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Joen M. Gehr (née Praefke) died in her home in Eagle River Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. She was 71.

Mrs. Gehr was born on March 13, 1941, in Port Washington. She spent her childhood and teenage years in Thiensville and also enjoyed life in Allenton, Shawano, Land O’ Lakes, and Eagle River.

She was employed as a waitress at Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River and was the Dump Matron for the town of Land O’ Lakes. Joan was most noted for her involvement with a state wolf study in Shawano.

Her hobbies included  singing, dancing, acting, photo coloring, writing, and sharing a joke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Mildred Praefke of Land O’ Lakes and her ex-husband, Larry Gehr.

Survivors include her aunt, Dorothy Dacquisto of Mequon; one brother, Allen “Skip” (Marie) Praefke of Neenah; one son, Rick (Oksana Vovka) of Land O’ Lakes; one grandson; two  nephews; and many cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River, Saturday, March 9, 2013. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:59 PM


+1 #3 2013-03-16 10:24
Great to hear this about her book and that her friend is willing to finish it for her. I certainly would be honored to design and print it for them. Please forward my message if you read this.
Lori Hahn
0 #2 2013-03-11 11:31
I did attend the celebration and a friend of hers has her book and plans to finish editing her book for her! She spoke of her book often to me and was so excited about it!
0 #1 2013-03-06 17:19
We will miss Joen's wonderful sense of humor along with her very beautiful smile. Joen was writing a book and would love to see it in print; if any family knows about this manuscript, please contact us via email. We will not be able to attend the celebration but we will toast this lovely person on a beach in Florida.

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