Joan Lyons

Joan L. Lyons, 58, of Waukon died Monday, February 5, 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN as the result of an automobile accident while traveling with her sisters, Mary Engrav and Barb Winters-Kelly, near Hopkinsville, KY. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 13 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was at St. Mary's Lycurgus Cemetery, Waukon.

Joan Louise Lyons was born January 15, 1960 in Waukon, the daughter of Donald and Janette (Monroe) Ryder. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Joan attended St. Patrick Catholic School and graduated from Waukon High School in 1978; she also graduated from NICC in Calmar in 2001.

June 24, 1978, she married Daniel Lyons at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Joan and Danny farmed west of Waukon; she also did daycare out of her home for family and neighbors. In addition, Joan worked at Klenske Drug Store numerous years and for Pro Build/Builders First Source for the past 17 years, both in Waukon.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where she was active in ACCW, CEW, MOMS and was a confirmation leader for many years. Joan was also a 4-H leader. She enjoyed spending time and vacationing with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. Joan liked taking rides in the convertible and boat, crocheting, dancing (especially with her sisters) and playing cards. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and was looking forward to taking a trip to Ireland with Danny in the future. They were also looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this June.

Survivors include her husband, Danny, of Waukon; her four children: Tara (Andy) Stein of Lansing, Shelly (Dan) Valley of Harpers Ferry, and Justin (Tina) Lyons and Alana (Tom) Gavin, both of Lansing; her mother, Janette Ryder Blong of Waukon; 12 grandchildren: Ashlyn, Kaili and Cael Stein, Ty, Ella and Eli Valley, Matthew and Katie Lyons, and Brielle, Brogan, Breyson and Braxon Gavin; her siblings: Barbara (Wayne) Winters-Kelly, Patty (Steve) Scholtes, Cathy (Keith) Dahlstrom, Charlene (Jim) Baxter, Bill Ryder, Peggy (Curt) Reiser, Tom Ryder and Donna (Rich) Kelly; her brother-in-law, Steve Engrav; an aunt, Sister Mary Bosco Ryder; and her mother-in-law, Theresa Lyons. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald; her stepfather, Gerald Blong; a sister, Mary Engrav; an aunt, Betty Ryder; her father-in-law, Ralph Lyons; a brother-in-law, Dennis Winters; and a niece, Katelyn Lyons.

Honorary casketbearers were her godchildren, Jeremy Engrav and Krista Rasque, her good friends, Tim and Mary Kelly and Loran and Dianne Schulte, and the CEW Community. Casketbearers were Justin Lyons, Andy Stein, Dan Valley, Tom Gavin, and Bill and Tom Ryder.

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