Joan R. Elbert

Deceased: November 17, 2010

Service Information:

Visitation: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 2pm until 9pm
Celebrational Viewing: Saturday, November 20, 2010 11am until service at 11:30am, at Wellington Avenue Church, 615 W. Wellington Ave.


Joan R. Elbert, 75, preceeded in death by parents Tillie and Bill Reichenbacher. Surrounded by her Children Steve (Pam), Jeanne, Linda (Mike Amidei) Elbert. Melanie (Weems) Buck, Grandsons Jonathan and Christopher, Sister Donna (Don) Kieso, and companion Alan Rodman. Also survived by sisters-in-law Lois (late Harold) Butscher, Eunice (Paul) Luebke. Aunt of wonderful nieces and nephews, lifelong friend and comrade to many.

In lieu of flowers memorials to your favorite peace and justice organizations is appreciated.

Visitation Friday, Nov. 19, 2pm to 9pm at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont, Chicago, 60657.

Celebrational viewing Saturday Nov. 20, 11am Wellington Avenue Church, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago, service to follow at 11:30am.

For information, Lakeview Funeral Home 773-472-6300 or


A paraphrased translation of Matthew 5:3-12
as a tribute to St. Joan
in her transcending kairos reality…

How saintly are the oppressed poor;
it is for them that The Reign of God keeps on coming!
How saintly the gentle;
the land belongs to them!
How saintly those who mourn when injustice is done;
they shall ultimately be comforted!
How saintly those who are hungry and thirsty for justice;
they are among those who are truly satisfied!
How saintly are those who reflect mercy;
mercy will be shown to them!
How saintly are those who are totally sincere;
they shall see God!
How saintly are the peacemakers;
they are true children of God!
How saintly are those who are persecuted for causes of justice;
The Reign of God belongs to them!
How saintly are you when people want to put the blame on you
(for their unhappiness) and abuse you and lie about you
in your commitment to truth in kairos moments;
be happy then… very happy… for your heavenly reward
is truly great!
Remember… they treated the prophetic voices who
came before you in the very same way!

In a spirit of transcending comradeship…

don prange

November19, 2010

Joan, our dear friend, has passed after months of conscientiously sharing her illness. God gave her more time to say goodbye and make preparations for the last breath.

Joan was an activist for peace, justice, and the preservation of God’s creation. Joan touched many people with sharing visions of hope; her table was our table. Her love and engagement in her house church, the good old friends of the house church, the liturgies, was such an important part of her life.
She had a third eye analysis of disorder and was involved in making life on this earth fairer, a better place, today and for the future.

Our hearts are sad, sad with all of the family.

We are thankful to you, Joan.

Flois and Konrad,
Groß Rohrheim,

November 20, 2010

Steve, Pam, Jonathan, Jeanne, Linda, Mike, Christopher, Melanie & Buck,

Know that our thoughts and sympathies are with each of you at this time. Joanie’s passing is a loss to all who knew her and especially each of you.

Part of her success shines through in the great kids she raised…you’re such a kindly, caring group. Frank and I will be extending our sympathy in person on Monday when we plan to see you at the graveside.


Frank and Joan Robinson

November 21, 2010

My dearest family,

How sad I am to hear of Joans passing. Although her light has been extingushed from our presence the glow of hope and peace shall remain in all the hearts of those who had their lives touched by such a magnificent lady. She will be greatly missed, but beautifully remembered. May your hearts be comforted by the Lords abounding grace and peace!

Kristin (Baumann) Boruff and family