Mary Joanne Lehr-Hildenbrand, 74, Mariah Hill

Mary Joanne Lehr-Hildenbrand, 74, of Mariah Hill, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper after a short battle with cancer.

Joanne was born February 8, 1945, in Tell City to Virgil and Margie Lautner Rhodes.

Joanne graduated from Tell City High School in 1963, Brescia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1967 and Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1978.

She married Bert Lehr on August 19, 1967, in Mariah Hill. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1988. Joanne married Jerome Hildenbrand on November 23, 2012, in Mariah Hill.

Joanne was a retired Vocational Coordinator and Special Needs Teacher. She was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill and its St. Ann’s Sodality.

She served on the Spencer County Leadership Council and was a past president of both the Maria Hill Foundation and Regional Sewer District Boards.

Joanne enjoyed quilting, traveling to the beach, and most of all spending time with her grandkids.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Jerome, of Mariah Hill; two sons, Michael (Lindsey) Lehr of Larkspur, Colorado, and Jim (Heather) Lehr of Carmel; a daughter, Yvonne Lehr of Ferdinand; three stepsons, Lenny (Ellen) Hildenbrand and Mike Hildenbrand, all of Louisville, and Vince (Alisa) Hildenbrand of Jasper; a stepdaughter, Karen (Glen) Schmitt of Jasper; two brothers, Don (Barbara) Rhodes of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Bob (Sonia) Rhodes of Buford, Georgia; three sisters, Chris (Dave) Humes and Marky (Dave) Wissman, all of Lusby, Maryland, and Kim (Pete) Huck of Tell City; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Lehr; a granddaughter, Hadley Lehr; and a brother, Jim Rhodes.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT in Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Wednesday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital or Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Inc.

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