Joan M. Pepin

Resided in Racine, Wisconsin
Died October 7th, 2019

Joan M. Pepin, 55, of Racine, WI., passed away Monday October 7, 2019 after a five-year battle with metastatic colorectal cancer. Joan wanted everyone to know she fought valiantly for her family.

Joan was born on July 18, 1964 in Escanaba, MI., to Raymond and Corky (Greenfield) Pepin. She graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1982 and received her degree in chemistry from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1986.

Upon graduation, Joan moved to southeastern Wisconsin where she started what would be a 30 plus year career as a Water Resource Chemist with the City of Racine Water Utility. As her health declined, Joan retired in June 2019.

Joan had many passions in life, figure skating topped the list. She spent endless hours on the ice, working with coaches at the Petit Center in Milwaukee, resulting in winning trophies while competing in the Badger State games. Her love for the sport was passed on to youngsters she helped coach. Joan was an accomplished cook, always ready to try new recipes or create her own specialty. There wasn’t a spice that couldn’t be found in her kitchen. Penzey’s was one of her favorite places to explore for new spices from around the world.

During her battle against cancer, Joan participated in the Art Therapy Program at Froedtert Hospital Cancer Center under the direction of Carrie Poole. The program provided time to relax and reflect with other cancer patients.

Joan loved knitting and creating beautiful jewelry pieces. Many afghans, boiled wool hats and socks, and gold and silver rings and pendants were heartfelt gifts enjoyed by family and friends. She also knit warm caps for cancer patients in the infusion area of Aurora Health in Racine.

Joan was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Racine, serving as an usher and eucharistic minister.

Joan is survived by siblings, Marcia of Escanaba, Jan of Escanaba and Tom of Gladstone. She is further survived by extended family Cris and Emily Scheriff, Maxwell and Maddy and long-time family friend Raeburn Ruatti.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents Raymond Pepin in August, 2009 and Corky (Greenfield) Pepin on February 13, 2019.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. (EST) at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Escanaba, MI., with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Joan had a circle of support throughout her journey. Many thanks are extended to Doctors Peterson, Gamblin, and Mogal at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and Doctor Michael Mullane, PA Kelly and all the nurses and staff at Aurora Health in Racine for specialized care. A special thank you to the Aurora at Home hospice care team including Lisa Hein, Shirley, Vicky, Jenny and Lori. Their compassion and dedication were unequaled. Most importantly, thank you to Joan’s neighbor, John Manning, for special dinners and homemade treats delivered to her door, kind and comforting words accompanied with a hug, and neighbor Nancy for her hugs and words of encouragement.

Lastly, our gifts from God – Cris and Emily Scheriff and Maxwell. Our family has truly been blessed with extended family. Thank you Emily for your “spur of the moment” trips from Escanaba to Racine and your love and support. And Cris, for holding down the fort at home while Emily brought her love, support and compassion to Racine.

And to you, Baby Sister Joan, you are “loved to the moon and back” and will be missed always.

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8 Tributes to “Joan M. Pepin”

  1. Joan was a wonderful person, she always had a kind word for everyone, I meet her at St Paul’s Catholic church as a helper after Mass and as a Usher. A GOOD Person! She will be missed. My condolences to the family and prays.

  2. Dear cousins,
    Sorry you lost your sister Joan. She sounded so nice- just like the rest of your family.
    Wish Bonnie and I could be at the funeral but we will be on the way to Colorado to visit our son.
    Joan’s smile was beautiful.
    God Bless,
    roger and Bonnie Pepin

  3. Dear Marcia, Tom, and Jan: I’m so sorry to hear about your tragic loss of your sister Joan. Your family has been through a lot of pain in a short number of years. Hug each other a lot. I wish you peace in the coming days.

  4. Dear friends and family of Joan,
    I worked with Joan for three years at the Racine Water Department. She was my mentor and friend! We shared family stories and milestones in our lives with each other. My heart breaks learning of her passing. I wish I could be there to share my condolences with you all. She was a good friend and so kind to me and my family!
    May she rest in peace and watch over us all. All my love and prayers during this difficult time. I will carrying on her memory in my heart always.I ❤

  5. I met Joan, when she was living at Douglas Terrace Apts. She was just a few doors down from me. Got to be friends , and had good times together. Over the years we loss touch with each other. I was so very sadden to learn of her death. Lord help, bless and comfort you. Jackie Koehler

  6. I met Joan while she was living at Douglas Terrace Apts. She was just a few doors down from me. Got to be friends and had some good times together. Had lost touch with her, over the years. I was so very sadden to see of her death. Lord help bless, and comfort you all Jackie Koehler

  7. My deepest sympathy to Joan’s family and friends. I knew Joan through St. Paul The Apostle Church.
    Actually our communication was per phone and via cards and notes. I admired her faith, courage and
    strength as she fought her cancer. May memories of the smiles and joys you shared and experienced
    with Joan help you traveling thru your grief journey.
    A Mass will be said in memory of Joan at St. Paul The Apostle on Sunday, November 24th, at 10 AM.
    With Prayers and Blessings,
    Peggy Taylor

  8. I feel very fortunate to have known Joan over the past few years. We spent many hours together in the art therapy studio. I appreciated her openness to the creative process and enjoyed watching her explore art making, discovering her talents, and becoming increasingly more confident as an artist. It was also fun to see the camaraderie between Joan and Marcia when she was in town and joined us in the studio. Joan was so confident, she went on tv for a live interview and spoke about art therapy. She was awesome (of course)! I felt a connection with Joan as I am also the “baby” of my family with my brother and two sisters being 11, 12 and 14 years older than me…and my mother is from Spaulding MI. When Joan learned that I figure skated as a young girl she encouraged me to return as an adult skater, as she had; I did, and am still skating a year and a half later. I will carry Joan with me each time I step onto the ice and will ask her to watch over me when I go before the judges to test. I think of her often and each time I walk through the art gallery and see her painting hanging there. I am deeply saddened by this loss. I have missed seeing her smiling face in the studio and hearing about her latest art supply acquisition. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for all of you siblings. Peace to you All, and to Joan-skate on!

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