church and community.

Joan worked side by side with Harry for 55 years as they owned and operated Harry's Service Station in St. Paul. She worked as bookkeeper, running for parts and many other duties that made her invaluable to the success of the station. Joan was a believer in sharing your talents with the community and one of her greatest accomplishments was organizing the Red Cross Bloodmobile visits in St Paul for over 20 years. She was a member of St James the Less Catholic Church in St. Paul, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church and the Madonna Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She served as Past Regent of the Madonna Circle and Past State Regent. Joan also had a passion for knowledge and the arts. She enjoyed listening to classical music and reading about the wonders of the world. She also lovingly grew and cared for her beautiful roses and other flowers. Joan also enjoyed dancing and playing cards.

But Joan's greatest legacy is the loving devotion and commitment she had for her children and grandchildren. Family was always at the center of her life. She tirelessly created a loving home environment that centered around the kitchen as she was an excellent baker and cook. Her children and husband often had the pleasure of enjoying the aroma and taste of her delicious cinnamon rolls, pies or cookies when they arrived home from a long day of school or work. Nothing pleased her more than preparing a large meal and seeing everyone enjoy every last bite!

Joan is survived by her husband Harry of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; one daughter Sheryl Boeding of Clear Lake, Iowa; three sons, Randy (Pat) Boeding of Friendswood, Texas, Reg (Ann) Boeding of Mahwah, New Jersey and Rollie (Mary) Boeding of Middleton, Wisconsin; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; one sister Annette Nares of Davenport, Iowa; two brothers, Paul Steffensmeier of Donnellson and Lloyd Steffensmeier of Lisbon, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and six brothers.

Friends may call and meet with the family from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point where there will be a parish rosary recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 6:00 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. James the Less Catholic Church in St. Paul with Father Bruce DeRammelaere as celebrant. Burial will be in the St. James Church Cemetery in St. Paul.

Memorials may be made to St. James the Less Catholic Church, or the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at .