Joan “Joanie” Rissmeyer, of Safe and Secure Assisted Living in Crestview, Florida, entered into rest on Sunday, March 12th, 2017. She was 83. Daughter of the late Harold and Anne Marsh, she was born March 19, 1933 in Paterson, New Jersey. She married the love of her life, Ernest Rissmeyer on November 29th, 1952 who she met on a blind date a year earlier. Together, they raised five children.
Joan was an avid poet in her early years, with multiple writings being published in the Ramsey Journal. Like her hero Joan of Arc, who she wrote many poems about, she herself faced and conquered many battles in her life. Joan had brain surgery (In 1969) for seizures, allowing her to get a driver license at age 36. Years later, she began an insurmountable battle against Alzheimer’s, which she courageously fought for 14 years.
Her favorite hobbies included watching the New York Mets, bird watching, long walks, berry picking, wood working, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She had a natural talent for growing plants and sold countless African Violets. Her green thumb attracted the attention of many travelers who stopped to take pictures of her breath-taking flower beds, including a magazine photographer. Coffee, mint ice cream and mint Girl Scout cookies topped her list of treats. Back in the day, her television favorites included Jack Lalanne (godfather of modern fitness), Jeopardy, Days of Our Lives, and The Price is Right. During annual vacations to Rhode Island she loved standing in the ocean, boldly conquering the waves. Her employment included working for various florists and retail stores.
On behalf of Joan, her family would like to thank the incredible staff at Safe and Secure, for their loving care during her final chapter of Alzheimer’s. There are simply not enough words for the degree of compassion, dignity, and tender loving care delivered by Sandy Tingle and her entire staff at Safe and Secure. Joan’s family would also like to thank the staff at Westwood and Destin Healthcare for their role in her long journey.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Ernest Rissmeyer, children- Karen Sherrod, Ruth Sharp and husband Russell, Donna Skurnick and husband David, Maryann Makekau and husband Chuck, Ernie Rissmeyer and wife Dawn, siblings- Ronald Marsh and wife Peggy, Lorraine Wolverton, Lenny Marsh and wife Dot, sister-in-laws Arlene Rissmeyer and Margaret Pilson with husband Bill, 9 grand children and 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service and reception will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 550 Adams Drive, Crestview, Florida on Saturday March 18th at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joan’s name to Safe and Secure, at 3091 Skyline Drive, Crestview, Florida 32539.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Safe and Secure, the 8-bed care home where Joan lived and her husband Ernie still resides. In Joan’s honor, all contributions will be used to upgrade the bathroom layouts at Safe and Secure, thereby easing activities of daily living (specifically bathroom, shower and toileting).
Alzheimer’s affects the lives of millions of individuals, stealing memories and abilities throughout the entire course of the disease. These improvements will go a long way in continuing to provide the extraordinary and compassionate care Joan received in the final chapter of her life.
You can donate online below or mail contributions to:
Safe and Secure Assisted Living
Re: Joan Rissmeyer
3091 Skyline Drive
Crestview, FL 32539
FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY
So sorry for your loss. Your mom was my godmother. I have never forgotten her special hugs every time I saw her. We are all thinking of her and your family.
Grandma would always give me a good "I love you" hand squeeze which meant a lot. Funny times when she'd buy us all matching shirts/sweaters that were just her unique style. Me and Derek wore one set to an (ugly) sweater party once. 🙂
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Our family is sending love and hugs - wish we could be there in person with all of you to celebrate Aunt Joan's life.
Yvonne & Doug Sternemann
I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. I am praying for all and may the birds continue to sing to bring joy to your heart.
Sheila Stacey Griffith
So very sorry for the loss of your mother, Maryann. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Suzanne, Elizabeth, Charlie & Suzanne Clarke
Sorry for your loss, May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
In deepest Sympathy over the lost of your beloved Mother.
Sandee and John Paradisi
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Barbara G. Hamlet
She was such a joy to meet and photograph at the Magnolia Manor - just a precious joy to spend time with and talk with - such a love.
What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman. Love looking at all the family pictures especially the older ones when you were all just little kids! Very nice.
The pictures are beautiful. She was and will always be a shining light. You all are in my prayers.
Kristen Botop Schueler
We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom ,Dad and family will be in our prayers.
So sorry for your lose, many memories of her and your Dad will remain in my heart.
Sorry for your loss. Only saw her about 10 times, and only saw her smile. 🙂 She always seemed happy.