Joanne Marie Kahl

Date of Death: Nov 22, 2018
Joanne Marie Kahl

1936 - 2018

Joanne Marie (Shepro) Kahl, 82, of Waupun, loving wife, mother, and friend to so many, passed away November 22, 2018.

Joanne was born January 3, 1936, the daughter of Carlyle and Hilda Abler Shepro. She devoted her life to her love of family, friends, and education. Joanne cherished her large, extended family of cousins whose love and friendship thrived through the decades. On July 25, 1959 she married Arnold Kahl in Fond du Lac and they shared a life filled with their four children: Julie Kahl, William Kahl (Sandy), Carolyn Kahl Dwyer (Lawrence), and Thomas Kahl (Megan). Later she would be blessed with three grandchildren: Jackson Dwyer, Jennifer Kahl, and Andrew Kahl.

Joanne was educated at St. Mary Springs and UW-Oshkosh. She developed life-long friendships including her beloved Robins who provided love and laughter for over 60 years. She also developed and nurtured her love of children and education. For over 40 years children benefited from the loving care and attention of Mrs. Kahl. Well into retirement she was still attending graduations of students wanting to share their accomplishments with their beloved Kindergarten teacher. Guided by her Catholic faith, Joanne had strong ties to her community. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Her commitment to public education extended beyond the classroom to advocating for Waupun Public Schools and serving on the scholarship committee of the Kiwanis Club of which she was a member. She also served on the board of Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Carlyle and Hilda Shepro and her husband, Arnold Kahl. Those who knew Joanne will miss her generosity, her kindness, and her baked goods.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 5-7 p.m.


Funeral services for Joanne Marie Kahl will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun.


Private burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials can be directed to Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac ( or Waupun Kiwanis Scholarship Fund (Sharon Bos P.O. Box 151 Waupun WI 53963).

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  1. Wendy Olveda Says: November 24, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the Kahl family. May many angels surround you all and bring you courage and strength.

  2. Jill Koopman Says: November 24, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Mrs. Kahl was an amazing teacher. She had all three of my children in kindergarten. My first, Joshua, was quite rambunctious and she managed to keep her sanity. All three children loved her. I was amazed after many, many years she still remembered their names.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing lady and I have many fond memories of her as my teacher. She definitely left an impression on me I will never forget.



  5. LuAnn Vande Slunt Says: November 25, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    With deepest sympathies to your family in the loss of this wonderful lady. Mrs. Kahl was my kindergartner teacher at Alto School in the early 1960’s. She was a teach that I will never forget. In later years I met her while she was shopping at Lauer’s in Waupun, to my surprise she remembered me. Always know she was loved by her students and anyone that got to know her.

  6. Jerry Chisnell Says: November 26, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Remember the saying “Whenever a bell rings…an angel gets its wings….Well for me…I believe whenever a school bell rings Mrs. Kahl gets another set of angel wings. It’s so hard for me to imagine the number of lives she has touched over her many years of teaching and the fact that it seems she remembered them all. There was never a time I saw her that she didn’t take the time to ask about my two children by name. And even though they are all grown and living their lives many years past Kindergarten,they both got a tear in their eye when I told them she had passed. Even this past summer as I was attending graduation parties, she was there as well. It just shows how much she touched the lives of her students. She was the truest meaning of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.
    But she wasn’t only a great teacher, she was also a great mentor and friend. She really new her stuff and had a way of helping others like a young whippersnapper of a teacher like me. She always seemed to have a positive attitude and again somehow seemed to remember things that would amaze me. She new how to whip a crew of 25 Kindergarteners in line like no other and she did it in a way that kept them smiling and wanting for more learning….and if they did get out of line…she probably had their parents in class in the past and could use this to get them back in line.
    And finally she was a great storyteller and keeper of history. With those stories she always had a picture. I cannot imagine how many pictures she had taken over the years but I am sure it was astounding. Not only did she take them, but she also would cut them out of the paper as well. It never failed if someone in our family was in the paper she would cut out the clipping and send it to me…with a short positive note…And if we would run into each other she would ask…and then follow with a story from the past that related.
    For me and my family, she was an amazing woman who will greatly be missed…and everytime I hear a schoolbell ring….We will be thinking of her.

    Jerry Chisnell
    (Former parent, colleague, and friend)

  7. Leah Jackowski Says: November 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Mrs. Kahl will be missed! I had her as a kindergarten teacher in 1989, and still remember the routines of the classroom vividly. When I began teaching kindergarten myself in 2010, Mrs. Kahl walked in and gave me a hug. I got to say, “Boys and girls, this was MY kindergarten teacher!” That was so neat. A couple years ago an old class picture from my elementary years was floating around, and there were a handful of kids nobody could identify. Of course, we showed it to Mrs. Kahl and she knew every single one without skipping a beat. she attended my wedding and gave us a gravy boat. Every time we eat gravy in our house we think about Mrs. Kahl. She was so loved.

  8. Margaret DeMaster Says: November 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Tom, We remember you fondly from high school, and were so saddened to hear that your mother has passed. She was such a lovely person. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Dennis & Margaret DeMaster

  9. Marshall & AnnaMarie McLean Says: November 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    My deepest Sympathy. We lost a wonderful person: caring, loving,
    doing for others. I am glad I did get
    to know her through church, charities
    and just being around.

    Annemarie McLean.

  10. Michael Kahl Says: November 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    My warmest memories of my Aunt where holidays at her house. Great food and happy times with the whole family ??

  11. Amy (Kahl) Manier Says: December 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I have many fond memories of time spent with Aunt Joanne. As a child I appreciated the pancakes she made the morning after I had spent the night at her home. As an adult I appreciated the thoughtfulness she had for me and my family, and her sense of humor. I will miss my Aunt Joanne.

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