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Joan Melva Zemke

August 8, 1930 — February 15, 2024


Joan Melva Zemke

Joan M. Zemke, age 93, of Norman, OK, formerly of Shawnee, OK passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at her home with her beloved daughter by her side. 

 A memorial ceremony to celebrate Joan's life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Shawnee with Reverend Matthew Tassey officiating.

Joan was born August 8, 1930 in Rochester, Minnesota to Milton and Alta (Love) Fiegel. The family moved from their family farm to Wisconsin during her childhood. Joan was united in marriage to Glen Zemke June 12, 1948.  In 1975, Glen's job relocated the family, including two daughters to Shawnee, Oklahoma. Joan made Oklahoma her home.  She thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends and family. Gardening was one of Joan's life passions.  Even with a walker, she would still take the hoe out with her to do what she could and she was very much involved in planning, and overseeing planting.  Faith was another important aspect of Joan's life.  She attended St. John's Lutheran and later Redeemer Lutheran Church, remaining active as long as she was able.  Joan's sweet personality will be missed dearly by those who knew her.

Joan will be dearly missed by her surviving daughter, Linda Kane of Norman as well as her brother-in-law, Earl (Donna) Zemke, as well as many relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brothers: Charles Fiegel, John Fiegel, and Joseph Fiegel, as well as her daughter, Julie Zemke.

Memorial contributions in Joan's honor may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 39307 MacArthur Street, Shawnee, OK 74804 ( or Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 (

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral & Cremation Service.

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