Joan DeRosear

Visitation

12-7 p.m.
Family 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
Gerth Funeral Home

Rosary at 7:15 p.m.

Service

11 a.m.
Friday, April 5
St. John's Church
Memphis, MO

Final Resting Place

Memphis, MO

Memorials

St. Aloysius Cemetery
Baring, MO

St. John's Church
Memphis, MO

St. Jude's Children's Hospital

{Dec. 22, 1930 - March 31, 2019}

Joan DeRosear, 88, of Memphis died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
She was born Kathryn Joan Fetters, the daughter of John & Mary Cecelia (Delaney) Fetters on December 22, 1930 in Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Joan married Dwight A. DeRosear on August 8, 1952 in St. Mary’s Church in Adair, MO. He survives.
She worked at the Leach Hatchery, Hendrick’s Drug Store, in the office of Judge Richard E. Webber, Jackie’s Auto Sales and was the Scotland County Collector for 16 years.

Joan was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Memphis and the Ladies Guild there, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis, the Baring Country Club and the Scotland County Democratic Party.

Joan loved her family, and found no greater joy than when all of her children were home. She was most happy when her family and friends were gathered around her table enjoying a cup of coffee (or a cocktail!).

She was a fantastic cook – especially known for her cinnamon rolls which she wasn’t ever sure were quite good enough. Joan was renowned for her homemade noodles, whether from her kitchen or the ones she made with the Ladies Guild of St. John’s. She enjoyed church activities with her parish family.

Joan was an avid bridge player and lover of the sun and being outdoors. She was an active supporter of many Catholic Charities and often gave anonymously to people in need.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mayme Fetters; in laws: Fred and Mable DeRosear; her grandson, Joel DeRosear; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mary and Jess Rockhold, Lois and Bob Ross, Ellen and Ted Gundy, and Dean and Margie DeRosear.

She is survived by her husband, Dwight, of the home; children: Bridget (Dr. Robert) Megna of Forney, TX, Eric (Walla) DeRosear of Baring, MO, Ann (David) Gray of Kirksville, Denise (George) Kramer of Forney, TX, David (Melody) DeRosear of Belton, MO, and Gretchen (Tim) Melvin of Quincy, IL; sisters, Elizabeth Fetters (Irene Kazwara) and Mildred (Ron) Klem, all of Memphis; a brother, John (Marilyn) Fetters of Kahoka; grandchildren: Seth Thomas, John Megna, Blake DeRosear, and Colin, Jonathan and Landon Melvin; great-grandchildren Miles and Madelyn Thomas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends – including a special friend, Linda Bell and her family.

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37 comments

  1. So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on April 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm
  2. I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was such a wonderful, carring person. I am so blessed to have known her. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

    Comment by Carrie Gavin on April 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm
  3. Joan will be remembered in our hearts as a beautiful, kind, and charming lady. She always made us feel welcome when we were with her. A truly wonderful person.

    Comment by Kathleen and Les Mckinney on April 1, 2019 at 7:05 pm
  4. We are very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Comment by Harry & Mary Ransford on April 1, 2019 at 7:40 pm
  5. We are very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Condolences

    Comment by Harry & Mary Ransford on April 1, 2019 at 7:41 pm
  6. So sorry that Joan is no longer physically with you. Be comforted to know that she has returned to God from whence she came. May my prayers and the prayers of others be of comfort to you.

    Comment by Pam Glasgow on April 2, 2019 at 6:57 am
  7. I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength as you say your good-byes. You were blessed to have her and each other to call your family.

    Comment by Kathy Young on April 2, 2019 at 9:14 am
  8. So very sorry to here of Joan’s passing thoughts . comfort and prayers to the DeRosear family!

    Comment by Ron Kirkpatrick on April 2, 2019 at 11:01 am
  9. We loved Joan and always loved to be with her and Dwight. She will be missed.

    Comment by Jim and Marilyn Todd on April 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm
  10. I am so sorry to hear Joan passed away. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. The Schaefers have such fond memories of times spent with the DeRosear family and am reminded of so much laughter around the table. Rest In Peace sweet lady.

    Kate

    Comment by Kate Walker on April 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm
  11. She will be greatly missed by so many. She is now in Heaven with her sisters Ellen and Mary.

    Comment by MIke Gundy on April 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm
  12. I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Aunt Joan was so thoughtful, loving and caring, the most wonderful person. I have so many good memories of her.
    Prayers to all of you.

    Comment by Penny Jones on April 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm
  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Comment by Paul and Phyllis Webb on April 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm
  14. We are so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We have such good memories of being with her and Dwight when he & Harold were in the army. Also got to visit in their home when they were discharged. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dwight and all your family.

    Comment by Harold & Maxine Malnar on April 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm
  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ann, and with all your family. We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We know she was a special lady because of the wonderful person you are. Peace to you this week with all you must do. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Comment by Nancy Sanders on April 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm
  16. Sending light and love to the family.

    Comment by Jay and Shirley Pope on April 2, 2019 at 6:53 pm
  17. Prayers for your family. Joan will always be remembered for her kindness and caring for everyone. Cherish your memories with her and may you find comfort in those times together.

    Comment by Jeanette and Kevin on April 3, 2019 at 7:56 am
  18. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel!
    Praying for you and the family. Love you!

    Comment by Aline & Jimmy Whatley on April 3, 2019 at 8:03 am
  19. Eric and Walla.
    Sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. We’ll be thinking of you all.

    Comment by John & Kim McDaniel on April 3, 2019 at 8:53 am
  20. So sorry for your loss Joann was a wonderful person and my friend.

    Comment by Dora Fogle on April 3, 2019 at 9:32 am
  21. Eric and Walla,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Many prayers and love to your family.

    Comment by Julie and Bud Kattelmann on April 3, 2019 at 9:40 am
  22. So very sorry for your loss. Joan was such an outgoing vivacious person. Her laughter was contagious and she was always so kind. Prayers and hugs to all family members. God Bless.

    Comment by Tina Riesinger on April 3, 2019 at 10:14 am
  23. Eric & Walla; So sorry for the loss of your Mother. It sounds like she was a very wonderful woman. Sorry i didn’t know her. YES, i was a fetters(daughter of Edgar & Ethel Fetters of Edina) & i know that John & us were related, but i would have to go back in the books. You have my sympathy. Rita

    Comment by rita d fetters waibel on April 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm
  24. Eric and Walla I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Peggy Scott on April 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm
  25. I am sending love and prayer to you all during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Sheila Powell on April 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm
  26. So sorry to hear of your loss.

    Comment by Jason and Tabbi Mckinney on April 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm
  27. Sending thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Lori & Lejon Ladwig on April 3, 2019 at 7:55 pm
  28. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Dwight and family. I loved having Joan for my bridge partner! She was also the easiest person to talk with – and the least judgemental. The hostess with the mostest! I already miss her presence.

    Comment by Betty Duncan on April 4, 2019 at 6:42 am
  29. Dwight and family
    Sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. I will keep her and the family in my prayers.
    We had some really good times together. R.I. P Joan.

    Comment by William E. Garner on April 4, 2019 at 8:29 am
  30. I am so very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She welcomed me to Memphis with open arms and into her home where we enjoyed “cocktails” and many, many laughs. She never knew a stranger. I love her and will miss her dearly. My sincerest sympathies to her incredible family. Love you all.

    Comment by Sue Kirchner on April 4, 2019 at 10:54 am
  31. Words cannot describe how sorry I am of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and the kindest of persons. My deepest sympathy to her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Comment by Bonita Kish on April 4, 2019 at 6:17 pm
  32. Dwight and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Many good memories at the Baring Lake. Still use her cabbage roll recipe. Such a good cook. She will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

    Comment by Rodney & Debbie Thomas on April 4, 2019 at 7:09 pm
  33. Thinking and praying for you all!

    Comment by Katie Tuck on April 5, 2019 at 9:34 am
  34. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful, kind and generous Lady, I’ll always remember as a good friend.
    I will keep Joan and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Bonita Kish on April 5, 2019 at 10:44 am
  35. We are so very sorry for the loss of your Spouse, Mother, Grandmother—- we are praying for the family that God gives you peace knowing she is with the Lord. Tears and sorrow are all part of grieving her loss. Looking thru pictures and remembering the times you spent with her , laughing , crying and having fun all will help. God Bless All Dennis and Margie Norum

    Comment by Dennis and Margie Norum on April 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm
  36. Very sorry to hear of Joan DeRosear”s passing. I loved her beautiful smile which came from her eyes even more than her facial smile. She always had a smile available for everyone she met. She is a grand lady, kind and with a giving heart !! My prayers and thoughts are with you, Anne, and the rest of Joan’s family. May our good Lord Bless and Comfort each of you in your time of Loss !!! Tammy Tarr

    Comment by Tammy Tarr on April 5, 2019 at 9:45 pm
  37. So sorry to hear of Joan ‘s passing . Your family is in our prayers. Thinking of you all in this difficult time .

    Comment by Richard and Wendy Schaefer on April 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm

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