Joan Apke

February 1, 1931 - September 17, 2017
Joan Apke


Joan Kienker Apke, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at her home.

Joan was born on February 1, 1931 to Frederick and Annetta Kienker in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joan was a faithful member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of Cape Fear Chapter #346  and Federal Point Chapter #361 Order of Eastern Star and had the honor of serving as Worthy Matron for several terms.  She was a member of the Ladies of the Wilmington Shrine Club. Joan was proud to be a Registered Nurse and practiced until her retirement from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her.

Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe Apke; two daughters, Barbara Apke and Sue Apke; one son, Matt Apke and his wife Rhonda Apke; two grandchildren, Joshua Apke and wife Krystal, and Brianna Apke. Her son Joel Apke and her sister June Kannenberg preceded her in death.

Family visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:30pm Wednesday at Winter Park Presbyterian Church Chadbourn Hall.

Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 3:30 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Winter Park Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Emile Harley. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tom Kennedy, Jim Turner, Brian Kieb, Joshua Apke, Freddie Szakasits, and Jimmy Hyatt.

In lieu of flowers remember Joan with a memorial gift to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • September 17, 2017
    Brian Kannenberg says:
    Our prayers are with uncle Joe Matt ,Ronda ,Sue , Barb we are very sorry to here about mom

  • September 18, 2017
    Wendell K Humphries & Emily Kraycirik says:
    Sorry for your loss

  • September 18, 2017
    Mary Hickman says:
    In my prayers and thoughts. Joan was a lovely person to know.

  • September 18, 2017
    Roxanne, Ken, and James Pearson says:
    Joan was one of our neighbors, and we are so sad to hear of her passing. She was such a wonderful lady and we thoroughly enjoyed talking to her when we'd see her. She will really be missed.

  • September 18, 2017
    Kee says:
    To the family, My deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the words at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 bring you comfort and hope during this very difficult time.