Joanne M Potempa

November 13, 1937 - September 18, 2017

Joanne M Potempa


Joanne M. Potempa, 79, of Belvidere, passed away peacefully, Monday, September 18, 2017 at Park Place in Belvidere. She was born November 13, 1937 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of George and Josephine (Forest) Wieczorek. She graduated from Alvernia High School in Chicago. Joanne was employed by Motorola for many years. She also worked at the Itasca Country Club as a Hostess. Joanne loved reading, dogs, and shopping at the dollar store. Her greatest accomplishment was raising her 3 boys.

Joanne is loved and missed by her former husband, Walter Potempa; her sons, Steven Potempa, Mark (Barb) Potempa, and David (Patti) Potempa; 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Georgia (Tom) Thomas, and Gerry Stencel; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00p.m., until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the family. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, September 30, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00p.m., until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008

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Uncle Wally and aunt Joanie were always around when we were kids.. our mom and dad with unc and aunt sitting at the table drinking coffee talking about the old days!! Good memories .. we will miss u aunt Joanie !!! So very sorry for ur loss Unc, Steve, Mark and Dave!!

John Nielsen 2017-09-29T23:22:19

I love you and i will miss you so much grandma. You have taught me more then you will ever know and i will never forget that. I hope you are in a better place and i will watch grandpa for you. i love you and send prayers and love to everyone/

charla sebright 2017-09-27T14:39:14

My prayers and thoughts are with Joanne’s sons and families. Being her
sister was a great honor for me. We had many good times and bad times but we were there for each other. She always showed kindness to everyone. What will we do without being there to cut the cakes for our special occasions.
I know in my heart that she is looking down from haven and keeping us
safe. She is my angel.

Georgia 2017-09-23T00:21:22

David – so sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Kelly & Chris McKibben

Kelly McKibben 2017-09-22T18:23:30

Auntie Joanie, I will miss you very very much. You were a very big part of my life, my daughter Shannon’s life, and a part of my whole family’s life ! My mom and dad(John and Chris Nielsen). I still remember all the days that you and Uncle Wally would both come and pick up Shannon every day to take her to school and pick her up from school when she was a little girl, and she has never forgotten that. Also, all the birthdays spent at our house, all the holidays spent at our house between Thanksgiving and Christmas it will never be the same. I am so glad I had you in our life all these years I tried to do as much as I could to help you . You will be missed, please say hi to my mom and my dad as the three of you will now sit around the table and drink your coffee and laugh about the old times. Love you , your niece Lory

Lory rees 2017-09-21T15:23:32

Dear Aunt Joanie,
We all will miss seeing you and Uncle Wally for the holidays as it has been pretty much a tradition for most of our lives. You have been part of my life for my whole life I have never known a time without you. I always remember the good old days when Aunt Joanie and Uncle Wally would come over and spend time with my mom and dad, John and Chris Nielsen. They spent alot of time together. So Aunt Joanie make sure you say hi to my mom and dad while you’re there and have good conversation with a great cup of coffee. May God bless you, Uncle Wally and all your children.
Your Nephew,
Ron Nielsen

Ronald P Nielsen 2017-09-20T18:53:19

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

C onnie Spillum 2017-09-20T07:32:24

Our hearts go out to Our Aunt Joann’s Family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Beautiful Memories we hold close to our hearts,
for and Aunt who was loved dearly.
Rest in Peace
Aunt Joanne xoxoxoxo

Our Love,
Bob, (Bobby to Aunt Joanne), Cheryl & Eric

Robert, Cheryl & Eric Stencel 2017-09-19T16:43:27

Our deepest sympathies to Joannes family.
She was a wonderful person whom will be deeply missed.
I always saw her smiling, and always happy to answer my genealogy questions. Always had something nice to say.

Kay & Ed Hawkins 2017-09-18T23:52:02


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