Joanne M. Rigler passed away on June 6, 2019, at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her dad passed away on the same day three years earlier. Joanne was born October 26, 1950, in Helena, to Charles and Iris Rigler.
She attended St. Ann's School and Helena Catholic Central High School.
She was employed by St. John's Hospital for seven years, St. Peter's Hospital for 24 years, and Montana City School for 11 years.
Joanne enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. Gardening was her favorite, especially planting lots of flowers, and then there was canning at the end of the season. Spending time with her niece and nephews was a big part of her life. Camping, fishing, and many trips to Yellowstone were the highlights of summers. As her great-niece and nephews came along, she loved them dearly, too. They called her, “Aunt JoJo.” Her constant companion was her little dog, Teasha.
Joanne married Roger Schultz in 1977. They divorced years later.
She was proceeded in death by her parents. Joanne is survived by her sister, Vonnie (Doug) Strong, niece Becky (Joe) Corbett, nephew Aaron Strong, nephew Steve (Mayu) Strong, great-niece Ayumi Strong, great-nephews J.T. and Jonah Corbett, aunts Lucille (Mike) Stump and Jeanie Bailey, and various cousins.
As Joanne would say, “Go Pink!” If you’d like to show your support, wear pink to the service.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13th, at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, 120 W. Riggs St., East Helena. The graveside service will follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. There will be a reception following the graveside at the VFW Post 10010, 117 W. Main St., East Helena. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society or Lewis & Clark Humane Society. There is a Memorial Mass being dedicated to Joanne, at 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 15th at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Joanne.