Mary Joann Hershberger

Mary Joann Hershberger, 86, of Bonita Springs, FL, passed away January 19th, 2023 at Cross Creek Care Center, Lee’s Summit, MO from ovarian cancer. A private service was held with immediate family.

Mrs. Hershberger was born May, 19th, 1936 in Kalona, IA to Mary Amy (Marner) and Henry Hochstetler. She was raised on a farm near Kalona and graduated from Iowa Mennonite High School. Joann married Loran in Kalona on August 31st, 1957. She attended The University of Iowa and raised her family in Iowa City. After retirement, she and Loran moved to Bonita Springs, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Henry Hochstetler Jr., and June Bender.

Survivors include her husband Loran, children Sue (Dwayne) Olsen, Jeff (Mara) Hershberger, Jodi (Ray) Pritchett and Sandy (Jim) Lavelle, 9 grandchildren; Katie and Jack (Genevieve) Olsen, Brian (Brittany), Rachel and Kevin Hershberger, Bailey and Natalie Pritchett, and Josh and Emily Lavelle.

Visits: 5


  1. Gertrude Small on January 25, 2023 at 8:58 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of you in your great loss.?

  2. David Hochstetler on January 25, 2023 at 10:16 am

    My condolences to the Hershberger family. Aunt Joann was a very special and wonderful lady and we all will miss her!

  3. Cindy Nichols on January 25, 2023 at 10:33 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family. What wonderful memories I have of Aunt Jo over the years, always lots of hugs and laughter.

  4. Randy Devine on January 25, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    I spent a lot of time over at the Hershberger’s growing up. It was a home away from home. Mrs. Hershberger couldn’t have been nicer to me over the years. She was also a good friend to my Mom’s. I will always cherish the time spent there and how much she made me feel at home. Condolences from the Devine family.

  5. Andrea Hardy on January 25, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Andrea Hardy

  6. Judy Norris on January 26, 2023 at 9:58 am

    I am saddened and heartbroken to here of Joann passing. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor in Iowa City. My love to Loran and her children

  7. Steph Lindsey on January 26, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Prayers for peace and comfort to you all in this difficult time. I will always cherish the memories of her sweet smile and laughs. Annmarie and Stephany

  8. Sally Knipfer on January 27, 2023 at 9:43 am

    I am so sad to read of Joann’s passing. What wonderful, long-lasting memories of our Formalities ventures! Hugs to the family.

  9. Gerry and Sue Miller on January 27, 2023 at 10:06 am

    So sorry to hear this, Loran. Sue and I still remember when the four of us took our VW bus down to my dad’s cottage on the Mississippi for a weekend years ago. Such things lives are made of. Our condolences. Gerry and Sue Miller

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