Joan Catherine Bruckner, 89, of Chilton, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Chilton.

She was born May 26, 1929, in Chilton, daughter of the late Roland and Elise (Everix) Miller.

As a child Joan was given the nickname Jo-Jo from her father as she attended St. Mary Catholic Grade School. She later graduated from Chilton High School before enrolling in the Cradle Nursing School in Chicago. Following her graduation from nursing school, Joan worked in the nursery at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and ultimately Calumet Medical Center in Chilton. Joan also worked as a teaching assistant in the Chilton Public School System where she helped in the special education department.

Joan married George J. Bruckner on Aug. 26, 1950, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chilton. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton and cherished her strong Catholic Faith which carried her throughout her life.

With a passion for the outdoors, Joan looked for any and all opportunities to be outside. She enjoyed cross country skiing, going parasailing, horse back riding, cruising the countryside while enjoying a delicious ice cream cone and spending time on the river walk. She also enjoyed canoeing down the mighty Manitowoc River and attending the Chilton City Band Concerts at the fairgrounds. Joan was an amazing cook, specializing in wild game. With five boys and a husband who loved to hunt and fish, she was never in short supply of meals. Joan also enjoyed attending sporting events of her children and grandchildren.

Above all of the blessings in her life, Joan treasured her family the most. She loved to be around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and constantly found ways to put their needs ahead of her own.

She is survived by her children, Paul (Sharon) Bruckner of Stockbridge, Peter (Laureen) Bruckner of Minocqua, John (Patricia) Bruckner of Chilton, James (Kathy) Bruckner of Chilton; 10 grandchildren: 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a sister Gretchen Bloomer. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband George; a son Thomas J. Bruckner; and her siblings, Earl “Mike” Miller, Marilyn Nolan, and Nancy Nolan.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church (Military Road) in Stockbridge with the Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at the church from 9:30  until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Joan's family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the Atrium Post Acute Care Center and the Calumet County Hospice Team.

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