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Mount Olivet Cemetery
Dubuque County, Iowa
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From the September 21, 2008 edition of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Joan B. Briggs, 90, of 998 Kirkwood, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at The Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1917, in Dubuque, daughter of Ray and Bernice (O'Farrell) Briggs. She graduated from Senior High School and went on to Clark College, graduating in 1939.

She received a masters degree in educational administration from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a masters in counseling from Loyola College, Chicago.

Joan served as librarian at the Loras Academy from 1944 to 1947. She also was a librarian at the Rockhurst school in Kansas City and the principal and counselor at the Visitation School from 1950 to 1968. She was the camp director at Camp Little Cloud from 1970 to 1987, where she was known as "Happy."

Joan was an avid reader and lover of the outer doors. She also was very proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are her close personal friend, Joan Geisler, of Dubuque; six nieces and nephews; and two cousins, Mary Welter, of Shreveport, La., and Harlon Heitzman, of Geneva, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ann Scherr and Lois Fierce.

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