Joan ‘Joni’ Epple, 74

Joan “Joni” Patricia Epple, age 74, of Montrose, passed away peacefully at home Monday, May 13, 2019.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at Montrose United Methodist Church, 230 Center Ave. SW, Montrose; with visitation at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Cassel Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family; www.thepetersonchapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in Joni’s name to Montrose United Methodist Church.

Joni was born July 9, 1944, in Minneapolis, the daughter of John and Lillie (Anderson) Johnson.

She graduated from Buffalo High School and received her nursing degree at Denver Nursing School in Colorado.

Joni worked as a receptionist at Washington Scientific in Long Lake, as a nurse at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Buffalo, with the United States Postal Service in local offices, and as a special aid at MASECO.

Joan and Herman Epple were united in marriage Aug. 18, 1967, at Montrose United Methodist Church.

As a faithful member of Montrose United Methodist Church, Joni was part of the funeral committee, secretary, on the trustee board, and worked many other church activities. She also volunteered with the American Cross Blood Drive, and with the Woodland Community Chest for 39 years.

Joni enjoyed walking, exercising, cross country skiing, playing tennis with the girls, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillie Johnson; infant brother, Harry David Johnson; brother John M. Johnson; brothers-in-law Ray Secora, and Jim Rassatt; and sister-in-law Martha Mielke.

Joni is survived by her loving husband, Herman Epple; daughters, Janelle (Mike) Peart, Annette (Tony) Hafla, and Colette (Cristian) Blanco; grandchildren Nikki and Lexy Peart, Mahri and Nate Hafla, and Agustin, Amanda and Antonio Blanco; siblings Dolly Secora, Lloyd (Orle) Johnson, Roger (Donna) Johnson, Janice (Joe) Kieser, Evelyn Rassatt, and Kenny (friend, Nancy) Johnson; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Johnson, and Clara (Harold) Iverson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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