Joan E. Williams

It is with the sadness of a loving family that we tell you of the passing of Joan E. Williams of Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2016, following a lingering illness.

Born in 1931 in Chicago, Joan graduated high school there before attending and graduating from Carroll College, now Carroll University, in Waukesha in 1954. She met her future husband, Alan Williams, on a blind date arranged by her best friend just prior to graduation. Thus began their marriage of more than 60 years.

Joan interned in medical technology at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago before her marriage in 1955 and beginning a 40-year residence in Waukesha. She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and practiced her profession with great pride. Her family, however, always came first. She was an integral part of an early growing laboratory staff at an expanding Waukesha Memorial Hospital and later at the Moreland Medical Clinic in Waukesha.

Leaving many lifelong friends, southwest Florida became home in 1994 before moving to Tallahassee in 2006 to be near son Christopher, daughter-in-law Sarah and two granddaughters, Lily and Cecilia. Daughter Julie Keffeler is a practicing dentist in Omaha, Neb.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Jacques and Ethel Filliung, and is survived by her brother, James Filliung, and his wife, Barbara, of North Carolina. She is also survived by several cousins, including her favorite cousin, Sharon, of Ft. Meyers Beach, Fla.

A memorial service is planned for Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee and possibly Boca Grande, Fla. Special thanks to our loving and supportive family and friends and to Tallahassee Big Bend Hospice for their dedicated and expert care and compassion as well as that rendered by Joan’s caregivers.

You will not be forgotten and Joan surely will be missed.