Joan Higley

Joan Higley (Trexler)

Friday, May 30th, 1930 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Joan G. (Trexler) Higley, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2020, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Monday, at the church, where due to the Covid 19 pandemic, masks will be required. Rev. David Schatz will officiate. Mass will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory Facebook page for those unable to attend. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery, 2736 Windsor Avenue.

Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.

Joan was born May 30, 1930 in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Walter A. and Pearl (Nagle) Trexler. She attended the former Visitation Academy Catholic girls’ high school and graduated from Clarke College in 1948.

She worked at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library, adjacent to the Trexler family home on Bluff St.

Joan married John W. Higley on May 15, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were married 32 years before John’s death in 1986. After they married, Joan settled into her role as devoted wife and mother of Mark and Ann. Joan was an active volunteer for a number of non-profit organizations for many years, including the Visiting Nurse Association, Friends of the Mines of Spain, the Mississippi Trails Hiking Club, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Joan was a faithful member of St. Columbkille Parish for over 66 years.

Joan enjoyed boating, hiking, and traveled throughout the world. She spent many summers visiting the family cabin on the Minnesota Whitefish chain of lakes. She was an avid golf and tennis player, and a longtime member of the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. Joan will be remembered for her artwork, gardening skills, proficiency at contract bridge, and her unconditional support and love of her two grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her two children Mark, of Dubuque, and Ann (Bob) Wolfe, of Bloomington, MN and their children, Elizabeth “Lizzy” and Austin.

In addition to her husband, Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Constance “Connie” Schockemoehl and Carol Hagerty, her longtime friend and companion Eugene Gratz, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church and Stonehill Care Center.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The Higley family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and 24-Hour Care Home Health Agency, and to Joan’s long-time personal care aide, Danguole Abierne, for all of their wonderful care and support.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    St. Columbkille's Catholic Church
    1240 Rush St.
    DUBUQUE, IA 52003
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Columbkille's Catholic Church
    1240 Rush St.
    DUBUQUE, IA 52003
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  • Interment

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 |
    Monday, June 29th, 2020
    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Avenue
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Moya Steve & Doss family

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Ann, Mark & family, Your mom was such a lover of the outdoors that I thought planting trees in her memory would be the best way to honor her, love you

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Sisters of the Visitation

Posted at 09:37am
The Sisters of the Visitation offer our deepest sympathy to Joan's family particularly Mark and Ann. Joan was a person who always took the time to greet any of us that she may see out and about. She was a supportive person and we are grateful. Her sisters
Connie and Carol were also kind and supportive to the Sisters. We will have a Mass offered for Joan and include Connie and Carol.
Sisters of the Visitation

Howard Higley

Posted at 12:59pm
Goodbye Aunt Joan. Now you're reunited with Uncle John. Fond memories of growing up with you, Mark and Ann. They helped make a great life for all of us. Sorry for your loss, but happy that you were there for her at the end. -Howard Roy

Laura L Barrett

Posted at 11:34am
My sincerest condolences to you Mark, Ann, Bob, Lizzy, Austin, and your beloveds.
It was such a pleasure to meet and enjoy time with your mom last summer. Thank your for that privilege.
May you find comfort and peace at this time. I know you all were so loved by her.
With Kindest Regards,
Laura Lynne Barrett

Dick, Nancy, Nathan and Zach Keller

Posted at 01:03pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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