Joan passed away on September 28th at 5:00 pm and was surrounded by her loving family. Services will be conducted on Tuesday October 9th at 12:00 pm at Cloverdale Funeral Home and is under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home with Pastor John Mars officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Joan was the middle of three children born to Harold R. and Eva E. Horning. She was born on April 15th, 1936 in Cresbard, South Dakota. She moved to Western Oregon with her family in 1938.
Joan grew up in the Hillsboro, Oregon area, first on a horse ranch and later in town. She graduated from Hillsboro High School with numerous honors in 1954. She worked at the local telephone company until her high school sweetheart Gerald M. Simantel returned from a tour of duty with the United States Army. They were married on December 4th, 1954 in the Methodist church is Hillsboro Oregon.
They later moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Gerald pursued a degree from Oregon State College. During this period, they were blessed with the birth of three children. In 1961 they moved to Brookings, South Dakota where Gerald continued his studies and obtained a PH.D. in 1963.
Upon completion of Gerald’s degree, they moved to Nyssa, Oregon where Gerald went to work for The Amalgamated Sugar Company. After the children reached school age, Joan began employment at the local doctor’s office. Joan became Office Manager for a small doctor’s office and retired after twenty plus years of employment. Joan was very active in her church as well as numerous community activities.
Joan and Gerald moved to Longmont, Colorado in 1991 when the Amalgamated Sugar Company sold Gerald’s seed division. While living in Colorado, Joan volunteered at numerous facilities working three plus days a week. They moved back to Boise, Idaho in 2000 after they both retired to be near their children and grandchildren and resided in Meridian, Idaho. They also had a winter home in Mesa, Arizona for twelve years where they enjoyed six months a year. Joan has been active in her church, P.E.O., and needless to say with her children and grandchildren. Above all, Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Joan is survived by her loving husband and soulmate Gerald (married 60+ years) two children of Boise, Dave Simantel, Debra Barningham (Mike) as well as three grandsons Cory Simantel (Virginia) of Simi Valley, CA, Nate Barningham (Boise, ID) and Trent Barningham (Soap Lake, WA) a sister Murial Ing (Hood River, OR) and brother Gary Horning (Shirley) of Bend, OR.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Eva Horning, a son Dan Simantel and twin grandchildren, Travis and Tracey Barningham.
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