Joan C. Preston, age 75, of McHenry, died suddenly Friday, July 15, 2011, at her home.
She was born December 31, 1935 in Chicago to John E. and Stina L. (Nilsson) Bergdahl, and was raised and educated in Chicago. On March 3, 1956, Joan married James Preston at North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago. They resided in Chicago until moving to Ringwood in 1959, where they made their home for 45 years. For the past 6 years, she and her husband have resided in McHenry.
Employed locally for 15 years in healthcare, Joan began her career in 1977 in the lab at McHenry Hospital, and continued to work at Centegra (NIMC) until 1992.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Joan always put her family first. She loved family functions, and was always a loyal fan in attendance at “hundreds” of sporting events for her children, and later her grandchildren. She was a wonderful friend to many, and will be greatly missed.
She enjoyed crafts, often giving her family handmade gifts as well as scrapbooks she created. Joan also enjoyed cooking and baking, and her family always looked forward to her specialty, Swedish pancakes. She also enjoyed time with her Westie, Maggie.
A longtime member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry, she was a former member of Nativity Lutheran Church in Wonder Lake.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Jim; five children, Robert (Beth) of Johnsburg, William (Patricia) of McHenry, Nancy (William) Dolan of Barrington, Richard (Juli) of Johnsburg, Jeffrey (Jill) of McHenry; 11 grandchildren, Steven (Jennifer), Bradley (Kelly), Sara, Marguerite, Kelcie and Natalie Dolan, Ian, Jonathan, Michael, James, Jacob; and a great-grandchild, Andrew James “AJ” .
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday, July 20, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green St., McHenry. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m.
The cremation rite will be accorded privately and inurnment will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the Donna Frett Organ Donation Foundation, 106 Ronda Road, McHenry, IL 60050 or to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Organ Fund, 404 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com.