OBITUARY: Joan Rose (Stucky) Ensz

Joan Rose (Stucky) Ensz, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to Heaven on June 5, 2021, from her residence at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1931, the youngest of 10 children, to Edward T. Stucky and Elizabeth “Bessie” (Libich) Stucky in Moundridge.

Joan, during her childhood and adolescence, went to school in Moundridge. She often helped her mother clean houses around town and West Zion Mennonite Church, while her father worked at the grain elevator in Moundridge.

As a young adult, she moved to Newton, where she worked as a secretary for the Haury Accounting firm. Soon after, she met Harry Ensz of rural Beatrice, Neb. Joan and Harry married in 1951 and settled in Newton, where she became a homemaker, raising three sons and a daughter. She often babysat her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and worked on various committees and taught children’s Sunday School at First Mennonite Church in Newton.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings, Josephine, Jess, Joy, Juanita, Jean, James, Jon, Junior and Jane.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Ensz, North Newton, of nearly 70 years, and her three sons and daughter, Steven and Marcia (White) Ensz, The Woodlands, Texas; Bryan and Nancy (Stucky) Ensz, Lawrence; Kevin and Kerry (Billman) Ensz, Wichita; and Lori (Ensz) and Eric Shelly, North Newton.

She also is survived by the following grandchildren: Kelsey (Ensz) and John Friedman, Kristin (Ensz) and Stephen Martin, Andrew and Erin (Downey) Ensz, Daniel Ensz, Matthew and Tyler Shelly and Haley Ensz; and great-grandchildren Reagan and Parker Friedman, Emma, Lily and Jack Martin, Nathan and Owen Ensz.

Graveside committal service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at West Zion Cemetery in Moundridge, with Pastors Kay Schroeder and Susan Janzen presiding. There will be no public visitation, but a register was available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials may be made to Kidron Bethel Village or Samaritans Purse in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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