Joan Marie Giudici, 91, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, and friend, passed away on July 10, 2021, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Visitation will be held at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home Wednesday, July 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and a private Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 15, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. The Funeral Mass will be recorded and can be viewed by clicking this link Thursday afternoon : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6p0JUIO7F1LyKDiC_IEEw/videos
Joan was an extraordinary and curious woman. She was born March 26, 1930, in Lemont, Illinois, one of five children in the family of Casmira and Benjamin Markiewicz. She grew up in Lemont and was valedictorian of her high school class. She attended Northern Illinois University and served as president of her sorority. Joan married Richard Giudici in 1950 and the newlyweds moved to the small town of Leland, Illinois where they experienced rural life and Joan had to explain to her toddler daughter, Mary, that her favorite chicken must have wandered off when they were actually eating it for dinner. The family then moved to Davenport in 1953 and Joan began her long teaching career at Cody School in rural LeClaire. While raising six “active” children and perfecting her spaghetti and beans recipe, she was an elementary math and social studies teacher at Cody, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bettendorf, and Wilson, McKinley, and Eisenhower Schools in Davenport. Joan completed her teaching degree at Marycrest College where, as a class project, she developed Davenport’s first Meals-on-Wheels program. She enlisted her children as delivery volunteers, who in turn learned to appreciate the value of community service. Upon retirement from teaching, Joan tutored local inmates toward their GEDs and volunteered at the Holy Trinity Mission School (former St. Joseph’s), Genesis Medical Center, the Adler Theatre, and the Butterworth Center. She also led tours at the Rock Island Arsenal and was a Friend of the Davenport Public Library. Joan’s curiosity about the world sparked her interest in travel. She embarked on many trips abroad with her friend and fellow teacher Bess Wellner participating in teacher exchanges and as a member of Friendship Force, where she also hosted visitors from abroad. Joan’s love of learning was lifelong. She enjoyed the Quad City Symphony, visits to the Figge Art Museum and the River Action Channel Cat Talks.
Anyone who was lucky enough to know Joan, knows she was witty, enjoyed humor and had great stories to tell.
Joan was happiest when she was with her family, sharing a meal or a conversation at her round kitchen table, taking drives in the Iowa countryside with her dog on her lap, reading stories to her grand-children and great-grandchildren, teaching children in a classroom and laughing with her best friend Jodie Nelson.
Those left to honor Joan’s memory include her husband of 71 years, Richard, her sister Mary, six children: Dr. Mary Walton, Dr. Michael Giudici (Dr. Paula), Richard Giudici (Lisa), Julianna Giudici (Dr. Carl Skulski), Patricia Klein (David), and Anne Faulhaber (Michael), 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Joan was preceded in death by her brother, Edward, and two sisters, Lucille and Donna.
Memorials may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport, Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, River Action, or the Davenport Public Library.