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Joan M. Jelinek

September 29, 1941 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Joan Jelinek Obituary

Joan M. Jelinek was born into eternal life at the age of 82 on January 24, 2024.  She arrived in the world on September 29, 1941, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Otto and Mary Jeske.

Joan orchestrated a life well lived.  She worked at Wisconsin Bell early in her career, got married, lived in Kenosha, and had 2 children, who became the focal point of her life. After staying home with the children for several years, she worked at Spann Sign Co. and retired from there. Alan was the firstborn and was followed exactly 5 years later by his favorite sister, Laura.  Alan is married to Michele and lives in Kenosha with their children, Kristina and Tim.  Kristina (Chad) Pate blessed Joan with two lovely great-grandchildren, Chad Jr. and Kaylee. Laura (Nettekoven) lives in Appleton with Gary and their 3 children, Anika, Aiden, and Andersen.  

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ralph, and sister Sharon.

To Joan, family was everything.  Even when Al and Laura were young, Joan became the default mom to everyone in the neighborhood.  Later, her precious time and money were generously spent on her grandchildren, and she always enjoyed bringing their favorite treats that they loved most. However, what the grandchildren loved most was spending time with grandma.  They loved her stories, her questions, and her golden heart.  If you were fortunate enough to spend an hour with Joan, you certainly would have heard all of the exploits of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and granddog Bergy.  

One day, while doing a 5K with the family, it was revealed that her middle name was Mildred.  From then on, her superhero name became Milly.  We love everything you taught us, and our lives will be less meaningful and colorful without your smile.    

If you wish to celebrate this much-loved life, please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2024.  The visitation will be from 9 -11 AM, with a service to follow at the Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St., Appleton.  Pastor Michael Huff will officiate.  The private burial will be at Highland Memorial Park in Appleton.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  

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February 3, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

11:00 AM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911


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