Joan LeClair

Joan LeClair (nee Jaeckel), a resident of Waukesha, entered into eternal life Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the age of 76.

Joan truly loved to knit, weave and spin, having belonged to many guilds. She loved to teach her special skills in elementary schools and 4-H clubs, showing her spinning skills during engine shows. Joan entered many different exhibitions at the Waukesha County Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair. She also enjoyed judging other peoples work and demonstrating her work. Joan was full of lots of energy and vitality even during her illness, demonstrating the true gift of giving even while enduring chemo she taught others to knit. Together, Joan and Dale belonged to various car clubs, touring in their 1930 Model A Ford, which brought back childhood memories to Joan, since that was the kind of car she drove. Joan’s true love was spending time with her family and friends at Dale and her cottage on Lake Michigan.

She was the beloved wife of 55 years to Dale F. LeClair; cherished mother of Sandra (David) Tischaefer, Gregory LeClair, Linda (Robert) Thornton and Mary (Gregg) Kontowicz; proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and dear sister of Richard (Diane), James (Faye) and Gary (Karen) Jaeckel. Joan is further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends, especially her special friend Barb Becker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Esther Jaeckel, and her infant son, Claude Joseph.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday, Sept. 1, at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St., Mukwonago. Services continue Friday at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Mick Savio officiating. Committal services with inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Two Rivers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joan’s name may be directed to AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Rev. Mick Savio, AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc and the staff of Waukesha ProHealth Oncology Department for the loving care and concern shown to Joan and her family.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.