JoAnn G. (Unterbrink) Whitaker, 78, of Moro, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at her home with her loving family by her side.
She was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Moro, the daughter of Fred and Gladys Unterbrink.
She married Phil Whitaker on Sept. 18, 1955. He survives.
JoAnn retired from the Olin Corporation Payroll Department. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Midway. She was active with the Quilters, the Handbell Choir, Adult Sunday School Class and the Women’s Guild. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Line Dancing at the Bethalto Senior Citizens Center and eating at Ned’s.
In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Monty Jolliff of Mount Vernon and a son, Jeff Whitaker of Rosewood Heights; her grandchildren, Ami Jo (John) Lecke, Maggie (Chad) Koester, Lacie Rae Jolliff, Emma (Jon) Ortgiesen, Sam (Kira) Whitaker, Kate Whitaker and Anna Grace Whitaker; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Armin and Gloria Unterbrink of Moro; and sister-in-law, Mima Unterbrink of Bethalto.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Marvin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf in Bethalto.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Midway with Pastor Lori Schaefer officiating.
Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ General Fund.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.