Joan D. Gatrost

Joan Darlene Gatrost age 84, of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Joan was born March 29, 1936 in Missouri Valley, Iowa to Gilford and Golda (Beck) Stilwell. She graduated from Missouri Valley High School and married Kenneth Gatrost July 13, 1956 in Blair, Nebraska and he passed away in 1994. Joan attended college once the children were in school and worked for Community Memorial Hospital as an LPN for over thirty-three years. She was a member of the Missouri Valley Christian Church. She enjoyed making Christmas candy for the family every year, loved reading, and soap operas.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, great granddaughter Katie Polzin, sister Janet Victor. Joan is survived by her children Virginia Collier and husband Dennis, Valerie McHugh and husband Randy, Bruce Gatrost and wife Stacie, James Gatrost all of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Gary Gatrost and wife Theresa of South Carolina, eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, sister Janice Stilwell of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Judy Graham of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. In Loving Memory Of Joan Darlene Gatrost Born March 29, 1936

Missouri Valley, Iowa Entered Into Rest September 27, 2020

Missouri Valley, Iowa Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa


Pastor Connie McWilliams

Music Selections

“When I Get to Where I’m Going”

“I’ll See you Again”

“Supermarket Flowers”

Casket Bearers

Scott Collier Tyler Gatrost

Gared Gatrost Greg Gatrost

Chris Gatrost Zac Polzin

Final Resting Place Rose Hill Cemetery Missouri Valley, Iowa

To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears. Be thankful for our many beautiful years. I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown. But now it’s time I traveled up alone. I won’t be far away, for life goes on so if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear. All my love around you soft and clear. And then when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and say ….. WELCOME HOME



  • Patty Niedermyer Posted September 30, 2020 12:56 pm

    So Very Very Sorry 😐
    Prayers Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
    Love & Hugs 🤗

    Patty & Tom Niedermyer
    Magnolia Iowa Area.

  • Tami Isham Posted October 1, 2020 5:22 am

    My heartfelt condolences to all of you.

  • Vicky (solberg) Sepcenko Posted October 1, 2020 6:32 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was my Aunt Judy’s room mate at Longview. I went thru school with Valerie and there I got to know all of you. Joan was a nice room mate for Aunt Judy and I really appreciated the company when visiting there. Joan is greatly missed. Prayers for Peace to your family.

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