Joan Martin

Naperville, Illinois

Sep 1, 1937 - Oct 7, 2013 (Age 76)

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Joan was my next door neighbor for a few years. My gosh I have so many stories and amazing memories. She adored my children who adored her cats. She was such a special person, I didn't get a Christmas card this year and should have known something was wrong. I'm so sorry I just found out and I wasn't there to say goodbye. Her last lesson she taught me is now, don't take time for granted. My kids and I will forever remember you Joan??

Today is one month since we lost our Joan. Her cats are adjusting to their new home in our house and we are adjusting to not having her daily emails and our weekly (or so) meals at her favorite restaurant, the Bohemian Crystal in Westmont. We just miss her so.

She always had a smile and got us moving at school. She instilled the importance of good physical exercise. The NCHS physical education department was going through a tremendously good change as they added a host of new classes, new and exciting classes like tumbling and modern dance. She was very instrumental in the changes and we girls flourished. Way before Title 9 advantages for girls, she was doing her best to get us included! She expected a lot and believed in us.

While I never personally met Joan, I took care of her cottage in Wisconsin on Turtle Lake. We have been mowing the lawn, cleaning up the yard, and taking care of the pier for many years. We never met, but talked on the phone plenty of times and exchanged a lot of emails over the years. We have many customers, but Joan was one of the few that we were happy to get a call or email from, as she was always polite and cheerful. It was nice to see a picture of her to put a face behind all the...

This message goes out to all who have taken the time to sign this guest book for Joan Martin. Thank you for taking the time to write in this guest book. It is very touching to read the stories and see how she made a difference in so many people's lives. As one of her cousin's, I shared many good times over the years enjoying Joan's wit and just spending time with her. She had a love for animals and was always feeding the squirrels in her yard. She liked to join in family gatherings and was...

Thank you Ms Martin for all the great help you gave in High School and at the Parents University a community service. Thanks for being a real person. Jackie McCauley

Joan was an outstanding educator who loved young people and was dedicated to helping them understand the importance of being fit for life.
Tom Paulsen, colleague at Naperville Central

Wonderful neighbor, great lady, miss her. May God be with her family and friends at this time.

As the companion of my late sister Linda Barnes for twenty-five years until her death in 2002, Joan has been part of my family since 1975. With her death I feel as though I have lost another sister. We shared e-mails nearly every day and now I find myself with many things to tell her that I cannot. The law may not have recognized her as my family but she is. My husband and I will not stop missing her. Her cats, Griffin & Callie, are now safe in our home but you can tell they are...


Joan's Obituaries

Martin, Joan Ellen Age 76 years, a Naperville resident for the past 54 years after moving to Naperville in 1960, passed away October 7, 2013, she was born September 1, 1937, in Oak Park, Illinois. She graduated in 1955 from J. Sterling Morton High School, Cicero Illinois and received degrees from...

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