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Juaneta Faye Schluckebier

Juaneta Faye Schluckebier, 89, Palmyra, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Juaneta Faye Schluckebier

Juaneta was born near Ewing, Mo., on June 9, 1932, to Clyde David and Faye Ester Johnson. She was married to Kenneth Albert Schluckebier on May 8, 1954, in Calvary Baptist Church in Quincy, Ill.

She was the beloved wife to her husband of 67 years, Kenneth A. Schluckebier; dear mother of Dawn (Glenn) Sharpless, Abita Springs, La.; April (Dale) Dietrich, Des Peres, Mo.; and David (Juli) Schluckebier, Belton, Ky.; loving grandmother of Zachary (Tiffany) Wilkinson, Portland, Tenn.; Luke (Abbey) Wilkinson, Crestwood, Ky.; Ashley Schmuke, Ballwin, Mo.; Ian (Dianna) Dietrich, Manchester, Mo.; Amy (Dan) Johnson, Chicago, Ill.; and Christopher Schluckebier (Sydney Upp), Huntsville, Ala.; cherished great-grandmother of Charlie Kate and Corbin Wilkinson, Maria, Robbie and John Luke Wilkinson, Beckett and Dietrich Schmuke, Miles Dietrich and Zaidyn Schluckebier, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David Albert Johnson at birth, and Richard Johnson; and one sister, Dixie Brose Lehmer.

Juaneta graduated from Palmyra High School in 1950, Blessing Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and Quincy College in 1979. 

She was employed at Blessing Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital as an obstetrical nurse, working the last of her nursing career for the Palmyra R-1 School District where she served as a school nurse for K-12, retiring after 20 years of service in 1988. 

She was an active member of Zion Lutheran, singing in the church choir and serving in Zion Ladies Aide.

Juaneta had a zest for life and learning that she continued to expand upon during her retirement. She relished her time teaching water aerobics at the Hannibal YMCA, an activity that not only kept her healthy, but helped her build great friendships along the way. Juaneta loved to travel, especially with her children and grandchildren, often encouraging them to learn new things along the way. She learned to snow ski in her mid-fifties on one of her many trips with her family. Artistic in nature Juaneta enjoyed painting, working with stained glass, playing the organ and gardening. 

Juaneta modeled Christian values and service in everything she did, making sure to pass on this legacy to her family, whom she loved very much. She was the epitome of the woman who could do it all, with a can-do attitude, and a sparkle in her eye, she lived a life of service for the Lord, her family and all those who knew her.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra. Pastor Wes Gehrke will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be Zachary Wilkinson, Luke Wilkinson, Ian Dietrich, Dan Johnson, Christopher Schluckebier and Zaidyn Schluckebier.

Honorary pallbearers will be Warren Vahle, Chet Vahle, Kirk Vahle, John Schluckebier, and Lee Schluckebier. 

Friends and family are invited to Juaneta’s life celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Choir or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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