Sally Ann Johanningmeier

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Sally Ann (Lipke) Johanningmeier passed away peacefully on April 17, 2020, at Mayo Franciscan Hospital in La Crosse.

Sally was born July 4, 1953, in Prairie du Chien. She attended St. Gabriel’s for elementary and middle school and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. Sally married the love of her life, Bill, on Nov. 4, 1971. Together, they farmed on the Yellow River outside Harpers Ferry, Iowa, for many years, later moving to rural Monona. Sally earned her nursing degree from Northeast Iowa Community College and worked as a registered nurse at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

Sally loved music, the river, water skiing, and playing cards and games with family and friends. She was a gifted organist and pianist who could play countless songs from memory. Sally played organ and piano for church services and daily mass at St. Gabriel’s. She later played piano at nursing homes and accompanied her children on the piano for vocal and instrumental contests and church Christmas services. Sally loved her family and entertaining them in her home. She was a tremendous cook, and especially enjoyed Fourth of July get-togethers and fireworks with her mom, children, grandchildren and cousin Tom de Ranitz. 

Sally is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Josh (Jeanie) Johanningmeier of Middleton; Kymm (Rob) Clark of Kalamazoo, Mich.; five grandchildren, Reese, Lane and Tayte Johanningmeier, and Vanessa and Danny Clark; sister, Mary (Jerry) Tabbert of Galesville; brother, Bob Lipke of Eau Claire; and dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Lyle Lipke.

A private service of Christian burial will take place in Monona, Iowa. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions allow. In lieu of flowers, memorials and cards in Sally’s honor may be sent to Bill Johanningmeier, 21982 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Monona, Iowa 52159.

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