Joanne Backer Wendt, 69, of Prosser died Sunday at Life Care Center of Richland. Mrs. Wendt was born in Yakima and raised in Thorp, Yakima and Richland before the family settled in Prosser in 1955. She worked as a secretary for Holtzinger Fruit Co. and Seneca Foods until illness forced her retirement.

Survivors include a brother, Bud Backer of West Richland; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Prosser. Arrangements are by Prosser Funeral Home.