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Joanne Kay (Heller) Wadle

January 20, 1942 ~ February 25, 2018 (age 76)

Joanne K. Wadle, age 76, of West Des Moines, died Sunday evening, February 25, 2018 at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 5th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.   A visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 4th at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk with a Vigil Service being held at 6 p.m.

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Memorials for Joanne Wadle can be made to Dorothy's House, a safe place for girls whose lives are interrupted by sex trafficking. 

Visit Online By Following This Link:   Dorothy's House
By Mail:  Dorothy’s House, PO Box 57672, Des Moines, IA 50317


Joanne's Life Story

Joanne K. Wadle, was born on January 20, 1942, the first child to Edward and Lucille (Brommel) Heller of Milo, Iowa.  She grew up as a dutiful daughter and student.  In school she found her love of sports and played six-on-six girls basketball.   She remained a lifelong sports fan and an avid supporter of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Joanne was a member of the last graduating class from Milo High School in 1959. 

 She met her husband Terrance Wadle at a church picnic and they shared over 55 years of marriage.  To this union three daughters were born, Melinda, Cynthia, and Jennifer.  Joanne loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  Joanne was a great cook and baker.  She was well-known for her pot roast, porcupine meatballs, stroganoff, and pumpkin bars.  A ready smile and genuine affection were her trademarks.  A true small town Iowa girl, she brought a strong sense of humor and morality, coupled with compassion and fairness.    She always celebrated the success of others, especially those of her children and grandchildren.  Joanne was active in her community.  When younger she participated in PTA, School Safety Initiative, 4H, and Welcome Wagon.   In her later years she returned to work in sales, and was a great relationship builder who was selfless toward others. 

 Joanne and Terry enjoyed traveling with their family.  They’ve been to several places throughout the continental United States, including Hawaii.   The highlights of their travel were a Mediterranean Cruise and a Rhine River Cruise.  Together they liked to garden in their yard, discuss current events, attend grandchildren's activities and church functions.

 She is survived by her husband, Terry of West Des Moines; three daughters, Mindy (Dan) Connolly, Cindy (John) Axne, and Jenny (Eric) Wright; four grandchildren, Gunnar, Molly, Garrett, and Rafe; four brothers, Larry (Marilyn) Heller, Jim (Kathy) Heller, Pat (Judy) Heller, and Bob (Sharon) Heller; her sister and brothers-in-law, Bob Evans, Sharon (Bob) Spinharney, Charles (Marianne) Wadle, Mary Wadle, Pat Wadle, Jane Wadle; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.

 Preceding her in death are her parents; a brother, Joseph Heller; a sister, Kathy Evans; and brothers-in-law, David, Daniel and Del Wadle.

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