JoAnn Loretta Mahoney

JoAnn Loretta Mahoney

JoAnn Loretta Mahoney, age 75, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away Sunday, June 23, 2024, at her home.

A memorial gathering will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin.

A Celebration of Life will follow at Buskie’s Big Horn in Big Flats. Music, Food, Drinks and Games plus shenanigans.

JoAnn was born August 29, 1948, to Larry and Bernice (Mueller) Herbst. She was a graduate of Adams-Friendship High School. JoAnn was married to Garry Van Tassel (1967 – 1971), Fredrick Schoff (1977-1988), and Peter Mahoney (1992-2010 passed away).

JoAnn worked at Flambeau Plastics and was a skilled Yo-Yo maker, then she went to work at Castle Rock Container where she retired from. She then went to work with her daughter for Consolidated Management, being a cook at the Adams Jail for 17 years. After that she joined her daughter’s adventure creating and building Becky’s Sugar Shack Bakery/Restaurant where she was the cornerstone and backbone of the place. She kept everyone on their toes and could work circles around anyone. Her work ethic and determination were to be admired.

She had a quick comeback for everything and if you knew her well you were lucky to get the finger! And that was a compliment. JoAnn played softball in her early years and was an avid bowler. She enjoyed the game of golf and being outside on the course. One of her other favorite past times was being with her friends shaking dice and taking their quarters… Her best times were trying her luck at the casino and then being paid out in hand, it was the lucky horseshoe.

PrettyGirl was her beloved dog that she loved to hang out with. She was her undying companion and snuggle buddy, movie watcher and ball chaser.

JoAnn loved watching her family grow. She had 2 Grown Brats, 7 Grandkids, and 9 Great Grandkids. Watching and seeing her grandkids and great grandkids play and smile was an extra pleasure for her.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her son: Todd Van Tassel, brothers: Mike Herbst and Lawrence Herbst, husband: Peter Mahoney, Mother: Bernice Herbst, and Father: Larry Herbst.

Survivors include her daughter: Rebecca Kirsenlohr (Rusty) granddaughter: Jessica (Pete) Landon( Riley, Jadyn, Logan) granddaughter: Ashlyn (Dawson) Kreger (Haiden, Desi, Korbin) Grandson: Dustin(Amanda) Kirsenlohr (Madison, Easton) granddaughter: Brittney(James) Schrader (& Animals) son: Nick (Angie) Schoff (Hunter, Alysa Jo, and Kaiden) sister: Betty D’Eon (Shawn, Kevin, Elizabeth) sister: Patricia (Curt) Lund (LuLu & Eric), brother Patrick Herbst (Gaye, Matt, Alana, Ariel, Nate, Courtney, Landon, Malory, Natalie) sister: Donna (John) Balaine (Josh & Ryan) and brother: James Herbst (Christine & Pretty Girl)

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Susan ottum says:

    So sorry for your loss. I loved that lady

  2. Joni Campbell Wegner says:

    So sorry to hear of Joan’s my sympathy and condolences to her family. I’ve been away from the area for years but was able to attend our 50th year class reunion and joined up with Jo and the girls. What fun we had catching up on old times and just enjoying seeing each other again. She was a good friend.

  3. Tammy Pieper says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. JoAnn was a wonderful woman. Everytime I seen her she always asked how I was doing. She will be missed.

  4. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. Sweet lady! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  5. Andrea (Mock) LaValle says:

    My sincere condolences to Jo Ann’s family. So sad to see another classmate gone. From reading other condolences, it shows what an asset she was to the A-F community. RIP JoAnn and God Bless.

  6. Mike Brogan says:

    I am sorry to see this about her passing. I worked with her for many years at the Rock and chatted with her when we crossed paths since. Joann always had a positive attitude about everything. My condolences to the family.

  7. Becky Schmidt says:

    So sorry for your loss, Becky. I also have memories of her, she was so much fun. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  8. April Williams says:

    Patty Patrick Jimmy Donna and Betty we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joanne , and prayers are with your family. Becky and Nick you’re also in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Jerry and Kathie Dye says:

    Our condolences to the entire family at the loss of your Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt. Always enjoyed visiting with her at the golf course.

  10. Nicky Hunt says:

    In our thoughts and prayers

  11. Mike & Kari Banovec says:

    My heart, thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time. She was one of a kind & will be missed by many.

  12. Beverly moo says:

    Too Becky and all of your family my heart breaks for the loss of your mother. May Jo Ann REST IN GODS HEAVENLY 🙏 ♥️ PEACE.

  13. Sam & Marilyn Baggs says:

    Becky & Family.
    So saddened to hear of JoAnn’s passing. She was a great soul & our memories go back through employment at the “Rock” with JoAnn & Pete. Blessings to all the family, sympathy, love & hugs!

  14. Sherry Baumgart says:

    Deepest condolences to all. She was a wonderful hardworking woman. I remember her playing softball when my Dad was coaching women’s league. Keep the wonderful memories close to you.

  15. Evie Johnston ( York) says:

    The few times I met her, she was a Sweetheart. Sorry for your loss.

  16. Karen gregoire says:

    Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady who I only knew from the bakery

  17. Deborah Antoniak says:

    What a great lady to know. Rest well Jo. So many memories watching our children grow, bowling league. The old neighborhood. Meeting again at the Shack.

  18. Ann Hoffman (Noble) says:

    Sorry for your loss… Sending prayers

  19. Christine says:

    Sorry for your loss. My your memories help you heal.

  20. Deb stone says:

    Sorry to hear about you loss .. My Heart & Prayers go out to you 💕… Rock

  21. Roxanne Devine says:

    So sorry for your loss Becky. She was such a nice lady and I loved working with her in your bakery. ❤️

  22. Bill schroeder says:

    So sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. It was a pleasure to work with her at Castle Rock. She also worked with my mother making the YO-YO’s at Flambeau

  23. Sue and Randy Anderson says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady always a ready smile and time to visit. Keep those memories close.

  24. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss

  25. Andrea Hurns says:

    Becky my condolences to you and your entire family. I’m truly sorry for your loss. She was always a pleasure to see when I would come in. Your in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

  26. Jackie and Al Carilo says:

    My heart breaks for you and your family, I only knew her from your bakery..loved her smile ..she will be deepest condolences

  27. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    Becky, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time.

  28. Daikon and Marj Colby says:

    Becky, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time.

  29. Jeanne Trevorrow says:

    Becky & Family , we extend our deepest Sympathy for your Loss of your Loved One ! Cherish your Beautiful Memories ! Love & Prayers

  30. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    I am sorry to hear this!!!! I always enjoyed talking with her when she would be working at the restaurant!!!!!, she was a year ahead of me in school , my deepest sympathy to all of her family!!!, she will be so missed!!!! My deepest sympathy to all of her family!!!!!!

  31. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss. Was a pleasure to have worked with her at castle rock back in the day.

  32. Jeanette Dryden says:

    You will be missed💙 I grew to love you just like a Mom, your sharp tongue and no filter made life around you interesting. I hope you left your golden horseshoe for Becky…we will do bloody Mary’s in Vegas in your honor at least one more time. Fly High Ma…F CANCER
    Sending so much love to Becky and the family❤️

  33. Toni Boettcher says:

    Our Deepest sympathy to all the family and friends. We have only met her through Becky’s Sugar Shack and really enjoyed her.
    Karl and Toni Boettcher

  34. Nancy Olson says:

    My condolences to you all.

  35. Mindy (Anderson) Nicholls says:

    My condolences to all who knew and loved her. May she rest in peace and may you all find comfort knowing how much she loved her family and friends. It was always so obvious to me every time I came to the bakery. She was so proud of everyone and a wonderful lady.

  36. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so sorry on your family’s lost. Fabulous lady

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