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Joanna Johannes

Joanna Johannes, 76, of Jackson, passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in St. Louis.

She was born March 23, 1945, in Syracuse, New York, to Kenneth Dilling and Frances Diebert Dilling. She and John Johannes were married Aug. 19, 1967, in St. Louis. Two children were born to their union, Rachel, and John “Jack.”

Joanna was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and earned a master’s degree in education from Webster University in St. Louis.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and had a special affection for dogs.

Loving survivors include her husband of 54 years, John Johannes of Jackson; two children, Rachel (Jeff) Keech of Chesterfield, and Jack (Erin) Johannes of Leavenworth, KS; four grandchildren, Sadie and David Keech of Chesterfield, and Katelyn and William Johannes of Leavenworth, KS; a brother-in-law, Jim (the late Erma) Johannes of Jackson; and several step-siblings, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth (Joan) Dilling; her mother, Frances (Howard) Smith; a brother, Kenneth Dilling; sister-in-law, Emilie Lysell; and a sister-in-law, Erma Johannes.

A memorial visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the funeral home; friends and family will be asked to share their memories of Joanna.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 12300 Twinbrook Pkwy Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852, or online at

Online condolences may be shared with the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Joanna’s personal obituary page at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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