Joanne was born Mar. 17, 1941 in Helena and was adopted at six weeks of age to the Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Jacobson in Whitefish. Joanne’s early years included fond memories of living in Whitefish, Mont.; Illinois; and then Joplin, Mont. where she attended grade school. The family moved to Miles City in 1955 where she attended high school through her junior year. She attended Augustana Academy in South Dakota for her senior year and then went on to Concordia University in Moorhead, Minn. While at home in Miles City over the holidays in 1960, she met a rancher and her adult life began to take form.
Joanne was united in marriage to Leonard Leland in Miles City, June 25, 1961. Leonard and Joanne made a home and spent the better part of their lives raising their four children on the family ranch 50 miles east of Miles City.
Joanne was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Miles City and was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. In later years, she was also a member of the Ismay Community Church. She took great joy in playing the piano and organ at countless church services and functions. She also greatly enjoyed teaching music at Plevna High School for several years. Joanne had so many fond memories of traveling both with the camper and flying all over the country trapshooting, going on fishing trips to Canada, and spending time with countless friends. She never met a person she wouldn’t soon be able to call a friend. She also greatly enjoyed flower gardening and creating beautiful flower beds. Joanne also loved spending time with her grandchildren any chance she got. In later years due to poor health, Joanne enjoyed living at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Deflorence Jacobson; her parents-in-law, Leonard A. and Leone Leland; and her daughter, Julie.
Joanne is survived by her husband, Leonard; her brothers, Paul (Diane) and Mark (Jeanne); children, Steve, Tanya (Jim), and Tim; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of arrangements.
Should friends desire, memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Ismay Community Church, First Lutheran Church of Miles City, or the charity of choice.