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“I have an amazing, strong woman watching over me now, and I will always smile knowing that. Thank you for always having the best advice, giving me...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Lauren Sutter - Cape Coral, FL

“My condolance to all the family. I have fond memories of my first job at A&W. When I return to Davenport and pass by Division and Kimberly roads, I...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Jami Burger - Olathe, KS

“So sorry for the lost of our Aunt Joan. Time on this earth goes so quickly and we wished we could have been able to see her again. She is now in...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: ROBERT S ALLEN - Sidney, MT

“I'll always remember how she laughed when Wendy and I sang "Happy Birthday" to her on the net. It was my true pleasure to have been in her company. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Marlene Griffith - Mount Dora, FL

“To Joan's family: In 1970 Dennis and I moved to Davenport from NE. Joan was like a sister to me and took to our kids like her own. I thought of her...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Charleen Meyer - Syracuse, MO

“I will miss you Joan even though our visits were once a year or so. I know there are alot of antique stores that we should have rummadged through. ...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Lynda Sternisha - Cape Coral, FL

“Aunt Joan, your smile was always a joy to partake. Even though I didn't have current pictures of you, the ones you sent from our family's past were...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Debbie Guzman - Hayward, CA

“Sometimes there is someone who comes along life's journey, and because of all the small things will live on in your heart forever. Such is the case...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Stacey Holley - San Diego, CA

“My world will not be the same without my sister Joan. I, being the youngest of four daughters, looked to her as one of my mentors, she always had a...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Bonny Montross Ross - Eugene, OR

“The laugh! I will always rember that laugh! You knew when Joan was in the building because she did not go long with it. Joan was a good friend,...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Carolyn Nelson - Davenport, IA

“My dearest Aunt Joan, you will be missed. I am glad I was able to know you. You taught me how to appreciate the little things and not make a big deal...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Elizabeth Sexton -Olson - WI

“My condolences to Joan's family and friends. I met Joan through her daughter Wendy, in Cape Coral Fl and although i did not Joan all that well, i...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Daniel Griffith - Mt Dora, FL

“I was so sorry to read in today's QC Times about Joan's passing. We met at the Radiology/Hematology group's offices when we were on the same chemo...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Marilyn Oehler - Davenport, IA

“Her infectious laugh and her glorious smile is what I hold so dear in my memory of Joan. From the A&W to home cookouts to her Tea Cozy in the...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Barb Hodson - Williamsburg, VA

“My heart goes out to all of Joans family members and friends. I have known Joan for 30 years, dating back to the early 80's when we worked together @...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Jeffrey Puls - Oklahoma City, OK

Davenport, Iowa

After a brief illness while under Hospice care and surrounded by her friends and family, Joan took her leave on September 12, 2012. She was born April 12, 1938 in Torrance, California to Walter Montross and Judy Galbaum.
Joan moved from Southern California to Davenport with her first husband Ron Stupka. Together they owned and operated the A & W restaurant on Division Street for 18 years and through that connection, Joan forged a bond with many of Davenport's families with whom she stayed involved long after the close of that business.
Joan opened a new chapter in her life when she met and married Robert Hengerer in 1980, and they were fortunate to have many wonderful years together.
Joan is survived by her husband, Robert Hengerer; daughter, Wendy (Stan) Sutter; granddaughter, Lauren Sutter; her sisters, Ann Souza, Lorry Allen, Bonny (Jim) Ross; a bevy of delightful nieces and nephews along with her Hengerer family kids: Linda, Bill, Diana and Bonnie.
Those who knew Joan well are familiar with her estate and garage sale prowess. She rarely left an even empty-handed, always finding something "sweet" to add to her collection. It is the family's hope for Joan that she will come to rest in a space big enough to house all her treasures and room to keep collecting.
Honoring her wishes, the rite of cremation was accorded. Joan requested there be no memorial service, no flowers sent and minimal tears shed on her behalf. Instead, she asked only that if you must give in her name, give to a charity you feel strongly about and remember her with a happy heart and a smile.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Joan's obituary at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home assisted the family with Joan's wishes.