Joan M. (nee Cunningham) Reardon died peacefully, October 16, 2017 in Morris, IL. She was born April 14, 1927 in Seattle, Washington to Joseph Henry “Hank” and Yvonne L. (nee Goulet) Cunningham. She moved to Illinois with her family in 1943, and it was here she met her beloved husband of 64 years, Thomas C. Reardon. Joan and Tom farmed north of Seneca throughout their married life. Joan also attended Illinois Valley Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in Library Science, and worked as a librarian for Seneca Public Library and Milton Pope Grade School.
Joan was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Seneca, and its Altar and Rosary Society, until moving to Morris following the death of her husband. Since then, she has been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Morris, and was involved with their Pro-Life Ministry.
For nearly 20 years, Joan was an active volunteer with I Care International, providing the gift of better vision and health to residents of Mexico and Central America.
When not spending time with her family or involved with volunteer work, Joan’s passion was knitting, and she enjoyed being a member of a knitter’s group.
Surviving are eight devoted children, Ilene Reardon, Nancy (Don) Fiedler, Edward (Barb) Reardon, Daniel (Teri) Reardon, David Reardon, Patrick (Marie Sanchez) Reardon, Terri (Larry) Bevington and Jay (Kim Bretag) Reardon; 20 dear grandchildren, Don (Stefani) Fiedler, Sandy (Mark) Strahanoski, Tommy (Katie) Reardon, Greg (Tami) Reardon, Erin O’Grady, Shannon (Tommy) Goldsmith, Lance Reardon, Sarah Reardon, Mary Kate (Raymond) Bergez, Elizabeth (Troy) Anderson, Michael, Patrick, Sean and Kelly Reardon, Nick (Susanna) Bevington, Emily Bevington, Matt Reardon, Kaylee Reardon, Kilene (Alex) Spicer, and Paige Thuente; 14 precious great-grandchildren, Zach and McCade Miller, Edward and Molly Strahanoski, Hudson and Griffin Reardon, Kaden Reardon and a newborn great grandson; Collin Goldsmith, Raymond and Gea Bergez, Julia Bevington, and Onyx and Slate Spicer; one sister, Kay, one brother, Jim; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, in 2009. Two infant sons, Thomas and Brian Reardon; her parents and one sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Reardon will be celebrated Friday October 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 516 E. Jackson Street, Morris. Visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following services and interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Seneca, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Seneca, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Morris or I Care International.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please call (815) 942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com