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800 W. Jackson Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-526-6384
Fax: 931-520-1858
Joanne Stephens

Joanne G. Stephens (Gerdes)

Thursday, July 7th, 1932 - Sunday, February 24th, 2019
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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.

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.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Heavenly Host Lutheran Church
    777 S. Willow Avenue
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Heavenly Host Lutheran Church
    777 S. Willow Avenue
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Andrew Smith


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tracy Epps

Posted at 10:13pm
We so enjoyed being neighbors with George and Joanne, and are so sorry to hear of Joanne's death. She was so kind, and we enjoyed the time we got to share with her. They were such an interesting couple - I only wish we had gotten to hear more of their life and travel stories. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers, Tracy and Larry Epps

Bill and Heidi Cagley

Posted at 08:32pm
Pam and a Mark, we are very sorry for your loss of dear Joanne. She was a sweet lady and will be very much missed.. Your friends in Christ Bill and Heidi Cagley

Judy Bussell

Posted at 11:22pm
Mark and Pam, so very sorry for your loss, just know she is in a better place and will be looking down on you two with great love in her heart. Judy Bussell


Posted at 10:37am
So very sorry for the loss of Joanne. Our Heavenly Father Jehovah God has promised that our loved ones that have fallen asleep in death will be resurrected. John 5:28. He has also promised that death will be no more. Revelation 21:4. I hope you can find comfort in these scriptures. For more information please visit

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