Joan Marie (Alt) Gerard

Joan Marie (Alt) Gerard

October 11, 1955 – November 19, 2019

Joan Marie (Alt) Gerard was born to Edith and Mark Alt. She grew up on a farm north of Shelby, Nebraska. She was a cheerleader and ran track at Aquinas High School, and earned her nursing degree at Bryan School of Nursing in 1976. She worked as a nurse at Clarkson Hospital.

Joan married Ronald C. Gerard on September 22, 1979, and they moved into a house in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a wonderful mother to her son Jeffrey.

Joan loved fishing, watching baseball, reading, and anything with a glue gun. Her strong, quiet faith carried her bravely through 40 years of struggle with MS. An unexpected, sudden stroke took Joan from this world at the age of 64.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gary Alt. She is survived by her husband, Ronald C.; son, Jeffrey C. (Maryellen); sister, Cindy McCawley (Steve); brother, Chris Alt (Mary); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Family will receive friends Friday, November 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church (3405 S 118th St.) followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, November 23rd, 12 (noon), Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Mary Our Queen Early Childhood Education and Youth Center.






  • Lacey And Jordan Downey Posted November 20, 2019 5:58 pm

    We are praying for you during your time of loss and hoping that your memories of Joan can help you through this difficult time.

  • Candi Palik Posted November 20, 2019 6:23 pm

    Ron and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Denny & JuLee (Kuhnel) Kallenbach Posted November 20, 2019 9:21 pm

    We were glad that we were able to visit with Joan at her mom’s rosary. I’m sure her mom and dad wrapped their angelic arms around her tightly as she entered heaven.
    Our Sympathy,

  • Lindsay Sinn Posted November 20, 2019 9:49 pm

    Ron, My deepest sympathy…we are too young to be losing spouses. My arms are around you, Lindsay

  • Aquinas Alumni Association Posted November 21, 2019 9:28 am

    We were saddened to hear about Joan. Please know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Cathy and Mike Lien Posted November 21, 2019 12:57 pm

    Ron & Jeff, Our sympathies to you. Joan was special soul who touched all of those around her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God Bless,
    Cathy and Mike lien and family

  • Connie and Mike Posted November 22, 2019 10:05 am

    Ron and Jeff,
    Our heart and our prayers remain with you. We love you all so much. Joan was truly an angel on earth. Her angel wings have flown her into heaven where she dances before our Lord and walks amongst the angels and saints.

  • Diane Helgoth Posted November 22, 2019 10:34 am

    Joan and I were on the first track team at Aquinas, good memories! She was a special person. So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Joanne strickland Posted November 23, 2019 2:42 pm

    Ron so sorry to hear about Joan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Joanne strickland Posted November 23, 2019 2:46 pm

    Ron so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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