Joan Marilyn Strong, 87, passed away Monday, October 28, 2019, at Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Rock Island, IL to the late Francis August and Eva I. (Tobin) Schaefer.
She was a graduate of Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, IL. Joan married William Strong on June 19, 1954, and he preceded her in death. She worked for BDK Brown as a dental assistant and receptionist for 6 and half years, retiring in 1981.
After her retirement she worked for Home Health Care for four years. Joan was a faithful member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church and for the last six years she attended the St. Anne Chapel. She was also a member of Columbian Ladies, Elks Ladies, Shoaff Senior Golf League, and previously volunteered for Parkview Hospital.
Surviving are her children, Daniel A. (Melinda) Strong, Cathy I. (James Reick) Hefty, and Kelly A. Strong; five grandchildren, Byron (Emily) Hefty, Derek (Syndee Anderson) Hefty, Beth (Hawkeye) Wayne, Brook (Ryan Seker) Kile, and Sarah Dameron; and eight great-grandchildren. Joan was also preceded in death by her son, Marc W. Strong.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. September 10, 2021, at Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island or Masses.
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