Joan Z. Earle, Elkhorn, WI (1936-2013)
October 18, 1936 - October 24, 2013
Joan Z. Earle, age 77, passed away Oct. 24, 2013, at Holton Manor Nursing Home, Elkhorn, WI, after battling multiple sclerosis for over 30 years and a stroke in May 2012. She was born in Milwaukee, WI, on Oct. 18, 1936, the daughter of the late Stanley and Martha (Bednarz) Zurkowski. She went to high school in Palmyra; was Queen of her Junior Prom, and named valedictorian for the class of 1954. Joannie was the beloved wife of Roger C. Earle, whom she married May 14, 1955, after “dating 2-3 days” before proclaiming she “wanted to get hitched” and had a full 58 years with him. She was an organist at Palmyra Catholic Church for many years, a home maker, a learned cook, baker extraordinaire, chauffer, and best grandmother ever! She later worked at the Dime Store in Whitewater, and was a waitress at Club “12” in LaGrange, as well as, Ralph's in Delavan.
Joan's pearls of wisdom when asked at her 50th wedding anniversary celebration: “find a man you love and love him with all your heart and don't be messing around with anyone else to lead you astray!”
Joannie is survived by her husband, Roger; a sister, Carol (Tom) Davis; two of three surviving brothers, Tom (Betsy) Zurkowski and Paul (Peg) Zurkowski; eight surviving children: Ken (Robin) Earle, Karen Tatge, Lynn Greene, Bob (Sue) Earle, Terry (Denise) Earle, Tom (Theresa) Earle, Amy (Eugene) Johnson, and Nancy Earle; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her last born son, John Charles Earle…may they enjoy catching big fish together again!
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 107 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, WI, with Father Oriol Regales officiating. Burial will be at Round Prairie Cemetery in the Town of LaGrange, WI. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Online guestbook is at www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.
The Earle family is being assisted by Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory, Elkhorn, WI.