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JoAnn E. Follkie

September 22, 1941 - September 12, 2020

    September 18, 2020 | 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday
  • Yurs Funeral Home 1771 West State Street (Rte 38) Geneva
  • Funeral
    September 19, 2020 | 10:30 A.M. Saturday
  • St. Peter Catholic Church 1891 Kaneville Road Geneva.
  • Burial Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery Geneva

A Loving, Full, Fun and Adventured Life September 22, 1941- September 12, 2020

JoAnn Elizabeth Follkie (nee Janicke), was born on September 22, 1941 in Chicago, IL. She entered Heaven’s Gates on Saturday Sept 12, 2020 at 78 years old.

JoAnn is the third child born to the late Marion C. Janicke and Anna E. (nee Navakauskas) Janicke and grew up with her loving, close family in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Anna, her beloved older brother Marion J. Janicke (Doris), and countless treasured pets she saved and loved with kindness through her years.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter and best friend, Erika L. Enguita (Brian) of Geneva, IL, her cherished grandsons Brayden, 9, and Kolten, 5; her beloved sister, Lorraine Norgle (Charles); her loving sister-in-law Doris (Marion); and many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

JoAnn graduated from Kelly High School in Chicago and attended college at the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. Through her love of life, she embarked on a few different career paths. She started out as an accountant for the Teamsters, worked as a real estate agent, spent time as a landlord and building owner, worked at Comiskey Park, and ended up in customer service at Home Depot in Homer Glen, IL. Through perseverance, she established a legacy of hard work and being a “go-getter”.

She married Charles A. Follkie and lived in a landmark, historic home in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood. In 1976, daughter Erika Louise came into the world and the two would form a very special mother-daughter connection that would last her lifetime. Living in Chicago for approximately 20 years, she built a foundation of love and legacy with her family and was always the bright and bubbly life of every family gathering. Being an avid sewer and very crafty and resourceful yielded the best decorations, happiest of parties, and the most creative Halloween costumes. With courage, she divorced and embarked on a new journey in her life to live in Lockport, IL for approximately 15 years. When the opportunity arose to live near her daughter’s family she moved to Batavia, IL. where she instantly became the social butterfly of her community.

Above all else, her family was the most important part of her life. JoAnn always helped, put others first, and loved deeply. Her proudest title in life was Mother and Grandmother – the perfect Mother and Grandmother who lived for us. A fun day to JoAnn was watch her grandboys play baseball, get ice cream, go on a hayride, and read them a book. Countless Friday nights were spent at the movies eating popcorn and chocolate with her family. Revered by her family, she was perfect in every way. Anyone would say JoAnn is the nicest, funniest, friendliest woman they ever met. Joann lived a fun-filled and very social life through her years and loved her family, animals and nature greatly. She will be dearly missed.

JoAnn’s family will receive friends at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 West State St. Geneva, IL. on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 4pm – 8pm. Funeral Services Saturday, September 19, 2020 with prayers at the funeral home at 9:30am proceeding to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road Geneva, IL. for Mass 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers please donate in JoAnn Follkie’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

A very special life celebration will be held for JoAnn at a later date.

For information call Yurs Funeral Home Geneva. 630-232-7337.

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Janet Pendley from Batavia, IL

"JoAnn was a co-resident of Windmill Manor, in Batavia, IL. We had many wonderful conversations, and I admired her courageous, positive outlook during some challenging times in her life! She loved her daughter and family...her very being revolved around them! I will miss her so much...I consider it a honor to call her "friend.""

Randy Suvada from Crystal lake, IL

"JoAnn made made me feel good about myself whenever we talked. She was special. Stories about her working Comiskey park - a sports fan romance. JoAnn was devoted to her daughter and family. That love was so apparent and strong, and it never changed."

George and Kathy Enguita from Fort Myers, FL

"JoAnn had amazing resilience and we believe it was the love of her daughter and family that kept her going. She now knows the mystery of heaven, our eternal home. There is no cancer, no fear, just the peace of living a perfect life at a perfect place in the presence of a perfect God."

Julie Dolan from Elmhurst, IL

"Aunt JoAnn always made me smile. She was lighthearted, fun and quick with one liners. She was the kinda gal that had an extra boa in her bag if you felt like dancing!"

Kimberly ODowd from Chicago, IL

"Joann will so be missed. She was my mom, Geraldine, best friend. She was also our neighbor in Bridgeport for more than a decade. Her love of friends, family, furry friends (pets) warmed all our hearts and is huge loss for all who were lucky enough to know her. She was of strong spirit and will and accomplished so much. May she now rest with the angels."

Kenneth And Kathleen Wagner from Burbank , IL

"Dear Erika & Brian, Brayden& Kolten, Your Mom was a Lovely Lady and a true Fighter.Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you all. Love , Uncle Ken & Aunt Kathy ♥️♥️"

Kenneth and Kathleen Wagner from Burbank , IL

"Dear Erika & Brian Braden and Kolten, Your Mom was a Lovely Lady and a real Fighter. Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you all. Love, Uncle Ken & Aunt Kathy 😘♥️😘♥️"

Marissa and Dave Rudolph from Orland Park, IL

"Dear Brian and Erika, We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one amazing woman! She was very sweet and had such a kind heart. She always showed concern and empathy for others. She will surely be missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We love you! Rudolph Family"

Gwendolyn from Elmhurst, IL

"Aunt JoAnn was a woman of True Grit. She faced adversity with her strength of spirit, the sparkle in her eyes, a quick wit, and some hearty infectious laughter."

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