Joan E. Gudenkauf

Joan E. Gudenkauf

Joan E. Gudenkauf


Joan E. Gudenkauf, 86, of Monti, Iowa, died Saturday evening, Oct. 8, 2022, at Lexington Estates in Independence, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Monti, with the Rev. Paul C. McManus and Deacon Tim Post officiating. Visitation: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Monti Community Hall, 2854 Washington Ave., Coggon, IA 52218. Rosary: 4 p.m. Friday at the Monti Community Hall. Parish Scripture Service: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Monti Community Hall. Interment: St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Monti.

A Memorial Fund has been established for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Monti. Condolences may be directed to Doris Jacobs, 1661 P Ave., Marengo, IA 52301. Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home in Winthrop is assisting the family. Online obituary at

Joan Elizabeth McGraw was born Feb. 4, 1936, in Delaware County, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin G. and Emma A. (Bebee) McGraw. She graduated from Coggon High School in 1955. On June 8, 1955, she was united in marriage to Vernon Joseph Gudenkauf at St. John’s Catholic Church, Coggon, Iowa. Joan was a devoted homemaker. She also worked for several years at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester as a nurse’s aide. Joan was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and, most of all, spending time with her family.

Survivors include Joan’s son, Robert (Jan) Gudenkauf of Littleton; five daughters, Debra (Jerry) Brincks of Lidderdale, Doris (Paul) Jacobs of Marengo, Linda (Joe Drobnick) Gudenkauf of Bennett, Colo., Betty (Don) Hesseling of Waterloo and Tammy Gudenkauf of North Liberty; two daughters-in-law, Sharla Gudenkauf of Winthrop and Kim Gudenkauf of Coggon; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth (Joe) Falconer of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 66 years: Vernon; two sons, Donald and James; and seven siblings, Rosie Ryan, Ray McGraw, John D. McGraw, Arlene Meyer, Robert McGraw, William McGraw and Patricia Winchester.

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