Joan J. Mack


Joan J. Mack entered her eternal home on May 28, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born on August 13, 1937 in Ashton, daughter of Ambrose and Julia (Maly) Meinholz. She was a graduate of Middleton High School in 1955. After graduation, she was employed at Ace Hardware, Bank of Middleton and Middleton High School. She married Roland J. Mack on June 9, 1959 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Ashton.

While raising their children and tending to farm chores and “Flying Farmer” field work, Joan found time to browse her other talents and interests. She has sewn and altered many beautiful garments for various clients, friends and family. She loved baking and decorating beautiful wedding, birthday, graduation and anniversary cakes over the years. And she also found a passion for helping and caring for others, working for several families, including the late Rudolph and Marion Kraemer families until her retirement in 2015. She always cared for these families and homes as a extension of his.

Survivors include her husband Roland and their children, Juanita (Bill) Wagner, Ross and Julianne (Chad) Brickl; 13 grandchildren, Andria (Jake) Phillips, Tara (Michael) Luckey, Dawson (Breanna Russell) and Marissa Loether, Hannah (Kyle) Gostemski and Andrew Mack, Allison and Isabella Mack, Phillip, Cora, Myah, Meg and Jack Brickl ; great-granddaughter, Addison Phillips; sisters, Maggie Ballweg, Doris Grady, Diane (David) Hoffman, Maryellen (Roger) Frey; brother, Marcel (Janice) Meinholz; brother-in-law, John Trapp; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her sons Joseph (Child) and Randal; Parents; sister, Alice Trapp; and his brothers-in-law Victor Ballweg and David Grady.

Joan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 and breast cancer in the fall of 2020. Through it all she has shown strength, perseverance, kindness and consideration towards others, never wanting to be a burden . Joan’s family would like to thank everyone who has provided care for her over the past few years, Teri and the staff at Right at Home, Dr. Maribeth Baker, Dr. Huen, Dr. Dean, the staff at Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Father James Kotch for his many visits.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Roxbury on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11 a.m., with Father James Kotch presiding. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Hooverson Funeral Home, 251 Water St., Sauk City from 4-7 p.m. and on the morning of the service from 10-10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Saint-Norbert cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation in Joan’s name.

Mom/Grandma, your commitment, compassion and selflessness will never be forgotten. You have given of yourself to create incredible memories and to be our teacher of faith and more. We will never forget the hours you spent helping us with 4-H projects, the summer traditions of picking strawberries, making frozen corn, canning tomato soup and salsa, homemade waffles with strawberry filling, Yule log and pistachio dessert, and care for your grandchildren and their imagination with “Le Palais” and outdoors at the farm. You have created and entrusted us with a wonderful family that you will continue to support.

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