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Joan Skinner

Joan Ruth Skinner (Nicholls)

Tuesday, July 10th, 1934 - Monday, January 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Joan Ruth Skinner, 85, of Rensselaer, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday morning, January 6, 2020. She was born in Crown Point on July 10, 1934 to Edward and Jessie (Allen) Nicholls. She was a graduate of Hebron High School. On March 18, 1956, in Hebron, she married Marion Eugene “Gene” Skinner. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2014.

Joan began her career working as an operator for the Gary Police Department. She worked as an EMT for Steinke Ambulance Service for many years and as a nurse’s aide at Jasper County Hospital for over 40 years, retiring in 2010. Joan took loving care of many people over the years. She will be fondly remembered for singing during her shifts at the hospital and she was known for giving some of the best hugs.

In her younger years, Joan enjoyed doing ceramics with her friends. She was a passionate reader and she enjoyed watching movies and going on adventures with family and friends.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was "The Best Mom in the World,” and she loved spending time with her family. She made it a point to talk to each of her six children on the phone every day.

Joan loved the Lord and attended Tri-County Bible Church.

She is survived by her six children: Sandi (Daryl) Strohmeier, Carol (Norm) Williams, Jackie (Brian) Molter, Mark (Nora) Skinner, David (Barb) Skinner, and Donald (Sally) Skinner; 24 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene; grandson Joshua Williams; great-grandson Christian Johns; son-in-law Rick Ames; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

Friends are invited to visit with the family Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 2-8 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer with Pastor Andy Majorins and Pastor Daniel Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Weston Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Missions at Tri-County Bible Church. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer
    Address
    403 N. Front St.
    P.O. Box 160
    RENSSELAER, IN 47978
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    Central Time
  • Service

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer
    Address
    403 N. Front St.
    P.O. Box 160
    RENSSELAER, IN 47978
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Central Time
    Officiant
    Pastor Andy Majorins
    Co-Celebrant
    Pastor Daniel Warren
  • Interment

    Location
    Weston Cemetery
    Address
    509 W. Lincoln St.
    RENSSELAER, IN 47978
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    Interment immediately following the Celebration of Life service.
  • Reception

    Location
    Tri-County Bible Church
    Address
    5856 W. 1050 S
    RENSSELAER, IN 47978
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    A luncheon will be held at the church following the graveside service.

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Diane Fish

Posted at 06:09pm
I enjoyed her cheerful presence at Jasper County Hospital for many years. Many gentle memories are there. With sympathy,
Diane Fish
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Ken & Natalie Peterson & Family

Posted at 02:14pm
Joan always made us feel like we were a part of your beautiful family. We will always remember her fondly.
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Carol Edmunds

Posted at 11:47am
Joan was one of the most caring people we have ever met! She always had time for you. And her love and caring personality shows in her children and grandchildren. She truly will be missed but now she is at piece and with Jesus in heaven. We love you Skinner Family.

Herb and Carol Edmunds and Family
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Posted at 10:27am
David, may your mother Joan always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort be as close as a prayer. Sincere condolences, J. Mullet
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