Joan Whitby

Joan E. Whitby (Fischer)

Saturday, July 28th, 1934 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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Joan E. Whitby, age 85, of Janesville, formerly of Oak Creek, was called into Eternity with our Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Oak Park Place. She was born in Savannah, IL, on July 28, 1934, the daughter of the late Rev. Gerhardt and Dorothy (Gehlhoff) Fischer. Following high school, Joan graduated from Lutheran School of Nursing (Milwaukee) in 1955. She married Kenneth R. Whitby on June 7, 1958, in Helenville, WI. Together they lived in Oak Creek, Jefferson, Delavan and for the past two years in Janesville. Joan worked as a nurse for the Veteran’s Hospital of Milwaukee and Franciscan Villa Nursing Home in South Milwaukee. She enjoyed reading, crocheting (making an afghan or baby blanket for each of her children and grandchildren, as well as numerous others), and baking (making very elaborately decorated cakes for family and friends). Joan also enjoyed gardening and gathering with the women of the Neighborhood Club, even years after leaving Oak Creek. She and Ken travelled extensively in the United States and she often picked up many rocks from various locations and carted them home. In later years, she and Ken were “snowbirds”, traveling from Jefferson/Delavan to Texas each winter. They stopped traveling as she began to suffer from memory issues which was later diagnosed as Alzheimer’s.
Joan had a very strong faith and knew she had the gift of eternal life. While living in Oak Creek, she was very active at St. John, singing in the choir as well as participating in the Altar Guild. She was a current member of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Janesville.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ken; 4 children: Laurie Whitby of Janesville, Mark (Koralie) Whitby of Loveland, CO, Nancy (Tom) Houghton of Rockton, IL, and Paul (Barb) Whitby of Lake In The Hills, IL; 5 grandchildren: Paige (Jonathyn) Zapf, Eden, and Grant Whitby, and Zach and Nate Houghton; a great granddaughter, Seneca; as well as 2 sisters, Ruth (Jim) Knutson of Monona, and Dody (Tom) Baird of Kokomo, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1550 S. Osborne Ave., Janesville, with Rev. Richard Lehmann officiating. Visitation will take place at church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. A light luncheon will be served after the service. Guests are asked to be mindful of social distancing guidelines while in attendance and masks or cloth facial coverings are required. If you don’t have a mask, they will be available at the church. Memorials in Joan’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Peace Ev. Lutheran Church’s music department at 1550 S Osborne Ave., Janesville, WI 53546.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
    Peace Lutheran Church
    1550 S. Osborne Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53546
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 11:30am
    Peace Lutheran Church
    1550 S. Osborne Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53546
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Richard Lehmann


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