Joann Wichman


Joann B. Wichman, 85, of Defiance, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, at her home, where she was being lovingly cared for by her daughters with guidance from Community Health Professionals of Defiance.

She was born in Defiance on May 11, 1929, the daughter of the late Samuel and Goldie (Hanenkrath) Stork. She loved to cook and bake for family and friends, hosting many family gatherings, even as a young wife and mother of three small children, all while owning and operating a small convenience store/one pump gas station. The station also served food and had a walk-up window for soft-serve ice cream. Joann loved flower gardening, sewing, fine crocheting, playing cards, collecting shells on the beach in Englewood, Florida, and attending NASCAR races in Daytona for many years in the late 70s through the early 90s.

Even through the summer months, family and friends would come to Joann and Fred's for a swim, cookouts and lots of laughter. She was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church, a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, AMVETS, Eagles and the Moose auxiliaries.

She will be sadly missed by daughters, Mary Jo (Terry) Calvin of Defiance, Cheryl (James) Smith of Defiance; a son, Phil (Janet) Wichman of Vero Beach, Florida; three grandchildren, Travis (Edith) Wichman, Nichole Wichman and Kellie (Gene) Cole; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, of 64 years, Fred "Fritz" Wichman, who died Sept. 25, 2012. She was also preceded in death by four sister, Minnie Liska, Marvel Skiver, Doris Pease and Ruth Aden; and four brothers, Blaine, Shirley, Cliff and Gilbert Stork.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Rev. Tim Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Lawson-Roessner. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery

In lieu of gifts, suggested memorials are to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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