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3/28/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Joan Emma Miller
Joan Emma Miller, 83, of Preston died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston.

Burial will be in Miles Cemetery, Miles.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 2, 4-7 p.m. at the church.

Joan was born July 18, 1929, to Johannes and Margaret Herzberg Martensen of Bryant. She graduated from Goose Lake High School with the class of 1947.

Joan worked for the Clinton Garment Factory, Goose Lake School District and Clinton Engines in Maquoketa.

Joan married Virgil J. Miller June 21, 1953, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte. They operated Buck's TV Sales & Service in Preston for over 20 years before starting Preston Area Cable in Preston, Miles, Goose Lake and Charlotte.

Joan retired in 1995 when Virgil died. Joan also was a homemaker and cherished taking care of her family.

She was a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Ruth Circle, Preston Women's Club, Jackson County Historical Society, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She was a past member of AMVETS Auxiliary.

Joan enjoyed collecting dolls, angels and village pieces, taking photographs and decorating her home for every holiday.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy A. Miller of Joliet, Ill.; a brother, David Martensen of Clinton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joan was preceded in death by a son and a sister.

Memorials may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 204 N. Anna St., Preston, IA 52069; or Leeza's Place/Leeza's Care Connection, 50 Uno Circle, Joliet, IL 60435.

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