Joan Maxwell

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Joan Mary Maxwell, nee Walters, 81, of Belleville, IL, born March 30, 1937, in St. Louis, MO., died Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

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

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.


10 Comments on Joan Maxwell

Tammy said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2019 at 5:16 AM

So sorry to hear about Joan you know she was my pet at work I'm so lucky I got to know her she was such a fun lady.....(sister) and Joan was also lucky to have two sons that were so devoted to her

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Audrey Renschen said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Michael and David, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mom and visiting your family home. I’m glad you were able to be together with Joan as she passed. Enjoy your family time together today and hold your memories close. She and your dad will always be in your hearts.

  • Anchorage
  • AK
Peggy Harris said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 3:21 PM

I knew your mother, Joan, from St. Henry's Church for many years. She was a delightful lady who liked to laugh and enjoyed life. Your father, Clark, and she were a fun couple. I always made sure she got her fish dinners after she finished her shift at our fish fries. So sorry for your loss as losing a mother is a sad heartache. She was special! Prayers being said for all of you in the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Scott Preston said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 12:59 PM

Sorry to hear of the news of your mother passing. Mothers are special and strong. My family will keep your family in our prayers.

  • Jonesboro
  • AR
Michael & Teresa Yocum said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 12:19 AM

Dave, Mary, and family, Sending our deepest sympathy. Cherish your memories. Our thoughts and prayers

  • Lafayette
  • IN
Greg Voss said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 11:01 PM

David, Michael and Family, I will miss seeing your dear mother and her "boys" in the dining room of St. Paul's. You have been most loving,faithful sons to your mother. She always broke into s delightful smile of recognition when you came and spoke with her and hugged her. I enjoyed seeing her contented or her mischievous and maybe holding the hand of your good mother. I have been very blessed to know her and her family. God will bless you all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
william and mary hagene said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 2:39 PM

To the Maxwell Family.The passing of a mother is never easy.Know that her love for all you goes on forever.

  • smithton
  • illinois
Denny & Terri Creedon said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Dave and family, We are deeply saddened by you loss and hope you find some peace knowing that your mother is with God and her loving husband.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Jim Renschen said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 2:24 PM

Well cousin I know you're in a better place and also with Clark. You were a wonderful wonderful person and a wonderful mother and above all a wonderful cousin. I have so many good memories with you which as you know you get older they mean the most. God bless you and Pat and I for sending prayers. God bless Joan

  • Florida
Angie Betlach said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 2:31 AM

My deepest condolences to the Maxwell family. Joan was one of the sweetest ladies that I was lucky enough to have met. My heart goes out to all of you ❤️

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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