Joan L. Marsh Oct. 1, 1937 – July 12, 2020

Joan L. Marsh

      Joan L. Marsh, 82, of Monticello passed away, Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Unity Point Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids with her family by her side.

      Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home Friday, July 17, 2020 from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to funeral services.

      A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July, 17, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  All who are in attendance at Sacred Heart are required to wear a mask.

      Joan was born Oct. 1, 1937 the daughter of John and Margaret (Lahr) Russ.  She graduated from Delhi High School and soon after took a job with Collins Radio in Anamosa where she met the love of her life. Joan Russ and Marvin Marsh were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Delhi on Feb. 7, 1959.  She worked at Monticello Senior Home as a certified nurse’s aide for many years.   She loved spending time with her husband, kids and grandkids.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, and playing Pinnacle with her card club friends.  Joan and Marv enjoyed taking a car ride on Sunday and stopping for ice cream at Dairy Queen.  She looked forward to a visit at the casino.  Joan and Marv had a home away from home on the beach at Corpus Christi on North Padre Island.  She will be dearly missed. 

      Those left to cherish Joan’s memory are her husband Marv, children; David (Linda) Marsh of Monticello, Pam (Jim) Melchert of Hopkinton, Doug (Kim) Marsh, Peggy (Ron) Leick both of Dyersville, seven grandchildren, siblings; Margaret O’Conell and Bill (Marcia) Russ, in-laws, Janice Russ, Dorothy Janssen, Lynn Starks and Ken Marsh.

      She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, John and Al Russ.

      The Marsh family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and doctors in the ICU at St. Luke’s Hospital.

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