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Joanne Lou Earnhart, age 60, of rural Colfax, died suddenly in her home on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

She was preceded in death by husband Harlan Earnhart, and her father LeRoy (Huck) Oleson.

She was survived by her daughter, Nicole (Andy) Meade, granddaughter, Lexi Meade; stepson, Todd (Mahala) Earnhart; mother Evelyn Oleson; sisters, Dianne (Jim) Seehaver, Suzanne (Richard) Myers, Marianne (Russ) Zimmerman, Janne Daly; and many nieces and nephews.

Joanne was born March 6, 1952 in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1970 and went on to get her nursing degree from District One Technical Institute. Joanne married Harlan Earnhart on August 3, 1985. She worked for many years at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled and went on to provide homes for the developmentally disabled in Colfax and Bloomer. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services were held on Monday, September 17th, at Holden Lutheran Church in Colfax, Wisconsin. Visitation was at 10:00am with funeral service to follow at 11:00am.

Sampson Funeral Home is serving her family.