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Joan Ball

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Joan Arlene Ball, age 80 of New Hampton, Iowa died Thursday December 3, 2015, at the Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday December 7, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating the Mass. Lector for the service will be Jammy Galligan. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Heather Ball and Jared Galligan. Ann Bennett will be the organist with Mary Beth Kamrath-Ovel accompanying the congregation in song. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton at a later date with Jammy Galligan, Melissa Hartung, Rayna Halverson, Heather Ball and Jared Galligan as pallbearers. Nick Kelly will be an honorary pallbearer. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday December 6, 2015 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at church on Monday. Joan Arlene Ball was born June 7, 1935 in New Hampton, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Luella (Katz) Parks. She attended Fredericksburg schools all throughout high school and graduated in 1953. Shortly after graduation she met the love of her life, Raymond Ball. They were at a dance near the Sumner area. On June 8, 1954, the couple was married at St. Josephs Catholic Church in New Hampton. To this union three children were born. After Ray returned home from the service, the couple moved to Cedar Falls. Ray continued his education while Joan stayed home and raised their three children. In 1961 the family moved to Tama. They were there for nine years before moving back to New Hampton in 1970. Joan worked at Hogan’s Sporting Good Store before going to work for Comprehensive Systems, where she worked for many years. Joan loved to quilt, cook, bake, shop and sing. She always enjoyed going to card club, participating on the bowling team and going to Florida for the winter with Ray. She will be remembered as a loving and caring person who would do anything to help someone she loved. Joan had an extraordinary love for her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. Joan is survived by two children, Valerie Ball of Clive, IA and Thomas (Joannie) Ball of Bradenton, FL; four grandchildren, Jammy Galligan, Melissa Hartung, Rayna Halvorson and Heather Ball; three great-grandchildren, Nick Kelly, Jared Galligan and Cooper Jones; two sisters, Claudia Schueller and Doris (Chet) Finnegan both of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Susan Ball on November 29, 2006; husband, Ray on June 14, 2010; one brother, Donnie Parks; special aunt, Beverly Brietbach; special neighbor and friend, Priscilla Niels.

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  1. I was looking at my cousin Lugene Treloars obituary today, and then I saw the obituary for Joan. Good thing I was sitting down. So sad to hear about her passing. We had some good memories and fun times. I stayed with Joan the night before my wedding. We were in Long Beach together-along with JoAnn Schultz Hearn. Our many fun memories will always be with me. I only have a couple nieces in IA, so didn’t have anyone to tell me about Joan. I stopped in to see her when I came back for visits. I thought of her often. Phyllis ‘Leitch’ Lambeth

  2. To Val and Tom and the entire family…so sorry to hear about the passing of Joan….you’re in my Thoughts and Prayers!! Dick Galligan

  3. My sympathy to the Ball family, wow the memories I have are great ones, especially when Poopie jumped on Ray and Joan’s bed with them in it at about 11 at night . I guess they needed a wake up call and they did not get back to bed for quite a while ….Fun times and memories Sharon

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. Gary, Courtney and I send our sincere condolences. May the Lord comfort you all. We have lots of fond memories of Joan. God bless you all.

  5. Our sympathy to Joan’s family. May she rest in peace and the family find comfort in their memories. Russ & Angie Laures

  6. I worked at the group home with Joan many years ago. What a nice lady. I send my sympathy to her family. Margo Pleggenkuhle

  7. Tom and Valerie, I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I never met her, but sounds like she was a wonderful person. To your families I also extend my sympathy. I believe she is at peace and in a better place that you will see her again one day. Love and prayers, Wanda

  8. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the entire Ball and Parks families. Cherish all those wonderful memories that you shared with her. Rest well Joan. Dave and Terry Utterback

  9. We send our sincere sympathy to all of Joan’s family, Joan was a very loving person. May she rest in peace. Jack and Betty Gorman

  10. My sympathy to the entire family on Joan’s passing. Linda Langin Hughhttp://storage.lifetributes.com/Gifts/Roses.png

  11. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joan’s family. She is finally at peace and reunited with Ray, Sue, and other loved ones. May she rest in peace. Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  12. I just saw Joan at the Kensington not to long ago and she looked good. You have our sympathy. God Bless you and all the Ball family Ginny& Stan Laures

  13. I am so sorry to hear about Joan. She was a great lady and always so nice to visit with. Please accept our condolences. I will be unable to attend the services as I am out of town and unable to get back in time. Cherish all the wonderful memories.

  14. Our deepest, deepest sympathy to you all. May you all find comfort in all those wonderful memories you have. God bless..see you soon. In sympathy, Shellie and steve


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