Joanne Clapper, 79, of Harvey, was called home to our Lord and Savior on Friday, April 11, 2014. Joanne died at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey with her husband and mother by her side. She had battled COPD for many years.
Joanne was born on Sept. 12, 1934, in Carrington. She was the daughter of Lester and Dolly (Posey) Footitt. Joanne grew up and attended school in Carrington. She married George Garland and they lived and farmed near Carrington. They later divorced. Joanne moved to Bismarck and worked for the North Dakota Department of Health. She married Oscar Clapper on Nov. 3, 1990, and they lived in Iowa. In 1996 they moved to Harvey, where they owned and operated the Pizza Ranch.
Joanne lit up a room when she walked in; she just had "it." She was the life of the party, the host with the most, an actress, an advice-giver and best friend to all. Joanne enjoyed baking, cooking, shopping, playing cards, bingo and bowling. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also an animal lover; Sheba (her cat of 17 years) will surely miss her Mommy.
Joanne will be remembered and deeply missed by: her husband, Oscar, of Harvey; mother, Dolly Footitt, of Carrington; children, Patti Opp and Paula (Dave) Loegering, all of Fargo; stepdaughters, Vicki Klein, of Virginia, Sheryl Weeks, of Iowa, Julie Dlask, of Iowa, Patti Adams, of Kansas; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Suzie Kreiwald, of Bellevue, Neb., and Sandy Guenther, of Seattle.
Joanne will be welcomed into heaven by: her father, Lester Footitt; daughter, Nancy Garland Olson; and several other friends and family members.
A memorial service will be held in her honor: Wednesday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church of Harvey.
Arrangements are with Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey.