Joan M. Hall


SHERIDAN - Joan M. Hall, 87, of Wayside Farm in rural Sheridan, died Sept. 30, 2019 at OSF Saint Paul Hospital in Mendota.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at St. Columba Church, 122 West Washington St., Ottawa with Rev. David Kipfer, pastor, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be at Harding Cemetery in Harding. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.

Joan was born Oct. 19, 1931 in Ottawa to John F. Mitchell and Helen M. (Schneider) Mitchell. She married David Allen Hall on Oct. 13, 1951 at St. Columba Church in Ottawa. He preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2015.

Survivors include six children, Debbi (Steve) Salemink, David (Lynn) Hall, Wendy Hall (Sharda Thapa), Teri (Patrick) Gavin, Reed (Lori) Hall, and Valerie (Dan) Ursini; eight grandchildren, Dave (Sally) Hall, Kristie Hall, Sam Gavin (Claudia Koerner), Dan (Samantha) Hall, Jeannie Gavin, James Salemink, Becky (Isaiah) Haines, and Laura Gavin; six great-grandchildren, David and John Hall; Madison, Clara and Jack Haines; and Jayton Hall; one brother, Jack (Mary Lou) Mitchell of Ottawa; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters, Martha A. McGinty and Helen C. Burke; and two sisters-in-law, Janice Wharrie and Norma L. Williamson.

Joan attended St. Columba Grade School and was a proud member of the last all-girl class of St. Xavier Academy (now Marquette Academy), the graduating class of 1949. She was a 1973 graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She taught gifted classes in the Ottawa schools and was a substitute teacher and CCD teacher. She was a member of the LaSalle County 4-H and Rural Chorus. She was also a member of the Kimball Thimble Quilt Guild, the LaSalle County Genealogy Guild and a lifetime parishioner of St. Columba Church. She and her husband enjoyed traveling in Europe. Her fellow members of the St. Xavier Forty-Niners added much joy to her life with their friendship and the fun they had together at monthly breakfasts.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Columba Building Fund or the Harding Community Hall.

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