Joanne Chmela


February 25, 1938 - July 17, 2021


Joanne Chmela, 83, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Bendon Cemetery in rural Kimball, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, July 21, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A recording of the funeral service may be viewed at:

Joanne Elizabeth (Rybak) Chmela was born February 25, 1938 to Clarence and Katherine (Koch) Rybak at home in rural Richland Township, near Bendon in rural Kimball, SD. She was the third child born to Clarence and Katherine, joining her older sister, Mary Ann; older brother, James; and later became a big sister to John, Delores, Margaret, Gen, and Roz. Joanne graduated from Kimball High School in 1956.

Joanne was united in marriage to Marvin Chmela on November 19, 1962 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball.  Four children were born to this union: Renee, Dave, Ronnie, and Lori.

Joanne was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell, SD and Ct St Patrick #1699 Catholic Daughters in Kimball.

She was employed at the Midway Truck Stop, Kimball, SD for a number of years (prior to its closing) and the Days Inn, Oacoma, SD before moving to Mitchell.

Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her hobbies included baking (i.e. brownies, weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and birthday cakes), gardening, playing accordion and piano, and reading. Joanne was also a excellent seamstress.

Joanne is survived by her children, Renee (Dan) Niehus, Dave (Mary) Chmela, and Ronnie (Jean) Chmela all of Mitchell, SD; grandchildren, Tyler Niehus and Kyle Niehus, Mitchell, SD, Ashley Overweg, Sioux Falls, SD and Dylan Chmela, Mitchell SD; step-grandchildren, Zach Martish, Mitchell, SD and Kelly (Lacey) Boik, Grenville, SD; step-great-grandchildren, Caley, Kellin, and Kasen; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Lori; sister, Mary Ann Rybak; brothers, James Rybak and John Rybak; two sisters-in-law, Karen DeJong and Maxine Konechne; brothers-in-law, Maynard Chmela and Phillip Konechne; niece-in-law, Darlene Konechne; nephew, Bill Konechne; two step-grandsons, Jordan Martish, and Kevin Boik.

Memorials may also be directed to Kimball Catholic Daughters, c/o Nicole Geppert, 25640 368th Ave, Kimball, SD 57355.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Scripture Service

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, July 22, 2021
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Brendon Cemetery
Rural Kimball, SD

Posted by Kari And Justin Blasius on July 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of Joanne. We visited with her out at the Benda church on Memorial Day. God bless her and her family in this time of sorrow.
Posted by Kristi Konrad on July 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My prayers for your family.
Posted by Tom Riddle on July 20, 2021
Prayers and thoughts with Ron and family
Posted by Tim and Millie Wermers on July 20, 2021
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by JoAnn Hohrman on July 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Your mom always had such a beautiful smile. God bless her sweet soul and all of your family.
Posted by Myrna Chenoweth on July 19, 2021
My prayers to the family🙏🙏 so sorry for your loss🙏🙏
Posted by Jean Sexton on July 19, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss, may you feel the Lord's comforting arms around you
Posted by Larry and Peggy Koster on July 19, 2021
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Posted by Peggy Van Schyndel on July 19, 2021
So sorry for your family loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time
Posted by Jim Van Schyndel on July 19, 2021
So sorry For Loss
Posted by MaryJo on July 19, 2021
So very sorry for your loss, God Bless.
Posted by John and Terry Sullivan on July 19, 2021
We are so saddened by this news! Joanne was so sweet and kind. God bless her dear soul....sincere sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Mary Engen on July 18, 2021
Deepest sympathy to all of you! Joanne was an awesome piano teacher.
Posted by Jerry & Nancy Puetz on July 18, 2021
Our sincere sympathy Dan, Renee and families
Posted by Greg and Lea Joy Geppert on July 18, 2021
Our sympathy and condolences, Renee, Dan and families. RIP Joanne🙏🏻
Posted by Joyce and Rusty Weinberg on July 18, 2021
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our deepest condolences to you all
Posted by Alice Mentele on July 17, 2021
My deepest condolences on the loss of such a beautiful soul. JoAnn was a perfect tenant, always so thoughtful and pleasant. She will be missed dearly by all of the tenants. God bless your family at this dark time.
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