JoAnn "Joni" Grace Nichols, 84 of Goodview, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Lake Winona Manor. JoAnn was born on June 19, 1936 to Edward and Dora (Gensmer) Matthees in Norton Township. She graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1954. On October 5, 1963 she married Boyd Nichols.
They lived in St. Louis Park, MN and in 1967 moved to Winona. She was employed at Prudential Insurance Company in Winona and Minneapolis, C&G Claim Service and retired from Winona Health in 2008.
JoAnn was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Minnesota City.
JoAnn loved to go dancing and enjoyed attending auctions and garage sales. She also bowled with the same team for many years. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and getting together with friends.
JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Dan) Heim of Pine Island; brother, Gordon Matthees of Goodview; 2 sisters-in-law, Janette Matthees of Byron and Sharon Matthees of Rollingstone; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Boyd in 1990; brothers, Eldor and Ed Matthees; and an infant brother.
A private graveside service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Norton Township. A public service will be held at a later date. Please leave a memory of JoAnn at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.
"I am one of the four gals Joni bowled with for quite a number of years. The five of us had many great fun nights at Westgate Bowl. Joni was a great conversationalist and her wit was equally refreshing. I do not remember ever seeing Joni without that wonderful smile on her face. But that was Joni...always smiling and glad to see you. It is a pleasure having known her in life and I now wish her peace in heaven with her Lord, her husband and other family members who passed before her. Dance on, Joni, dance on!
"Melanie and Dan...
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom\'s passing.... I thought of her often...and felt so badly that I could no later give her hand massages because of Covid..... I missed our weekly visits. In my prayers during this sad time. Take care.... Hugs and love Gloria "
October 13, 2020
Melanie and Dan,
You have my sympathy. I just talked to her about 2 wks ago, but did not talk long because her mouth was sore. I called sometime before and asked if she was up to visiting outside, but didn?t get a positive answer. I missed the visits at the house, we had some good chats. She can now dance with Boyd again in heaven. Her pains are gone and she will make a pretty blonde angel. Sincerely, Ellie & Don"
"Melanie and Dan,
Thinking of you guys during this difficult time. Lots of fun memories of your mom as we were growing up.
Her love of dancing was passed on to you Melanie. We certainly went to quite a few.
I also remember attending stock car races with you and your mom.
We also enjoyed riding in her white Thunderbird!
I can still hear her distinctive laugh while sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and the phone near by.
Words may not wipe away the tears and hugs may not ease the pain, but your wonderful memories will remain.
Susan Matthees Burns
"Melanie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of spending time with your family when we were children. Your Mom was always so loving and supportive. My prayers for you and your family. Cheryl Gunderson/Wondrasch"
"Dear Melanie and Dan,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of loss.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Love you guys, Steve, Lori and family"
"Our sympathy to you Melanie. Your mom was a delightful person. Enjoyed being around her. I know you have many, many wonderful memories. God?s blessings!