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HERRIG, Joan. (Dubuque, IA, Nov. 2, 1930--Dubuque, IA, June 3, 2020). Joan M. (Paar) Herrig was the seventh of eleven children born to Victor G. and Marie M. (Berg) Paar. She graduated from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1949 and was united in marriage with William J. Herrig on April 26, 1951 at ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. They had five children.

Joan worked at Neisner Department Store, Mercy Hospital, Interstate Power Co., and Hartig Drug store. She earned her Early Childhood Education Certification from the University of Dubuque and established Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Nursery and Preschool and was a charter member of the church. She was also Owner/Director of Little Lambs Christian Preschool.

Joan was inducted into The Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame on May 9, 2006 for her activity in canvassing and encouraging people to vote. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Dubuque Unit; the Human Rights Committee at AREA RESIDENTIAL CARE, INC.; and the Board of Directors at LUTHER MANOR. Joan was a Red Cross and Finley Hospital volunteer. She spent many hours crocheting over 430 Afghans for Iowa Veteran hospitals and over 800 baby sweaters for Lutheran World Relief. Her activity was related to her son William serving in the KOREAN CONFLICT and her brother serving in WORLD WAR II, Korean Conflict, and the VIETNAM WAR.



Reese, Kayli, "'Extraordinary Life' of Dubuque Native Marked by Volunteer Efforts," Telegraph Herald, June 19, 2020, p. 5A