Joan Carol Politano,
age 83 of Chesterton, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 25, while
surrounded by her adoring children and other family members.
She was born to the
late Robert and Kathryn Brooks on August 20, 1936.
Joan graduated from
Chesterton High School in 1954 and couple of years later met the love her
life, Robert, on a blind date. Joan and Robert were married on March 23,
1957 and celebrated 60 remarkable years together.
Joan worked as a
bank teller in Chicago and later for Duneland Transportation Services where
she assisted students with special needs. Her greatest achievement and most
important job was raising her seven children and creating the most loving
environment for her nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and dozens
of extended family members. She loved gardening, attracting birds, reading,
writing poetry and spending time on the lake with her beloved husband, Bob.
Above all, Joan was known for her incredible patience (remember -- seven
children!), eternal optimism, infectious humor, unconditional love and
support for everyone and most of all her selflessness. She always put the
needs and wants of others before her own.
Joan is survived by
her children: Mary Branham (William Branham), Joseph Politano (Carol
Politano), Barbara Poparad (Brian Waldo), Robert Politano, Jr., William
Politano (Karen Kelley), Patricia Decker (Brad Decker), all of Chesterton,
IN, and Kathleen Jennings (Mark Jennings) of Springfield, VA; her
grandchildren: William Branham (Nicole Branham), Brian Branham, Joseph
Eppolito, Jacob Eppolito (Amy Eppolito), Nicholas Politano, Zachary Decker,
Emily Decker, Abigail Decker, all of Chesterton, IN, and Adaire Jennings
Bennett (Nathan Bennett) of Durham, NC, and Madeleine Jennings Baxter (Logan
Baxter) of Oundel, UK; by her great-grandchildren: Samantha Branham, Manny
Branham, Aiden Branham, Amaya Branham, and Ryder Eppolito, all of
Chesterton, IN, and Finn Baxter of Oundel, UK; and by her brother Gerald
Brooks (Darlene Brooks), sister Amy Boehlke (James Boehlke) and sister, Jane
Wiseman (Darwin Wiseman).
She is preceded in
death by her husband, Robert Politano, her parents, Robert and Kathryn
Brooks, brother, William Brooks (Annette), sister Laurie Kubal and infant
sister Mary Catherine Brooks. Also daughters-in-law, Dora Politano, Kris
Politano and son-in-law William Poparad.
Viewing will be at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton, IN, on Friday, Nov. 29,
from 1-4 p.m., followed by a service at 4 p.m. presided over by Father