Mama, an avid reader who became blind, is seen here listening to an audiobook.
This Month, my Mother Passed Away.
(What follows is an edited version of her obituary, written by my sister. )
Joan Alice, or “Joanie” (as everyone called her), 88, died on December 11, 2020.
Joanie was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank and Lillian Olejnicki Fijolek, and was a true city girl until moving with her husband, Ted, to Lindenhurst, Illinois, in 1956. Ted and Joanie were among the pioneers of the village, and their early years were chronicled in her book Love, Joanie: Letters from the Suburban Frontier.
Joanie was a career homemaker. A devoted wife and mother, she was an excellent cook and slapdash housekeeper who preferred digging ditches, hauling dirt, gardening, listening to opera and reading to such drab chores as washing dishes and/or ironing. She enjoyed camping, and made even the most…
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