July 17, 1923 - January 17, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30PM on Friday, January 22, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Joan M. Lease, 92, of St. Cloud who passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. Rev. Benjamin Kociemba will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 11AM until the time of the service at church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Joan was born on July 17, 1923 in Rhinelander, WI to William and Josephine (Karger) Schoonover. She married Alfred A. Lease on June 17, 1942 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Joan loved children, and was blessed with five beautiful babies of her own. She enjoyed being a stay at home mother and volunteered for playground duty at her youngest child’s school. Her husband’s career took them to Texas, Portland, Oregon, and back again to St. Cloud where she spent her remaining years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and walked very strongly in her faith. Joan was small in stature, but had a tremendous amount of compassion and gusto in her heart. She had a great zest for adventure, wicked sense of humor, and strong self-awareness. Most importantly, Joan’s family meant the world to her, often referring to them as her “treasures and her jewels”. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Joan is survived by her children, Sheren (Randy) Shaffer of Pipestone, Mischele Rollnick of St. Cloud, Deborah (Mike) Schnettler of St. Cloud, Mark of St. Cloud, David of Delores, CO; sister, Patricia Bravo of Kenai, AK; and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josephine (Karger) Schoonover; husband, Alfred A. Lease (1985); brothers, William “Sonny” Schoonover, Daniel Joseph Schoonover, Glenn Henry Schoonover; sisters, Beatrice Nelson, and Theresa M. Doskey. Awaiting Joan’s arrival in heaven are her beloved pets; wagging their tails for a treat.