Joette Vancas

Joette Vancas

August 23, 1956 - November 18, 2019
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Joette was born August 23, 1956, to Herbert Burrer and Anna Quenzer in Belle Fourche, SD. She grew up in Deadwood with siblings, Dale, Peggy, and Kerry.
In October 1974, Joette met the love of her life, John Vancas. They were married August 5, 1975. To this union, they welcomed three children, Tracy, Mark, and Stacy. Joette stayed at home with her children until they went to school. After that, she mostly worked as a cook at the Belle Fourche Hospital. After moving to Whitewood, she transferred to the Deadwood Hospital. She worked there 21 years until she retired in 2018. Joette enjoyed bowling, camping, cooking, and playing word games with her family.
Joette Rae Vancas, 63, Whitewood, passed away peacefully Monday, November 18, 2019, in her home.
Joette is survived by her children, Tracy Silvernail, Belle Fourche, Mark Vancas, Nisland, and Stacy (Bub) Harrison, Fruitdale; sister, Peggy (Don) Dihle and brother, Dale Burrer, both of Gillette; and grandchildren, Shelby (Tanner) Hughes, Whitewood, Anthony Melbye, Belle Fourche, Mercedes Harrison, Spearfish, and Trevor Harrison, Fruitdale.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John Vancas; her parents, Herbert Burrer and Anna Quenzer; her brother, Kerry Burrer; and great-granddaughter, Tynslee Faye Hughes.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    November 24, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    November 24, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    November 25, 2019 | 10:00am
    November 25, 2019 10:00am
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    920 Fillmore St
    Whitewood, SD 57785
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    Pastor David Baer
  • Interment

    November 25, 2019 | 11:30am
    November 25, 2019 11:30am
    Deadwood Oak Ridge Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Deadwood, SD 57732
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Helen Nichols

Posted at 09:41pm
Tracy and family, I remember Jo for her dedication to her work and family. She was truly amazing with her easy going spirit. My thoughts are with you during this holiday season. Helen Nichols

Sacrison Paving, Inc.

Posted at 10:50am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 05:12pm
All our love, The Hubert McGrath Family John & Carol, Mark & Rhonda, Michelle & Steve, Cindy & Rich and Uncle Hubert
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Becky Brooks

Posted at 09:09pm
To the family of Joette Vancas:
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. May the memories you have of the beautiful lady help all of you through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy.

Becky Brooks

Peggy Dihle

Posted at 02:41pm
Tracy, Mark, and Stacy,
I am so sorry to know your mom has left you so suddenly. Please know that I deeply share in your pain. My heart is broken for all of you.

After she retired we would text each other every morning. I think we secretly wanted to see who could get up the earliest! LOL. She would always be up well before me and my text response would be “good golly, that’s the middle of the night!” I’m not so sure she ever slept well after your dad passed away just 16 months ago. We would continue sending text messages to each other in the wee hours of the morning until the sun came up and we both decided we better get busy with daily chores and what not. And every evening we played Word Games on our IPAD’s. She loved that IPAD and it helped to take her mind off of the lonely times she felt so often. After our Word Games I’d text “goodnight” and she would respond “goodnight, sleep tight”. Our last game remains unfinished. No one had any idea that on Monday morning the angels would come and take her into heaven. The “Forever Sleep”, so terribly painful to those she’s left behind. But just imagine her world in heaven! I’m certain it’s beautiful there. She’s with your dad, her little brother and her mom, what a special reunion for all of them! I’ll miss her so much and I know you will too. I wish you all peace and comfort during this incredibly said time. I love you all.

Love Aunt Peggy

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