Joan Bakken

Joan Bakken
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Joan Claire Bakken, nee Heiligenstein, 83, of Brownsburg, IN, formerly of Belleville, IL, born February 6, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Indiana University Health – West Hospital, Avon, IN.

Joan was an executive secretary at Scott Air Force Base before her retirement.  She enjoyed card games and was a savy bridge player. She was an avid dog enthusiast, and a big part of her life was spent participating and volunteering at dog shows and agility trials.  She loved animals and was a member of the Belleville Kennel Club.  Joan enjoyed traveling and was always looking for the next adventure.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph Christian and Edna Rose, nee Seifert, Heiligenstein.

Surviving are her children, Susan M. (Robert V.) Ponciroli of St. Louis, MO,
Rebecca A. (Michael T.) Bayler of Brownsburg, IN,
and Cynthia R. (Steven B.) Katz of Potomac Falls, VA;
and four grandchildren, Matthew T. Bayler,
Daniel C. Bayler,
Benjamin W. Bayler,
and Laila R. Katz.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL

Condolences Left For Joan Bakken

Deepest condolences to the entire family of Joan Bakken; May her spirit live through beloved family, friends, and advocacy for animals.

David Charles


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