Joan Marie Hostens
April 16, 1926 – June 21, 2020
Joan M. Hostens, 94, of Davenport, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Senior Star at Elmore. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials in Joan’s name may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Joan was born on April 16, 1926 to Sebastian and Mabel Werthmann in Davenport, Iowa. Following her high school graduation, Joan went on to earn her Master’s degree in teaching. Joan was a teacher for 41 years; teaching K -12 at St. Alphonsus and Our Lady of Lourdes, Ottumwa, Iowa, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Great Falls Montana High School, and Rock Island High School. After retiring from teaching Joan was a Real Estate agent for a year and a half. She was united in marriage to Arthur Hostens on August 17, 1996; he preceded her in death in 2015. Joan was very active in her community. Belonging to the AFL-CIO Labor Union, Delta Kappa Gamma, St. Joseph Church, Holy Family Church, St. John Vianney, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She loved farming and agricultural; reading; and traveling all across the world. Joan was a terrific woman; she loved to care for others and would give the shirt off her back to those in need.
Those left to honor Joan’s memory are her siblings Roger (Marilyn) Werthmann, Jerome (Betty) Werthmann, Geraldine Kreusch, and Madonna (Donald) Nelson; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Art, her parents, and siblings Mary Crews, Leon Werthmann, Elayne Lyons, Bernard Werthmann, and Barbara McCormick.
- Sebastian Werthmann, Father (deceased)
- Mabel Werthmann, Mother (deceased)
- Arthur Hostens, Husband (deceased)
- Roger (Marilyn) Werthmann, Brother
- Jerome (Betty) Werthmann, Brother
- Geraldine Kreusch, Sister
- Madonna (Donald) Nelson, Sister
- St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Joan Marie Hostens
July 2, 2020
One of my memories of Aunt Joan is from when I was about eight or nine years old, and she babysat at our home while my parents were out of town overnight. I remember she prepared our dinner, and one of the items she prepared was lima beans. I could not stand lima beans.! She looked at me picking around my plate, and she said, “Felicia, if you don’t eat your lima beans tonight, you will have them for breakfast.” Sure as she said it, I didn’t finish my lima beans, and they were on my plate for breakfast. She said what she meant, and she meant what she said. Aunt Joan stayed true to who she was and all that she did. I also recall her having a very silly, witty, sense of humor. She would get us all laughing at family reunions and get togethers. One other thing about aunt Joanne is that she cared for our grandma all those years that she lived with her. I can remember our visits over there where aunt Joan was just doting on her as we all visited. She will be missed by everyone that was blessed enough to know her.
June 24, 2020
When Aunt Joan got married, she asked me to curl her hair. So we sat in mom and dad's kitchen and had a lot of conversation and laughs while we got her ready for her special day. I felt very fortunate to be able to help her out on that day. She always had a smile on her face and had a memory like a steel trap. What a wonderful and adventurous life she had during her 94 years! We will all see you again, Aunt Joan, and have a glorious family reunion!
June 24, 2020
As a single woman in my 50's, I have admired Aunt Joan for many years for all of the adventures and widely varied experiences she had in her life -- from backpacking across Europe, for getting married for the first time at age 70, to skydiving out of an airplane at, what was it, 80 years old? Amazing! She will always be an inspiration to me to live life to the fullest. One of the last times I saw Aunt Joan, Anita, Jennie and I showed up at "her pad" with a bottle of pina colada's, Baileys Irish crème (her favorites!) and butterscotch schnapps. We listened to big band music from an old cassette tape she had kept with her all these years and had a lot of good girl talk! I hadn't seen her smile like that in a long time. I will miss her.
Theresa Grabosch (Werthmann )
June 23, 2020
My earliest memory of Aunt Joan, was a very tall lady in a nun's habit. She had a beautiful smile, a stern voice which comes from being the oldest of 10, and long rosary beads that came down to the ground that us kids could touch. Grandma and Grandpa Werthmann were so proud of her :-). She will be missed, she was one of the really good ones. Our Lord gained a strong Angel this day.