Joanne M. Forys, 76, of Poplar Grove, IL, passed away peacefully, May 30, 2019 in Poplar Grove, IL. She was born on June 14, 1942 to Thaddeus and Victoria (Patronski) Brodkowicz in Chicago, IL. Joanne married the love of her life, Thomas Forys, on August 2, 1971.
Joanne had a heart of gold, loved her family, friends and her pets. Through the years, she and her husband Tom owned and trained Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers. Joanne was very active in her community and was involved in the neighborhood bible study and two bunco groups. She was a former President of the Vintage Aero Association, board member and docent of the Poplar Grove Wings and Wheels Museum, and a current member of EAA Chapter 1414. She was always willing to lend a hand or talk to the visitors of the museum.
She loved to read and gardening was also a passion of hers. She had an eclectic collection but focused mostly on a country motif. Joanne had a soft spot in her heart for veterans and animals and generously donated to many charities.
Flying was another passion of hers and living at Poplar Grove Airport was a dream come true. For many years, she and her pilot husband Tom flew their V-tail Bonanza around the country. In 1979, they acquired a PT-17 Stearman and won many competitions with it through the years and even flew it to the Bahamas.
Those of us who were privileged to have known Joanne will never forget her.
Joanne is loved and will be missed by her children, Steven (Erica) Lafin, Suzanne Lafin, Donna Forys, Phillip Forys, Harry (Rhonda) Forys, Stephen Forys, and Deborah Forys; and grandchildren, Cameron Forys and Jennifer Forys.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; and her parents, Thaddeus and Victoria.
A visitation will take place from on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008. A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday June 5, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church St, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Father Brian Geary officiating. Burial at Highland Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, memorials under Joanne’s name may be made out to either ASPCA, PO Box 96929 Washington, DC 20090-6929, or the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W Monroe St Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.