Joan Bernice Cook, of Antigo, died Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Rosalia Gardens, with her family by her side. She was 93 years old. She was born on March 11, 1929, in Antigo, a daughter of Joseph and Bernice "Peg" (Stuempges) Hanke.
Joan spent her growing up and school years in Lily. She graduated from White Lake High School in 1947. She raised her family on Arbutus Lake near Pickerel.
She married Ralph Cook on October 18, 1947, and had two children, Joleen and Jay. Ralph preceded her in death on February 20, 1992. She married G. William "Bill" Reck on January 1, 1994, he preceded her in death on March 28, 1998. She married Wallace "Wally" Cook on September 5, 2010, he preceded her in death on January 2, 2012.
Joan was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pickerel. She was active in the Ladies Aid, Alter Guild, and Women's Missionary League. She also taught vacation bible school and Sunday school.
Joan was a homemaker and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She liked playing cards, especially cribbage and bridge. She was an avid knitter for Warm Up America.
Survivors include a daughter, Joleen (Harlan) Davison of Antigo; their children, David(Quinn) Williams and their daughter, Hannah; Aaron (Kelly) Williams and their children, Kate and Jack; Kyle (Vesna Jovanovic) Davison; and Britta (Jeremy) LeMier and their daughters, Saiya and Brooklyn; a son, Jay Cook of Plover; his son, Steven (Cindy Reyes) Cook and their son, Julian Reyes-Cook; and two sisters, Jane Jackson of Pickerel and Judy (Vic) Skaleski of Green Bay. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Linda Cook; a sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Kenneth Peters; a brother-in-law, Carl Jackson; and a nephew, Bradley Jackson.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Pickerel with Reverend Richard Kelm officiating. Burial will take place in the Antigo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, N8934 State Road 55, Pickerel, WI 54465, or the Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1.
A special thank you to the staff of Rosalia Gardens and Aspirus Hospice for their compassionate care of Joan.
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Pickerel, Wisconsin 54465
Pickerel, Wisconsin 54465
Thank you Aunt Joan for loving our dad Wallace Cook and bringing happiness into his life. Lovingly Cydne and Janis
Dale and family, we are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our Deepest Sympathy