Joanne A. Anderson, 86, of Green Bay, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on July 30, 2023 with her daughter by her side. Since the beginning of May of 2023, Joanne courageously leaned into an unforgiving diagnosis of MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome), which transitioned into AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Joanne’s faith was an inspiration, and her courage was admired.
Those having an opportunity to know Joanne were endeared to her sweet soul and giving heart.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1937 to the late Allen and Nona Johnson, Joanne was born in March of 1937, three months after her father’s untimely death of appendicitis in December of 1936. Joanne and her mother moved back to the family farm with her mother's father for the next seven years.
Joanne was a Green Bay West graduate and 1955 alum where she was an active participant in the GAA (Girls Athletic Association), Pep Club, Squad Leader and Radio Club.
Joanne met and fell in love with her husband, Jerry, after meeting at a softball game in 1954. Joanne worked throughout high school, and then entered the workforce after she graduated. Upon Jerry’s graduation from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh the two were married and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they lived until 1968, and then returned to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Joanne worked in the buying and purchasing department at Procter & Gamble for twenty-five years.
Jerry and Joanne had two children they adored, Deborah Lee Anderson and John Floyd Anderson. John preceded his parents in death in 1986. Joanne dearly loved her German Shepherds, and her daughter's Golden Retrievers.
Faith, family, and service were near and dear to Joanne. Joanne’s faith was a beacon of light her entire life. She was active as a Sunday School teacher and also served in a leadership role as an Elder. Joanne and Jerry were members of Wequiock Presbyterian Church: The Church that Overlooks the Bay. Time with her family was always valued and cherished. Joanne attended the numerous activities that both of her children participated in over the years. She coached her daughter’s softball team, and thoroughly enjoyed swim class at the CP (Cerebral Palsy) Center.
Joanne's passion for training and raising German Shepherds brought her great joy. She dedicated time to training them so that they would be able to visit nursing homes, and area schools to brighten the days of the young and old alike. Joanne and Jerry enjoyed traveling after they both retired, especially South Padre Island, where they returned for many winters.
Joanne was a Charter Member of the Daughters of the Nile Ajeb Temple No. 156.
A private service will be held at Wequiock Presbyterian Church, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Nirav Patel and the health care workers at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center, as well as Unity Hospice in Ledgeview. In lieu of flowers or monetary donations, please continue to lean into each moment and live your life to the fullest. Organizations that were near and dear to Joanne were CP (Cerebral Palsy) Center Green Bay, Green Bay Humane Society, Paws of Honor, Special Olympics, and Wounded Warrior Project.