Joan M. Rhea

January 12, 1930 - November 20, 2021

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Friday, November 26, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, November 26, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Joan Marie Rhea, 91, of Kendallville, Indiana, died Saturday, November 20, 2021, with her family at her side.

She was born January 12, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Robert W. and Marie (Cramer) Lamont and was raised by her grandparents, Van and Anna Lamont.

On October 15, 1950, in Kendallville she married Robert I. Rhea. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1988.

Mrs. Rhea was the first woman school bus driver for the East Noble School Corporation and drove for over 20 years. She later was manager of House of Spirits in Kendallville.

Joan loved sewing, cooking for others, and reading.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen (Vern) Brown of Auburn and Cheryl (Kelly) Casselman of Kendallville; two sons, Michael L. (Cynthia) Rhea of Kendallville and Scott L. Rhea of Albion; daughter-in-law, Patti Rhea of LaGrange; 14 grandchildren, Jared (Katie) Anderson, Justin Rhea, Joshua (Tanya) Rhea, Amanda Rhea, Tyler Brown, Rachael Rhea, Sarah (Trevor) Hollingsworth, Kayla (Jon) Teusch, Alyssa Casselman, Courtney Casselman, Lindsey Casselman, Zachary Rhea, Mackenzie Rhea, and Marissa Rhea; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert V. Rhea; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Rhea.

Funeral services will be Friday, November 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with the Reverend Dan Barker officiating.

Burial will follow at Orange Cemetery near Rome City.

Honorary pallbearers are Amanda Rhea, Sarah Hollingsworth, Rachael Rhea, Mackenzie Rhea, Marissa Rhea, Courtney Casselman, Lindsey Casselman, Kayla Teusch, and Alyssa Casselman. Active pallbearers are Trevor Hollingsworth, Jon Teusch, Allen Grabill, Zachary Rhea, Matt Reno, Jared Anderson, Justin Rhea, Joshua Rhea, and Tyler Brown.

Visitation is Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Riley Hospital for Children or Heartland Hospice.

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Jack and Cindy Jollief
November 24th, 2021 1:51pm

Your mom was such a special lady. The first time we really got to know her was through the Elks. She and your Dad were such hard workers and always supported their many projects. Your mom was a tireless worker in the kitchen and we always had such a great time! She was such a sweet person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all your special memories bring you comfort and peace.

Doris and Brian Baker
November 24th, 2021 12:12pm

So sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort.

Diane Rice
November 24th, 2021 3:01am
Syracuse, In

Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. Thinking of you and the entire family.

Donna Smith
November 23rd, 2021 12:24pm
Ft White, Florida

🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹Such A Special Lady💖

Diane Leighty
November 23rd, 2021 3:33am
Kendallville, In

Rhea Family, Sending my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a sweet lady! God be with you all!🙏🏻

Donna Smith
November 22nd, 2021 12:05am

This Lady was just just So kind❤️❤️❤️❤️ Met her at House of Spirits .. Bakers'Flowers..left such an impression on me.See you in Heaven one day Joan❤️🙏

September Morrow
November 21st, 2021 11:07pm

It was a blessing working not only with Joan but also her amazing family that loved her so much and she loved them she was an amazing woman with a heart of gold and because of clients like her that the work I’m involved in makes me wanna keep doing what I’m doing Karen and Cheryl I love you all Iike a family I’ve never had and I made a promise and I’m gonna do it so keep ur heads high now we all have a angel above to keep us in the direction we need to go I’m sorry for your loss Thank you Lady’s for the great opportunity of serving your Family yours truly September From Home helpers❤️

Laura and Brian Shull
November 21st, 2021 6:34pm

Cheryl and family, We are sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for comfort. Hugs. ❤️🙏🏻