Joan Irene Shinsky (nee Pearce)

June 6, 1935 - Jan. 11, 2009

Joan Irene Shinsky (nee Pearce) of Waukesha died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at her home at age 73. Joan was born in North Lake on June 6, 1935, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Pearce.

She married Leo in June of 1977. Joan had a passion for gardening, she loved to paint and visit with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching the Brewers, Badgers and her beloved Green Bay Packers.

Joan will be sadly missed by her husband, Leo; children, Lynda Braatz of Shorewood, Tom Braatz of Wales, Jim (Kathy) Braatz of Covington, Wash., Mark Braatz of Vero Beach, Fla., and Jerry (Sandra) Braatz of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Zachary, Nicole and Spencer Braatz; stepgrandchildren, Erek Wright and Jenna Ottoson; great-grandson, Grant Schleich; brother, John (Sherry) Pearce of Hartland; and other relatives and friends.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Jason Lavann will be officiating. Interment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609 or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.