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Joan Helen (Popelka) Croft, 88, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away peacefully, at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA November 10, 2021 with her children by her side.

Joan was born April 20, 1933 to Joseph and Helen (Lahodny) Popelka in rural Vining, IA. She attended Chelsea school through 8th grade when her family moved to Belle Plaine. Joan graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1950. She met her future husband, Scott Croft Jr. at the local roller rink. They were married April 20, 1953 in the Little Brown Church. She was a homemaker and raised five wonderful children.

Joan enjoyed reading, crosswords, puzzles and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her children, Debbie Croft of Grand Island, NE, Randy (Kris) Croft of Springville, Diane (Bill) Weber of Holiday Lake, Denise (Larry) Weeda of Belle Plaine, Scott (Julie) Croft of Belle Plaine; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Pat Popelka of Story City; and many nieces, nephews and a good friend, Sandy Stratton of Marengo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Scott (1997); siblings, Gertrude, Melvin, Roland, (Poe) and Jim.

Special thanks to Rose Haven Nursing and River Valley Dialysis for their years of care and kindness.

Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021 at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service with Pastor Tom Peterson officiating. Service will also be livestreamed through the funeral service Facebook page.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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