Joan J. Meinholz Mack

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DANE–Joan J. Mack of Dane passed away at age 84 on May 28, 2022. She was born on Aug. 13, 1937 in Ashton, the daughter of Ambrose and Julia (Maly) Meinholz.  

In 1955, she graduated from Middleton High School where she was involved with the school's pep club, home economics, and the Cardinal Scroll. The inscription next to her portrait in her senior yearbook said "Modest and quiet, and a value to her class".

After graduation, Joan was employed at Miller's Ace Hardware, the Bank of Middleton, and at Middleton High School.  She married Roland J. Mack on June 9, 1959 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Ashton. They would later enjoy a honeymoon in Arizona and Nevada. At the time of their marriage Roland was employed at the Morey Airplane Company in the Town of Middleton. 

While raising their children and tending to the “Flying Farmer” farm chores and field work, Joan found time to pursue her other talents and interests. She sewed and altered many beautiful garments for various clients, friends and family. Additionally, she loved baking and decorating beautiful wedding, anniversary, graduation and birthday cakes over the years. And she also found a passion to help and care for others by 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 an extension of her own.

Joan is survived by her beloved 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) Gostomski and Andrew Mack, Allison and Isabella Mack, Phillip, Cora, Myah, Meg, and Jack Brickl; great granddaughter, Addison Phillips; her sisters, Maggie Ballweg, Doris Grady, Diane (David) Hoffman, Maryellen (Roger) Frey; brother, Marcel (Janice) Meinholz; brother-in-law, John Trapp; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her sons, Joseph (infant) and Randal J. Mack (Sept. 5, 2014); her parents, Ambrose J. (Jan. 5, 1994) and Julia R. (Maly) Meinholz (July 18, 1979); a sister, Alice A. Meinholz Trapp (May 13, 2019) and brothers-in-law Victor Ballweg and David Grady.

Joan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disorder in 2014 and breast cancer in the fall of 2020.  Through all of this, she showed strength, perseverance, kindness and thoughtfulness of others, never wanting to be a burden. Joan’s family would like to thank all those that provided her care during the final years, including Teri and the Right at Home nursing staff, Dr. Maribeth Baker, Dr. James Huen, Dr. Henry Clay Dean, the staff at Sauk Prairie Healthcare, and Father James Kotch for his many visits.

A Mass of Christian Burial service was held at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Roxbury on June 1, 2022, at 11 a.m., with Father James Kotch presiding. Interment was held at St. Norbert’s Cemetery. Hooverson Funeral Home, 251 Water Street, Sauk City, served the family. 

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

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