Joan M. Sullivan, 89, of Wausau, passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She was born April 19, 1932, in Wausau to the late Frank and Marietta (Lazewksi) Stachoviak. She married the love of her life, Jerry Sullivan, on June 30, 1951. Together, they were past members of the Wausau Jaycees, Wausau Moose Lodge, Night Riders Snowmobile Club, and Knights of Columbus, of Merrill. Joan was an avid bowler and bowled in several leagues and was also a member of the 300 club. She also enjoyed playing poker, bingo, camping, and traveling with her son Patrick. Most important to Joan was spending time with her kids and grandkids. Joan’s memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her four children, Lynne Voelz of Wausau, Susan Sullivan of Wausau, Patrick (Andrew) Sullivan of Boynton Beach, FL, and Kelly (Kurt) Ritchie of Bastrop, TX; four grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Hein, Wendi (Chris) Weinkauf, Joshua (Valerie) Ritchie, and Nicole ( Joe Franco) Ritchie; three grandsons; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter, Eliana her brother-in-law, Daniel Sullivan of Merrill; and her special friends Bob and Carol Zimmerman. Pallbearers will be Ryan Rasmussen, Chris Weinkauf, Tim Hein, Mitchell Stachoviak, Kevin Voelz, John Trempe, and honorary pallbearer, Bryce Hein. Joan was preceded in death by her husband Jerry; grandson, Andy Hoffman; son-in-law, DuWayne Voelz, and sister-in-law, Nancy Sullivan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1104 S. 9th Ave., Wausau. Father Sam Martin will officiate. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Family and friends may go to www.helke.com to sign the guest register and leave online condolences.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Aspirus Palliative Care; Susan, Christina, Jacob, and Nate for the wonderful care and kindness they gave Joan and our family.