Joan Wojciechowski

Joan Wojciechowski (Spieker)

Monday, October 19th, 1953 - Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Joan Spieker Wojciechowski, 65, of Onalaska, WI, died on Sunday, April 14, 2019. She was born in Kenosha, WI, on October 19, 1953, to Roy and Ethel Spieker; she married Wayne Wojciechowski on August 4, 1979.

After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1971, she went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In July 1975, Joan began a 42-year career with Bethany Lutheran Homes working as a Social Worker and then Director of Social Services at the original Bethany Nursing Home on Cass Street and then moving to Bethany Riverside. Joan was well respected in her profession.

In addition to her profession, Joan was most proud of her volunteer work in the community. She was a prayer partner at St. Rose Convent, volunteered through RSVP at the Salvation Army and helped provide meals at the Warming Center. Joan was also a participant in research studies for over 10 years at Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute at UW-Madison (WRAP).

Joan is survived by her loving husband, Wayne; her parents, Roy and Ethel Spieker; her siblings: Steve (Chancy) Spieker, Karla (Anthony) Montemurro, Kurt (Michele) Spieker; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Rev. Tom Wojciechowski, OFM, Mike and Carol Michalski, Patricia Wojciechowski. Joan is also survived by aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews along with many cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank the medical team and staff at Gundersen Health System for their care and all who supported and provided comfort throughout Joan’s journey.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon. Private burial will take place at a future date at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute UW School of Medicine and Public Health or the La Crosse Public Library.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
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  • Interment

    St. Adalbert's Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Milwaukee, WI
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    Interment will be private at a later date.


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Richard Bosanko

Posted at 10:48am
Wayne, Roy, Steve & families...…..on behalf of the Kenosha Fire Department family, both active and retired members, our sincere sympathy to all of you on your loss of Joan. We wish you many fond memories of her and the good times that you all shared together. We share in your sorrow. Richard "BO" Bosanko Battalion Chief-Retired-Kenosha Fire Department

Sheila M. Robinson

Posted at 09:04pm
May God continue to comfort and guide you during this difficult time; and may the "peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your heart and your mental powers". Philippians 4:7.

Barbara Anderson Smith

Posted at 03:39pm
I have known Joan since she started her career in Social Work. She and I started about the same time. I worked at several medical facilities in La Crosse and therefore had regular work contact with her through the years. She even asked me to fill in for her during a medical leave many years ago. Her professionalism was beyond measure. She always had the best interests of those she served. When I retired from Hillview in 2008, Joan hired me as a part time social worker at BR. This gave me the chance to get to know her better and I will always be grateful for that opportunity. We became friends and coworkers. Joan was always thought and kind in both her professional life and her personal relationships. She’s had a tremendous influence on me through the years and I will always carry that with me. God’s speed to heaven Joan.

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