Joanne L. Graham

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MIDDLETON – Joanne L. Graham, 89, of Middleton, WI., lover and writer of poetry, joined the love of her life Arthur in their next life on Feb. 26, 2019.

Joanne was born in Salina, OH, on July 23, 1929, daughter of Ervin and Edith Otto. Among the many places she and Art lived were Saginaw, MI., Green Bay and Baileys Harbor, St. Simmons Island and Brunswick, GA. and, finally, Middleton. She was heard to say, “I’m not moving again!” Jo was a devout Christian woman and the daughter of Lutheran Minister.

She is survived by her brother, John Otto of Salt Lake aCity, UT; sister, Elizabeth Scott of Middleton.; daughter, Rebecca (Rick) Eland of Green Bay; sons, Steven (Diana) Graham of Savannah, GA. and Thomas (Debbie) Graham of Madeira Beach, FL.; grandchildren, Michael Eland, Mathew Graham, Kimberly Chu, Beth Lighthouse and Delaney Escher; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Kim, Bridget, Sally Jo and Michelle from her brother John Otto; and Craig and Ken from her sister Lib Scott. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; grandson, Scott Eland; and nephew, Gary Scott.

Joanne worked in several doctor’s offices during her life, her organizational skills, quick thinking and positive outlook impacting many people throughout her life.

Jo was also an accomplished poet, having been published in the 1980s. Many of her works were written to Arthur. In her spare time Jo was a stitchery aficionado, master puzzler and avid card player. She loved traveling with Art, whether by land or sea. He was her everything.

Joanne will be missed. Her positive contributions in this world are too many to count. 

She will ultimately rest alongside Arthur in Door County. A private family service will be held at a later date. 

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