Joan T. (Finzel) Willenborg

Joan T. (Finzel) Willenborg

Joan T. (Finzel) Willenborg, age 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 9:50 a.m., on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows, surrounded by her family. To celebrate Joan’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Joan’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Phillip G. Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joan was born on December 7, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Andrew and Florence (Roseman) Finzel.

Joan attended Sacred Heart Grade School, where she met her future husband, and went on to graduate from Dubuque Senior High School. After graduation, Joan went on to beauty school then started working in her aunt’s salon. Joan was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harlan Willenborg, on June 18, 1960, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She truly embraced her role as a wife and mom. Sadly, Harlan passed away on August 18, 2012, after 52 wonderful years of marriage. In 1971, she and Harlan started Willenborg Plumbing & Heating where she ran the day to day operations in the office. In her free time, Joan enjoyed spending time at the farm with Harlan, gardening, drawing, painting and shopping for other people, especially at Younkers. Joan was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection and served on the board of her condo association. She also helped Harlan with the paperwork for all of the clubs he volunteered with. She truly loved helping and taking care of Harlan. She also loved her Coca-Cola, Snickers bars and cheeseburgers, but her dogs Buddy and Abby were her babies. Her family was the aspect of her life that brought her the greatest joy. She was never too busy to stop and pick up the phone to chat and see how everyone was doing, and spoiling her grandchildren was one of her favorite things to do. Joan was one of a kind and we will miss her tremendously.

Those left to cherish Joan’s memory include

her children,
Jeffrey S. (Sharon) Willenborg, Dubuque, IA
and James R. (Beverly) Willenborg, Epworth, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Austin Willenborg, Autumn (Austin “Bud”) Bradley, April (Eric) Lehmann and Casey Willenborg;

and 2 great-grandsons,
Jeffrey Lehmann and Jaxson Lehmann.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Harlan Willenborg.

Joan’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and attentive care of Joan and the entire family.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Joan’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Joan Willenborg Family.

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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
October 24th, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Church of the Resurrection
4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002
October 25th, 2021 at 10:30 AM

6 condolences for Joan T. (Finzel) Willenborg
  1. Jack & Judy Heiderscheit says:

    Joan was a Super Gal we had so much fun in our younger days. Many nights playing cards & dinners

  2. Bob and Laura Dull says:

    You will be sadly missed by us and are fun at Christmas with your great pumpkin pies and the fun games and cocktails, we love you and now your with the Love of your live. And God who takes care of us all.🙏🏻❤️🌹

  3. Suzanne Dodd says:

    Laura, you are right on! Joan is definitely with the love of her life and her soulmate.
    We had lots of fun and laughs at our family holiday gatherings. Joan will be missed but not forgotten. Peace and prayers.

  4. Gary Von Ah says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to the family.

  5. Jean Harbeck says:

    Jim, Bev, Austin and Autumn,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was kind and loving and had a great sense of humor. I know you will miss her always but I also know that she and Harlan are with God in Heaven watching over you and loving you always.

  6. Mary Schulte and Family says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Joan was a beautiful person inside & out. We adored both Joan & Harlan. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

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