Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen, 87, of Maryville, formerly of St. Elmo, passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was a resident of Liberty Village Nursing Facility in Maryville.


A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with Dan Laack officiating. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Pagel Funeral Home. Burial followed at McInturff Cemetery in rural Hagarstown. Memorials may go to the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at


Joanne was born on Jan. 5, 1932 in Vandalia, the daughter of Virgil and Freida (Kistler) Elmore. Joanne was raised in Hagarstown. During her high school years, the family moved to Altamont, where she graduated from high school in 1950. In the fall of 1950, Joanne and some of her classmates went to St. Louis to find work. She landed a job with Illinois Terminal Railroad. She remained there for 40 years retiring in 1990 with Norfolk and Western after they bought out the Illinois terminal. In 1953, she met Robert Owen when they were both in St. Louis. They were married in May of

1954 at the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo. Joanne’s father, Rev. Virgil Elmore, officiated the wedding. Joanne was a member of the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo. She loved strawberries, sewing, gardening, canning vegetables and fruits, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joanne is survived by her son, Brian Owen (wife Brenda) of Collinsville; four granddaughters, Marcy Vetrone (husband Jason) of Collinsville, Gessica Handegan (husband Brandon) of Troy, Casey Massey (husband Clint) of Troy, and Brittany Mersinger (husband Todd) of Troy; and three great-grandchildren, Haleigh Mersinger, Hunter Mersinger, and Collin Massey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Freida Elmore; husband, Robert Owen; and sister, Marilyn Elmore.

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