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Joan Donna Butenschoen, 80

Joan Donna Butenschoen, 80, died peacefully on May 19, 2024, after spending a few hours outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the birds chirping at JourneyCare Hospice, Barrington.

Joan was born November 4, 1943, to Donald and Elinor Augustine in Milwaukee, WI. She met Bill Butenschoen at Maine West High School, and they were married September 8, 1962. Joan was a stay-at-home mom while the family lived in Hoffman Estates. After moving to Woodstock to a 5-acre farmette, besides being a mom, she worked at McDonald’s and Woodstock High School, and she retired from Woodstock Memorial Hospital/Centegra Woodstock Hospital/Northwestern after many years of service.

Bill made sure he took Joan to as many bodies of water as they could visit. She loved spending time by the water, especially in Door County and in Maine. Her favorite times were spending a week in Conover, WI, with her family each year, and she loved anytime family stopped by to play at the farm.

Joan is survived by her children, Cathy (Tim) Buhrow, Cully (Kerrie) Butenschoen, Eric Butenschoen and Jason Butenschoen; her grandchildren, Matthew (Caitlin) and Andrew (Kelsy) Buhrow, Gunnar (Lauren), Gretchen and Gavin (Bobbi Prehn) Butenschoen, Brennon and Allison Butenschoen, and Kamryn Butenschoen; her great-grandchildren, Grayson and Kinsley; her sisters, Nancy (Rich) Plahutnik, Aileen (Don) Henderlight and Linda (Charlie) Califf; her sister-in-law, Ardis Ash; her brother-in-law, Butch Flynn; and many, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in October 2022; her parents; her sister, Jean Flynn; her mother- and father-in-law, Esther and Ralph Hughes; and her brothers-in-law, Thomas Ash and Jack Butenschoen.

A celebration of Joan and Bill’s lives will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at the Woodstock Moose. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.

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