Joan Staake

December 8, 1929 - February 25, 2016

    Joan “Jo” Staake, 86, of Arenzville, died Thursday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
    She was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Beardstown, the daughter of James Earl and Ada Suddeth Smith. She married Dick Staake on Feb. 14, 1948 in Mayfield, Ky. and he preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1992.
    She is survived by one son, Jeff (Kim) Staake of Arenzville; nine grandchildren, Trista (Josh) Wyrick of Arenzville, Abby (Andy) Franshier of Jacksonville, Brady, Katie and Lane Staake, Journey and Kenton, Dusty Mathis, all of Arenzville, and Jared Staake; one step-grandson, Justin Mathis; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosalee Wubker of Virginia; three brothers, Dick, Jim and Tom Smith, all of Pekin; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John M. Staake; one brother, Louie Smith; and seven sisters, Veda Stark, Zeda Perrelis, Inez Morgan, Doreen Woodworth, Betty Lemon, Marcella Bowman and Delores Walters.
    Mrs. Staake, alongside her husband, farmed in the Cass-Morgan area for many years, and then owned and operated DJ’s in Arenzville. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Jo was a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved fishing and antiquing and was a great cook, especially when it came to baking cookies. Jo cherished her children and grandchildren and the time they spent together.
    A funeral service was held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown, with burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Arenzville. Family met friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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