Joan Bernadette Bamberg passed away on January 28, 2021, at the age of 76. After a long stay in the hospital, she was able to return home to spend her remaining days with her family.
Joan was born on July 6, 1944, to the late Allen and Bernice “Bee” McFadyen in Chicago, living her childhood years in Phillips, Wis.
She married Richard Allen Bamberg of Chicago on October 17, 1964, in Phillips, Wis., and together they raised four children, first in the Chicago suburbs and then in their Plover, Wis. home.
Joan is survived by her brothers Ronald Theese and Robert (Lynn) McFadyen; children Steve (Lori) Bamberg of Lake Villa, Ill., Cindy (Ron) Spanbauer of Forney, Texas, Becky (Mark) Flees of Weston, Wis., and Patty (Adam) Johnson of Plover, Wis.; 11 grandchildren: Matt (Savannah), Danny, Johnny Bamberg, Chris, Danielle, Zach Spanbauer, Nick Bamberg, Braeden, and Paige Flees, and Lily and Ava Johnson; great-grandchild Noah Bamberg; and her long-haired Chihuahua puppies, Sammie Girl and Baby.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother James McFadyen; sisters Jackie Frola and Geraldine Makowski; sister-in-law Billy Theese; and brother-in-law Frank Frola.
Joan was the “Mom” of Dad’s Computers trivia team. She took great care of her trivia family and loved all of them. She made most of the team’s meals and treats and loved riding around, looking for Trivia Stone clues. Her trivia team family was always there to help when Joan and Rick needed anything.
After staying home and raising her family, Joan rejoined the workforce and retired from Herrschners after 20 years. She enjoyed working in customer service. Joan loved talking to people all over the country. Joan made many friendships at Herrschners. She always looked forward to all of the post-retirement get-togethers.
Joan loved shopping and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She saw beauty in many things, which led to her collection of angel figurines, Snow babies, apple decorations for her apple-themed kitchen, and her beautiful Precious Moments collection. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her family.
Christmas was her favorite time of the year, and, thankfully, this past one was extremely special since she was able to spend it with her children and grandchildren. Her family will always cherish all their wonderful memories with her. In fact, anyone who knew Joan will always hold dear the blessings, joy, and loving memories of a very special person.
Joan’s family would like to send heartfelt thanks to Ascension Home Health and Ascension Hospice for all of their help and support.
For those who may prefer to donate in lieu of flowers, please send them to Compassus Living Foundation in Joan’s memory at https://compassuslivingfoundation.org. Please mention Ascension Hospice of Plover for the Compassus location.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, July 3, at Iverson Park in Stevens Point, Wis.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.