HURON — JoAnn Long, age 90, of Huron, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at SunQuest Healthcare Center surrounded by her family.
Her memorial service will be 11 a.m.,
Saturday, March 16, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis at a later date.
JoAnn Starksen, the daughter of Dr. Arthur and ‘Babe’ Starksen, was born September 29, 1928, in Gary. They moved to Brookings in 1930. She graduated from Brookings High School. JoAnn went to college at South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in pharmacy. She worked at Huron Clinic for 10 years and then part-time at Lewis Drug. She was the consulting pharmacist for both nursing homes in Huron for 24 years and did relief work for drug stores in Huron, Redfield, Woonsocket, Wessington Springs, Scotland, Britton and Lemmon.
JoAnn married James Long June 17, 1950, in Brookings.The couple lived in Britton and Ipswich before moving to Huron. JoAnn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Huron. She was a member of Chapter F PEO for 60 years. JoAnn was an avid bridge player, playing with many groups. She loved to cook and entertain. She enjoyed music, crossword puzzles and spending time with family and her many wonderful friends. After retirement, JoAnn and Jim loved to travel.
Grateful for having shared in JoAnn’s life are her two sons, Randy (Jan) Long of Rapid City, and Rick (Lisa) Long of Huron; five grandchildren, Rich (Jennifer) Long, Kelly Jo (Pablo) Mastroeni, Brandon (Wendy) Long, Matt (Lyndsey) Sather, and Jordan (Bridget) Long; and eight great-grandchildren, Gianluca Mastroeni, Giuliana Mastroeni, Emma Long, Gabriel Long, Beau Long, Archer Sather, Nolan Roy and Ellis Long. JoAnn is also survived by niece, Mary Jo Bibby; and nephews, Steve Bibby, and Nate Bibby.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James in 2014; her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and John Bibby; sister-in-law, Mary Bibby; and nephew, Jay Bibby.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in her name be made to organizations of the donor’s choice.