In loving memory of

JoAnn E Thill
February 20, 1975 - January 12, 2020

JoAnn Elizabeth Thill, 44, of Burt, Iowa and formerly of Fort Dodge passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at her home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, January 17, 2020 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and then a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi Church. Burial will follow in Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
She is survived by her mother, Sara Thill; brother, Brian Thill and his wife, Carrie; three nieces, Audrey, Pearl, and Lucy all of Lino Lakes, MN; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Thill, Grand Parents, and some Aunts and Uncles.
JoAnn was an amazing and special person. A true warrior, she battled various conditions and surgeries with grace and with an inspiring positive attitude. She had the kindest heart of anyone I have ever known and touched the lives of so many people. JoAnn had an infectious smile that brought great joy to everyone she came into contact with and her hugs were warming and comforting.
JoAnn was an inspiring Special Olympian and loved competing with her friends. She had so many amazing caregivers in her life who are incredible and were considered members of her family. JoAnn loved music, movies, and football. She loved her family at Exceptional Opportunities where she got an amazing education, worked hard, and experienced the love of countless people. She will truly be missed by so many. Great solace is taken in knowing she will no longer be suffering, and she will be rejoining her father in heaven.
Memorials may be left to Exceptional Opportunities or Special Olympics.


Sue Mc Cabe wrote on Jan 17, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of JoAnn passing. Indeed a special angel who was dearly loved. Sue McCabe"

Elly Mack wrote on Jan 16, 2020:

"I just received word about your loss and wanted to send our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to you and your family. Enjoyed reading about her life . Such a great tribute to her! Mark and Elly Mack (Judy Thill?s younger sister)"

Cindy Wood wrote on Jan 16, 2020:

"Sarah, I was sorry to read about JoAnn's passing. I never met her but felt I knew her from all the times you talked about her when I worked with Eldean. Just know that she will always be with you in your heart. Prayers..."

Julie Devane wrote on Jan 15, 2020:

"Sorry to hear of to loss of JoAnn. mu condolences to the Family & sister of Mercy. Julie Devane Chicago Associate "

Vicki Briggs wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"Sara, Brian and family, My heart goes out to each of you. My heart was filled with love and happiness from working at Exceptional Opportunities for 23 years. Jo was part of the joy in my heart. Jo always knew how to melt my heart with her beautiful eyes and special smile. For the past 2 years my heart was filled again with the love and joy of returning to my family at Exceptional Opportunities. Love knows no boundaries, even those that divide Heaven and Earth. So whenever you feel sad, just remember yours and Jo's hearts are connected. The Lord has gained a beautiful angel and Tom has gotten his little girl back home. May the Lord help comfort the Thill family and Jo's family at Exceptional Opportunities. God Bless each of you! Vicki Briggs"

Karen Anderson wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"Sara and Brian you are in thoughts and prayers. I will miss Jo with all my heart will miss her smile and hugs and singing her special song to her at nap time. Thank you for letting me take care of her and loving her. Until we meet again I love you and will miss you Jo. Karen Anderson"

Wendy Harms wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"My sympathy to you and your family, Sara. JoAnn was filled with personality and I will always remember her great smile! Wendy Harms"

Larry Hellman wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"My sympathy to all of you. Joann was put on this earth to make us all smile. When I worked at Ex Op she certainly made me smile. May God bless all of her family."

Lisa Kunkel wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"Sara and Brian and Family, Thinking of you at this difficult time. I was able to know Jo while working at EO. She taught me so me so much, And was able to make so many wonderful friends including Jo and your family, how lucky I was. It brings so many great memories....eating out, movies, parades and etc. I can still see her smile that lit up the room. Thank you so much for letting me be apart of her life! Will be thinking of you all at this difficult time! I'm sure the Good Lord was waiting for her with open arms!!"

Janet Corcoran wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"Sara and Brian My deepest sympathies on the death of your JoAnn. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Janet Corcoran"

Jean Menning wrote on Jan 14, 2020:

"Sara, Brian and family, Our deepest sympathy at this time of JoAnn's death. What a privilege it has been to serve JoAnn for nearly forty years. JoAnn's determination saw her through many challenges during her life time. She certainly was a spunky one! I am sure she was welcomed to heaven by her dad. Please know we share your loss and will miss JoAnn so very much. Jean Menning "