Joanna Simpson Brokaw
October 15, 1928 - December 29, 2019
Birthplace: Montgomery County, IA
Resided In: Corning, IA

Service 1/2/2020
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Burial 1/2/2020
Evergreen Cemetery

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Joanna Simpson Brokaw, age 91, of Corning, Iowa, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Corning Specialty Care. Joanna was born October 15, 1928 in rural Montgomery County, Iowa, the daughter of Malker and Greta (Dahlgren) Alm. She attended school in Stanton, Iowa and started working at the Johnson Hotel in Red Oak. She also worked at the bakery. Joanna was united in marriage to Orville “LaVerne” Simpson on January 3, 1948 in Stanton, Iowa. They lived in Red Oak and many other places in southwest Iowa before moving to Corning, Iowa in 1972. LaVerne preceded her in death in 1975 and Joanna started working at the Home Bakery in Corning. She was united in marriage to Don Brokaw on January 27, 1979 in Corning, Iowa and continued to work at the bakery until her retirement. Don preceded Joanna in death in 2009. Joanna remained in her home until 2012 when she moved to Corning Specialty Care. She was a longtime member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church where she served her Lord in many capacities. She loved gardening, doing puzzles, fishing, baking, and was an excellent cook. Her pride and joy were her grandkids whom she loved dearly.

Preceding her in death were her parents; both husbands; son: Pat Simpson; brother: Clifford Alm; and sister: Ruth Miller. Survivors include her daughters: Delores “Dee” Soda and husband Pete of Omaha, NE and Lynda Shuler and husband Bill of Corning, IA; daughter-in-law: Sharon Simpson of Burkittsville, MD; step-daughters: Christine O’Clair of Monticello, IA and Angie White and husband Ron of Creston, IA; step-son: Greg Brokaw and Sherry Parker of Prescott, IA; grandchildren: Stefanie Hiatt and husband Ron of Omaha, NE; Jeffrey Soda of Omaha, NE; Courtney Simpson-Merrymee and husband Adam of Savannah, GA; Bill Joe Shuler and wife Jill of Brooks, IA; Aimee Bissell and husband Klint of Bedford, IA; step-grandchildren: Amanda Brundage and husband Kyle of Bedford, IA; Christina White of Creston, IA; Stacie Brokaw of Des Moines, IA; Alex Brokaw of Des Moines, IA; Jason Brokaw of Creston, IA; and Justin Brokaw of Creston, IA; great grandchildren: Dylan Wittmuss; Jaden and Zoey Soda; Kyle, Payton, and Addison Shuler; and Braydon and Tucker Bissell; step-great grandchildren: Addison, Olivia, and Keegan Brundage; Elizabeth England; Ashlyn Schaney; and Kinnick Host; brother: Gustaf Alm of Red Oak, IA; brother-in-law: Warren Miller of Red Oak, IA; sister-in-law: Myrna Headley of Council Bluffs, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Corning, Iowa. Graveside interment service will be held 12:30 PM, Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak, IA. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


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