In Memory of JoAnn D. Heath

JoAnn D. Heath
JoAnn D. Heath
Born: February 18, 1928
Died: December 4, 2022
Age: 94
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JoAnn D. Heath
February 18, 1928 - December 4, 2022
From: Ida Grove, IA

JoAnn D. Heath, age 94, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father William A. McCarthy will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Norma JoAnn Derscheid Heath (94) of Ida Grove, Iowa (formerly of Waterloo, Iowa) passed away on December 4, 2022, in Holstein, Iowa. JoAnn was born February 18, 1928, on her grandparents’ farm in Webster County, Iowa, the daughter of Marcelean (Friday) Derscheid Blue and the late John Frederick Derscheid.

JoAnn lived in the Webster City area and graduated from Webster City High School in 1946. Beginning at age 16, she spent summers and the two years after graduation working for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. and living with her aunt Mary Ollie Friday.

In 1948 she entered Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she studied for two years. She married Donald Francis Heath on May 29, 1950, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Don and JoAnn made their home in Waterloo and they welcomed three children: Diane, David, and Martha. In 1972 the family relocated to Ida Grove, Iowa. 

During her years in Ida Grove, JoAnn served as one of the first Ida County Judicial Magistrates, a post she held for more than 20 years. She was also active as a Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader, and volunteered for many organizations including the Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and SHIIP.  

JoAnn is survived by her children Diane (Phil) Neri of Sioux City, IA, Dave (Sue) Heath of Ankeny, IA and Martha (Todd) Sinclair of Waterloo, IA. There are four grandchildren: Zach Neri, Laura (Jason) Arme, Hunter Sinclair and Olivia Sinclair; three step-grandchildren: Geneva (Tyler) Dillon, Kevin Sinclair, and AJ (Celeste) Sinclair; four great-grandchildren: Deondre, Jordan, and Ciara Neri and Tatum Schwartzkopf; and eight step-great-grandchildren: Zach, Gabe, Nate, Ezra, and Lia Dillon and Ronan, Aliza, and Maverick Sinclair.  She is also survived by her brother Ron (Karen) Blue, sister Bonnie (Doug) Patrick, and sister-in-law Hester Derscheid. 

She was preceded in death by her father (before her birth) and mother; sisters Marjorie Neese, Lois Hansen and Judy Blue; brothers Richard Derscheid, James Blue; and beloved aunt Mary Ollie Friday. 


11:00 a.m., Friday
December 9, 2022
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father William A. McCarthy


Phillip Neri
Deondre Neri
Jordan Neri
Dave Heath
Todd Sinclair
Dale Derscheid

Honorary Pallbearers
Hunter Sinclair
Olivia Sinclair
Ciara Neri


One Hour Prior to Mass
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 9, 2022
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"
"One Bread, One Body"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“Hugs for your family during this difficult time. What an accomplished and fun lady she was! Remember the good times.
Love, Nan”
- Nancy L Derscheid
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:18 PM
“I took care of JoAnn at Golden Horizons.
She taught me how to hang her slacks up with folding them on the seams.
I know this may seem silly to some but I will never forget her teaching me that.
She was precise and sophisticated.
I really enjoyed her company and laughter.
Love and prayers sent to all her family and friends.”
- Deb Droegmiller
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:18 PM
“Martha and family Sending my condolences on the loss of your mother.”
- Valarie Wonder
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:18 PM
“Martie I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. ”
- Renee Stephens
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:18 PM
“I am so sorry for you loss. Your mother sounded like a very unique and special person. Again, prayers and thoughts are offer and sent your way. Roger Eich”
- Roger Eich
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