Joan E. Schubert

Posted 12/7/20

NAPERVILLE - Joan E. Schubert, 86, of Naperville passed away Dec. 2, 2020.

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Joan E. Schubert


NAPERVILLE - Joan E. Schubert, 86, of Naperville passed away Dec. 2, 2020.

A private burial will be held at a future date.

Joan was born July 25, 1934 in Waukegan to Roy Sr. and Grace Olson. She married Steve Schubert and they celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2007.

Survivors include three children, Eric (Felicia), Lisa (Dave) Newman and Jane Birkenbeuel; and six grandchildren, Dominic and Isabelle, Greg and Erin, Kat and Alex (father, Rick Birkenbeuel).

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Roy; and her in-laws, Mike and Rosalind Schubert.

Joan received her Associate’s degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and her Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. At U of I, she met the love of her life, Steve Schubert. She was a loving and supportive partner, mother and treasured friend to so many. She was generous with her time and dedicated many hours to volunteer roles in her church, schools and communities in which she lived. Combining her passion for education and art, she was instrumental in bringing the Picture Lady Program to Mendota elementary schools, which brought fine art to life for students. Joan was also the first woman to serve on the district elementary school board in Mendota. When Steve retired in 1989, they moved from Mendota to Wimberley, Texas, where she continued her passion for art and painting. She was a member of the Wimberley Valley Art League and enjoyed painting scenes from some of their favorite places in their travels abroad. After Steve’s death, Joan moved back to Illinois to be closer to family. She will always be remembered for how she lived each day with a generous heart, kindness and grace.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the organization of your choosing or simply be intentional to offer acts of kindness to others each day; all are appreciated.

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