Joan Melinda Illing
Joan Melinda Illing passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 years at Covenant Medical Center on December 26, 2018.

Joan was born on May 8, 1952, in Illinois, daughter of Leonard and Lois (Kauffman) Cain. One day as she was crossing the street a young man pulled up in his Jeep and asked her for a date and she accepted. Joan and Bill were married on June 30, 1973, and began a family while living in Blue Island. In December of 1982, they moved their family to Corwith, Iowa, to provide a safer life with better educational opportunities.

Joan worked for Winnebago in a number of capacities. She was a very generous and caring person and considered everyone who entered her home to be family. In fact, most of her family and friends referred to her as “Momma Dukes.” Joan was always watching for an opportunity to quietly do a good deed for those she met and they, often, didn’t know she was the one who deserved credit. Joan loved to play cards and kept the scores from every Pinochle game she ever played! She was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and never missed a chance to see “the boys” play. Joan enjoyed classic music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and loved her coffee. She enjoyed cooking for everyone and visiting as much as possible with anyone she could, and wanted everyone to have fun. Joan was also a proud member of Ascension Lutheran Church of Waterloo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Bill. Joan is survived by her son, Shane (Valerie) Illing of Jesup, Iowa; daughter, Amy Illing of Thompson, Iowa; sister, Judy (Bob) Kissel of Palos Heights, Illinois; nephew, David (LeeAnn) Kissel and nieces, Jennifer Bellamy and Diane (David) Blake; and her beloved cat, Jaxy.

Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 30, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, Waterloo. Her funeral was Monday, Dec. 31, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Waterloo, with burial following at Garden of Memories, Waterloo. A luncheon was at the church following the burial.

Memorials may be directed to the family.
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