JoAnn Pieper Smith

JoAnn Pieper Smith, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, May 8, 2020, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.

Private family services will be 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating.   The funeral will be live streamed online on JoAnn’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Kevin Schulz, Isaac Schulz, Luke Schulz, Jill Travnicek, Dan Pieper, and Bob Weisser.   Honorary pallbearers will be her ten grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.

JoAnn Pieper Smith was born May 20, 1932, to C. Leonard and Gladys (Christensen) Jensen. She was raised by her mother and step-father Alfred “Mike” Albrecht and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and Yankton High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Al Pieper, on June 1, 1950 in Yankton.   JoAnn and Al were married for 58 years until Al died on June 2, 2008. JoAnn worked at J.C. Penny’s in Yankton for 31 years, first in the Men’s Department and lastly as manager of the Boy’s Department. She married George Smith on February 14, 2012, in Yankton.

JoAnn was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active on the funeral committee as well as an usher. She was also a member of the Fire Ladies Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and Pinochle and Bridge Clubs. She enjoyed playing cards, socializing with friends, visiting over coffee and treasured time with her family. JoAnn was always a mother first, always watching out for her children and making sure she had something baked for them when they would visit.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband, George Smith of Yankton; four children: Wanda Mueller of Yankton; Linda (Loren) Knittel of Spearfish, South Dakota; Sandra Travnicek of Yankton and Mike (Laurie) Pieper of Yankton; 10 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; two brothers: Jerry Albrecht of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Dwayne (Susan) Jensen of Sioux City, Iowa; step children: Kathy (Bob) Weisser of Sioux Falls; Tony (Lori) Smith of Princeton, Minnesota; and Mike (Betty) Smith of Pierre, South Dakota; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al Pieper; granddaughter, Keri Mueller; great granddaughter, Rachel Schulz; and son-in-law, Larry Travnicek.

 

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13 response to "JoAnn Pieper Smith"

  1. By: Judy Olson Posted: May 11, 2020

    My dear Wanda, and family – my heartfelt sympathy to you. Through all our friendship years, I never saw your mother without a smile. Such a pleasant, pretty lady, who obviously loved her family. AND, she made darn sure your bed was made perfectly every day before we could hang out❣️ I hope your fond memories can help you through the difficult days ahead. Hugs to you!!! Love, Judy

  2. By: Nancy Wenande Posted: May 12, 2020

    The Wenande’s and the entire Paul’s Kwik Stop family is sending their sympathy to JoAnn’s family. She was such a kind lady and raised a generous and giving family. Even though we can no express our condolences to you in person, please know that we are holding your family in our prayers as your grieve her passing. <>

  3. By: MICHAEL MCVAY Posted: May 12, 2020

    Dear Wanda and family,,
    Emily, Kathleen, Patrick, Tyler and I are all sending you are thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace this day. May you be comforted by the loving memory of your mother, and grandmother who could be with you all these years.
    Blessings and Peace,
    Mike McVay
    Mike McVaiy

  4. By: Wanda & family, Posted: May 12, 2020

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Grandma Jo was quite a lady. I think of her welcoming smile everytime I would see her. She will be greatly missed by many. Hugs to all of you. Wish I could be there today. Jen Wright

  5. By: Larry and Wanda Freng Posted: May 12, 2020

    So sorry to hear about JoAnn. She was a very sweet person, always a smile on her face.

  6. By: Katie Baldwin Posted: May 12, 2020

    My dear Wanda (and all of JoAnn’s family), I was sad to read of your Mom’s death. What a beautiful lady she was to me every time we would meet. The squeeze of her hand and radient, ever present smile are wonderful to recall. How she loved…especially you and all her family. My heart/love and prayers are with you. Katie

  7. By: Heather Fillaus Posted: May 12, 2020

    Wanda, Sandy, Uncle George, Kathy, Mike, and Tony, and all of JoAnn’s family. I am saddened to hear of JoAnn’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet her several times throughout the years and she always had the most beautiful smile on her face. From sharing stories with Sandy at YMC she was a wonderful wife and mother. May God hold you and give you His peace now and in all the days ahead. May the Lord’s light shine upon JoAnn. Amen.

  8. By: Cathy Cap Posted: May 13, 2020

    To my sister Laurie and brother in law Mike Pieper, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother JoAnn mega prayers🙏❤ go out to you and your family. Also, many hugs and prayers to her other children, Wanda, Linda , Sandra and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. May God shine light upon her soul Lord and welcome her into the kingdom of heaven 😇

  9. By: Cathy Cap Posted: May 13, 2020

    To my sister Laurie and brother in law Mike Pieper, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother JoAnn. Many mega prayers🙏❤ go out to you and your family. Also, many hugs and prayers to her other children, Wanda, Linda , Sandra and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. May God shine light upon her soul Lord and welcome her into the kingdom of heaven 😇 My hugs and prayers from Texas🤠

  10. By: Carhy Cap Posted: May 13, 2020

    Thank you so much for having a virtual funeral mass so I could participate.❤ Great job as always Father Larry, beautiful singing at the beginning and at the gravesite from her great 😇grandchildren. Wonderful eulogy from Lisa. Great song concluding the celebration of JoAnn’s life. She’s in no more pain and smiling at you all reuniting in heaven with her loved ones❤

  11. By: Nancy & Trent Nelson Posted: May 14, 2020

    I just heard today the sad news! Joann was such a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed by all! Sending love and support to all of you. I watched the funeral it was beautiful just like she was.
    Love Nancy & Trent Nelson

  12. By: DiAnn Honomichl Posted: May 14, 2020

    Dear Wanda and Sandy
    So sorry to hear about your mom. I have missed seeing her face and all the residents at the Bluffs. I hope you were able to be with her at some time.

  13. By: Tammy, Dennis, Kristopher Kokesh Posted: May 29, 2020

    Mike, Laurie and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are such a kind family. You don’t deserve this pain. We pray that God will be with you during your healing. You will be in our prayers for many months to come. With Love, the Kokesh Family

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