Mary Joan Kespohl was born on Monday, August 1, 1932, in Oak Hill, Missouri to Fred and Mary (Rutz) Brandenburger and passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in Cuba, Missouri.
Joan was married for 41 years to Richard Kespohl.
They moved around the midwest during their married life and were happy to return to their hometown of Cuba, Missouri in 1976. They had a wonderful life together, and he was constantly on her mind during her 25 year widowhood.
She enjoyed getting together with friends and family through the years, who all have fond memories of times spent laughing and visiting and telling stories.
She was an avid reader of the Post Dispatch and the Cuba Free Press, was an expert at crossword puzzles and never missed an episode of Jeopardy.
She lived by her own rules and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She had her own style in her dress and in her home and never worried about what others thought. She and Richard were a great host and hostess and always loved throwing a party.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Brandenburger; husband, Richard; brothers, John and wife Gerri Brandenburger, Bill Brandenburger and Jack Brandenburger; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jack Sims.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Jeff Cunningham and Sue and Tim Ryle; grandchildren, Richard and Shannon Cunningham and Max Ryle; sisters-in law, Pearl Brandenburger and Diane Brandenburger; other relatives and friends.
Private burial was held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.