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Joan C. Welke

November 17, 1942 ~ August 9, 2021 (age 78)


Joan Charlotte Welke, 78, of Town of Pleasant Valley went to her heavenly home on August 9, 2021 with family at her side. Born November 17, 1942 in Eau Claire to G. Donald and Phyllis F. (Chambers) Easterson.  Joan graduated from the Conley Grade School, Memorial High School and CVTC.

She began her employment with National Presto as a punch card reader operator. After starting her family, she began doing in-home child care for many years. In addition, she worked as Deputy Clerk for the Town of Pleasant Valley.

Joan taught Sunday School and was on the Funeral & Memorial Committees at Zion Lutheran Church as well as a Member of the Pleasant Valley Homemakers.

Joan will be cherished as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first and was ready with a listening ear, encouraging words, a smile and hugs.

She will be dearly missed by Dale, her loving husband of would have been 59 years on November 24, 2021 and her family;

Daughter, Debra (Scott) Heath

            Leanne (Nick) Hill – Aubree & Cora

            Trevor (Kyli Strenke- fiancée) Heath – Hayden & Chloee

Son, Daniel (Penny) Welke

            Meghan (Ben Books) Welke – Aaden, Ava, Wyatt & Weston

            Ryan (Kelly) Welke

            Collin (Anna) Welke – Liam, Wesley, Isla & Owen

            Bethany (Jeff) Meachen – Emma & Ben

Daughter, Denise (Brian) Becker

            Amanda (Cory Weber – fiancé) Becker

            Branden Becker

Sisters, Fay (DeWayne) Stillman and Diane Easterson.

Preceded in death by her parents.

The family wishes to thank St. Croix Hospice and The Classic for the kind and loving support given to Joan, Dale & family.

Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, E3720 County Rd HH, Eleva, WI 54738. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at church. It was Joan’s wish not to have a viewing, so her casket will remain closed during the visitation. Committal service will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.  

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August 12, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church

August 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church

Funeral Service
August 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church

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