Josephine Esch

Josephine Anne "JoAnn" Esch (Aliano)

Tuesday, June 28th, 1932 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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Josephine Ann “JoAnn” Esch, 88, of Independence, IA died on Friday November 6, 2020 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.

JoAnn was born on June 28, 1932, in Oelwein, IA, the daughter of Joseph and Opal (Underwood) Aliano. She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and was a 1950 graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Oelwein. During her high school summers, she worked as a nurse’s aide at People’s Memorial Hospital in Independence. She went on to attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. On Dec. 26, 1951 she married Harold Eugene Esch at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, and they made their home on a farm east of Independence. JoAnn loved helping on the farm and was often found taking care of the livestock. Harold passed away in 1984, and JoAnn moved from the farm into Independence. JoAnn worked at B & D Services in Independence for fifteen years helping those that needed assistance in their daily lives.

She is survived by her children; Steve (Patty) Esch, Independence, IA and Brad (Laurie) Esch, Independence, IA, three daughters; Roxann Henderson, Davidson, NC, Kathy (Doug) Holt, Independence, IA, and Jenny Reuther, Independence, IA, a son-in-law; Donald Curry, Independence, IA., nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, a sister Barbara Fortney, and many nieces and nephews.

JoAnn is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Aliano, her mother and step-father, Opal and Phil Bwalwan, her husband, Harold Esch, a daughter, Debbie Curry, a son, Scott Esch, a son-in-law, Dennis Henderson, a granddaughter, Lisa Henderson, and one brother; Bill Bwalwan, and a sister Frances Meeks.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday November 21, 2020 at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, IA, with Rev. David Beckman presiding. Burial will be held at St. John's Cemetery in Independence. Face masks will be required to attend the funeral service.
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 10:30am
    St. John's Catholic Church
    209 5th Ave NE
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    Services are pending
    Rev. David Beckman
  • Interment

    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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Dixie Hansen

Posted at 08:52pm
I didn't know Josephine Esch but I know her family (Kathy and Doug Holt) prayers for all who loved her. Memories and tears are good for the soul.

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