Joan ‘Joanie’ R. Gross

Joan “Joanie” R. Gross of Waukesha died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. She was born in Waukesha on April 2, 1934, the daughter of John and Rose (nee Furrer) Gross.

She was a 1956 graduate of Waukesha High School and went on to receive her teaching degree from Whitewater State University. Joanie started her elementary school teaching career in Racine before teaching at an Army base in Heidelberg, Germany. After teaching overseas, she continued her career teaching in Waukesha and Milwaukee. Joanie was a lifelong member of Vernon Presbyterian Church in Big Bend, where she was an elder and deacon, sang in the church choir, was part of the Vernon Active Adult group and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed volunteering with the RSVP reading program, doing crafts, crossword puzzles, board games and writing.

She will be sadly missed by her sisters, Barbara (Ron) Zimmerman of Waukesha and Sandra Gross of Waukesha; and her nieces and nephews, Janet (Karl) Bethke; Leigh Ann Kramer, PhD (Bruce Kaiser); Katie Zimmerman Schomisch (Joe); Andrew (Andrea) Butchart; Adam Bethke; Erik Bethke; Jessica (Mike) Barille; and Michelle Kramer. Her great-nieces and great-nephews, Jackson, Kennedy, Michael John and Kyla, along with other relatives and friends, further survive her.

She was preceded in death by her sister Margaret Bertram, her brother John, her niece Patricia Butchart and her parents.

A memorial service honoring Joanie’s life will be held in the spring at Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.