Joan "Jane" "Jo" Marie Stroup, 80, of Vermillion, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at Sanford Vermillion Hospital.
Her service will be on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at the United Church of Christ- Congregational with Reverend Elaine Miller officiating in Vermillion at 11 a.m. There will be a visitation one hour prior at 10 a.m. Her burial will take place at a later date. Following the service, the family would like to extend an invitation to everyone for a time of fellowship and lunch to celebrate Joan's life.
Visitation will be held at Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 from 6 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service and video tribute to begin at 7 p.m.
Joan was born on Feb. 14, 1931 in Cripple Creek, CO to Earl and Lillian (Anderson) Robush. She graduated from Cripple Creek High School in 1949, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1953. Joan married Fred Stroup, the love of her life, on Oct. 16, 1953 at her parents' El Paso Mine home in Cripple Creek. They had five daughters. Later they were blessed with three wonderful son-in-laws, and six beautiful grandchildren.
After graduation, she taught second grade in Colorado Springs. She also taught in Brookings, was a substitute teacher in Vermillion, and taught in Hosmer. She was a teacher at the Pearl Creek Colony in Iroquois for 17 years. Joan enjoyed a long teaching career until she retired. The most important job she loved with her whole heart was being a mother and wife. She and Fred enjoyed many happy years together with their family until Fred passed away in 1996.
Joan was active in the Vermillion Garden Club, the American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1, and was a member of the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Vermillion, where she also taught Sunday School. Joan was a Girl Scout leader of a Brownie troop in Vermillion, and a member of the SDEA/NEA and PTA. She enjoyed watching and identifying birds, and canning fruits and vegetables from her family garden. She spent many hours sewing prom dresses, suits, clothing, and curtains. She loved reading poetry and novels. She also enjoyed playing cards with her card group. Joan loved the many furry friends that have been part of her life. She spent many an hour with her present companion, "Sammi," her toy poodle, playing ball and keeping her company. She enjoyed her yearly family vacations to Colorado to see her beloved family. She loved nurturing and watching her grandchildren grow. She was so proud of each of them. They were a very special part of her life.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Jeanne (Scott) Jepsen of Meckling, Barbara (Doug) Martin of Dublin, OH, Nancy Stroup of Vermillion, Patty Stroup of Fort Collins, CO and Julie (Todd) King of Huron; grandchildren, Christopher Martin of Singapore (NYU), Garrett Jepsen of Grand Forks, ND (UND), Shannon Jepsen of Brookings, (SDSU) and Kelsey, Cassidee and Kaitlyn King of Huron; sisters, Carol Robush (James) Robinson of Victor, CO and Marjorie Robush (Charles) Boughton of Grand Junction, CO; brother-in-laws, LeRoy Nagel of Williamsburg, CO, Lee (Von) Stroup of Salem, and Mel (Evelyn) Stroup of Estelline; and sister-in-law, Beverly Stroup (Dick) Johnson of Los Angeles, CA; many wonderful nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Fred Stroup; parents, Earl and Lillian Robush; sisters, Betty June Robush and Joyce Robush Nagel; aunt, Maggie Robush Snare; brother-in-law, Keith Stroup; and sister-in-law, Betty Stroup.
Condolences may be posted online at www.koberfuneralhome.com.