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JoAnn Marie Forcier

December 13, 1941 — June 2, 2020

JoAnn Marie Forcier, 78, of Remsen, died peacefully Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. 

Graveside services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen with Father William McCarthy officiating.  

JoAnn was born December 13, 1941 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The daughter of Ted and Mary (Bender) Cooper.  She married Donald Eugene Forcier in Everette, Washington.  He died July 19, 1972.  She worked as a bartender and factory worker most of her life.  In 1976, she met Andrew (Sonny) Loutsch, and moved to Remsen, Iowa where she resided until her death. 

JoAnn loved to have a good time and gamble at the casinos with many special friends and family.  She had an easiness about her that drew people around.  She was always happy and full of life; she loved all who knew her.  Travelling was one of her favorite activities in the winter and seeing the world with Sonny.  

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Treasa Adkins and her husband Mike of Casa Grande, AZ; a son Kelly Forcier of Sioux City, IA; step-children: Jean Loutsch of Remsen, IA; Joyce Nussbaum of Le Mars, IA; Janice (Bill) Rokaitis of Orland Park, IL; Jerome (Shelly) Loutsch of Hinton, IA; Jackie (Doug) Langel of Le Mars, IA; Jay Loutsch of Remsen, IA; Aleta Loutsch (step-daughter-in-law) of Plainfield, IL; 5 grandchildren; 29 step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; 5 brothers: Bill Cooper of Aberdeen, SD; Gerald (Ruth) Cooper of Aberdeen, SD; Leonard (Rose) Cooper of Bourbonis, IL; Frank (Rose) Cooper of Hastings, MN; and Spencer (Darlene) Cooper of Aberdeen, SD.   

She was prceded in death by her husband, Donald Forcier; a special friend, Andrew (Sonny) Loutsch; her parents; a daughter-in-law Cindy Arends; a step-son Joe Loutsch; a step-son Jeffrey Loutsch; a step-daughter-in-law Della Rae Ringle; and a sister Phyllis Siroston.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,
“I am not there, I do not sleep.
“I am a thousand winds that blow;
“I am the diamond glints on the snow.
“I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
“I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
“When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
“I am the swift uplifting rush
“Of quiet birds in circled flight.
“I am the soft star that shines at night.
“Do not stand at my grave and cry.
“I am not there; I did not die.”

~Mary Elizabeth Frye
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