Joanne Helen Anderson


Died: April 11, 2008; in Lake in the Hills

She was the president of Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Shelter

LAKE IN THE HILLS - Joanne Helen (Lutz) Anderson, 74, of Lake in the Hills, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She married Kenneth Anderson in 1951. They lived on several Marine bases before settling in Chicago to raise a family.

She studied cosmetology, got her beautician's license, worked out of the house for a few years, and then opened, owned and operated her own beauty salon.

In 1978, she got a dream job at Clairol, the hair color people. She was a national consultant with Clairol until her retirement and was the go-to person for education at Clairol. She taught seminars and was the star of the show for Clairol at the Midwest Beauty Show for many years. She traveled all over the country, participating in the shows put on by the beauty industry. She retired from Clairol and moved to McHenry County in 1992.

Her retirement was nothing short of busy. She served for several years as president of the Lake in the Hills Woman's League. She found that little storefront that was Helping Paws about 1993, and the rest is history.

She served as president of Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Shelter for an amazing 13 years. She had been quoted as saying: "God put me here and gave me all these experiences 'cause he was preparing me for Helping Paws. This is my life's work, this is my dream. ... This is what I was born to do." All who are involved with Helping Paws say that she was the true heart of the organization.

With her at the helm, the storefront shelter moved to a temporary location at Erickson's Kennels in Ridgefield. With the help of a generous benefactor, she was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the old Culligan building on King Street in Crystal Lake, which enabled Helping Paws to further serve the homeless dogs and cats of McHenry County.

As the need for a bigger shelter became apparent, more wonderful benefactors came forward with donations to build the current shelter at 2500 Harding Lane in Woodstock, which opened in December 2006. She drew the plans for the building herself in her selfless dedication and commitment to the helpless animals who cannot speak for themselves. She saved the lives of thousands of animals and, as a result, enriched the lives of thousands of families.

She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and as an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know her.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth E. Anderson; her children, Jeffrey L. (Sherry) Anderson, Carol J. (Dan) White and Laura A. (Randy) Gosell; her grandchildren, Rebecca J. Atwater, Thomas J. (Carrie) Crowe, Kenneth T. Anderson, Ashley L. Anderson, Daniel K. White, Timothy M. White, Lesa J. Spohn and Michael J. (Larissa) Spohn; and her great-grandchildren, Lily E. Atwater, Davith K. Atwater and Logan C. Spohn.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Lutz Cashel, and her father, Edward Lutz.

The visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The service on Tuesday, April 15, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fox Valley Helping Paws Animal Shelter.

For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.

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Funeral Home

Davenport Family Funeral Home - Crystal Lake
419 E. Terra Cotta Ave.  Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-3411