Joanne Kluessendorf

  • Born: April 8, 1949
  • Died: June 1, 2018
  • Location: Appleton, Wisconsin

Wichmann Funeral Home

537 North Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Tel. (920) 739-1231

Tribute & Message From The Family

A visitation for Joanne will be held at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street in Appleton, on Monday, June 11, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A complete obituary for Joanne will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to Joanne's family. I was a student at Lawrence university when Joanne gave my an opportunity to intern at the museum. I am now pursuing my Phd in paleontology and I attribute her guidance during my early schooling as starting my career. Thank you Joanne and my sympathies to her family.

Posted by David Cordie - Milwaukee, WI - Student   June 11, 2018


Scott..we were so very shocked and sad to hear about your mom's passing..she was a wonderful person..always smiling no matter what..was a pleasure to talk to her whenever she came into uw fox cafeteria (especially to treat you to your cheese burger and gmos rite and where did that cheese come from?!!) I know your ♡ is breaking and things will never be the same again..i,mary,lost my mom about 1-1/2 years ago (and my brother a year ago) and it's very hard but just knowing that they are now in a better place and knowing that you will always have your memories will help make each day a little better..she's probably up above rite now trying to find her next place to travel to and discover new things..and you better be on your best behavior as I'm sure she will be keeping a watchful eye over you..look up at nite and see a bright twinkling star (That's what I do) and you will just know it's her..with our deepest sympathy to you and your family,scott....carol,connie,mary..your favorite lunch ladies...remember---no gmos lol

Posted by A friend   June 11, 2018

Dan and I are saddened by your loss, Don. She enriched our lives, too.

Posted by Ellen and Dan Dettwiler - Kewaskum, WI - Friend   June 10, 2018

Scott and Don, So sorry for you loss. In the constellation of Leo lies a faint star designated 40 Leonis barely visible to the naked-eye but easily seen in binoculars near the much brighter star of Albieba. 40 Leonis is special since it is over 400 trillion miles away around 69 light years. The photons of light from 40 Leonis have spent the last 69 years a lifetime getting to Earth. Again, sorry for your loss.

Posted by Alan Peche - Appleton, WI - Coworker   June 08, 2018

Don and Scott- Joanne was such a remarkable woman - brillant, strong, brave and generous. I can't imagine the depth of your grief. She showed me what professionalism and dedication meant. She taught me so many things through her example - and I know there must be scores of others that learned from her as well. She was a world class scientist and a dedicated educator and curator.

And oh the memories - she loved cats like I do. We threw Christmas parties in our office complex together in graduate school. She brought me fudge when I pulled all-nighters writing papers. She watched out for me. Most importantly, she was my mentor, and she was my friend. I remember her brilliant smile, her easy laughter, and her love and generosity. I will never forget her. Please know I will carry a part of her with me always.

Posted by Cindy Shroba - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   June 07, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Joanne was a remarkable woman and friend.

Posted by Elizabeth Gordon - Appleton, WI - Friend   June 07, 2018

Don: I can't imagine your feelings of loss. Joanne was always there for you. She will be missed by so many others tooespecially those who she helped to understand and appreciate the world around us. For that and all she did to preserve what so many of us value, the world is a better place. Stay strong.

Posted by Chris and Lauri Gass - Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Friend   June 05, 2018