TISKILWA — Joanne M. Schertz, 82, of Tiskilwa passed away at Liberty Village in Princeton on Thursday, April 4, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.
Joanne was born Sept. 21, 1936, to the late Joseph and Glenna (Dickinson) Rieker in Princeton.
She attended kindergarten through eighth grade at the Hazel Grove School, a one-room school house. She was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1954. She would spend her time after school working part-time at Henning’s Bakery. She lived in rural Dover until she was 24, she then moved to Tiskilwa, where Gib Coors introduced her to the love of her life, Emile James Schertz. Emile and Joanne dated off and on for nine years before marrying in 1963 at the Malden Methodist Church. Joanne and Emile started their family soon after, having two sons, Todd and Tom, and one daughter, Jamie.
She was a member of the Tiskilwa Auxiliary for Women for more than 10 years and a member of the American Legion for more than 12. She really enjoyed listening to public radio and hearing the information about cattle and farming. Let’s not forget her love of listening to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. Being a lifelong fan, she was elated and listening when they won the World Series in 2016.
Her greatest loves were always her grandchildren. She absolutely adored them. The kids could have a fridge full of food, but would call grandma and ask to come over to her house so that she would make them her famous cheeseburgers. She would make them a cheeseburger every single time. She would always make herself available whenever the grands needed her, no matter what. She was kind, loving and a wonderful person, an amazing cook and just a wonderful kind person. She will be greatly missed by anyone that knew her, but especially her grands.
Joanne is survived by her two sons, Todd (Pam) Schertz of Tiskilwa and Tom (Amy) Schertz of Stillwater, Minn.; one daughter, Jamie (Tom) Hassler of Princeton; nine grandchildren, Cody, Collin, Colbi, Casey, Mitch, Megan, Emily, Ethan and Avery; one great-grandchild, Melody; one brother, Gary (Sandy) Rieker of Princeton; two sisters, Shirley Lilley of Princeton and D. Joyce Wathen of Overland Park, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emile Schertz (March 30, 2018); one sister, Maxine Lazar; one brother, who was her twin, Joseph Rieker, Jr.; and two nephews, Mark Rieker and Mike Rieker.
Visitation for Joanne will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Brian Strom officiating. A graveside service will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tiskilwa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tiskilwa Community Women’s Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.