In Memory of JoAnn Corbin
Died: December 17, 2022
Per JoAnn’s wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Iowa’s Deeded Body Program (as did her husband, Bill). A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com
JoAnn Corbin was born on December 16, 1938, to Carl, Sr. and Minnette (Fletcher) Rusch. She grew up and graduated high school in Galva, Iowa. JoAnn was an avid basketball player in high school and loved to watch it as she got older. She cheered on any grandchildren or great-grandchildren that would play the sport.
On November 15, 1956, JoAnn married William “Bill” Corbin. The two of them had five children: Michael, Timothy, Robert, Sheila, and Donald. JoAnn was a fun-loving, sarcastic, ball of fire. She was passionate, funny, loyal and dedicated all her life. As the mother matriarch she always sought peaceful resolutions between quibbling children but was also known for a stern loving hand, when necessary, mainly with her four boys. She (sometimes reluctantly) helped her husband collect his guns and joined him at gun shows; she was “along for the ride.” One of her recent adventures after Bill’s passing was to get her five children together and go shoot some of the guns he and his sons had collected.
JoAnn lived a life of serving others, working very hard all of her life, even while raising her own five children and assisting in raising her grandchildren as well. She even helped other young mothers, watching over their babies when they needed assistance. She would offer the shirt off her back to a stranger, cook a meal for someone who was hungry, and hold the hand of another while passing.
She was employed as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and bartender. As a CNA she was quoted multiple times saying how she always cried each time she witnessed a mother giving birth to a child, saying how each time she recognized it as a miracle and that each time it touched her deeply. As a bartender she always enjoyed a good joke and serving her patrons. She switched between the two jobs until retirement. Even after retirement she couldn’t sit still. She worked at the convenience store, Pronto, for a bit.
JoAnn loved to watch the Indianapolis Colts play football. She also enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and was always caught reading a novel in her free time.
Left to cherish her memory include her five children: Mike (Chellie) Corbin, Tim (Sandy) Corbin, Bob Corbin, Sheila Corbin, and Donnie (Claudia) Corbin; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.
JoAnn was proceeded in death by her parents Carl, Sr. and Minnette Rusch; her husband William “Bill” Corbin; brothers Carl Jr., Lyle and Leo Rusch; sister Betty Schubert; daughter-in-law Chris Corbin; and grandson Cole Corbin.
Celebration of Life
At A Later Date