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Barbara Joan Denker - June 12, 2012

Barbara Joan Denker was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Dundy County, Nebraska, to George Jr. and Leona (Buffington) Schwenk. As a girl she attended country school and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1950. Joan moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., after graduation, and began working for an insurance company. She also earned a LPN license while living in Colorado.
Joan returned to Wauneta and married Donald G. Denker on Oct. 4, 1953, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Wauneta, Neb., and to this union two children, Kurt on June 27, 1955, and Michelle on Dec. 13, 1958, were born. Before the children’s arrival and after they left home, Joan continued her nursing career as a nurse and later a nurse’s aide at Dundy County Hospital
Joan and Donald settled on the Denker home place in 1960, and farmed until Donald’s death in 1988. In1989, Joan moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she made her home near daughter Michelle and granddaughter Kelsie.
Joan passed away Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was 79 years of age.
Joan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural Wauneta. She enjoyed many hobbies including: gardening, drawing, using charcoal or pencil. She also enjoyed writing poetry, reading, and attending Omaha Performing Arts events, be it dance, or the symphony. Movies were her favorite and she especially loved car pooling granddaughter Kelsie and Kelsie’s friends to their activities.
Joan is survived by her son, Kurt Denker and wife, Minnie, of Harlingen, Texas; daughter, Michelle Sis of Council Bluffs, Iowa; granddaughter, Kelsie Sis of Council Bluffs, Iowa; step-grandson, Joe Bolado of Ashville, N.C., and great-grandson Aiden Bolado.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; infant grandson, Cody Sis and brother, Emerson Schwenk.
Funeral services for Joan Denker were held at 11: 00 a.m. Friday morning, June 22, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural Wauneta with Pastor Keith Wellman and Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating.
Musical selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Abide With Me” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” with music provided by St. Paul’s Choir, accompanied by Mrs. Deb Nordhausen.
Casketbearers were Josh Taylor, Bill Sandman, Matt Schwenk, Ray Buffington, Kerry Denker and Kent Buffington.
Honorary casketbearers were DeLores Taylor, Twilla Denker, Norma Denker, Esther Einspahr, Charlene Pursley, Dianne Widger, Mary Ellen Budnella, Marijo Williams, and Joyce Schwenk.
Interment followed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in Joan’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.