Joanie Marie Duryea, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's at her home at Highland Park Care Center.
She was born in Elgin, to Frank and Ruth Thoendel. Joanie attended and graduated from the Assumption Academy in Chadron. After high school, she attended Chadron State College where she received a degree in Elementary Education.
While attending college, Joanie met the love of her life, Bobby Duryea, and they married on May 28, 1956. To this union three daughters were born, DeeAnn, Vic, and Kathy. While the girls were growing up they moved several times throughout the state of Nebraska, before making their lifelong home in Alliance.
Joanie was known to many in the community as Mrs. Duryea. She spent her entire professional career, nearly 35 years, teaching 2nd grade. Her family often would tease her about never getting out of the 2nd grade. After retirement, Joanie spent time casino hopping with Bobby, summertimes with her family at their place at Angostura, and dragging Bobby from place to place to find a good sale. In those years, she also volunteered at the Collection Basket and Kiddie Kampus.
Joanie was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Traveler’s Protection Society and the Nebraska State Education Association.
Joanie leaves behind her daughters and their husbands, DeeAnn (Roger) Nason, Vic (Rick) Bolek, Kathy (Kip) Reeves; grandkids Adam (Kristy) Bolek, Jenny (Nate) Lanik, Joni (Mike) Sautter, Izzy (Gene) Thompson, and Ryan (Clare) Dorshorst and the joys of her life, great-grandchildren Rasine, Taylee, Espen, Nason, Brinlee, Kyden, Jack, Jillian, and Maggie.
She is also survived by her siblings Dolores Anstette, Virginia Sides, Frank (Maureen) Thoendel and Ken (Ginger) Thoendel and multiple nieces and nephews; the loving staff at Highland Park Care Center who took amazing care of her over the past six years.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Bobby and brothers-in-law, Wayne Sides and Carl Anstette.
A Celebration of Life and Rosary will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, preceded by the Wake at 9 a.m., with Father Tim Stoner officiating.
Joanie will be buried alongside her husband, Bobby, in the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be given to Memory Support Unit at Highland Park Care Center or to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.