Joanna Booher McKenzie (1950 - 2018)

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APPLETON, Wis. — Joanna Booher McKenzie, age 68, of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at 12:41 p.m. at Thedacare Regional Hospital after a lengthy struggle with multiple brain traumas. She was surrounded by her partner, and all of her children. Joanna was born in Troy, Ohio, on June 24, 1950, to the late Virgil S. Booher and Florine L. Barnett. She married Harold McKenzie on Jan. 31, 1970, and together they raised three children at Air Force bases around the country and in Germany.

She is survived by her beloved partner of 23 years, Paula Pine; her daughters Amy Jo (Jonathon) Philbeck, Lynn Ann (Jeremy) Willis, son Scott Michael McKenzie; and also four grandchildren Dustin McKenzie, Zachary (Leah) McKellop, Hanna Jo Philbeck, Michael Willis; one great-grandchild, Liam McKellop; and one brother Pete (Diane) Booher.

Joanna graduated from Troy High School in 1968 and studied at the University of Maryland while employed by the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics Manager. After the Air Force, she became a trusted and very much appreciated Handy Woman around town for women customers. Joanna and Paula opened Canine Capers, the first Fox Valley dog daycare in 1997. Together they loved and cared for those dogs like they were family for 18 years.

Joanna loved all dogs, but she was especially fond of her Yorkie, Elsie, and the three dachshunds she shared with Paula — Emmi, Sophie, and Millie. In Troy, she welcomed "Morgan" the cat into her heart and home. She'd smile when hiding all sorts of nuts in her yard for squirrel "treasure hunts." Her ponds were filled with fish, plants, and love. Joanna shared her stash of birdseed with the Appleton chipmunks. And she bird-watched everywhere.

Joanna filled her life with many interests. She was an avid pond architect — her Appleton pond was her fourth. She tent-camped with her family while married and later shared a Scamp with Paula and the dogs. Joanna had a magnificent green thumb, which she turned to pain-relieving plants in later life for neck and back pains. She enjoyed fishing with a "barb-less" hook and was known to kayak in the great outdoors.

There were quite a number of fans of her "family secret" macaroni salad, Swedish meatballs, potato salad, mac and cheese, and cheesy scalloped potatoes. It was fun to watch her dance with her girls. Or root (or cuss) during Green Bay Packers games. When Joanna was home in her recliner, she loved to read and watch murder mysteries and take naps with Paula in the late afternoon.

Friends and family please join us at her residence in celebrating her life on Saturday, Sept. 15, 1-6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available. You're also welcome to bring a dish. At 5 p.m., there will be a sharing of memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joanna McKenzie to be made to: United Yorkie Rescue, Warfield Blvd., Clarksville, TN, 37043 or Eileen Pratt, Dachshund Rescue of North America, 1197 Allaire Loop, The Villages, FL 32163.

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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 North Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 739-1231
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Published in Piqua Daily Call from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2018
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