Joan Mae Overstreet 84, Born in Dubuque, Iowa and lived in Chicago, IL until 5 years old. Family moved to Bensenville, IL in 1942, where Joan’s father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad as a telegraph operator. She Was born January 20, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa to Edward (Beatrice) Semper.
She attended Green Street and Tioga grade schools and graduated from Bensenville Community High School in 1954.
Way back When, O’Hare Airport was corn fields she worked at Herman’s Fruit & Vegetable Stand on Irving Park Road throughout the summers, while in high school. After graduating from high school Joan went to work for Ingersoll Rand Co. in Chicago.
Joan met Lowell (Jack) Overstreet on a blind date in 1955, after he was discharged from the Army and was very lucky to marry him a year later at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church in Bensenville, IL. Jack was a carpenter and a “Jack of all trades.” They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 8th, 2016. Jack passed away on November 12, 2016. They lived most of their married life in Bensenville where they were active in their church, library and park district. Vacations were spent traveling together and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Jack and Joan have a wonderful family – 4 children: Karen (Thomas) Rhinerson, Lori (Peter) Kennedy, Roy (Sara Murto) Overstreet, and Mary (David) Jacobsen. 11 grandchildren: Dustin (Caroline), Jamie (Jaime), Marla (Brent), Dawn (Sean), Gary, Shea, Riley, Erin, Zachary, Joshua and Noah. 11 great grandchildren: Lucas, Kali, Lexi, Vanna, Ryan, Corinne, Kate, Cameron, Teresa, Michael and Noah.
Joan is preceded by her loving brother Edward Louis Semper.
She was a former member of Formally Peace United Church of Christ and presently Faith Community United Church of Christ, in Bensenville, since 1961. Worked as Church Secretary for 10 years and volunteered on the church council for three 2-year terms as council secretary. Served on the Communion Preparation Committee for over 30 years and served on various other church committees.
She happily volunteered for the Bensenville grade schools HOSTS (Helping One Student To Succeed) mentoring program for 6 years. Worked as a volunteer usher for the Bensenville Community Theater group. Served as a Girl Scout Brownie Leader.
Joan was a librarian, she worked for the Villa Park Public Library for 3 years in the Children Services Department and worked for the Bensenville Community Public Library for 20 years in the Technical Services and Circulation Departments.
Private services are being held at Faith Community Church directly following a private burial at Mount Emblem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to crohn’s and colitis foundation
www.ccfa.org. Arrangements handled by Geils Funeral Home. For more information, please call (630)-766-3232.