Joan graduated from Mercy High School in St. Louis and attended Saint Louis University. She was a 60-year member of St. Henry Catholic Church. There she served on the school board, on the board of the Mother’s Club, and was active for many years in St. Henry Grade School. Joan also belonged to the St. Henry Athletic Club and was a charter member of the Pinnettes Entrepreneurial Group. She also worked at Belleville West Shop N Save for 20 years, where she had many friends. Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a steadfast friend and enjoyed many social activities with her close circle of friends. Joan was a true “people” person who loved to laugh. Her primary joy in life was being surrounded by her family and she took the greatest care of her beloved husband Clark.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Clark Leroy Maxwell, whom she married on October 3, 1959, at All Saints Church in University City, MO, and who died on September 15, 2012; her parents, William and Leona, nee Mitteke, Walters; and a sister, MaryLee (Bill) Allen.
Surviving are two sons, Michael (Julie) Maxwell of Belleville, IL, and David (Mary) Maxwell of Columbia, IL;
eight grandchildren, Christopher and Jacob (Chelsea), Nicholas, Julianna, and John, and Wesley, Max, and Carli;
three great-grandchildren, Trey, Jule, and Josie;
a brother-in-law, Winston “Billy” (Nancy) Maxwell;
and nieces and nephews, Karen (Mark) Katsion, Duane Whorton, Donna (Mike) Stammer, Carol (John) Blood, Mark (Trish) Maxwell, and John “Chris” (Glenna) Maxwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. Kenneth York officiating.
Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.