In Memory

Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith passed away Thursday evening, August 18, 2016, in Lincoln.
Joanne attended Calvert Elementary and Pound Junior High schools.

Graveside Service: 9:00 a.m. Monday (8-22-16) Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams Street.

Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. Monday (8-22-16) Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive with Rev. Melodie Jones Pointon officiating.

No Visitation.

Condolences online at Roper and Sons 

Journal Star Obituary

Joanne Kaye Smith, 61, of Lincoln, went to be with Angels on August 18, 2016. Born October 7, 1954, in Beatrice, the daughter of Harold Roy and Jeanette D. (Pribyl) Smith. Joanne worked for the Nebraska Bankers Association in banking education.

Received her CBA degree from the University of Nebraska where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and on the UNL Rowing Team. She was also a member of the Eastridge Presbyterian Church serving in the Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir, percussionist – playing timpani, Lidia Church Circle, DAR and Young Republicans.

Family members include her mother, Jeanette Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Hal Smith and Donna Stading-Smith; niece and spouse, Jessica L. and Jordan Duensing; nephew, Conner R. Smith. Preceded in death by her father, Harold R. "Ham" Smith, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Graveside service: 9 a.m. Monday (8-22) Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams Street. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Monday (8-22) Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive with Rev. Melodie Jones Pointon officiating. Memorials to the family for future designation. No visitation. Condolences online at

Photo taken 2011 during one of our meetings to plan our 40-Year High School Reunion.


Submitted by Susie Bott, 08/18/2016
Last Updated 08/19/2016

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08/20/16 06:24 PM #1    

Caroline Pillard (Helget)

Joann  will be missed she was looking forward to the reunion and being part of it, She will be there in Spirit and in our hearts always. she was a special lady.


08/21/16 09:13 AM #2    

Trish Callaghan (Hernandez)

Rip my prayers go out to the family

08/22/16 11:30 AM #3    

Cindy Nielsen (Buethe)

Joanne will be sorely missed.  I thought she was one of the kindest, friendliest, most energetic, and happiest girls I had the good fortune to go to elementary, middle school, and high school with.  Her smile was infectious.

Her loss is our loss.


08/23/16 09:07 AM #4    

Madison Casey

I am so sad to hear this.  Our paths crossed often back at LSE and in college and we had so much fun bantering back and forth and giving each other a hard time.  It was great re-connecting with her at the 40th reunion -- just like old times. 

08/23/16 06:54 PM #5    

Deborah Frederick (Brester)

It was a shock to find out Joanne Smith had passed, like many people I had no idea she had been

fighting cancer.  She was not only a very nice person but so funny and someone you could always

count on to help in anyway needed.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family, may she rest in



05/27/17 03:13 PM #6    

Anne Alexander (Wagner)

Joanne. Beautiful inside and out. Loved her anecdotes and stories. Reeled gullible me in with her best poker face, then there'd be the "Not really. Just kidding!" Her nose always crinkled up at the bridge when she laughed. She gave committees her all. She worked on the locker sign committee for JV basketball, that I chaired. We were in Job's Daughters together, in Jr High and HS. I had the special privilege of sharing Saturday evening with Joanne at 2012 reunion. Totally unplanned, but one-on-one time with her. We laughed. We cried. When she left us last August 18 to be with the angels, I could only think how blest I am to have walked the earth at the same time as of the most warm, altruistic, brave, genuine, and faithful friends. Godspeed, Joanne. You are loved. 

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