The former Joan Lea Anthony was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Le Mars, the second of seven children born to Donald and Helen (Frerichs) Anthony. She grew up in Le Mars and received her elementary education at Gehlen Catholic School and graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1971. Joan married Gary Rolling in 1974.
She moved to Alta in 1985 and had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service since 1994, most recently in Storm Lake.
Joan will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, her mother, sisters, brothers and many nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses: Craig and Margie Rolling of Minneapolis, Minn., Brad and Shaina Rolling of Ankeny, and Gina and Erwin Castro of West Des Moines; six grandchildren: Lauren Rolling, Gabriel Castro, Logan Rolling, Isaiah Castro, Alizae Castro and Luke Rolling, and a seventh grandchild that will be arriving any day; her mother, Helen Anthony of Le Mars; three sisters: Judy (Bill) Mathews of Tulsa, Okla., Jean (Ron) Counter of Sioux City, and Julie (Armand) Orban of Deming, N.M.; three brothers: Jim (Nancy) Anthony of Creston, John (Deb) Anthony of Le Mars, and Jeff (Denise) Anthony of New Ulm, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday morning at St. James Church for one hour before the funeral mass.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.