Joan Ethel Sanderfoot

March 29, 1935 ~ April 16, 2021 (age 86)


Appleton Post Crescent…Tuesday, April 20th edition



Joan Ethel Sanderfoot


Kimberly – Joan E. Sanderfoot, age 86, passed away on April 16, 2021, with her family by her side after a hard-fought battle with Parkinsons. She was born on March 29, 1935, daughter of the late Herman and Ethel (Verhagen) Vandehey. Joan married her high school sweetheart, Clifford Sanderfoot, on April 26, 1958, at Holy Name Church in Kimberly.

Joan’s life revolved around her family. She stayed home to take care of the 6 children. She took wonderful care of her home and her family. She loved attending her children and grandchildren’s events. She also enjoyed playing cards and games with all of them. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Joan is survived by her children: Deb (Dennis) Schreiber, Rick (Sue) Sanderfoot, Lori (Keith) Mulry, Jim (Kelly) Sanderfoot, Dennis (Jackie) Sanderfoot, and Pam (Dale) DeValk; 14 grandchildren: Thomas (fiancé, Clare), Nicole and Matthew (special friend, Kenna) Sanderfoot; Tara (Danny) Wiltgen, Brett (Tracee), Kyle (fiancé, Ashley and her son Elias) and Nate (special friend, Demi) Mulry; Ben (fiancé, Alison), Nic (Becca), Katie (fiancé Ben) and Elizabeth (fiancé, Bryce) Sanderfoot; Craig (special friend, Michelle), Amber and Tyler (special friend, Hannah) Devalk; 3 great grandchildren: Naomi Sanderfoot, Theodore Wiltgen and Ella Mulry and one on the way; siblings: Tom (Jeanie) Vandehey, Diane (Al) Nienhaus, Lois (Loren) Rohloff, Joyce (Dick Lardnois) Williams and Susan (Larry) Navarrete; in-laws: Pat Vandehey, Kathy Vandehey, and Florence (Bob) Wyngaard; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff; parents, Herman and Ethel Vandehey; brothers, Jim and Peter Vandehey; father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Dorothy Sanderfoot; in-laws: Vin (Alice) and Ray (Eunice) Sanderfoot.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, private family services will be held at Holy Spirit Church in Kimberly on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. There will be no greeting line, church will open at 10:30 for relatives with social distancing guidelines, masks are required. Due to Covid-19 a meal will NOT follow the mass. Those wishing to view the service online may do so at the Holy Spirit Parish Website: Burial will take place in the Holy Name Cemetery following mass. For online condolences, please visit

The Sanderfoot family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joyce Bauer, Compassus Hospice Care and all of Joan’s caregivers for the wonderful care that she received.

It's impossible to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. Mom/Grandma, thank you for all the great memories; thank you for being our strength. Our family tree will continue to grow all because of the love you started it with. We know you and Dad/Grandpa are together now, walking hand in hand as you watch over us. We will always cherish all the games we played, laughing until we couldn't breathe, and the endless things you did for us. We love you!

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