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Joan Beatrice Rossmeier

October 31, 1937October 14, 2021

Joan Lewis-Rossmeier, 83, of Spokane, passed away peacefully amongst family on Thursday afternoon, October 14, 2021 at Holy Family Hospital.

The eldest of eleven children, Joan was born in Kellogg, Idaho, Sunday October 31, 1937 to Otto W. & Helen Johnson-Neilson. She grew up in Orchard Prairie and attended Orchard Prairie Grade School and John Roger's High School. She married John Ripley Lewis June 3rd 1953 and had three children, Beverly, Kathy and John. They divorced March 14, 1968.

Joan completed her G.E.D in May 1978 went on to Vo-Tech School at Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, where she earned her AA Degree in Graphic Arts in 1984. Joan was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee, Washington. Joan enjoyed genealogy, crocheting, reading, gardening and bird watching. She loved maintaining her bird feeders, birdhouses and birdbaths for her feathered friends all throughout the year. She particularly loved chickens and was lovingly referred to by her grandchildren as "Grandma Chickens" because she had chickens on her farm in Idaho when the first grandchildren were born. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, mostly those with farm themes animals and chickens. She loved living in the country and the beauty of nature.

She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Lewis and Kathy Stafford (Lynn Thomas), son John Lewis (Rose), sisters, Evelyn Cooper (Archie), Patricia Matlock (Clyde "Spike"), Elaine Rapiach, and brothers, Ronald Neilson, William Neilson, Richard Neilson and Thomas Neilson, eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great- great grandchildren. Joan is preceded in death by her sisters Julia West (Ray), Donna Neilson , Twyla Neilson and husband Kermit Rossmeier.

Because of the pandemic, Joan's memorial service for family and friends will be held next spring. Her urn is being placed at Almira Cemetery privately.

Strate Funeral Home is assisting Joan’s family. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneral.com.

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Debbie Asbury

November 8, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Aunt Joan, it’s hard to choose what to share!
I often think of Aunt Joan sitting around Moms kitchen table laughing and telling her extremely interesting, hilarious stories with all the Aunties and sometimes the uncles. The loud uproarious cackling of laughter could be heard a block away, attracting neighborhood kids to gather around and listen with all of us cousins to the funny wild tales. They often laughed until they cried, gasping for air!
One memory that’s forever embedded in my mind is the day Aunt Joan had been to the hairdresser and showed up at Mom and Dads house. She strutted up the walk way with her hair piled high in a heavily hair sprayed updo, makeup flawlessly applied looking like a showgirl, go go dancer. She was wearing a glittery miniskirt and high heeled, bright white go go boots, carrying her new Nancy Sinatra record which she promptly put on to play. She began dancing all over the living room singing along with, “ These Boots Are made for walking and that’s just what I’ll do…” Ever Since that day, whenever I hear that song, I have to smile and fondly think of her! She will be sorely missed by all! ❤️.

Evelyn Cooper

November 5, 2021

JOAN AND I WERE 15 MONTHS APART AND INSEPARABLE. WHEN JOAN STARTED THE 1ST GRADE SHE CAME HOME CRYING EVERY DAY, SO MOTHER PULLED HER OUT AND STARTED US BOTH TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING YEAR AT ORCHARD PRAIRIE GRADE SCHOOL. IT WAS A 2 ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE WITH OUTSIDE TOILETS. I RELIED ON HER FOR EVERYTHING. JOAN WAS GIFTED WITH A BRILLIANT MIND AND BEAUTIFUL CONTAGIOUS LAUGH. HER TEACHER SOON REALIZED HOW BRILLIANT SHE WAS AND MOVED HER TO THE THIRD GRADE. BOY, WAS I LOST.
I HAVE SO MANY PRECIOUS MEMORIES: ROLLING TIRES TO THE TOP OF BEACON HILL AND BACK HOME IN TEMPERATURES NEARLY 100 DEGREES. (JOAN’S FAVORITE TIRE WAS A FIRESTONE) WE ALSO HAD TO EAT CHEERIOS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY BECAUSE JOAN WAS SAVING BOX TOPS FOR A FREE CAMERA. SHE GOT HER CAMERA IN THE MAIL AND STARTED TAKING PICTURES. I HAVE LOTS OF THOSE PICTURES TODAY. MY FAVORITE IS OUR BROTHER RON WITH A NEW BORN CALF. JOAN WAS SO GIFTED AT EVERYTHING. I REALLY MISS HER AND LOOK FORWARD TO BEING WITH HER FOR ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD.

Elaine Rapaich

October 31, 2021

How do I share a lifetime in such a short space.....I loved my sister and fondly remember out fun times together while both of us were attending LCSC. That same year we worked together planning our mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary.....Jody was a great cook and she prepared a traditional wedding cake from my dad's ancestry..........Jody also helped me prepare a large meal for Eli's Law Office Open House..............She often helped me on Eli's farm and accompanied us to the ranch at Stites...Eli called us "The buck brush twins"......She had a great sense of humor and I can still hear her laughter...hoping she and Julia are now laughing together with our Lord.....Loving memories.....Elaine

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