Joanne L. Mann, age 80, of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on May 24, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Middleton, Wisconsin. Joanne was born on October 22, 1939 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Anne Blankinship. Joanne married David C. Mann on April 19, 1957 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. They had a happy 44-year marriage until he passed away in 2001.
Joanne helped to establish a Christian television station in Oklahoma City and later served as a station manager in Ohio. She retired to Madison, Wisconsin in 2009 to spend time with her daughter and family. Joanne loved to make friends and serve people through the volunteer ministry and mentoring programs of Blackhawk church. She was an avid lifelong reader and enjoyed her book club. Joanne expressed her creativity by writing stories, skits, and plays throughout her life, especially for her grandchildren.
Joanne is survived by her children, Doug (fiancee Tina Wilson) Mann and Valerie (Paul) Vanden Boom, and by a sister, Linda Martin. Joanne had four grandchildren: Alex (Melissa) Mann, Clare (Corey) Chambers, Caleb Vanden Boom, and Christopher Vanden Boom. She had two great-grandchildren, Jack and Finn Chambers.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, David Mann, her mother, Anne Blankinship Phelps, and her brother, Robert West.
Joanne was buried in a family ceremony at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Madison, with arrangements by Cress Funeral Service. A memorial service is being arranged for a future date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made in Joanne’s name to Agrace HospiceCare (at agrace.org/donate or by mail to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison WI 53711).
Joanne spent her life caring for others. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
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