Visitation with family and friends will be at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S. Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. A brief burial service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Refreshments and fellowship will be at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, following the interment ceremony. Boothby Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements in Cherokee. Her online obituary and register book can be seen at www.consolingmemories.com.
Joani was born in Cherokee, Iowa, on January 2, 1948, the daughter of James and Shirley Ziegenbusch. After finishing high school in Cherokee in 1966, she attended the University of Iowa, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1974. She began a career of supervisory and management positions with Blue Cross of North Dakota from 1974 through 1979. Joani married Bob Bohm in 1975, and their only child, a son, Justin, was born in September, 1980.
Joani was passionate about volunteering as an assistant to teach learning-disabled children in an elementary school, and later accepted a paid position in that capacity. Her greatest joy in life was her son, and her devotion to her family. Joani was known for her indomitable spirit - unyielding in her love of family and friends, and unconquerable in her battle with a disease which ultimately took her body, but could do nothing to affect the unwavering love and affection that she brought to everyone she knew.
She is survived by her husband of thirty-four years, Bob, and their son, Justin, of Sioux Falls; her parents, Jim and Shirley Ziegenbusch of Marshalltown; a brother, John Ziegenbusch and his wife Sue of Ames; John's daughter, Amy Webber and her husband Larry and their children, Katherine and Hayden of Spirit Lake and Betsy of Everett, Washington; and several nephews, nieces, and many devoted good friends.