Gering Memorial Chapel

1755 11th St., Gering, NE


JoAnn (Hyatt) Hessler Reader

April 17, 1924June 18, 2020

Much loved by her family and friends, JoAnn Hyatt Hessler Reader passed away at Emerald Court in Scottsbluff on June 18, 2020. She was born April 17, 1924, in Marion, Kansas, to Howard and Edith (Woodhead) Hyatt. She grew up on a farm in Lyman, Nebraska, with her parents and six siblings. JoAnn was an excellent student, very active in sports, and graduated from Lyman High School.

JoAnn received a telegram from Navy sailor Alex Hessler, Jr., asking her to meet him in New York City while he was on leave during World War II, because he found he couldn't live without her. They were married in New York City and JoAnn worked in the big city until the war ended. She and Al moved to Hay Springs, Nebraska, to farm on Mirage Flats. She and Al raised four children and became very active in the community. In 1969 the family moved to Scottsbluff where JoAnn worked in insurance.

After Al’s death, JoAnn joined square dancing groups and met David Reader. She and Dave were married in 1994 and moved to Kimball. They had exciting times together as they enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and their many friends. They especially enjoyed traveling all over the world as well as camping. JoAnn so enjoyed entertaining her family and many friends. Every holiday you would find her family gathered enjoying her loving hospitality. JoAnn never met a stranger and was always generous, kind, and fun.

JoAnn is survived by her loving husband, Dave; four children: Linda and Dennis Weitzel, Steve and Beth Hessler, Deb and Mark McCall, and Mike Hessler (Ginger); step-children: Penny (Dan) Herdt, Marvin (Dana) Reader, Shannon (Butch) Devereau, and Gabriella (Todd) Brooks; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Hessler, children Jack and twin daughters, brothers Ed and John, sisters Wilma, Georgia, Marie, and MaryLou (Teeny), and grandson Chad.


  • Matt Hessler, Casket Bearer
  • T.J. Uhrich, Casket Bearer
  • Brett McCall, Casket Bearer
  • Sean Neu, Casket Bearer
  • Zach Hessler, Casket Bearer
  • Andy Uhrich, Casket Bearer
  • Andy Uhrich, Casket Bearer
  • Scott Weitzel, Casket Bearer

  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Oregon Trail Dance Club


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


JoAnn (Hyatt) Hessler Reader

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Lonnie& Rhonda OBryan

June 25, 2020

Many years of square and round dancing pleasure with this grand lady. Her energetic determination was amazing and it paid off for her as it gave her extra years of pleasure.

Greg Miller

June 23, 2020

Teeny and I always enjoyed the visits that JoAnn and Dave made to us in Bullhead City, AZ. She had that uplifting personality that we all liked whether it was a visit here or in a family gathering in Scottsbluff or Kimball. Greg Miller

Jay & Suzy Wicht

June 19, 2020

Dave, sorry to see of JoAnn's passing. The old square dance group had so much fun. Take care, we are thinking of you.