Joanne Lindsley

APPLETON, Wis. – Joanne Lindsley, 79, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014.

Joanne was born in Appleton on May 21, 1934, daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Schiebler) Douglas. As a young woman, Joanne worked for her father at Appleton Battery and Ignition, and later worked as a file clerk at Kimberly Clark. She also worked at Sears in the catalogue department until the downtown store closed.

It was at Kimberly Clark that she met her future husband, John F. Lindsley, whom she married on June 19, 1954. The couple moved into a new home in 1955, where they raised their four children and lived for 59 years. She was a professional homemaker – her home was always clean, neat, and organized, and all were welcomed at any time at all. Joanne enjoyed tending her house plants, gardening, knitting, and sewing.

Joanne is survived by her husband: John Lindsley; three children: Douglas (Jean) Lindsley of Vulcan; Anne (Paul) Molitor of Watertown, Wis.; and Su (Jon) Montour of Seymour, Wis.. Her grandchildren are: Nicholas (Stephanie) Lindsley, Daniel (Missy Spade) Lindsley, Jason Lindsley, Stephanie (Bill) Jenkerson, Gustaf (Brittany) Molitor, Genna Molitor, Giordi Molitor, Samantha (Mike) Everard, and Lucas Montour. Joanne is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Cadeance, Charlotte, Christian, Billy, Cailey, and Michael; a sister: Carol (Tim) Bramlett; and two sisters-in-law: Margie Douglas of Combined Locks, Wis. and Alice Douglas of Appleton.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Jack, a grandson, Ben, a sister, Mary (Joe) Weger, and brothers Richard and Thomas Douglas.

A memorial service for Joanne was held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Wichmann Funeral Home, Tri County Chapel, 1592 Oneida St. in Menasha.

Family and friends were invited to gather at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.

A private burial in Norway will take place at a later date.

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