Joan Simmelink White – SOUTHEAST


Joan Simmelink White was born July 1, 1930 in Jewell County, Kansas to Glen and Agnes Simmelink. Joan left this life peacefully on April 20, 2022. Joan was the eldest of three children, Joan, Jean and Charles.
Joan attended various country schools and graduated from Ionia High School in 1949, and started her first job as a receptionist at the local REA office. She then worked as Dr. Brown’s dental assistant in Cawker City Kansas. From there, she took a job as a telephone operator in Beloit Kansas.
In 1952 she met Dick White who was home on leave from the Navy. Their relationship grew and in 1953 they were married in Norfolk Virginia at the Naval Base. She returned to Beloit after getting married and continued to work until Dick was honorably discharged from the navy. After Dick’s release, they moved to Omaha Nebraska where Dick started barber school. In Omaha two children were born, Brad 1956 and Brenda 1957. In 1958 the family moved to Fairbury to pursue Dick’s career. Shortly after moving, she became a member of the Baptist church. In 1960 another son was born, Craig.
Once Joan’s children were in school, she returned to the workforce starting with Lally Manufacturing, Heritage Nursing Home and finally Swingsters. She was employed by Swingsters from 1972 until 1995, when she retired. Joan was a busy wife and mother who was always packed and ready to hit the lake. The family spent countless years at Lovewell Lake remodeling a cabin and fishing. Later in life, she found ways to occupy herself closer to home. She delivered Meals on Wheels in Fairbury and helped with funeral luncheons at the Baptist Church. She also found great joy playing the 10-point pitch at various Fairbury locations.
In 2014 Joan moved to Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury and loved it! As her health declined, she moved to the Traversées du Patrimoine in Geneva. During this time, Joan never complained about anything. She was always kind and grateful for what she had.
Joan is predeceased by her parents, Glen and Agnes, her husband Dick (2001), her son Brad (2011) and her sister Jean Rose (03/14/22).
Those left to mourn are his children Brenda Vorderstrasse (Ed Blinn) and Craig and Kathy White. Grandchildren Heather and Brian Mumm, Brooke and Joe Allen, Stewart and Mandy White, Shanna White and Ross White (Chelsea Winchester). Great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Addison and Colton Mumm, Noah Allen, Paisley, Kinsley and Briggs White. Brother Charles and Kay Simmelink as well as a host of extended family and friends.


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