Joan Marcia Ohlms (nee Marsh), of St. Charles, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the age of 86. She was born July 23, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late Herman and Carol Marsh. Joan lived in Illinois until her parents moved to Missouri in 1946. She graduated from Buchanan High School in Troy, Missouri, where she was always active in music and drama.
Joan was united in marriage to Gerald (Jerry) E. Ohlms in 1952. To this union two children were born; daughter Andrea Lynn was born in 1959 and son Steven Scott was born in 1965.
Joan is survived by her children, Andrea Ohlms and Steven Ohlms and wife Mary; two grandsons; Steven E. Ohlms and Gerald T. Ohlms and wife Danielle; two brothers John Marsh and James Marsh and wife Deborah and her sister Patricia Marsh-Lumen and husband Craig. Joan is also survived by Marsh and Ohlms nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband Gerald (Jerry) E. Ohlms, her sister Margaret Marsh and her nephew Vincent Marsh.
Joan worked as a secretary while Jerry was serving in the Air Force; for Coach Dan Devine at Missouri University, Columbia; and American Car & Foundry in St. Charles. She later worked as an associate and bridal consultant for Dillards at 3 Rivers. Joan obtained her pilot’s license and was a fan of the Tuskegee Airmen. She enjoyed numerous family pets and supported animal rescue efforts. She was also a member of a women’s bowling league, loved to dance and especially enjoyed the music and performances of the Sons of the Pioneers.
Joan was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorials may be made in Joan's name to Five Acres Animal Shelter.
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