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Joanne Breckenridge

Canton – Joanne Breckenridge, 88, of Canton, passed away at 5:07 AM on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Renaissance Care Center. She was born on December 30, 1931 in Canton to John William “Bill” and Ullalea Irene (Weaver) Adams. She married John Robert “Bob” Breckenridge on November 1, 1948 in Canton, he preceded her in death in 1961.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John William Adams Jr, and son-in-law, Gary Nidiffer.

Surviving are four children, Robert L. (Maria) Breckenridge, Cynthia D. Nidiffer, Kenneth A. Breckenridge, and Sandra K. Breckenridge; two grandsons, Samuel Francis and Luke Martin; one sister, Mary Lea Considine; and her favorite CNA, Sami whom Joanne loved.

Joanne retired as a retail clerk from Kmart. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, IL.

Due to COVID-19, private graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Memorials can be made to Spoon River Garden Club. Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL is in charge of arrangements. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Barbara and Jon Meline

    Reply May 8, 2020 3:45 pm

    Our thoughts and sympathy to you
    Your Mom was so lucky to have such a caring and faithful daughter as you
    are. Never missing a day to visit her
    Our dog Andy always put a smile on her face. It was a pleasure getting to know you and your Mother

  • Cindy Harper Lawver

    Reply May 8, 2020 5:09 pm

    So sorry to read of Joanne’s passing, may your memories give you great comfort at this time. So sorry for your loss,


    Reply May 9, 2020 8:26 am

    Ken and family,
    Sorry for your loss. Brings back memories of childhood in the old neighborhood. Condolences to all.

  • Ann Moreno

    Reply May 9, 2020 11:43 am

    Prayers to family

  • Brenda (Mendenhall) Postin

    Reply May 9, 2020 8:31 pm

    our thoughts & prayers are with you. I loved your mom’s laugh, she was always so cheerful, enjoyed seeing & talking to her at K-mart.
    Mark & Brenda Postin

  • karen j murphy

    Reply May 10, 2020 10:34 am

    So sorry to hear of Joans passing, very nice lady. Karen (Slater)Murphy

  • Dee Dee Payne Doubet

    Reply May 10, 2020 9:03 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Joanne. She was a sweetheart and I enjoyed talking with her. I always knew she was someone in the old neighborhood that I could talk to growing up. Condolences to all of you.

  • Mary Bowton

    Reply May 10, 2020 9:56 pm

    So sorry, she was a great lady!

  • Tina Howell

    Reply May 11, 2020 4:52 pm

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Lots of hugs to you!

  • Diane & Garry Sickles

    Reply May 11, 2020 8:17 pm

    Cindy, we are sorry to hear of your dear Mom’s passing. We rejoice with you that
    she is with Jesus who gave her a Crown of Eternal Life. May the Lord give you
    comfort and peace.

  • Eldon Leezer

    Reply May 12, 2020 6:54 pm

    On behalf of my mother, Maxine Leezer sends her deepest sympathy to Joanne’s entire family. Mom thought a lot of Joanne and enjoyed the friendship they had during the years they worked together at Kmart. To my schoolmates, Ken and Cindy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of you mother. My condolences to all.

  • Sue Rothert

    Reply May 14, 2020 4:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Nancy Peak

    Reply May 16, 2020 3:47 pm

    Sorry to hear about Joanne’s passing. We were both hired at Kmart when the store opened. I remember a lot of fun times there. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Connie Miller

    Reply May 18, 2020 1:58 pm

    I am so so very sorry I miss going and watching movies with her . She will be missed my many . She is now at peace and working in K Mart in the sky

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