Joan I. Bizer 1931-2019

Joan I. Bizer

Joan I. Bizer peacefully returned to her husband's arms on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 while residing at Dycora Transitional Living Center in Abbotsford for nearly two months, gently cared for by Dycora staff, Hope Hospice and her children. A memorial service for Joan will take place 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford with Rev Donald Bruce officiating. Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery I at a later date. Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 2 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford chapel, from 4-7 p.m. and continue at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Joan was born on May 18, 1931 to Walter and Anna (Kraemer) Wesle. She attended Pine Tree School and graduated from Medford High School. She was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper by Klinner Insurance and Bootzin's Feed Mill. Ivan Bootzin threatened her job if she did not go out with Harold Bizer, whom she married on June 15, 1955. They moved to their town of Browning dairy farm in 1958 and farmed together until semi-retiring in 1993. They raised four children and provided each of them with a college education.
Joan loved gardening, canning and freezing the produce and as she retired her beautiful flower gardens. She was a fantastic cook, baker and often delighted her family with desserts made of any berry she could pick. Beside farming, gardening and housekeeping, she managed to keep her girls beautifully dressed in clothing she sewed for them. Once retired she enjoyed her flowers, travel with her husband, third Tuesday lunches with dear friends, bible study in their home and watching her grandchildren's sport events. Little made her happier than hosting the best Christmas celebrations, holiday meals, picnics and birthdays. Long tranquil car rides, reading and crossword puzzles filled her free time and in later years, she became a skilled rummy player, beating Harold on a regular basis. Harold passed away on Feb. 22, 2019. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and active in bible study until their collaborative health declined.
Joan is survived by her children and her children by marriage, Suzanne (George) Mathews and David (Dawn) Bizer, all of Medford, Linda (Rick) Sorenson of Onalaska and Brian (Kristi) Bizer of Reno Nev., her dearly loved grandchildren, Dustin Mathews, Leigh (Mike) Henline, Jaclyn Bizer (Josh Gollhardt) and Derrick, all of Medford; her great-grandchildren brought her much joy, Andrew, Madelyn and Abigail Henline of Medford; and her dear sister-in-law, Dorothy.
In addition to her husband and parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sisters, Harriet (Raymond) Meyer and Audrey (Reiny) Klilngbeil; and brother, Glen Wesle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Hope Hospice of Medford. 
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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