Joan M. Winstead


MENDOTA – Joan Marie (Klein) Winstead, 89, passed away Jan. 10, 2023 at LaSalle County Nursing Home where she had lived a short time.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial Mass will be said May 2, 2023 at 7 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church Mendota. Wasmer Funeral Home is privileged to assist the family.

Joan was born March 10, 1933 in Harris Hospital the daughter of Harry and Helen (Moyer) Klein of Peterstown. She attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic School and Mendota High School.

Joan will be deeply missed by her sons Mark Winstead of Dallas, Texas, and Kevin (Karen) Winstead of Arnold, Md.; grandsons Bryan and Nicholas; nine nieces and nephews, and 11 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 54 years, Finley on July 13, 2006, son Thomas in 1958, daughter Cheryl in 1956, a sister Delores in infancy, sister Chris Bankes, and brothers John Klein and David Klein.

She moved to the Nation's Capital and worked as a secretary for the Navy's Judge Advocate General. Joan met her future husband Finley G. Winstead, and they married on Aug. 30, 1952 at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington D.C. While Finley was in the Navy they lived in Karachi, Pakistan, Norfolk, Va., Yokosuka, Japan, and New Orleans. While in Japan she worked as a Red Cross volunteer, and taught English to Japanese college students. When her husband retired from the Navy they moved back to Mendota where they both worked at Conco in the engineering department. After their sons graduated, Joan and Finley moved to Minnesota, Lakeland, Fla., and back to Mendota to help her ailing father, and eventually her mother. 

The Winsteads managed the Westridge Apartments while in Mendota. They moved back to Florida, began traveling a lot, became Park Rangers in Alaska for a time, and lived in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale. After the death of her husband Joan returned home to Mendota a final time.

Memorials may be directed to the United States Service Branch of choice. Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.

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