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JoAnne Swank Rowe, 84, of Terre Haute, passed away Jan. 31, 2018, in Westminster Village, at 12:53 a.m. She was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Nevada, Ohio, to Lester Robert Swank and Margaret Leopold Swank.
JoAnne worked as an instructor at Indiana State University, teaching home management in the home economics department. JoAnne was an accomplished student; she graduated with a B.A. in home economics, speech, and theater from Hiram College, and a master's degree from Indiana State in home economics. JoAnne worked as a home extension agent before working for Indiana State. She received scholarships in high school for her piano and singing abilities. She also was an accomplished seamstress, tailor, needleworker and cross-stitcher. She was both a longtime member and past president of the Terre Haute Newcomers Club, Faculty Wives of ISU and Psi Iota Xi sorority, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and P.E.O.
Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Richard Rowe, whom she married in 1954; and her children, Cynthia Wagoner and her husband Mark, David Otis Rowe and his wife Sharon, and Kathleen Gemberling and her husband Gary; grandchildren, Bobby Rowe and his wife Amanda, Paige Claassen and her husband Lander, Ty Wagoner, Kyle Gemberling and Hanna Gemberling; and three great-grandchildren, Keegan, Keeley and Hugh.
The family has chosen cremation with private services. Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 N. 13th St., Terre Haute, Indiana, was entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation's Richard and JoAnne Fund for Music Education or a charity of choice. Online condolences can be made at:
Published on February 1, 2018
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