Jo Ann Sievers

Sep 17, 2020
Sievers, JoAnn


1:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Kearns Funeral Service     


One hour prior to services at Kearns     


Garden of Memories Cemetery     


May be directed to UnityPoint Hospice     


Jo Ann Sievers, 81, of Waterloo, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital.  

She was born January 17, 1939 in Delight, Arkansas, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Farney) Lewallen. 

She graduated from Mulvane High School in Mulvane, Kansas with the class of 1957. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Education and English in 1963 from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

She married Donald Coleman on June 27, 1959 at Mulvane Brethren Church; he preceded her in death on February 4, 1983. She married Charles Sievers on November 18, 1994; he preceded her in death on September 11, 2020.

Donald and Jo Ann moved to Waterloo in 1967 to help church planters Gene and Rita Hollinger begin the First Brethren Church in Cedar Falls. Jo Ann served as both a member and Deaconess in both the Brethren Church in Cedar Falls and the Grace Brethren Church in Waterloo. 

Jo Ann taught 5th and 6th grades in Ohio as well as Kansas. She was nominated by her peers for the Outstanding Young Educator Award in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition to teaching, she worked part time in the Personnel Department at Sears for 15 years. She has also worked at Hertz Farm Management and Grace Baptist Church as office secretary for many years. 

Survived by son, Mark Coleman of Oklahoma; two daughters, Kathryn Osajda of Illinois and Mary Lu Owens of Indiana; four grandchildren, Amanda and Julius Van Manan and Matthew and Taylor Owens. 

Preceded in death by parents; husbands, Donald and Charles; and brother, William Lewallen.

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  1. Ginny Farish | Sep 22, 2020

    Mark, Kathy and Mary Lou,

    We send our condolences for the loss of your Mom and we are praying for you all during this time. I have fond memories with your Mom and Charlie at the Iowa Reunion.  Your Mom and I were very close.  She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and I was married in HER wedding gown.  Love Aunt Ginny and Beth


  2. Gladys Deloe | Sep 20, 2020

    Mary Lou, Your WL family is holding you and your family up in prayer as you grieve. Our hearts are so sad for you. Love, Gladys and Jesse

  3. David Herrin | Sep 18, 2020
    We, too, were at the reunion hosted by Jo Ann and Charlie and had a terrific time.  So sorry that you lost them both so close together.  Our thoughts are with you all as you deal with such a devastating loss.
  4. Juanita Farney | Sep 18, 2020

    Mark, Kathy, and Mary Lu:

    We back here in Kansas are thinking of you.  Your mother hosted the last Farney Family reunion and we enjoyed the time together.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.  Hold on to the pleasant memories and let them guide you through this time of sadness. Love, Juanita

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