JoAnn L. Westrick
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JoAnn L. Westrick JoAnn L. Westrick, 79, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, after a short illness. She was born October 17, 1930. In 1969, JoAnn graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, after earning her nursing diploma from St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo in 1965. JoAnn earned her Masters in Nursing focusing on adult mental health, in 1974 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. JoAnn was a faculty member of the Michigan State University College of Nursing from 1975 until her retirement in 1993. A tenured assistant professor, she taught undergraduate psychiatric-mental health nursing. Before coming to MSU, JoAnn worked as a geriatric psychiatric nursing specialist at DePaul Hospital in New Orleans. Earlier, she taught psychiatric nursing at Touro Infirmary School of Nursing in New Orleans, 1971-72. She also prepared psychiatric nurse technicians at St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, 1970-71. During the 1960's, she assisted missionary nuns and priests on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. After retirement, JoAnn worked as a massage therapist. JoAnn shared her gift of friendship with many, and served as a healer for all. She loved classical music, completing crossword puzzles, games of chance, her elegant cat Miss Sophia, and annual vacations on Beaver Island and in St. Pete Beach, Florida. JoAnn will be missed by her family and friends who will remember her as a master teacher and mentor having keen insight and practical wisdom. Her patience and extraordinary listening skills, coupled with empathy, touched many in need. Known for her convictions and deliberative approach, JoAnn's spirituality gave others strength. JoAnn is survived by Donna Hardenberg, her partner of 27 years. She is also survived by her son, Christopher Horrigan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and three grandchildren, Mary (Brian) Mahlia, Katherine Horrigan, and Edward Horrigan. JoAnn was the oldest of four children. Surviving are her sisters, Eleanor (Clem) Vascik, and Betty (Ray) Giles; and brother, Ken Westrick all of Toledo, Ohio; as well as nine loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in East Lansing at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Solar Circle--sponsor of a solar oven workshop in Tanzania--at 4709 Woodcraft, Okemos, Michigan 48864.

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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 2, 2010.
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August 21, 2010
JoAnn was a friend, mentor, pilgrim, and fellow traveler. As soon as I read of her passing, I wanted to ask her what it was like where she now was. I wait expectantly. I loved JoAnn. Donna, I am so sad for you to have lost your life partner.
Barbara T. Kelly
August 9, 2010
JoAnn was a very important part of the MSU College of Nursing. She added a unique dimension to the faculty as well as teaching and building the mental health experience for the students. She will be remembered by many students and faculty and be greatly missed.
Marilyn Rothert
August 8, 2010
I knew JoAnn at St. Vincent's and remember her as a very intelligent, thoughtful person and nurse. I knew she would accomplish much and only sorry I have not kept in touch . Her obituary says so much but I am not surprised . She has definitely dealt with life in a very meaningful way and must be at peace in God. Joan Falke McGinnis .
August 4, 2010
I first met JoAnn in the early 1980s. She was a wonderful friend and I was deeply saddened to just learn of her death. She provided a quiet and non-judgmental love, and was as patient as the day is long. What a remarkable career she had, on top of being such a wonderful friend. I love Donna Hardenberg as well and know this must be very hard for all of you in her family.
Joanne Belknap
August 4, 2010
JoAnn greaduated a year before I did. She was a kind, unassuming person. It doesnt surpise me that she inspired someone to become a nurse. What a wonderful tribute.

Nadine Bogue Druliner
August 4, 2010
I knew Joann for such a short time but learned very quickly of her sense of humor and her willingness to take care of others. I am blessed to have known her. Charlene (Book club member)
August 3, 2010
Dear Ellie and family, I am very sorry at the passing of your sister. I know it is very difficult to work through. There must be many wonderful memories for you in your relationship with her. The thoughts at first are those of extreme loss and it is very painful. Take your time and go at your own pace. Love, Evelyn Zickes
August 3, 2010
We have not seen JoAnn for a number of years, but we have fond memories of spending time with the Westrick girls in Toledo. She was a very accomplished woman and had a long and fruitful life and leaves her family with many fond memories.
Joyce Bettinger
August 3, 2010
My Aunt JoAnn (My God mother) inspired me to become a nurse and I have been working in the Mercy (St. V's) system for 32 years. My Aunt was the most unassuming and non-judgemental person I have ever known. Never would she tell you what to do, but would guide you in the direction to discover the right answers for yourself . I will miss her dearly, but I know that she has been set free . Becky Vascik Moorman
August 3, 2010
Many great memories from St. V's days with Joanne---she was a wonderful lady and a special classmate to all in the class of '65. Thoughts and prayers are sent to her family.
Sharlotte Sauer Turin
August 2, 2010
August 02, 2010
We will always remember JoAnn from Spartan Stadium and all the good times we had together. She was a true Spartan fan and will be greatly missed by all. Deepest sympathy to all her friends and family.
marvin and judi weber
August 2, 2010
JoAnn has a stong place in my St. V's memories. The was there, level-headed, and calm. Accepting of everyone. Haven't seen her since those days, but thankful for the time we all had with her. Ann Parker Class of '65.
August 2, 2010
I remember JoAnn from the St V days, she was always such a very nice person, so caring & giving.. Am sure that she will be greatly missed by many. May you rest in peace, JoAnn.
Jane Ashby
Class of '65
Jane Ashby
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