Joanna Zaimes
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Obituary of Joanna Zaimes

Joanna Zaimes, 85, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.


Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30AM Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Henderson-Baker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Immediately following Visitation at 12:30 PM, the Funeral service will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, Illinois. Burial will be in Chippiannock Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Joanna was born October 09, 1933 in Katafygio, Greece the daughter of Emmanuel and Marianthi (Paniori) Hasapis. Joanna graduated with a high school degree in Katafygio, Greece. On July 23, 1961 she was united in marriage to John Zaimes in Katerini, Greece. Subsequently, Joanna joined John in America to start their own family in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1969, Joanna, John, and their three sons, George, Mike, and Tom, moved to Platteville, Wisconsin to join John's sister and brother-in-law in a pizza business. In 1976 the family moved to Muscatine and they opened John's Pizza before coming to West Liberty in 1984 where they owned and operated Hawkeye Pizza, retiring in 1990.

Joanna was the life of every party, always very sociable and entertaining. Her love for fashion and beauty contributed to her standing out in every room she entered. She was a friend to everyone she met and loved by many. Joanna was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, IL. She was also a published author, with copies of her book "Joanna: From Greece to America" available in the West Liberty Public Library. 

Survivors include three children: George of West Liberty, Mike (Lois) of Gilbert, AZ and Tom (Minette) of Iowa Falls, 5 grandchildren: John, John, Jonah, Joanna and Peyton. Two sisters: Jenny and Rosemary, and a brother, Dimitris. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Theodore, and her husband John.

Special thanks to the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for their wonderful care and compassion during Joanna's stay.

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