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JoAn E. Beck

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JoAn E. Beck, 82, of Platte, SD passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at her home. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the First Reformed Church in Platte. Memorials in JoAns honor may be directed to: Platte Senior Center, PO Box 143, Platte, SD 57369 or First Reformed Church, PO Box 418, Platte, SD 57369. Mount Funeral Home of Platte is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com.

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JoAn E. (Cooley) Beck was born on November 5, 1931 to Clem and Allie (Paulson) Cooley in Charles Mix County, SD. She attended grade schools in the Platte, SD area, graduated from Platte High School in 1949 and went on to continue her education at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield. On June 1, 1950 JoAn was united in marriage to Gordon E. Beck at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Platte. She enjoyed a career as a Home Interior Decorating Specialist, worked at Booms Drive In for several years and was also employed at Caseys General Store.

JoAn was a member of the Platte First Reformed Church, enjoyed working in her yard especially on her flowers, was an avid square dancer, an expert candy maker and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared in JoAns life: her two daughters: Debra (John) Kirsch of White Lake, SD and Susanne (Rod) Plooster of Platte, SD; son-in-law, Jay Hammrich of Sioux Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren: Scott (Chantelle) Kirsch, Troy (Connie) Kirsch, Toby (Charly) Kirsch, Erica (Daniel) Hagerty, Robyn (Mark) Peterson, Aaron (Jenny) Hammrich, Megan (Carl) Oltman, Justin Plooster, Hillary (Brian) Westerhuis and Emily (Mark) Guthmiller; 24 great-grandchildren: Caleb, Jacob, Jesse, Seth, Nolan, Beau and Kiner Kirsch, Ethan, Harper and Hannah Kirsch, Jhett and Paisley Kirsch, Paige and Hunter Hagerty, Lily, Makenzie and Matthew Peterson, Henry, Sophia, Gavin and Chloe Hammrich; Luke Plooster, Jake and Norah Westerhuis; along with several nieces and nephews.

JoAn was preceded in death by: her husband, Gorden Beck (1993); her daughter, Dianne Hammrich; a grandson, Brent Hammrich; a great-grandson, Si Kirsch; her parents, Clem and Allie Cooley; two brothers: Dwight and Kenneth Cooley; and three sisters: Cleo Wynia, Berniece Holter and Muriel Dertien.

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