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Joann Trost

Funeral services for Joann Trost, 86, formerly of Churdan will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 14th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson with burial in the Highland Township Cemetery at Churdan. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home in Jefferson.


Joann Jessie Aschinger, the daughter of John and Kathryn (Peters) Aschinger was born on June 2, 1931 in Westside, Iowa. She departed this life on March 10, 2018 at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, Iowa at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 8 days.

She was the 6th of 7 children born to this family. The family farmed near Westside, Iowa. Joann attended country school with her siblings until the family moved to Wall Lake. She graduated from Wall Lake High School in 1949. She taught country school at Jackson #5. She met Paul Trost in Wall Lake when he was hired as teacher, coach and baseball player. They were united in marriage on August 18, 1951 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Jeffrey, Steven, Scott and Laurie.

The Trost family settled in Paul’s hometown of Churdan. Joann loved gardening both flowers and vegetables. She took great pride in both and spent many hours making her flower beds look beautiful and filling the freezer and cupboards with food for her family. She was very handy and did a lot of painting and wallpapering for herself and for others. She also enjoyed refinishing woodworks. After her children were in school, Joann worked for the United States Postal System until her retirement. This was another source of pride for her.

The Trost family was members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson, Iowa. Joann taught Sunday school, belonged to the LWML and Fellowship Society. She was a member of the handbell and vocal choirs. She became very involved in the Bible and read and studied it in its entirety many times. She didn’t just read the Bible, however, but lived it and was a help to anyone that she felt needed her assistance. She was a very faithful member.

Joann loved to have fun and would play games whenever anyone was interested. Bridge was her favorite! She loved music and especially loved to dance. Paul and Joann would spend Sunday evenings at dances at the Lakewood Ballroom. A good polka would light up her face! Joann also loved sports, especially baseball, and spent many hours in the bleachers as the wife of a coach, but also as a mother and grandmother. She loved watching her children and then her grandchildren in all of their activities.

Joann was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1986 and met the challenge presented to her with the same determination she did everything. She did not let the disease define who she was and what she could do. She continued to work and “go” until she needed more care. In 2007 after the loss of her husband, she moved into a care facility and lived until she passed.

Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, her parents John and Kathryn Aschinger, father and mother-in-law Adolf and Laura (Nahnsen) Trost. Brothers, Reuben, Manuel and Donald Aschinger, sister Delores Wright/Rowedder, Brothers-in-law, Herbert, Edgar and Charles Trost, Lloyd Wright, Leroy Rowedder, Wally Carstensen, sisters-in-law Leola and Betty Aschinger, Ruth and Eloise Trost and granddaughter Kristin Trost.

Those left to mourn her passing are her children Jeff &Julie of Nashua, Steven &Lori of Wall Lake, Scott & Deb of Lohrville, Laurie & George Walker of Paton, Grandchildren, Jason, Jill, Jon &Krista Trost, Eric & Beth, Mitchell & Ashley Trost Lindsey & Donald Schroeder Amanda Trost & Chris Daniel, Stephanie Trost, Grant and Samantha Walker, Audrey Walker & Marty Ball. Great grandchildren Madilyn, MaKenzi, Samuel, Julianna, Logan, Landon, Clayton, Marcus, Morgan, and baby Walker. Brothers Marlin (Lorraine) and Veryl (Jody) Aschinger sisters-in-law Bonnie Aschinger, Berneta Carstensen, Geneva and Phyllis Trost, many nieces and nephews and friends.

5 thoughts on “Joann Trost

  1. Diane Seaman

    What a wonderful woman! Joann and Paul were our neighbors to the north when they first moved to Churdan. Joann had a terrific sense of humor and was so enthusiastic about life. She will be missed.

  2. Byron Hartwig

    Jeff, Steve. Scott and families. I am so sorry for your lost. My deepest sympathy. God bless all of you.

    Byron Hartwig

  3. Jodi Minnehan Durlam

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother! I have great memories of her as wonderful neighbor! With greatest sympathy at this difficult time!

  4. David & Carol Hanneman

    Sorry to hear of Joann’s death, but we know she is in the best place she could be! She and Paul were such a help to us that year we lived in Churdan. The obituary described her so well! God be with you during this time.

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