Mary J. "Joan" (Hughes) Larscheid
1930 - 2020
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Passed away on November 14, 2020 at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph. Joan was born in Columbus, WI on August 5, 1930 to Joseph J. Hughes and Mary A. (Powers) Hughes who preceded her in death. She was further preceded in death by her brothers Thomas and Michael and sister Catherine Ford.

She is survived by her four children: Mary Reynolds, Joseph T. (Judith) Larscheid, Ellen Larscheid and Patricia Larscheid; grandsons Harald, Samuel and William Reynolds and granddaughter Elizabeth Larscheid. Further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joan was a 1952 graduate of Edgewood College, Madison, WI with a degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten in Neenah, Wauwautosa, and Whitefish Bay, WI school districts.

She had a passion for the Arts and loved the opera, classical music and theatre. She was a past member of the Holy Family Parish School Board, the church choir and a volunteer in the Learning Center.

Her love of the Arts brought her to the Milwaukee Art Museum where she completed docent training then served 14 years as a docent, then a docent emeritus.

She was a lifelong member of the Whitefish Bay Women's Club, serving the organization in many capacities.

Joan loved to gather with family and friends. She was known to spontaneously break into song and kick up her heels. She had the glorious "gift of gab" and her laughter was contagious; Joan lit up any room she entered. She was truly the life of any party.

The family expresses their gratitude to the Milwaukee Catholic Home and VITAS hospice caregivers for their loving care of Joan.

A private family service will take place at Feerick Funeral Home, with the option for live streaming. To live-stream the services on Saturday, November 28th at 11:30AM, please see Joan's obituary at, where a link will be provided. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hope House, 209 W Orchard St., Milwaukee, WI 53204 or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Joan was a very important member of our long-time Book Club. She could recommend good books; she could make important comments on any book we were reading. She was kind and courteous to the opinions of others. Since my family had some ancestors in Columbus WI, I drove with her to see the town, the place where she used to live, the Louis Sullivan-designed bank, the headstone of a family ancestor of mine -- a very enjoyable time. Any time with Joan was enjoyable!
Susan Kane
November 23, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by wonderful memories of your beautiful mother and the love and support of family and friends. As I've said before, Aunt Joan always greeted me with a welcoming heart and a big smile and hug. She was my favorite aunt and it makes me happy to know that you had such an amazing mother.
Love and hugs to you all,
Jeanne Larscheid Braun
Jeanne Braun
November 22, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful mother. We will love you and miss you always, Mama.❤
Ellen Larscheid
November 20, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. I’m remembering Mama Larsch and the love she gave out to all of us!
All my Love Ellen, Joe, Mary and Trish:)
Liza Lewis
November 20, 2020
Dear Larscheid Family, Please accept my deepest condolences. Your mom was a bright shining star at MCH and will be greatly missed. We all feel lucky to have known her. Linda Cardinale and all at Milwaukee Catholic Home.
Linda Cardinale
November 19, 2020
Thinking of you, Ellen during this difficult time. Your mom sounds like she was fun and outgoing as you are! I feel blessed to know you, knowing her spirit shines through you. Hugs, Tracy Smith- McKinley Elementary
Tracy Smith
November 19, 2020
What a lovely obituary. I did not know your mother, but I work with Ellen and want you all to know am sending you thoughts and prayers at this time.
Jean Hoffmann
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