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Joan A. Simpson

November 26, 1938 August 8, 2018
Joan A. Simpson
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Joan A Simpson nee Penokie, age 79, long time resident of Oak Park; beloved wife of Raymond Simpson; loving mother of Lisa and Jeff (Yanet Ramirez) Simpson; sister of Katheryn Busch and the late Bernard ( the late Virginia) Penokie and Mary (the late Guy) Thompson; fond aunt and cousin to many

Joan was born in L'Anse Michigan and graduated from L'Anse High School. She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago where she studied commercial art. Her first job was with R.R.Donnelly where she did line art for the yellow pages. Some of those illustrations can still be found in the classified section of the phone directory. When the children were young Joan worked in the Oak Park studio of Norm Ulrich doing finished art. At FibreCraft Materials Joan enjoyed product design and instruction book illustration.

Joan’s true love was watercolor painting and she studied with several nationally recognized artists where she honed her skills.

Joan was one of the original chairwomen of the Oak Park Woman's Exchange when their shop was on South Boulevard in Oak Park.

Visitation Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Friends and family will meet at Ascension Church on Tuesday for mass at 9:30 a.m. Private interment, Evergreen Cemetery, L'Anse Michigan.

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4:00 PM 8/13/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/13/2018 7:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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9:30 AM 8/14/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 8/14/2018 10:30:00 AM
Ascension Church

808 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304

Friends and family are asked to please meet at church.

Ascension Church
808 S. East Ave. Oak Park 60304 IL
United States

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