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Joan M. Christensen

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012 5:08 p.m. CDT

Mrs. Joan M. Christensen, 81, of Morris, Ill., passed away peacefully Sunday April 29, 2012, with her family at her side at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.

Funeral services for Joan Christensen will be Thursday, May 3, at Immaculate Conception Church, 516 E. Jackson St., Morris, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Morris.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 West U.S. 6, at Deerpath Dr. Morris.

Born July 13, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Eleanor (Lepsch) and Walter Carpenter, she was was raised and educated in DeKalb, Ill., having attended St. Mary's Grade School, DeKalb High School and Northern Illinois University.

Joan is survived by her loving family, including her beloved friend and partner of 37 years, Jerry Johnson of Lake Holiday; a dear son, Gregory (Jo) Christensen of Morris; loving grandsons Kevin (fiance Sarah) and Keith Christensen; cherished great-granddaughter Hailey (the apple of her eye); fond siblings Jack (Dottie) Carpenter of DeKalb and Carol Robinson of Morris; her devoted nieces and nephews Gerig (Stephanie) Robinson, Kirsten (David) Cunningham, Mark Carpenter, Chris (Jenna) Carpenter, Mike (Kristen) Carpenter, Molly (Todd) Green; and her many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Carpenter; and a brother-in-law, Parker Robinson.

Joan, a community minded businesswoman, was the owner of Service Gas Inc. from 1984 to the present. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Council of Catholic Women (president 1969-70), Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Morris Country Club.

In addition, she was also a former president of the Morris Junior Woman's Club; advisory board member of First Midwest Bank; a member of the first board of the Morris Hospital Foundation and recently named honorary member; co-chairman of the annual Golf, Bridge and Euchre Classic for seven years, as well as fundraising chairman for the Morris Hospital Auxiliary for six years and co-chair of the annual Hospital Ball for 12 years.

Joan loved the arts. She operated "Toe N Tap" for many years, teaching over 100 couples ballroom dancing, as well as forming the "Enerjets," a senior dance group that performed at area clubs and nursing homes. She was also a charter member of the Morris Theatre Guild, where she participated behind the scenes and on stage. She received awards for best actress for her roles in "On Golden Pond" and "Impossible Years."

Along with her passion for dancing, other interests included playing bridge, euchre, swimming, Mahjongg and winters spent in Marco Island, Fla. She will fondly be remembered as an energetic, outgoing person who loved life and was an organized planner and an excellent hostess and homemaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joan's name to Morris Community Foundation or Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated.

Fred D. Dames Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-5040 or log onto

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