JoAnn Sickler Wehmeyer

JoAnn Sickler Wehmeyer

JoAnn Sickler Wehmeyer, 87, of Thebes, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 5:55 a.m. at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

She was born to Otis Oren and Addie May Jackson Sickler on July 5, 1934, in Gale.

She married Melvin Raymond Wehmeyer on Dec. 20, 1952. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2006.

Mrs. Wehmeyer was a homemaker and in her spare time, enjoyed crocheting and embroidery up to the last days of her life. 

She was a member of Alexander Freewill Baptist Church. Previously, she had attended Beech Grove Baptist Church where she was active in the Cheerful Workers Group and Home Extension for many years.

Survivors include her son, Kevin Wehmeyer of Thebes; a daughter, Sheila (Paul) Echols of Murphysboro; three grandchildren, Shannon Dow, Jarrod Echols and Morgan (Allen) Dillow; four great-great-grandchildren, Isaac, Sarah, Ezra and Camilla; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and Rodney; a granddaughter, Melonie Phillips; two sisters, Pauline Norris and Pearl Sickler; and three brothers, James, Neil and Shelby Sickler.

A Celebration of Life honoring JoAnn Wehmeyer was held Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with the Rev. Sam Ramdial officiating, with a eulogy by Paul Echols. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes. 

Memorials can be made to Alexander Freewill Baptist Church. 

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms was in charge of arrangements.

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