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Joan Fay Stoner
March 5, 1940 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
Joan Fay Stoner, 83, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with gastric cancer. She was a valiant fighter always keeping a positive attitude throughout her diagnosis and treatment.
Joan was born March 5, 1940 in Denver, CO to Jim Provo and Ella Mae (Moore) Provo. Her family including two siblings, Sylvia and Earnest, moved to a small farm in Ravanna, MO where Joan attended school and graduated as valedictorian of her High School class in 1958. She earned her nursing diploma from Kansas City General Hospital in 1961 and later her B.S.N from Loretto Heights, CO. Joan was able to work in a variety of fields during her career which included emergency and school nursing, pediatric ICU, Orthopedics and AODA making many lasting friendships that she truly cherished. She also served proudly as a captain in the Wyoming Air National Guard during the Vietnam Conflict which is where she met her husband, Don. They were married Sept, 25 1966.
They welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Dana Marie in 1969 followed by Leslie Ann in 1972. They moved to Arpin, WI from Littleton, CO in 1973 to pursue Don’s dream of owning a dairy farm. They then welcomed their third child, Rebecca Jane in 1977. After remaining on the farm for 42 years, they retired in 2015, and moved to Eau Claire to be closer to their grandchildren.
Joan served as treasurer on the Arpin town board and enjoyed being a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arpin, serving on the session and helping with the annual minifair. She volunteered at the Harbor House and Community Table in Eau Claire. She was most at home in her kitchen making delicious meals. She enjoyed gardening, reading, music, traveling, current events, and learning about other cultures. She was a great Auburndale Apache fan, seldom ever missing any games her girls competed in especially basketball which was her favorite sport. Most of all, she loved her family unconditionally. She was encouraging, supportive and generous with her time, making others' needs a priority. She will be greatly missed and forever cherished in our hearts.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, sister Sylvia Anderson, and her loving husband Donald.
Joan is lovingly survived by her three daughters Dana Stoner of Eau Claire, WI, Leslie (Lance) Matthews of Coon Rapids, MN and Rebecca (Westley) Bennett of Fall Creek, WI. She is further survived by her brother Earnest Provo of South Hadley, MA, Half-brother David (Luana) Bloom of Richmond, MO, half-sister Carol Bloom-Dickerson of Cameron, MO. Also her grandchildren William and Abigail Bennett and Andre Matthews.
We would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Interim HomeCare and Hospice for the exceptional care you have given our Mother.
Funeral service for Joan will take place at 11 am on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Eau Claire Wesleyan Church, 2405 Keith Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Visitation will take place that day at the church from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Trinity Cemetery in Fall Creek later that afternoon at 1:45 pm.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.