Cookeville – Funeral services for Joanne (Gerdes) Stephens, 86, of Cookeville will be held Tuesday, at 12:00 p.m., February 26, at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery Mausoleums. Family will receive friends at the church at 10 a.m. February 26, until time of service.
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Mrs. Stephens passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
She was born July, 1932 to the late William and Ester Gertes in Wakefield, NE. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great -grandmother.
Joanne and George were married June 11, 1952. Her husband went to work for Alcoa where he worked for 37 years. During George’s career with Alcoa he and Joanne had the opportunity to live and work in numerous locations including Arkansas, Texas, Pittsburgh, Brazil, Australia, Suriname, and Washington State. Upon retiring from Alcoa in 1991 as a Vice President they moved to Cookeville, TN.
She and her late husband traveled extensively visiting over 50 countries. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating on Center Hill Lake. She spoke 3 different languages and enjoyed reading novels set in countries in which she had visited. She was a lifelong University of Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and her favorite professional teams were the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.
She is survived by her son, Mark (Pamelia) Stephens, of Cookeville, a grandson Paul (Jenny) Stephens, one great-grandson, Elton Stephens, of Denver, CO, granddaughter, Dawn (Matthew) Berry, two great-grand-daughters, Brookelynn and Savannah Berry of Cookeville, one sister, Edith Shellington of Baton Rouge, LA, sisters-in-law, Edna Mae Buras and Nancy (Sam) Noto, brother-in-law, Gene Stephens and Jerry Scalan, all of Baton Rouge, LA and 20 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband George F. Stephens, her parents and her brother Paul Gerdes.
Pastor Andrew Smith will officiate at the service.