Joan P. Kelleher, 78


Joan P. Kelleher of the town of Cedarburg passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at her residence. She was 78 years old.

Joan was born in Princeton, N.J., on March 3, 1935, the daughter of Nicholas Parriski and Jeanette Strats Parriski. Joan spent much of her early life in New Jersey. On April 28, 1979, she married John “Jack” Kelleher at St. David Episcopal Church in Hightstown, N.J. The couple moved to the town of Cedarburg in 1980. Joan worked as a claims supervisor for Blue Cross of Wisconsin for many years.

She was a very active member of St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Port Washington and also president of the Women of the Church and was a member of the church’s vestry. Joan was a volunteer at both Family Sharing of Ozaukee County and the Aurora Cancer Care Center in Grafton. Joan loved to socialize and was a fabulous entertainer and cook, often having gettogethers at her home in the town of Cedarburg.

Joan is survived by her son, William Brinckloe Jr. of Lake Forest, Calif.; her four stepchildren, Linda (Norman) Reed of Clearwater, Fla., Denise (Lee) Taylor of Mukwonago, Karen (Bob) Marsh of Fountain, Mich., and Steven Kelleher of Davis, Calif. She is further survived by her grandchildren, William Brinckloe III of Lake Forest, Calif., Craig Lowdermilk of Cedarburg, Christopher Lowdermilk of Grafton, her brother David (Betty) Parriski of Nitro, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Emily Parriski of Trenton, N.J.; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her daughter, Diane Lynn Brinckloe; and her brother, Anton “Tony” Parriski.

Memorial services will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 3448 Green Bay Road, Port Washington. Father Julian Hills will preside. A time of gathering will precede the church services on Aug. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Joan will be laid to rest next to her husband in Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.