Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Joan B. (Free) DeGrave

Joan B. DeGrave, age 77, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Janesville, WI, beloved daughter of the late Marvin and Lillian (Nee: Newman) Free. They moved to Racine when Joan was a young child.

Joan attended Jefferson Elementary, McKinley Junior HIgh and Washington Park High School. On June 20, 1953, she was united in marriage to Joseph DeGrave. She had been employed by Hamilton Beach and Young Radiator for a number of years. Joan had a passion for decorating and sewing. She loved animals and was a past vice president of the Animal Welfare League. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 45 and Jobs Daughters Bethel 22 of Racine. More than anything it was time spent with her family that Joan cherished the most, especially with her grandson, Riley. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, Joe; her son and daughter-in-law, Gavin and Mara DeGrave; her grandson, Riley; brothers-in-law, Bill and John DeGrave; nieces, nephews, other relatives; cherished friends, Pat and Don Fremouth, Kay and Dick Ryner, and Henry Kuhns; very cherished loved ones, Dr. Susan and Joe Jester and daughters Katie and Melissa; and other dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by in-laws, Raymond DeGrave, Ruth DeGrave and Mary DeGrave.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend John Fleming officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m.

803 Main St., Racine     (262) 634-7888

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