JoAnn Engel

JoAnn Engel

May 25, 1930 - May 11, 2021
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JoAnn (McKennan) Engel, born May 25, 1930 in Fremont, Nebraska peacefully passed away in her room at Shalimar’s Memory Center around noon on May 11, 2021 at the age of 90 right after saying her goodbyes to family that came to visit that morning.

She grew up in Fremont, Nebraska and graduated from Fremont High School in 1948. JoAnn and her husband, Jack were married in 1953. From 1950–1960 she was a secretary for Nebraska Natural Gas Company and was a 50-year member of the Daughters of American Revolution. JoAnn cooked many delicious meals on the farm for her family and brought snacks out to the fields during hay season. Most famous in her variety of recipes were cookies. Her sons often say it would be interesting to know just how many cookies she made in a lifetime. They estimated once it was well into the 100’s of thousands.

JoAnn enjoyed water classes at the YMCA, drinking coffee with her friends and being a very active member of the St. James Episcopal Church and Alter Guild. Over the years, she enjoyed several family outings and was able to spend every Holiday with family and was rarely alone, with one of her son’s family living next door and frequent visits from others. She also helped as a backup babysitter to her grandchildren, during which she enjoyed teaching them how to cook, set tables, polish silver together, yardwork, gardening, as well as passing on life lessons and proper manners. JoAnn especially enjoyed spending time with her long time friend, Barbara Yost. The two spent much time going shopping, going out to lunches, and staying up till early morning hours talking every time she came to visit.

On August 27Th, 2019, JoAnn and Jack celebrated their Wedding Anniversary together. However, that evening, she took a bad fall in her farm home and broke her shoulder and her hip. It was determined it was not safe for her to return to her home due to memory issues she was having that were progressively getting worse. Therefore, in October of 2019 she began living in a very nice big room at the Shalimar Memory Center. They provided great care to JoAnn in this facility where she was able to be safe and not get hurt again.

JoAnn had frequent visits at Shalimar from family and friends. During the trying times of 2020, the Hospice nurses provided massages, whirlpools baths, music therapy, reading books to her as well as getting her hair done weekly. She also enjoyed receiving and reading many of the letters she received form her loved ones.

JoAnn woke one day and decided it was time to reunite with the love of her life and the other loved ones that have passed before her. She didn’t say goodbye without one last visit from each of her family members just within the last week preceding her departure. JoAnn is overjoyed to be reunited with her husband, Jack Engel; brother, Don McKennan; and her parents, Joseph and Nina McKennan.

JoAnn is survived by her sons, Jeff and Jay; daughters-in-law, Sue and JoAnn; grandsons, Ryan and Aaron; granddaughter, Megan; granddaughter-in-laws, Molli and Freshta; grandson-in-law, Dawson; and sister-in-law, Beth Kindler.

Funeral Service is 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 21, 2021 at St. James Episcopal Church in Fremont, NE. Visitation is 5-8 PM, Thursday, May 20 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. There will be a dinner for everyone, following the funeral service, at the Delaney Hall at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. (3400 East 16th Street) A Private Family interment will take place at a later date in Ridge Cemetery.

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Moser Memorial Chapel 2170 N Somers Ave Fremont, Nebraska 68025 402-721-4490
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  • Visitation

    Thursday May 20, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday May 20, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
    2170 N Somers Ave.
    FREMONT, NE 68025
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  • Service

    Friday May 21, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday May 21, 2021 11:00am
    St. James' Episcopal Church
    301 E. 5th Street
    Fremont, NE 68025
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  • Interment

    Ridge Cemetery
    FREMONT, NE 68025
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  • Reception

    Delaney Hall at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    3400 E. 16th Street
    FREMONT, NE 68025
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