In memory of

Joleen Karen Bachman

July 1, 1935 - May 4, 2019
From: Early, IA
Joleen Karen Bachman

Joleen Karen Bachman

Born: July 1, 1935
Died: May 4, 2019
Age: 83
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   Joleen Bachman, 83, was born on July 1, 1935, to Gladys “Bunny” (Holt) and Jack Clapper of Auburn, IA.  She married Ed Bachman in 1952, and together they created a family with nine children. 

   Following their divorce, Joleen started her college career.  In 1981, she earned her Associates of Arts Degree at ICCC in Fort Dodge, IA, and in 1983, she graduated B.A.C. at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA.  During that time she entered a six month study lecture program at the Taipei Language Institute in Tai Chung, Taiwan. Her love from this experience led her to return on two more occasions to teach English and study the Mandarin Language. While there she studied under a Master of the Chi Quong Martial Arts, becoming proficient in teaching it herself.  For many years, she taught it as a course for the Buena Vista University Interim Program.  In 1985, Joleen completed her Master’s Degree in Holistic Studies and Healing Arts at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She then furthered her education in 1989, at the Kellogg Leadership Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Georgia.  Her proudest accomplishment in her educational career was receiving her Ph.D. of Higher Education in Adult Development at Union Institute in Cincinnati, OH, in 1991. 

   Her professional career consisted of both teacher and Director for Buena Vista University, Director at Upper Iowa University in Madison, WI, and Hamilton College in Mason City, IA.  Following her retirement in 2004, she taught online classes for the next 16 years for Kaplan University, retiring completely at age 83 in 2018. 

   Joleen had a passion for sharing her knowledge and making a difference in the lives of her students.  She was a remarkable woman as a teacher, mentor, women’s advocate, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  Her passion for reading along with her sense of adventure and zest for life inspired many people with whom she met over the years.  She will be dearly missed.

   Joleen is survived by her sons: Lane of Lake City, Brett (Barb) of Fort Dodge, Todd of Sac City, Scott (Claudine) of Charlotte, NC, Colin of Miami, FL, and Tony of Lake View;  her two daughters: Pam Visedo of Minneapolis, MN, and Cindy Bachman of Des Moines, IA; fifteen grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Sheri Dirkx of Breda, Kay Reicks of Manson, and Peggy Derner of Lake View; her brothers: Jim Clapper of Boston, MA, and Chuck Clapper of Lake View; son-in-law Scott Cook of Lake City; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.  

   She was preceded in death by her parents Bunny and Jack; daughter Diane Cook; former husband Ed Bachman; sister Nancy Smart; and brother Neil Clapper. 

   Following a brief illness, Joleen passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at home in Early, IA, surrounded by her family.


IN LIEU OF FLOWERS Joleen's family has requested that memorials be made to:
UnityPoint Hospice
112 West 5th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588       

Celebration of Life
2:30 p.m., Sunday
May 12, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Visitation begins at 2:00 p.m. with
refreshments to follow service at funeral home.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:05 AM
“Joe was an amazing woman and my spiritual group loved being in her home, as well as when she was a part of our circle. Her knowledge, humor, and passion made each encounter a learning experience. I LOVED when two years ago she and her interesting sisters, {each unique!} visited my gardens. Her home was once the Poetry House of Early, where artists congregated years ago. Only Jo could have fit in so appropriately, contributing her Zen energy. Jo passed one day after I left for the Carolinas, and I am very sorry I missed her funeral. To her wonderful children, and sisters, I loved her as did all her life students. Annie”
- Annie ODell
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:49 PM
“I just learned of Joís passing. My condolences to the family. Jo was a colleague of mine when I worked at BVU Clarinda Center. She was always so very kind to me. Iím so sorry for your loss. ”
- Gail Bailey
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:51 PM
“Rest in peace Jo...hugs to your family..”
- Larry and Lynne Brincks
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:28 PM
“I so remember the times we used to get together on the farm or at our house in Auburn,,we send our sympathies to all of you kids...R.I. P. Jo!!!”
- Larry and Lynne Brincks
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 2:25 PM
“Most women could achieve on a portion of what Jo accomplished. She was a Super Woman!”
- Jane Croll
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“I miss my dear, dear friend of 36 years... but take comfort that she is in a better place.
We shall meet again, Jo!”
- Kenneth Demsky
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 4:59 PM
“Jolene had a profound effect on my life when she and my sister, Viki Carnine Irwin, led the conscientiousness raising through NOW. This amazing woman showed by example that you should go after your dreams; never waste your potential. I will miss talking with her . She always had a kind word and worldly view. Michelle Witte”
- Michelle Witte
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 4:59 PM
“Brett and Barb, your mom was a remarkable lady and someone we would have liked to have known. She has left you with lots of wonderful memories. May God's healing hands and offering of peace be with you and your family. Steve and Cheryl”
- Steve and Cheryl Soelberg
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:50 AM
“I am most saddened to learn of Joleenís passing. Joleen was such a kind, gentle lady with a loving personality. Joleen was inspirational to many. My mother was Ceal Bachman Hauser and thought highly of your Mom.”
- Joyce Hauser Schneider
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 8:19 PM
“Jo was a renaissance woman. She was a good friend and an inspiration to many. Rest in peace my friend.”
- Joyce Bettin
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“Much love and prayers going your way, Bachman family!! Your Momma was a rare lady; had a great heart and loved her way of challenging with her deep mind! ”
- Nora Dirkx
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“I have a life time of memories with Aunt Jo out at the farm. Always such fun to have all those kids to play with.Jo accomplished so much in her lifetime. She will be missed. Sorry I will be unable to attend on Motherís Day .”
- Bonnie Hasenwinkel
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“For my wonderful Iowa family,
I know this Mother's Day will be a very difficult time for you and I wanted you to know that I will be remembering your mom, Jo, along with my mom, Nan that day.... but I'm confident that Jo and Nan are catching up on their favorite books and authors. I will always be so grateful for Jo being able to spend time with Nan in Indiana while we visited Stephanie in New Mexico.. a precious gift for all. And I'm sure Grandma Bunny welcomed her wonderful daughter with open arms as Grandma always welcomed all of us when we came to the farm or the house in Auburn.. Precious Memories.
With all our love to you,
Cathy and Larry”
- Cathy Braner
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“My heart goes out to all my cousins and their families at this sad time. I love all of you dearly and please know that you are in our prayers ❤️🙏 Your mother was one of the most wonderful, interesting, loving woman and I have such fond memories of her. God Bless You❤️”
- Brenda ( Bachman) Williams
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