JoAnne Christianson, 86, of Indianapolis, died October 23, 2021. She was born January 16, 1935 in Greencastle, daughter of Victor R and Grace R (Kersey) Hurst.
She was an interior decorator, furniture store owner and office manager. She loved the PACERS and rarely missed a PACERS game. JoAnne had season tickets on the floor during all 3 seasons that the PACERS were ABA Champions. JoAnne also loved the Colts, a good steak dinner, fashion, and interior decorating. JoAnne’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She relished the family Christmas, birthday, and other holiday celebrations. Every Christmas Eve, JoAnne would gather with her entire family and celebrate with a feast of food. Every room in the house would be festively decorated and she always made her special persimmon pudding, pecan pies, and German chocolate cake
JoAnne loved having Thanksgiving with family and one of her daughter’s homes. She always looked forward to her sister’s frequent visits, having her stay overnight, and most of all enjoying a meal out with her. She loved having her sons cook or bring her wonderful Sunday dinners.
JoAnne also delighted in spending time with family on vacations including at the family condo in Naples, Florida, on a cruise, pretty much anywhere that she could laugh and enjoy time with family. JoAnne loved her fall trips to Nashville, Indiana each year and would always come home with peanut butter and chocolate fudge.
JoAnne treasured playing canasta for hours and hours on end and going on vacation with her lifelong best friend, Anna McCord and family. She also loved her meals out and trips with long-time friend, Peggy Summers.
In addition to her parents, JoAnne was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Christianson; and brother, Paul L. Hurst.
Survivors include her children, Jeff Christianson, John (Gwendolyn) Christianson, Connie (Bob) Hadley and Kimberly (Sheldon) Shaw; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Donna Hurst Harris; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.
Family and friends will gather at 10 am, Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Trinity Church, 9709 Allisonville Road, where the Funeral Service will begin at 12 pm.
In memory of JoAnne, donations may be given to Family Support Center, Inc, 1575 Dr. MLK Jr. Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Envelopes will be available at the service.
Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.
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