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Joan Reed April 11, 1948 — April 11, 2013

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Joan Marie Reed, mother, dear companion, sister, friend, educator, activist, long-time resident of Kankakee, IL, passed away April 11 on her 65th birthday. A proud Irish lass, she was born in Aurora, IL, youngest child of Lucetta and Thomas McAleese. She attained her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University as well as a Master of Education from National Louis University and a Master of Arts/English Education from Olivet Nazarene University.
Joan worked as an educator for over 35 years in many primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. At 24, she became the youngest faculty member to be awarded tenure at Plainfield High School and later was elected to the Plainfield District 202 School Board. During her 6 years with St. Francis Academy, she served as Faculty Advisor to the student newspaper (The SFA Focus), which won numerous awards both state and national for excellence.
Joan’s certifications for teaching included English, Special Ed and Gifted.
She  was  active  in a variety of civic/community organizations including Two Rivers Reading Council, Community Emergency Re- sponse Team (CERT), and Wright in Kankakee (for historic preservation of the Bradley House).
A passionate political activist, her concern for environmental justice led her to work with Kankakee River Round Table and Protecting Our Water, Environment and River (POWER), groups which were instrumental in preventing the construction of an aquifer-polluting landfill.
She spearheaded devel- opment of the Kankakee River Valley Prescription and Drug Disposal Program, which sponsors drop-off boxes for safe disposal of unused medications.
Her final act of service was   to   become   an   organ donor through  Gift Of Hope.
Joan was preceded in death by her twin sister, Jean Ann and by her brother, Ronald. She is survived by her son, Bruch Thomas, actor and director; daughter, Ann Marie, licensed acupuncturist and Vice President of a science education nonprofit organi- zation; her dear companion Raymond W.Wilson; siblings Maureen, Barbara, Gerald and Thomas; and many beloved cousins,nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Tuesday April  16, 2:00  to 8:00 p.m. at the Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, 820 Pine St., West Chicago (Rt. 59 & Pine Sts.). Funeral home prayers were Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. proceeding to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, American Heart Association or Gift of Hope.
Joan Reed Apr 11, 1948 -- Apr 11, 2013
Obituary from Williams-Woodward Funeral Home website.
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