Joan Von Behren Jones, age 79, passed away on her birthday, March 12, 2014, at Villa Pines Living Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Pastor Tim Board will officiate. Interment will be at Mt. Repose Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Joan was born to Christian Henry and Josephine (Paepke) Von Behren on March 12, 1935, at the family farm in Troy Township, Sauk County. She received her early education at Cassell School and graduated from there in the spring of 1949. Her family relocated to Sauk City that year and she graduated from Sauk City High School as class valedictorian in 1953. She entered Wisconsin State College-Platteville and graduated in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education. Joan married John Robert Jones on July 28, 1956, and joined him at Fort Hood, Texas upon completion of her degree in 1957.
Upon John’s separation from the U.S. Army in 1958 they returned to Wisconsin and made their home in the Adams-Friendship community where John was employed as a teacher at Adams-Friendship High School.
Joan worked as a substitute teacher at A-F High School throughout the 1960’s. She taught adult classes for Mid-state Technical College in the late 60’s and early 70’s. She entered graduate school at UW-Madison and received an M.S. degree in Counseling and Guidance in 1971. In 1974 she accepted a position as a guidance counselor at A-F High School.
While at A-F High School, Joan served as a class advisor, National Honor Society Advisor, Academic Decathlon Coach and was named the first district Title IX Coordinator and served in that capacity for 14 years working to bring the A-F School District into compliance with federal requirements. She was a member of the Wisconsin Education Association (WEA), the A-F Education Association, and the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and was certified by the National Board for Counselor Certification. She served for many years as part of the Equity Cadre of CESA 5 and the Department of Public Instruction.
In addition to her professional life and raising her family, Joan was an avid reader, serving the Adams County Library Board for 13 years during the formation of the county library. She enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family and friends.
Joan began singing in her very early childhood and was a member of choruses, choirs and vocal ensembles throughout her school days. She sang for many weddings, funerals and special occasions for much of her life. She was proud to have been among the founding members of the Sand County Players in 1977. She acted, sang, directed, and assisted in almost every aspect of their productions over the years. She served its Board of Directors almost continuously from its beginning to the time of her death as both Board Chair and director.
After her retirement in 1995, Joan became active in the Adams County Historical Society, the Adams County Retired Educators and the Adams-Friendship Education Foundation.
In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by three brothers: Lyle (Mary), Alan, Sr. and Dale, Sr. Von Behren; a niece, Marissa Roofe and nephews, Michael and Dale Von Behren, Jr.
Joan is survived by her beloved husband, John R. Jones, sister, Shirley (Edwin) Knudson and brother, Rodney (Jackie) Von Behren; sisters-in-law Monnie and Kathleen Von Behren and Mary Jones; a brother-in-law David (Diane) Jones, and a maternal aunt, Leona Shinker; her daughter, Dawn Rae (Marc) Jahnke and three sons: John Alan (Brenda), Hugh David (Eunice) , and Wynn Dale Jones, Grandchildren Marissa (Charles) Glenn, Kasey (Kevin Richter) Jones, Alicia and John Jones. Brandin McConochie, Karissa (Chad) Kratz and great grandchildren: Karlee, Christopher and Cassie Jo Kratz. Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a lifetime of kind and caring neighbors and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Adams-Friendship Education Foundation Arts Center Fund or a charity of your choice.