Joan M. Weber, age 89, of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away at St. Mary’s Care Center on January 8, 2021.
She was born on August 4, 1931 in Wausau to the late Walter and Florence Weber. She had two brothers (Donald and Allan) and one sister (Lois Caraway).
Joan grew up in Marathon City, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1954, with a B.S.in Medical Technology. After college, Joan became certified as Specialist in Blood Bank Technology and got a position as a medical technologist at Meriter Health Services, where she rose to section head of the blood bank department. She gave many lectures, wrote articles on blood banking, and was the first recipient of the WABB Achievement Award. After retiring in 1995, she devoted her time to volunteering extensively at her church, especially the choir, and traveling with her siblings and friends.
Joan was very active in sports. While a teenager, she played on the girls’ high school basketball team, the Palace Clothiers baseball team, and entered many tennis tournaments. In fact, she won the Wausau women’s city tennis tournament at age 16. She also loved to golf, bike, cross country ski, and canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. In addition, she really enjoyed teaching her nieces and nephews how to skate, play tennis, etc.
Survivors include her sister, Lois Caraway, of Madison, WI, sister-in-law, Elaine Weber of Oxford, OH, eleven nieces and nephews, 18 grand nieces and nephews, 4 great grand nieces and nephews, and dear friend Trudy Freeman.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Donald and Allan, her brother-in-law, Ed Caraway, sister-in-law, Margaret Weber, and dear friends Ralph Buetow, and Ruth Dalton.
The funeral service will be on January 21, at 11 AM at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 110 Whitney Way, Madison, WI. Visitation is at 10 AM, prior to the service. Burial will follow on January 22 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, WI. Memorials can be made in Joan’s memory to Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
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