Joan Sievers

Joan Sievers, 80, of Storm Lake died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ruth Joan Milburn was born Aug. 8, 1937 in Kellogg, the daughter of Omar and Bernice (Johnson) Milburn. She was baptized at the Methodist Church in Newton, where she was later confirmed. On June 24, 1957, Joan became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake.

She attended a one room grade school in Delay Township, a Jasper County School, where she enjoyed her large close-knit family. Joan graduated from Newton High School in 1955. Following high school graduation, she attended Iowa State University for one year.  Joan then went to work at Maytag until she was married.

In August 1955, Joan attended the State 4-H Camp in Madrid, Iowa’s first Leadership Conference, where she met the love of her life. Joan and Stanley Sievers were united in marriage on March 10, 1957, at the Methodist Church in Newton. They were blessed with four children: Karla, Carole, Michael and Jeffrey.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake where she was a member of Ladies Aid and church choir. Joan also served on the 4-H County Committee for several years and was a proud recipient of a Homemakers award from Sioux City Journal many years ago.

Joan enjoyed LWML quilting and hand quilted for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, singing and Barbie dolls. She treasured spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their activities. Joan will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Stanley Sievers of Storm Lake; her children: Karla (Kirk) Christensen of Albert City, and their children: David, Daniel and Katelyn Christensen; Carole White of Storm Lake, and her children: Douglas (Allison) White and their children, Brock and McKinley; Tamara White (fiancé, Greg Marsh); Michael (Kim) Sievers of Newell, and their children: Molly (Jared) Daniel and their children, Madison, Claire and Abigail; Megan (David) Collins and their children, Hadley and Danika; and Matthew (Bailey) Sievers and their children, Keaton, Emri and Louie; Jeffrey (Kim) Sievers of Newell, and their children: Zachery, Mallory, Gabriel and Izabella Sievers; brothers: Donald (Joan) Milburn of Grinnell; Gary (Shirley) Milburn of Grinnell; Larry (Kathy) Milburn of Newton; sister, Joyce (Dick) Capps of Waterloo; brothers-in-law: Myron Sievers of Albert City; Joe Deutsch of Newton; sister-in-law, Peg Milburn of Whittier, Calif.; extended family and friends all whom she loved very much.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Omar and Bernice Milburn; parents-in-law, Louis and Martha Sievers; siblings and in-laws: Wanda (Norman) White, Beverly Deutsch, Dale (Donita) Milburn, Jim Milburn, Jane Sievers, Richard (Marcella) Miller and Perry (Dorothy) Rathke.