With courage and dignity, Joan Schueman Ahlers passed away at her home in White Salmon, Wash., Nov. 30, 2009, at the age of 76 after a long battle with mesothelioma cancer. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Joan was born March 19, 1933, in Blue Island, Ill., to Gertrude and Martin Schueman.
She graduated from the University of Illinois and worked for the Chief Justice State of California and other law offices in New Mexico. Besides working in the legal field, Joan also taught fabric art classes.
Since arriving in White Salmon a few years ago, Joan has been very active with the Arts Council, the Skyline Hospital Foundation and other quilting groups. She became active in her community immediately upon arriving in White Salmon and was a member of the Hood River Nazarene church where she had many good friends. Her passing will leave a vacuum in many lives.
She was an avid reader and kept the librarians busy procuring new books for her. Joan had a wanderlust all of her life and traveled many times from the east to the west coast on vacations and to seek employment in Oregon, California, South Dakota and New Mexico prior to coming to Washington. Joan loved her rose garden and the wild birds in her yard.
Joan is survived by her husband, Lon Ahlers, of White Salmon; brothers and their wives Gerry and Margaret Schueman of Virginia and Ken and Sharron Schueman of Washington; children Douglas Plahm and his wife Debbie of Chicago, David Plahm of Arkansas, Marcia Sauer of New Mexico and Cindy Feddern and her husband Mark of Arizona; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Hood River Church of the Nazarene. Inurnment will take place at the White Salmon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Joan’s honor may be given to Hood River Church of the Nazarene, 2168 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the nurses and doctors of Celilo Cancer Center in The Dalles and to Hospice of the Gorge. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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