JoAnn Marie Sisel of Arlington, VA, peacefully passed away June 7, 2022 at the Virginia Hospital Center, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Martha Bruner, and beloved husband, Marvin. She is survived by her brother Henry Bruner Jr. (Linda), loving son Jeffrey (Elizabeth), grandchildren Audrey, Stephen, Grace and Kip (and many adored pets).
She was born on her family’s farm near David City, NE on October 13, 1939, and after graduating Brainerd High School in 1957, JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, Marvin. Together, they lived the life of an Air Force family by traveling around the world on various assignments and gathering lifelong friends along the way. They finally settled in Arlington, VA where she worked as a property manager for Fox Realty for over 30 years.
JoAnn’s attention to detail was unmatched, notably shown through her account management; she replied to any praise with the humble phrase, “I like numbers.” Beyond this, she contributed much of her time to creating beautiful clothes, baptismal gowns and communion dresses for her family. She was a master seamstress and embroiderer, her detailed works of art are simply amazing.
The love JoAnn had for her family and grandchildren was to be admired. She and Marv had a special relationship with the grandkids. They had weekly routines, frequenting various restaurants, watching Sunday NASCAR races, and of course, keeping the cookie jar stocked with Oreos.
JoAnn lived a full life that cannot be captured with words. She will be greatly missed but is now Home and at peace. A Catholic, funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.