Dorothy “Joan” Justice, 88, formerly of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas. Joan was born October 28, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA to Walter Shreiner and Dorothy Lienhardt.
Joan attended Philadelphia High School for Girls and graduated in 1947 before attending a trade school in Philadelphia where she learned short hand. She participated in the new hostess training program with TWA in 1951. Joan married Keith E. Justice December 11, 1951 in Leon, IA. She was a hostess with TWA until 1952. Following the birth of her first child, Joan worked as a reservations clerk with United Airlines in their Center City office in Philadelphia until 1962.
After her children were grown, Joan went on to enjoy a career as a Party Planner in the restaurant industry for 30 years in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was also the secretary of the Restaurant Association of Crystal Lake and McHenry County. In her spare time, Joan took in wildlife to rehab and release. It was common to have a litter of bunnies, baby birds and opossum young being cared for in her home.
After Keith retired, they moved up to Hazlehurst, Wisconsin where Joan worked as a secretary in real estate. She was also proud to be a country-western line dancer with the Northwoods Stepper’s in Minocqua, Wisconsin for many years. Joan was also a transport for the local wildlife rescue, making hour long treks across the Northwoods to pick up injured or abandoned animals.
Joan was a woman of many talents. She didn’t just love to cook, but was a gourmet cook with an impressive library of culinary books from all over the world. Her family never ate fast food! She was an avid reader, veracious in her love to learn about history and biographies of historical figures. One of Joan’s favorite down-time activities was doing crossword puzzles in the New York Times or local paper. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting gifts for friends and family. Most of all, Joan loved spending time with family, friends or making plans to do so.
She had the most beautiful smile and was sharp with her wit. Joan was giving, kind and generous with many friends from years past to current history. Joan is deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Shreiner and Dorothy Lienhardt Kahlau.
She is survived by her husband Keith E. Justice and their 3 children, Ed Justice of Kansas City, KS; Kurt Justice of Arbor Vitae, WI; and Leslie McElroy of Gladstone, MO. Joan has 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rock of Ages Church in Minocqua, WI or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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