Mary JoAnn Stessman was born on June 7, 1935, to Maurice and Helen (Shanahan) Heffernan. She attended school in Ute and graduated from Ute High School in 1954. After graduation she worked at the Ute State Bank, 1st National Bank in Omaha, Nebraska and Gordons Jewelry in Omaha. On November 27, 1958, JoAnn was united in marriage to Donald Stessman at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling, Iowa. JoAnn was blessed to be able to stay home with their five children. The family lived by Earling, between Woodbine and Dunlap and in 1972 they settled in their home in Dunlap, Iowa
JoAnn was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dunlap and the Alter Society. She loved to bake, especially chocolate chip cookies. JoAnn made Christmas stockings for each member of her family and also loved to quilt. She enjoyed cards, especially Canasta, and reading books. Most of all, JoAnn enjoyed attending the grandkids sporting events and cherished her time with her family.
JoAnn died on Sunday, January 16, 2022, surrounded by her family, at her home in Dunlap at the age of 86 years, seven months and nine days.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joe and Tim Heffernan; and twin sister, Janet Feser. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donnie Stessman of Dunlap; children, Mike Stessman and his wife Katie of Des Moines, Iowa, Marty Stessman and his wife Heather of Topeka, Kansas, Janet and her husband Shawn Vaughan of Omaha, Patrick Stessman and his wife Diane of Omaha and Len Stessman and his wife Jen of Omaha; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Heffernan of Bonner Springs, Kansas; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be directed to: Dunlap Fire and Rescue, Dunlap Food Bank or St. Patrick Catholic Church