Joan Helen Moede Schreiber, 83, of Faribault, died at her home, Thursday, October 22nd.
     A celebration of life service will be held November 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 3166 E. 197th St., Faribault. Visitation will be Friday, November 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m at Hope UMC.
     Joan Moede Schreiber, the daughter of Rev. E. G. Louis and Florence (Mueller) Moede was born December 17, 1925 in St. Paul, MN.
      She attended, graduated, and became a teacher at the School of Religion at St. Mary’s Hall in Faribault. She ran the first State licensed preschool; East Side Preschool Nursery in Faribault. She was the director of Horstman Memorial Nursery School. She taught preschool from 1951-1977. Joan was the Director of Children’s Work for the Evangelical/United Brethren Church in the State of MN. She traveled to various churches throughout MN and the U.S. teaching workshops on how to creatively teach Religious education to children.
      Joan was elected to the school board of School District 656 in 1974 where she was a member for 15 years and chairman for 1 year. She worked on publicity for the school board and created the T.I.P.S. (Taxpayers’ Information - Public Service) Newspaper. She was an active member of Hope UMC teaching Sunday School, helping with the after school program, sang in the adult choir, and volunteering for various projects.
      Joan and her husband, Lyle, were the second sponsors for the Theth family, Faribault, when they arrived to the U.S. in the Winter of 1979. The Schreiber’s were honored with the Service to Mankind award from the Sertoma Club in 1995.
      Joan is survived by her son, Eric and daughter, Cindi, her Sister-in-Law, Carol Moede and her nephews, Richard and James (Jessica) Moede, her Sponsored family, the Theth’s, and some cousins.
      She is preceded in death by her parents, an aunt, Lydia Mueller, a baby sister, Jean Marianne, a brother, John Moede, and her husband Lyle Schreiber.

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Melinda Elledge
Monday November 02, 2009


Mrs. Schreiber was my pre-school teacher when I was three and four years old, some 56 or 57 years ago. However, I still remember her fondly and can recall many daily activities she designed for us. She certainly provided a great start for a lot of us heading off to public schools. Eric and Cindi, please accept my condolences on the loss of your wonderful mom. Mindy Elledge