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Joan Marcatante

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Joan M. Marcatante age 85 of Alta Vista, IA, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at her daughter's home in Elba, MN, surrounded by her loved ones, A celebration of life service will be held 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2022, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in New Hampton. Dinner will follow the service at the funeral home. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Joan was born on August 16th, 1937 in New Hampton, IA the daughter of Jerome and Alice (Hilsman) White. Joan moved to Waterloo, IA in 1947 with her mother and sister. She graduated high school from Our Lady Of Victory Academy in Waterloo, Iowa. Joan then moved to Chicago, IL in 1957. There Joan met the love of her life Frank Marcatante. They married on March 1st, 1960, and had 62 wonderful years of marriage together. They raised two daughters, Rosemarie and Katherine. Joan was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. She enjoyed being a housewife, raising her daughters, and taking care of their home. Joan also enjoyed sewing and making matching outfits for her daughters. In 1976 Joan, Frank, and their two daughters moved to her hometown of Alta Vista, IA. Joan then learned how to drive the school bus and drove for many years for the district of New Hampton, IA. Joan also cleaned houses and became lifelong friends with several of her clients. Joan was a very caring person and enjoyed - camping, traveling with her family, knitting, crocheting, gardening, reading, doing search words, puzzles, and baking. Most of all Joan loved spending time with her husband, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. One of their favorite places to travel to was the Black Hills. Her favorite music to listen to was Vince Gill. Joan is survived by her husband, Frank Marcatante; daughters, Rosemarie Kieffer (Gerald), Katherine Marcatante (Steve) Nelson; grandchildren, Nicole Hanna (Jake), Makel Gebel (Will), Nicholas Hanna (Brianna), Jackelyn Gebel (Corey); eight great-grandchildren, Hailey, Lilley, Amelia, Addison, Annie, Evelyn, Harper and Miley; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Marie Dedic. Joan is preceded in death by her father Jerome and mother Alice White. Great grandchild Emma and numerous aunts and uncles.

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  1. Sending my condolences to Joan’s family. Many years ago Frank and Joan were good friends of my parents, Art and Lillian Rolfes. They had some good times together 🙏🏼♥️ Annette & Scott Evenson Harmony MN

  2. So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all. Joan was such a sweet lady. She was the kids school bus driver for so many years. Always appreciated how she was so kind and truly cared about everyone on her bus route. RIP Joan!

  3. Kathy – I am so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and the Marcatante family.

  4. Joan was a person in my life for over 50 years. She was a person I always looked up to as my second mother. Never had a mean word to say about anyone, and always tried to cheer you up if you where down. She will live in my heart forever. I can not say enough Good things about her. She was everyone’s spark plug to keep going in life everyday. May she Rest In Peace. With Much Love, Mark & Jan Schmudde

  5. Our sincere condolences to Frank, their daughters, Rosie and Kathy, Joan’s sister, Marie, and the rest of their family. May she rest in peace.

  6. Joan always had a ready smile for her bus students and they loved her. I greatly enjoyed working with her at NHCSD! My sympathies to Joan’s family.


  8. I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. I had the pleasure of meeting her and your dad a few years ago and they are wonderful people. My heart goes out to the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you work through this very difficult time. Heaven gained a true angel.

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