Joan R. (Lesch) Rivera

March 28, 1934 ~ July 29, 2022 (age 88)

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Joan Rivera “Okie Dokie” or “The Cookie Lady”, age 88, passed away on July 29, 2022, at her home in Sheboygan Falls surrounded by her family.  She was born March 28, 1934, at St. Josephs Hospital in Milwaukee.  Joan was the oldest daughter of eight children to the late Joseph and Irene (Arendt) Lesch.

She was employed at various places throughout her lifetime with some being at Krier Canning Company, Wisconsin Plastics, Integrity Services, McDonalds, and Kohler Company, officially retiring in 2020.

Joan’s favorite past time included baking, spending time with her family, rummaging, going to Goodwill and going for a meal at Culver’s.  She also had various collections of dolls and horses. 

Joan is survived by her children, Linda (Gary) Repphun, Russ (Karen) Korbol, Sparkie (Cookie) Langlois, Craig Langlois; Pauline (Kevin) Fredericks, Lisa (Robert) Stobbe; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; siblings, Evelyn, Irene, Vivian, Louise and Don; nieces, nephews other family and friends further survive.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Along with her parents, Joan was preceded in death by an infant son, Isodoro Rivera; daughters Lonnie McCoy and Joanie Langlois and brothers, Eugene and Joe.

A Funeral Service for Joan will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Ballhorn Chapels Funeral and Cremation Care Center, 1201 N 8th St. in Sheboygan with Rev David Kohls officiating.  The family will greet visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.  For those who would like to attend the service virtually can do so on Joan's obituary page on the funeral home's website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Joan's name to either Sheboygan County Humane Society or the Sheboygan County Cancer Fund.

The family would like to thank Tanya, Tamika, John, Dave, Tess and Jason at Aurora at Home Hospice for the excellent care given to Joan.  They would also like to thank the staff at Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.

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August 5, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ballhorn Chapels
1201 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Funeral Service
August 5, 2022

3:00 PM
Ballhorn Chapels
1201 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081

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Sheboygan County Humane Society
3209 N 21st St, Sheboygan, Sheboygan WI 53083
Tel: 1-920-458-2012

Sheboygan County Cancer Fund
1621 N Taylor Dr #100, Sheboygan WI 53081
Tel: 1-920-457-2223

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