Joanie Lynn Burgher

January 16, 1954November 30, 2018

Joanie Lynn Burgher, 64, of Ames, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday, November 30, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. A private Celebration of life will take place at a later date. Joanie was born in Sarasota, Florida on January 16th, 1954 and raised by Buddy and Joanne (Betts) Johnson. She grew up in Florida and moved to Iowa later in her life.

Joanie will be remembered for her fighting and relentless spirit, and her fun loving personality. She enjoyed hunting for collectables with Alex, whether it was attending an auction or an antique show to find her next treasure. Joanie’s main goal and purpose was to spend as much time as possible with her family, she loved to gather for family meals, and a game of cards.

She is survived by her husband; Alex, daughter; Mary Jo Adams Delacruz (Ignacio), son; Wade Adams, stepson; Seth Burgher, grandchildren; Malachi, Izaiya, Ashton, Noah, mother; Joanne Chenoweth, additional family members in Florida and Georgia and her beloved dog Mosely.

She was preceded in death by her father; Buddy Johnson and step-father; Don Chenoweth.

Memorial contributions may be directed towards the family.


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Maura Peglar

December 3, 2018

Joanie was a wonderful neighbor. We'd see her when she'd walk her beloved doggies. I think she knew everyone on the block and always had amazing positive energy to share. Although I didn't know her well, through the years of sidewalk chats I realized what a kind- hearted, fun-loving, independent- minded, spirited woman she was. Our family will miss her dearly. We send our sincere condolences to her family (she often talked about you with great pride and love).
With deep sympathy for your great loss,
Maura, Nick and Meira

Lora Hydr

December 2, 2018

My words can never express how much this lovely lady loved, taught, and mostly empowered every young lady and young men she ever came across. She always was a mother to all (Maisi, Chandra, Mary Jo, Wade, Shaun,) she was the mother everyone wanted!!! She will be missed by all and I have a very big part of my heart that will be greatful for everything she done for me and I will never forget what she done for me Love you to the moon and back Momma Joanie

Michele Roller

December 1, 2018

Although I only had the pleasure of meeting her once. She was so upbeat and full of life. RIP Joanie

Vicki Butler

December 1, 2018

So many memories, Friday night League at the Bowling Alley, playing cards, State Bowling tournaments for all ages. We had some truly fun times. I have thought of you so often. Rest in peace friend.
Love and hugs Mary Jo, Wade and families.

Maisi Watts

December 1, 2018

What a great lady. I will remember Joanie as a strong willed, sassy lady and a fighter. A lady that never gave up. I will always cherish my childhood memories I had with this family. I am so sorry for your loss Mary Jo and Wade. She may be gone but will never be forgotten. RIP Joanie ❤

Wade Adam's

December 1, 2018

I could sit here and write all day and night with kind hearted warming feelings and memories of my precious woman I call mom. Until we meet again :( Rest in peace and tell everyone up there hello because I know you were met at the gates with arms wide open. Love your son. Wade Adams

Maryjo AdamsDelacruz

December 1, 2018

My Momma. The strongest willed woman that i shall have ever known.. She loved her family and always put us first..She was an awesome Grandma. Showed compassion as she also cared for her Momma also...A loving loyal wife . She adored her furbabies and loved her kids above and beyond...A strong willed woman all in all...❤️She loved family time and always was greatly loved by our Stepdad and they had a great life with fun memories to also hold near and dear. Her courage her strength and all she stood for and fought for in this life has a real powerful meaning and we made promises and had real life talks... about what was and what is to be...She will be greatly missed and her powerful outlook on life and willpower will carried on by her loved ones... Until we meet again..Enjoy being pain free Mom and enjoy Paradise.. You deserve it 🙏🏽❤️ See you later on Mom.... No lose ends.. as we said..We will make you happy.......Amen