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Joan E. Mennie

October 21, 1922 - September 16, 2021

Joan E. Mennie Joan E. Mennie
  • Funeral
  • September 25, 2021 | 11:00 A.M.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton 715 North Carlton Ave Wheaton, Il.



Joan Elizabeth Bliss Mennie, 1922-2021

Joan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Orville, Ohio to Howard and Evelyn Bliss. She grew up Baldwin,  Long Island, New York, and  after graduating from Allegheny College she attended Yale University graduating with a Master’s degree in nursing.  She began her nursing career as a WWII Cadet Nurse.  In 1946, she married Donald Urquhart Mennie and they enjoyed 52 years together.

After their marriage, Joan was a public health nurse in Nassau County, Long Island.  She later taught Junior High Science  in Washington, Il. ; was a school Nurse at Glenbard  East High School in Lombard, Il. ; And finished her career as School Health Consultant for the DuPage County Health Department in Wheaton, Il., retiring  in  1986. Following her retirement she volunteered at Fox Valley Hospice for several years.

Joan is survived by her four children, Christie Puttcamp (Stanton), Scott Mennie (Lisa), Douglas Mennie (Susan) and Robert Mennie (Teresa), fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and her sister, Sally Rutter.

Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, a remarkable mother (in-law), and a one-of-a-kind grandmother and great- grandmother.  Joan never met a stranger, and anyone that knew her instantly felt her love.  She lived a  faith-filled, full  life surrounded by family and  friends, including those special friends at River Glen, Pottawatomie Garden Club, Questors, and First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton 715 North Carlton Ave Wheaton on  Saturday, September 25, at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or the First Presbyterian Church of  Wheaton Memorial Fund.


To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes’ obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles, 630-584-0060.


Mary Smoot from St. Charles, IL

"I joined the Pottawatomie Garden Club the year after Joan. Such a beautiful person!!!! She was very caring and always happy to see you and interested in what you were doing. Ready to volunteer for any job asked of her. Amazed me she was still doing water exercises at Delnor until Covid hit. She will be missed.💚🙏❤️"

Ellen Smith from St Charles, IL

"I send my love and sincere condolences to Joan’s family for we have truly lost a wonderful person. I met Joan through Pottawatomie Garden Club as we served on the Hostess Committee together. She was generous, interesting, informed, vivacious and oh so warm and friendly. The love in her eyes when she said hello was so special. I was honored to drive her to meetings when it became harder for her to see clearly. Nothing seemed to stop her as she lived life to the fullest taking care of herself and her health while giving generously to others. She rarely let anything interfere with her exercise program at Delnor. There is much to be admired and much to be missed. God bless you Joan. Rest In Peace!"

Diane Winkler from Saint Charles, IL

"Our deepest sympathy from the Pottawatomie Garden Club. A tree has been planted in Joan's memory in Mount St Mary Park. A plaque with her engraved name will be placed near the tree in the spring. Joan's name will also be engraved on our memorial plaque at the Pottawatomie Community Center. Any questions can be directed to Diane Winkler, Memorial Chair"

Mary Wartick from CHESTERFIELD, MO

"We have been good friend with Stan and Chris for 45+ years. Through those years we saw Joan multiple times. She was one great lady and we always enjoyed seeing her and her company. We are so sorry to hear she has passed. Our best to the entire family."

Lisa Capps from Wheaton, IL

"I didn’t know Joan, but as a fellow parishioner and nurse myself, I imagine her to be an outstanding person. My sincere condolences to the family."

Stuart Baker from Sacramento, CA

"Aunt Joan was my mother’s, Lois Bliss Baker’s, big sister. The three sisters were best friends throughout life in spite of living far apart. My three siblings and I were fortunate to grow up knowing Aunt Joan and her family, and seeing them from time-to-time. I’ve never met a more friendly and genuinely caring and loving person. Aunt Joan generously paid the expenses for my mother’s memorial service in 2015, through her close relationship with my sister Leslie, ensuring we could all be there. My regrets for not being able to travel to Illinois for Joan’s service. My condolences to all the Mennie family."

Tony Black from Tampa, FL

"Doug,Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing your mother, I wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to you, Sue and your entire family.Kind regards,Tony Black"

Jo Anne Diefenthal from Miller Place, NY

"My dear cousins: You have been on my thoughts and prayers. I could not ask for a better family. How very fortunate for me that I had my favorite Aunt Lady Joan in my life. I have gleaned so much from Lady Joan in going forward with my understanding of human nature---a better perspective on life's good times and not such good times. Lady Joan enriched my life in so many ways. I am so grateful. Along with her unconditional love for us Romans---not any easy task---we prospered by her example. Lady Joan was never judgmental, conceited or averse to listening to other's opinions. She was truly amazing! I love all of you and grateful to have you cousins in my life!!"

Stewart and Jane Roman from Smithtown, NY

"To all of our cousins, We are so truly sorry to hear about the passing of our beloved Aunt Joan. She was a remarkable woman who always made us feel like a part of her family. Her unquestionable warmth, kindness and sincerity is something we should all strive to live by. Aunt Joan touched our lives in so many ways and we are better people because of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

Kurt & Theresea Jensen from Marshalltown, IA

"When you met Joan you knew right away she was one of those special people. Amanda always spoke so highly of Joan and looked up to her for accomplishments and life she led. Our sincere condolences for the family's loss."

Courtney Diefenthal from Wickford, RI

"My family called my great Aunt Joan 'Lady Joan' because my grandmother's name was Joan as well. I felt it suited her because there was something magical about Lady Joan. Although I didn't get to visit her, my Uncle Donald and second cousins much , it was always such a treat! I was always embraced with love and was made to feel special. I am so grateful that they were/are part of my family!"

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