Joanne M. Ginsbach, 74, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Hartford on December 26, 2019. Funeral mass will begin at 11 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford. Visitation with family present will begin at 5 pm on Friday with a rosary to begin at 6:45 pm, followed by prayer service, also at the church.
Joanne Marie Ginsbach, was born on September 9, 1945, to Martin and Marie Ginsbach in Madison, South Dakota. She started 1st grade in Colman, and then the family moved to the Orland area south of Madison. When Joanne was in the 6th grade the family moved to Humboldt where she attended St. Ann’s grade school. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1963. Joanne then graduated from Mount Marty College with a B.A in Home Economics in 1967. She moved to Minneapolis, where she began her career in food service management. She worked mainly in healthcare, taking detours to hotels, horse racing tracks, contract food service, and then primarily focusing on healthcare food service sales. Continuing education was important to Joanne and she completed three training courses at St. Thomas University, she also worked toward a degree in Human Resource Management.
Her greatest accomplishment was designing the food service operation for Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Altoona, Iowa. She was given a blank piece of paper to design and plan the operation of a full service restaurant, 20 concession stands, commissary and a cafeteria operation for the back stretch along with hiring and training 200 staff. The time frame was December to the opening date in April.
While in Minneapolis, she was a member of St. Alphonsis Catholic Church and taught 2nd grade CCD for 20 years. Joanne moved back to her home state of South Dakota in 1997. She enjoyed “being back home” to be closer to her parents and family. She was a primary caregiver for her parents in the last years of their lives. Joanne enjoyed spending time with Stella, Paxton, Sayda, Kolter and Sullivan and watching them grow.
She was a member of St. George Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Council and planned the meals for the LOGOS program. She was a member of Court St. George #2688 Catholic Daughters of America. Joanne cherished family and valued time spent with her cousins. She helped plan many Bott family reunions and always made sure she stayed connected to all her relatives. She was instrumental in the creation of two Bott Family Cookbooks, which are wonderful keepsakes today. She was notorious for sending thoughtful cards and flowers to brighten someone’s day.
Joanne is survived by her three sisters Judith Redenius of Orange Park, Fl; Kathleen (Peter) Ackermann of Woodbury, Minn; and Cheryl (Dan) Prunty of Hartford, SD; nieces and nephews Martin (Nina), Christine, and John Redenius, Michael (Leyla) Ackermann, Petra (Umit) Tenekeci, Adam (Amber) Prunty, and Sarah (Scott) Siemonsma, and great nieces and nephews, Catherine, Christopher, Isabelle, Samantha, Cassius, JJ, Elias, Stella, Devin, Amy, Paxton, Sayda, Addison, Liam, Ava, Kolter, Sullivan and Ilay. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Marie, and three infant sisters.