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JoAnn V. Sells

May 3, 1935 ~ August 17, 2021 (age 86) 86 Years Old

JoAnn Sells Obituary

JoAnn V. Sells, 86, of Clear Lake, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery, WI.


JoAnn Verdina (Schmidt) Sells was born on May 3, 1935 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the daughter of Emil & Ivarena (Phelps) Schmidt.  JoAnn was baptized and confirmed at Janesville, IA Methodist Church and  attended school in Janesville, IA.  On June 12, 1952 she was united in marriage to Gordon Sells in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Together they raised 4 children, Jolee, Janet, Scott and Sheryl.  In 1958 the family moved to Wisconsin and  settled in Clear Lake in 1962 where they farmed for 31 years.  After retiring in 1993, Gordon and JoAnn moved to Norman, Arkansas.  Due to failing health they returned to Clear Lake to be near family.  JoAnn loved  spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing.  JoAnn and Gordon also enjoyed antiquing and often attended auctions and flea markets.  She was known for her collection of miniature glass shoes.  JoAnn will be dearly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. 


Preceded in death by; husband,  Gordon Sells;  parents Emil & Iva Schmidt; 

brothers, Duane (infant), Lloyd, Ralph & Ronald Schmidt;   sisters, Lucy Schmidt, Marie Busch, & Wava Nolte



Survived by

Daughters and Son

Jolee Warner (Greg)  - Clear Lake, WI

Janet Martinson (Mike)  -  Amery, WI

Scott Sells (Mary Shaw) -  Haskell, AR

Sheryl Holecek (Harvey) - Fountain, MN



Michele (Jeremy) Boe, Aaron (Rachel) Warner, Eric (Raul Hernandez) Warner, Joshua (Megan) Martinson, Amanda (Chad) Anderson, Chad  (Katelynn Lee) Sells, Elizabeth (Jeremy) Ziemer, Jamie (Chrissy) Boerner, Amy (Jeremy) Fjeld, Travis (Joan) Boerner, William (Tara DeMaris) Boerner, Colleen (Jason) Johnson,  Andrew (Ambrielle) Henneger,                  &  Matthew (Ashley) Henneger.



Molly (Zach) Nyhus, Wyatt Boe, Addyson Warner, Bryce Warner, Iselin Martinson, Edith Martinson, Vivian Anderson, Asher Anderson, Samantha Ziemer, Allan Ziemer, McKenzie Boerner, Caleb Boerner, Kaiden Boerner, Felicia Conner, Teigen Meany, Tara Chirpich, Ryan Chirpich, Mason Erath, Nova Boerner, Jordon Gussing, Zaydah Johnson, Kyan Johnson,                 Thane Johnson, Irina Johnson, Liam Henneger,  Ryla Henneger, Frayia Henneger, Madison Henneger and Alexander Henneger.


Sister In Law 

Beverly Schmidt 


Many Family,  Relatives and Friends



Visitation at the Scheuermann Funeral Home on Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 2 – 4 PM

With a Private Family Service following the visitation.


Clergy  -  Rev. Bryan Anderson


Interment at Clear Lake Cemetery,  Clear Lake, WI  at a later date.


In Lieu of Flowers the family prefers memorials which will be donated to the Interfaith Care Givers and Adoray Hospice


Scheuermann Funeral Home of Clear Lake handled the arrangements



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August 22, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home
342 5th Street
P.O. Box 416
Clear Lake, WI 54005

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342 5th Street
P.O. Box 416
Clear Lake, WI 54005


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