Joan Olga (Luedtke) Sagmeister, age 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 20, 2023. She was surrounded by her 3 daughters at Heatherwood Assisted Living and Memory Care, Eau Claire, WI. She now joins her husband Earl, who left this world much too soon thirty years ago.
Joan was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oshkosh for many years. It was important to her that her children were educated at the parochial school where she enjoyed all their concerts and activities.
Joan was born December 17, 1932 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. She was a lifelong resident of Oshkosh until 2019 when she moved to Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire, WI to be closer to her daughters. Joan was the 5th child born to Amanda Ida (Scheelk) and Alfred Gustav Luedtke and had 7 brothers and sisters; an infant sister, Jacqueline, who died just months after she was born. Joan is survived by only 1 sister, Grace Hunt, of Sisters, Oregon. Preceding Joan in death are her parents, Betty Palsiney, Arleen Morgan, Al (Sonny) Luedtke, Paul Luedtke, Eugene Luedtke and infant Jacqueline Luedtke.
Joan graduated from High School in Oshkosh in 1951. She married Earl O. Sagmeister on November 28, 1953. Together they had 3 daughters. Joan was very proud of her waitress profession at Robbins Restaurant in Oshkosh and performed secretarial duties there until her retirement. She and her family and special friends enjoyed many years spending time at their cottage on Post Lake in Elcho, WI. Joan loved the game of golf, first with her husband and then later with her many girlfriends, traveling to several destinations. She enjoyed cross country skiing and good walks. She was an excellent seamstress who created beautiful clothing and will also be remembered for her famous cut out cookies which her grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed!
Surviving Joan are her 3 daughters, Cynthia Frederikson, Diane Auler and Jacqueline Nordwig. Cindy’s 2 children, Annika (Boulder, CO) and Isak Frederikson (Appleton, WI), Diane and Gerry Auler’s 2 daughters, Kelly Matelski and Libby and Kevin Pitt, all of Appleton, WI. Jackie and Todd Nordwig and their 2 children, Nick and Amanda Nordwig (Plymouth, MN) and Audra and Luke Mackowiak of Roseville, MN. Great grandchildren Natalie and Amaya, Addison and William, Murray, Wanda and Henry.
Thank you to the dedicated and caring staff at Heatherwood and also to St. Croix Hospice for their care given to Joan.
Graveside funeral services are pending at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh. Any memorials should be directed to Grace Lutheran Church and School, 913 Nebraska Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. Hulke Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family graciously. Friends and Family may offer their condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
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