Jo Ann (Joanie) Brown, 72, died Feb. 3, 2014, at the English Valley Care Center in North English. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Feb. 8 at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North English, with Pastor Edwin Jordan officiating. A general memorial fund has been established.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1942, in Iowa City, the daughter of Wesley and Mary (Kasha) Benyshek. She graduated from Solon High School. Joanie married Earl Leroy Hoffman and the couple had one son, Darrell, before divorcing. Joanie married James G. Brown Jr. On Nov. 18, 1962. They lived in the Coralville area until moving to Texas in 1977. The couple moved back to Iowa in 2005, and settled in North English. Joanie worked in offices at Iowa Book & Supply, University of Iowa Payroll Department, and RGV Gas Company in Brownsville, Texas.
Joanie is survived by her son Darrell Hoffman of Bruce, Wis.; a step-son Mark Brown of Coralville; three grandsons, a step-granddaughter, two great granddaughters, two great grandsons; a sister Marcella (Clete) Klein of Tiffin; a brother Victor Benyshek of Clarance, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three siblings.
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