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Joanne E. Nower
A funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Ceres for Joanne Elizabeth Nower, 70, of Modesto. She died Feb. 5, 2010 after a brief illness.

Burial was at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Eaton Funeral Home.

Born July 25 1939 in Lawrence, Mich., Joanne was one of four children born to John and Elizabeth Marconi. She retired from Stanislaus County Health Department in 2002. Mrs. Nower enjoyed spending time with family, watching her favorite shows, listening to music, gardening, sewing, knitting and quilting.

She leaves behind three children, Mark Nower of Modesto, Shawn Nower of San Francisco and Kyle Nower of Fresno; two brothers, Richard Marconi of Michigan and John Marconi of San Francisco; her sister, Carolyn Norris Michigan; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Robert Nower.

-Ceres Courier /February 10, 2010