Jan 202014

LuAnn Jones, 63, of Menominee, Neb., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 16 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, with Rev. David Fulton officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were her nephews, Brett Ballard, Brian Ballard, Brooks Shutt, Travis Loecker, Jason Loecker and Tyler Stuerman.
LuAnn was born on Nov. 24, 1950, in Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton to Ignatius Loecker and Hildegard Albrecht Loecker. She attended St. Boniface School, graduating from eighth grade, and then graduated from Mount Marty High School. She then entered nursing school at Sioux Valley School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating in 1972.
She worked for a year at Sacred Heart Hospital, and on Aug. 3, 1973, she married her childhood sweetheart, Duane Jones. They moved to Arizona, where LuAnn worked as a nurse and eventually became the director of nursing at the local hospital. In 1989, she and her family moved back to Nebraska, where they bought her home farmstead. She returned to work at Sacred Heart Hospital where she worked for 23 years with 22 years in the outpatient dialysis unit. She retired in October 2012 because of the advancement of her illness, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
LuAnn enjoyed her flower garden, watching the many backyard songbirds, traveling and especially her grandchildren.
She belonged to the St. Boniface Christian Mothers and St. Boniface Ladies Guild.
Survivors include her husband, Duane of St. Helena, Neb.; one son, Neil (Jennifer) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; three daughters, Heather of Richmond, Va., Holly and fiancé Jason of Wilmington, N.C., and Katie (Josh) Fischer of Vermillion, S.D.; and six grandchildren, Ansley, Jacob, Evan, Brogan, William and Colin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Denelda; and her brother, Harold.
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory of Yankton was in charge of the arrangements.Jones,LuAnn