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BIOGRAPHYBORN / EDUCATION JoAnn was born Nov. 5, 1946 in St. Charles, IL, the daughter of John A. and Helen (Hansen) Pearson. She grew up in St. Charles, where she graduated from high school with the class of 1964. Through the years that followed, JoAnn worked a variety of jobs but in more recent years was employed at the Wallace Company St. Charles and at Fermi Lab for a time. She also volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader. MARRIAGE She was united in marriage to Bruce McDonald on July 26, 1985 in the outdoor sanctuary at the Kaneville United Methodist Church. JoAnn and Bruce made their home in Kaneville for a short time before moving to Elburn in 1986 and to the present family home in 1988.LIFE NOTESJoAnn was naturally gregarious. She could walk into any room, converse comfortably and argue adeptly with total strangers. With a disarming look she would warn her adversaries that she was a Scorpio, that arguing with her was futile and making her angry was foolish. They were warnings she lived up to with confidence and regularity. JoAnn was also a gambler and lived for visits to the excitement of Vegas. The sights, sounds and shows were treats she never tired of enjoying.Behind the woman who loved the thrill of Vegas, was another woman who loved the beauty of Door County, the Wisconsin Dells and the great outdoors. With the onset of cancer, JoAnn fought that battle with all of her "Scorpio Might". In the end, perhaps she had it her way once more, Leaving just a few hours past the beauty of sunset here, she likely caught the last flight for Vegas and the first show for Celine Dion. No doubt, JoAnn was waiting there to hear Celine sing her favorite song, the theme from the Titanic. SURVIVORS In addition to her husband Bruce, she is survived by:Four children and two grandchildren:One Daughter: Susan (Russ) Godfrey-Larkey of DeKalb, IL,And their children: Jacob (5) and Grace (1)One Son: Christopher Godfrey of ElburnTwo step-children:Eric McDonald of Redmond, OR andScott McDonald of Maple Park, ILHer mother, Helen Pearson of ElburnOne brother John (Mary) Pearson of St. Charles, IL andOne sister Janet (Vern) Hartle of Deming, WAPRECEDED She is preceded in death by her father, John A. Pearson.
Visitation 4-8pm Wednesday evening, Dec. 22, 2004 Friends are encouraged to bring memories, and photographs to share or to e-mail stories and tributes through www.conleycare.com. A memorial in JoAnn’s memory has been established. Memorials may be made to the JoAnn McDonald Memorial and mailed to the family in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.
Following cremation, private family committal services will be held.