Joann was born April 5, 1942 in Sioux Falls, SD the daughter of Ralph and Frances Wittrock. She grew up in Sioux Falls. She was married to Ollie Aleck and they lived in Sioux Falls and had one son, Robert. She worked as an office cleaner for several years. She is survived by her son, Robert of Sioux Falls and a brother, Jerry Wittrock of Tempe, AZ.