JoAnn "Joni" Grace Nichols, 84 of Goodview, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Lake Winona Manor. JoAnn was born on June 19, 1936 to Edward and Dora (Gensmer) Matthees in Norton Township. She graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1954. On October 5, 1963 she married Boyd Nichols.
They lived in St. Louis Park, MN and in 1967 moved to Winona. She was employed at Prudential Insurance Company in Winona and Minneapolis, C&G Claim Service and retired from Winona Health in 2008.
JoAnn was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Minnesota City.
JoAnn loved to go dancing and enjoyed attending auctions and garage sales. She also bowled with the same team for many years. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and getting together with friends.
JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Dan) Heim of Pine Island; brother, Gordon Matthees of Goodview (who passed away on April 30, 2021); 2 sisters-in-law, Janette Matthees of Byron and Sharon Matthees of Rollingstone; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Boyd in 1990; brothers, Eldor and Ed Matthees; and an infant brother.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2021, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, led by Rev. David Eckert. Visitation will be from 3 p.m., until the time of the service. JoAnn was laid to rest in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Norton Township. Please leave a memory of JoAnn at www.hofffuneral.com
. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.