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Joan Catherine Tragesser

April 24, 1931 — December 29, 2016

Joan Catherine Tragesser, 85 of Tipton died at 6:01 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton. She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on April 24, 1931 to George and Wallburga (Baker) Hoffman. On October 17, 1953 she married Louis Tragesser and he survives. She had also lived in Ft. Wayne and Kokomo.

Prior to getting married Joan worked at Public Service of Indiana from 1951-1953. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she was involved in RCIA, Altar Rosary Society, and the Sacred Heart Study Club. Joan was also a member of the Silver Bells Home Economics Club. She worked for the Literary Coalition, teaching many adults to read and helping them obtain their GED. Joan also volunteered at Tipton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. She was a graduate of Kokomo High School, Class of 1949.

She is survived by her husband, Louis; six children, Elaine Dotson and husband Jim, Plainfield, Mike Tragesser and wife Vivian, Carmel, Sue Rehorst and husband Dave, Dayton, Ohio, Gary Tragesser and wife Sharon, West Lafayette, Scott Tragesser and wife Kelly, Ft. Wayne, Mary Ann Teuscher and husband Chuck, Tipton; 12 grandchildren, Ryan Dotson and wife Allyson, Kevin Dotson, Nicole Rehorst, Celina Tragesser, Sophia Tragesser, Alana Tragesser, Evan Tragesser, Sarah Tragesser, Anna Tragesser, Cody Tragesser, Jacob Teuscher, and Matt Teuscher; a sister-in-law, Diane Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Hoffman.

A funeral mass for Joan will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 2 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Tipton with Revs. Martin Gillespie and Dennis Goth presiding. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Young-Nichols Funeral Home where a Wake and Rosary Service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. There will also be visitation at the church on Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 335 Mill Street, Tipton, Indiana, 46072.

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