In Memory of JoAnn I. Schable

JoAnn I. Schable
JoAnn I. Schable
Born: January 26, 1937
Died: May 20, 2016
Age: 79
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JoAnn I. Schable
January 26, 1937 - May 20, 2016
From: Battle Creek, IA

JoAnn I. Schable, age 79, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

JoAnn I. Schable was born on January 26, 1937, to Ernest and Nellie (Bumpsted) Christopherson. Graduating from high school in 1955, JoAnn married the love of her life Louis H. Schable on May 27, 1962. The couple made their home in Danbury and later moved to Battle Creek, Iowa in 1977. JoAnn and Louie were blessed with two children, Kevin and Renea. In 1977 she was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given 1 month to live. She did not give up because she had 2 young kids at home that she waited a long time to have.

JoAnn adored her children and stayed home to watch them grow. She also helped keep the books for the families lumber yard business that they owned and operated in Battle Creek. JoAnn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek.

 In 1996, she found out that she had hepatitis C, that she contracted by having a blood transfusion while getting treated for her leukemia. JoAnn started getting pretty sick in the summer of 2003. Renea went through testing and found out she was a perfect match. Renea gave her right liver lobe to her mom.  On January 7th, 2004 they were the 24th living donor liver transplant surgery to happen at mayo clinic. 

She enjoyed, Tending to her flowers, gardening and watching the birds, out of the back window with her husband Louie. JoAnn truly treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren. Always being a little fighter, never wanting to give up on life, even if the odds were stacked against her. Knowing her kids and grandkids would be well taken care of, she took her last breath to be with Louie again

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kevin Schable of Miles, Iowa, and Renea Steele (Ben Eason) of Battle Creek, Iowa; grandchildren: Austin Schable, Baylee Steele, Kennady Steele and Delaynee Steele; sister, Fern (Fred) Koerner of Danbury, Iowa; sister-in-law, Minnie Berner of Seymour, Iowa; extended family and friends.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Louis “Louie” Schable; infant twin, sister, Betty (Bill) Walling; brother, Arlo Christopherson.


10:30 a.m., Tuesday,
May 24, 2016

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Ben Eason
Robert Krueger
Art Krueger
Kenneth Krueger
Austin Schable
Baylee Steele

Honorary Pallbearers:
Kennady Steele
Delaynee Steele


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

First Presbyterian Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Dixie Brueck, Organist

Congregational Hymn
"Amazing Grace"

Recorded Selections
"In The Garden"
"You Raise Me Up"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:17 PM
“It's so hard to realize that both your parents are gone. I know they're in such a better place. Our sincere sympathy to you both Kevin and Renae.”
- Darla Krueger
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:16 PM
“Fern & Fred:
Sorry to hear of your sisters passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God's Blessings.”
- Jerry Boger
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:16 PM
“Deepest sympathy. Your family has suffered a lot My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Fern Krayenhagen
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 4:30 PM
“Dear Ones, Renee and Kevin and families,
Remembering you all through my tears as I read this. My thoughts, love and sympathy to you all. May your memories comfort you in the coming days. She is free.
- Connie Rogge McCrary
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