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Joann Daubendiek - January 20, 2010

Joann Daubendiek, 76, longtime educator and resident of Ogallala, Neb. died Jan. 20, 2010 at the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Joann Daubendiek was born Dec. 6, 1933 in Julesburg, Colo., the daughter of Carl and Inez Steinke Daubendiek. She attended District 7 in Perkins County through eighth grade. Joann then received normal training while attending Big Springs High School in Big Springs, Neb.
After graduating in 1951 she began teaching in the fall. She took one year off from teaching to attend college and was able to obtain the remainder of her college courses during the summers. Joann graduated from Kearney State College in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She continued her education and received a Master’s Degree from Kearney State College in 1969.
During her career she taught at several schools including District 38 in Perkins County, Distrist 61 in Keith County, Chappell Public School, and North Platte Public School. Miss Daubendiek began teaching in Ogallala Public School in 1962 and retired in 1993 after devoting 40 years teaching at rural and town elementary schools.
Joann was baptized Feb. 11, 1934 at Zion Lutheran Church of Big Springs and then was confirmed in her faith on April 25, 1948. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Ogallala, serving on the school board, the finance board, and the altar guild. She also taught Sunday School for many years.
In her retirement from teaching school she volunteered in St. Paul’s Lutheran School, helping in the classrooms.
Her hobbies included reading, traveling, keeping family history, knitting, and photography. Joann enjoyed going to Bible study groups and writing articles for the Fencepost.
Preceding her in death were her parents and brother-in-law Jim Stivers.
Survivors include her sister Donna Stivers of Grant; her brother Richard and his wife Patricia Daubendiek of Rochester, N.Y.; three nieces: Sarah and husband Ian Vabnick of Buffalo, N.Y.; Gretchen and husband Jeremy Gorline of Cabot, Ark.; and Anne and husband Chris Muskopf of Boston, Mass.; one nephew Nathan Daubendiek of Rochester; two step-nieces: Terri and husband Dale Godbey of Ogallala and Jody Snogren of Grant, Neb.
Funeral services were held Jan. 25, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Pierce officiating.
Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Dakota Boys Ranch of Minot, N.D.
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Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.