Joan Willer Obituary

Joan Marie Willer
Joan Marie Willer

May 11, 1956 - January 12, 2022
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Joan Marie Willer passed away on January 12, 2022, at Polk City Nursing and Rehab Center following a prolonged battle with cancer.

Joan, one of seven children, was born May 11, 1956, to Jack and Eleanor Willer in Des Moines, IA.

Joan graduated from Dowling Catholic High School and Iowa State University where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her entire career was focused on creative endeavors or caregiving. She worked as an interior designer at Artis Furniture and Younkers, among others, and was the gift buyer at Josephs for many years. Joan’s pride and joy was as owner/operator of Best Wishes, a one-of-a-kind gift shop in Des Moines. In the later stages of her career, she was the volunteer coordinator at St. Croix Hospice while, at the same time, dutifully overseeing the care of both her parents for many years.

Joan loved family trips to Point of Pines Resort on Kabekona Lake, MN. Several trips to Europe and papal audience with Pope John Paul II were also treasured times for Joan.

Joan is preceded in death by her father Jack Willer, her mother Eleanor Willer, and her brother Michael. She is survived by her siblings James (Ann), John, twin Patricia Maahs (David), Thomas (Mary), and Robert (Renee).
Joan dearly loved her nieces and nephews Patrick Willer (Ashley), Katherine Willer, Adam Maahs (Mallory), and Sarah Maahs, as well as grandnieces Madison and Brooklyn Willer and grandnephew Emmett Maahs.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm Monday, January 17, 2022, at Iles Dunn’s Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Ave. All attendees are required to wear masks. A private family service held at St Augustin Church on Tuesday at 2 pm will be available for streaming. To view Joan’s services, live please visit her obituary at where a link will be provided.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dowling Catholic High School Foundation, Variety-The Children’s Charity, or Dress for Success Des Moines.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, January 17, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Memorial Mass
St. Augustin Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
2:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, January 18, 2022