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Joan Marie McDonald passed away July 5th, 2019, peacefully at her home in Waterford, WI; with family members at her side.
Joan was born June 16th, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI to Rose and Harold Haissig.
Joan attended Bayview High School and Gateway Technical College, and worked for General Electric Company for over 25 years.
Joan, always the matriarch of the family, which includes six children, fifteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, lived by the words, “We are going to danced the way we want to dance, and sing what we want to sing, and make people jealous.”
Joan is survived by her siblings, Beverly Frangresh, Rose Getz, and Carol Pinneker. Joan is also survived by her children, Gary (Minerva) McDonald, Brian McDonald, Pamela (Mike) Lang, Robert (Paula) McDonald, Shannon Leslie, Brett (Sian) McDonald; her grandchildren, Amber, Erin, Erica, Jesse, Lydia, Lauren, Christopher, Matthew, Cody, Jack, Morgan, Sophie, Ava, Nathaniel, Helena; and her great grandchildren, Parker and Teagan. Joan is also survived by Adam and Aiden, whom Joan thought of, and loved as grandchildren.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Matthew Robert McDonald.
All who knew Joan, knew her to be a loving, caring, spiritual woman, whose heart always had room for forgiveness.
Joan’s life embodied the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “ You are not a human on a spiritual journey, you are a spirit on a human journey.”
Joan’s spirit has moved on to other journeys.
An open house reception will be held at Integrity Celebration Center on July 11th, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:15pm. Followed by a 4:30pm prayer service and balloon release.