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“I was so sorry to hear of JoAnn's passing.She was such a sweet lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. I worked with her at viskase for a few...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Ella Richmond - Centerville, IA

“We wish to express our deep sadness with the passing of Aunt Joann. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever known. We have so many...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Kimberly Swank - Washington, PA

“JoAnn, Will miss you, for all the help in the family, it was great when you pick up the girls after work and took them to school. Help in getting...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Linda Grimm - Centerville, IA

“My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time. JoAnn was a hard worker. She was kind to everyone. ”
4 of 25 | Posted by: Dixie Broshar Thomas - MO

“To express our sincere sympathy to the family and to let you know we are thinking of you. We loved Aunt JoAnn very much and we will miss her always....Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Francis "Bucky" Grimm, Jr. - NJ

“We love you, Grandma. I wish I lived closer all these years. My few trips out there many years ago were always full of great memories. The one...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: David Grimm - Kannapolis, NC

“I remember Aunt JoAnn as a sweet, gentle person. May she rest in peace. My most sincere condolences to the family. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Beth (Grimm) Boyington - NJ

“I was saddened by the news of JoAnn's passing. She leaves behind so many wonderful memories and all the beautiful children and grandchildren; she...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Ann Rau - Delmont, PA

“Grimm Family,Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. My memories of JoAnn will always make me smile. I worked with her for...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Patti Slavin Richmond - Albia, IA

“hi grandma, i love you so much and i know everyone says this but we will all miss you very much. i miss going to your house all the time to chat and...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: wendy grimm - centerville, IA

“Grandma- You were alwyas there when you were needed and you alwayas will be. I love you and I miss you and tell Grandpa and Tom hi for me up in...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Angi Brockus - Granddaughter

“My grandma was the rock of my family, she was the most loved woman! I remember being a little girl and going to grandma's, that was just what we did...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Kathy Kaster - Centerville, IA

“Grandma.. I have so many wonderful memories of you that I will forever cherish. You were always there for all of us, no matter what!! I have missed...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Talitha Gwaltney - IL

“I will always remember my cousins Randy, Tammy and Shannon taking me over to see their grandmother Joann's house and she always had the most...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Lori Curtis Johnson - Centerville, IA

“Grandma.... You will always be in my heart and I love you very much. You was the bestest Grandma in the world. Please rest now and give Grandpa a...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Tammy Ingwersen - Brighton, IA

“Thought and prayers for an angel in peace watching over. God Bless mother and Grandmother Grimm. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: Janie Austin - Spotsylvania, VA

“She will be missed. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Davis (Shipman) - Tulsa, OK

“Dear gardian angel, Iknow you may not remember me quite that much but if your watching ovrr your family you will see me crying like a fool but that...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Tonya Rae - Casper, WY - Granny

“when i would go to your house we would play this card game (crazy eights) and you would make tea in this big old kettle. i would always forget how to...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: dakota reeves - casper, WY

“When i would come visit you we would play that card game (crazy eights) for like an hour. You would always make tea in this big old kettle. And every...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: dakota reeves - casper, WY

“For a grandmother who was the most patient with all the grandkids invading her home for almost every holiday. You will be missed dearly by all but...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Karolena (Keri) Reeves - casper, WY

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find peace knowing she is with God and all that has passed before her. She was a very sweet lady...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Tom, Sarah, Sophia & Nolan Wendland - IA

“I got to know her at Mcgraw Edison back in the early 70's. Your family was fortunate to have a wonderful human being in your lives. May GOD be with...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Jerry Power - Moravia, IA

“The kindness and love that Grandma JoAnn had will forever be in my memories! What a wonderful, sweet, and kind woman. She will be deeply missed and...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Terri McCoy - Moravia, IA

“I will miss seeing JoAnn around she was such a sweet little lady. Work together years ago. Sorry for your loss. ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Darla Fuller - Centerville, IA

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JoAnn Mae Grimm, age 86 of Mystic, Iowa passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Continental Care Center in Seymour, Iowa.

She was born to Harold and Felicia (Hughes) Shipman February 10, 1926. She went through the eighth Grade at Williamson School in Leechburg, PA. She married George W. Grimm Sr. in 1944. They lived in Pennsylvania before relocating to Iowa in 1954.

JoAnn worked as a waitress, then at McGraw Edison and Curwood before retiring in 1989. JoAnn was a member of the First Baptist Church, Centerville, Red Hat Ladies, Hospital Auxiliary; she was also in a bowling league. She loved to travel, going to Hawaii and Germany twice, and several bus trips in the Midwest, played bingo, reading, doing crafts and loved crossword puzzles. She was an outgoing person; never knew a stranger and was loved by all.

She is survived by eight children James (Jim) & Joyce Grimm of New Jersey, Charles (Chuck) & Pam of Centerville, George and Linda Grimm of Centerville, Gary and Susan of Missouri, Franklin (Frank) and Irene of Colorado, Patricia (Pat) and Bill Breeding of Mystic, Linda and Calvin McGhee of Corydon, Iowa and Debra Brockus of Albia. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 71 great grand children and 2 great great grandchildren; four brothers, William (Bud) Shipman of Leechburg, Jack Shipman of Leechburg, James Shipman of Centerville, and Gerald (Jerry) Shipman of Leechburg.

She is preceded in death by her husband George; 2 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; her parents; and four brothers, Paul, Bernard, Gene and Todd; and sisters Pat and Nancy Shipman.

Funeral services will be held 11 A M, Monday, March 12, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Hanes Cemetery north of Centerville. A visitation will be held Sunday at Lange Funeral Home from 12-8, with the family present from 6-8 PM. A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer's Association and may be left at or mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be sent online to