JoAnn L. Grunden

April 26, 1940June 9, 2019

JoAnn L. Grunden, 79, of Huntington, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

JoAnn was born April 26, 1940 in Kendallville. She worked as a nurses aide at Lutheran Hospital for 23 years and then at Heartland Hospice for 13 years. She was a member of Trinity Church, Huntington. She is survived by her children, Pamela (Vernon - deceased) Howard, Ruby Shepherd, Debra (Robin) Murray, Thomas Goggans, and John (Rena) Grunden; brother, Damon Burkley; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Lee Grunden; parents, Damon and Joyce Burkley; daughter, Cheryal Gonzalez, brother, Ralph Burkley, and grandson, Nathan Gonzalez. Funeral service will be on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809 with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Contributions in JoAnn's memory may be made to Parkview Hospice. Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Grunden family.


  • Parkview Hospice


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Final Resting Thursday, June 13, 2019


JoAnn L. Grunden

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Kathy Dye

June 13, 2019

My dear angel JoAnn...I remember when you took care of me in the hospital. It was a personal situation, but you held me and cried with me. Thank you with all of my heart for being there for me! I'll never forget you and I will see you again!!

Stanley Matheny

June 13, 2019

We sat together in the same pew @ Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington,IN for months, maybe 2 or 3 years. She was so sweet and brave. The last time I saw was at Parkview Huntington Hospital. She said she was very tired. But she had always recovered and came back to church. We all loved her sweet spirit. May she rest in peace. Stan and Nancy Matheny

Mrs. David Stinson

June 12, 2019

Sweet JoAnn was an active member of the Kitchen Sunday School Klass at Trinity United Methodist Church. She will be missed greatly. With deepest sympathy to her family and close friends.

Barb Conwell

June 11, 2019

I was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I always enjoyed her company. She helped with our free lunch we did through the winter months at Trinity. She will be missed! So sorry for your loss, with deepest sympathy. Barb Conwell her friend from a Trinity United Methodist Church.

Damon Burkley

June 11, 2019

Sis you don’t have the bloom any more .... now you got your Wing’s and no more pain just sweet dreams from now on LOVE YOU SIS

Bud Goggans

June 11, 2019

I remember the time when I was little and she cared for me when I had Lumbago. I could not walk and she had to lug me around everywhere. She never complained or acted like it was a chore. She always made everything an adventure. We all grew up together as a family. God has richly blessed our life with your presents. My prayers go out to Pam, Deanie, Debbie and Tommy and the rest of the family. I know a bit of the grief you are feeling. Take great comfort in knowing that this goodbye can be temporary for you.