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JoAnn (Schroeder) Van Dyke

03/15/1946 - 02/14/2019

There is a new star in the heavens shining brightly for all of us to see. On February 14, 2019, surrounded by her family, JoAnn Schroeder Van Dyke, age 72, followed the angels into heaven, after a courageous struggle with COPD.
Born on March 15, 1946, in Oakland, California, JoAnn was the first of six children of John and Irene (MacGregor) Schroeder. JoAnn graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1964 and continued her education through certifications focusing on caring for others as nursing assistant, home health aide, teacher's assistant for the developmentally disabled, and also as an early education child care provider.
On October 27, 1972, JoAnn married William "Bill" Van Dyke and they spent their early years in Kaukauna raising their family before moving to Omro and Winneconne. In addition to raising her children, JoAnn began working at Winro Golf Course and Winro Roller Rink where she loved to roller skate. JoAnn and Bill relocated to Arizona for 6 years, but returned to Wisconsin so JoAnn could care for her father in the early-mid 1990's. JoAnn also began caring her nephew, niece, then grandchildren which eventually led to her joining the daycare centers at the YMCA and Kids Kingdom before her retirement.
JoAnn was celebrated for her curious and loving spirit as well as her artistic ability, and sense of humor. She loved music and loved to dance; family birthdays and holidays were the best times. She also was a very good cook. She could create a phenomenal meal with limited provisions on very short notice.
JoAnn was one of the most selfless people you would ever meet. She would give a complete stranger the last dollar she had in her pocket, if she felt they needed it more than she did. To us, that made her the richest person in the world.
More than anything in the world, JoAnn loved her family. Her role as mother and grandmother was her inspiration and passion for life. When faced with declining health, JoAnn was able to keep up with her family by following them of Facebook. She was online from the moment she woke up until she went to bed at night.
Survivors include her devoted husband, Bill; her children, Julie (Charles) Prock, Dean (Jacque) Van Dyke, W. Rob (Jenny) Van Dyke, Eric (Michelle) Van Dyke, Kristin Uitenbroek; twelve grandchildren, Nick Jr., Garrett, Hannah, Rachel, Trevor, Gunnar, Tanor, Tierney, Alise, Ethan, Mollie, Sophia; her siblings, John L. (Mary) Schroeder, Mary Lou (Doug Falk) Schroeder, Barb (Mike Duehring) Tuchscherer, R. Bruce (Delia) Schroeder, Mike (Jody) Schroeder; eleven nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; sister-in-law, Nancy (Jerry) Coenen; brother-in-law, Bob Van Dyke; and many Van Dyke nieces and nephews.
JoAnn is reunited in heaven with her parents, and oldest son, Nick Sr. If you listen closely, you can hear the three of them singing and dancing, "Show Me the Way to Go Home". She was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Don Van Dyke. JoAnn lives on in all of the hearts she touched...
A visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Sr. Pam Biehl officiating.
If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Jenell Ornelas wrote on February 21, 2019
JoAnn was a great neighbor many moons ago in Arizona. She was a tremendous friend to my mother, Mary. She will be missed. My condolences to Bill, her family, and friends. Im sending prayers to lift you all up.

Ian Livingstone and family wrote on February 19, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Bob Van Dyke wrote on February 18, 2019
I have good memories of my sister-in-law Joann. She was a good spirit, a wonderful cook,loved all her family, and was fun to be around. Her spirit will live on in my heart and my memory. My condolences to my brother Bill, the children, grandchildren and entire family. Sending my love.

Teresa Tuschl wrote on February 18, 2019
My sympathies to JoAnn's family and friends. So many fond memories of rollerskating at Winro and more. May the stories you share and the memories you hold dear keep her with you always!

Larry & Kitty Edminster wrote on February 17, 2019
Sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Bill, and the loss of your sister Mike and Jack.

Theresa Armstrong wrote on February 17, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Mary Schroeder wrote on February 16, 2019
Jo Ann was a wonderful sister-in-law to me. I liked her from our first meeting & grew to love her very quickly. A caring & selfless person, she had a strong work ethic & interest in human nature along with a wonderful self deprecating sense of humor. She will be missed by many.

Laurie Carpenter wrote on February 16, 2019
What a tribute to JoAnn, she was a beautiful person inside and out. Love you Cuz !

William & Carole Lee wrote on February 16, 2019
Our sincere sympathy, many fond memories of JoAnn while living in Omro, and working with your family at PCS and Winro. She will be missed by many, and loved forever in your hearts.

Jeffrey Cady wrote on February 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. I remember JoAnn well from Winro. She was always good to me. My heart goes out to all the family.

Judith Doerr wrote on February 15, 2019
I want to extend my condolences to her entire family, especially to Mary Lou, who often spoke with great love and respect about her. May God provide you with great comfort.

Becky Dishmon wrote on February 15, 2019
Its been decades since I even knew the Van Dykes, as we lived down the street when I was a kid. I remember a pet crow of theirs escaping or something. Other than that, not many memories but I remember thinking they were all very cool people. Im so sorry such cool people have to experience this. May you always know and feel the her spirit with you, especially when you need it most.

Victoria Ingraham wrote on February 15, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss of your sister, mother, grandmother and aunt and friend. I remember her from Winro and she always had a smile on her face. Prayers for your family Mary Lou.

Brian MacGregor wrote on February 15, 2019
Sending my Pryers and love from California. Sorry for your loss.

Susan Cassidy wrote on February 15, 2019
We will miss you Joann. My sincere condolence to all of the family.