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Joan Strauss

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Joan Strauss

POLO – Joan Strauss died peacefully, with her family by her side, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis.

Joan Ruth Strauss was born Nov. 25, 1934, in Dixon, to Harold and Ruth McCleary. Joan graduated from Polo Community High School and attended Shimer College in Mount Carroll. She married Edwin Strauss on Oct. 2, 1954, at her parents’ family farm in Polo. Joan knew that her true calling was to follow in her father’s footsteps, and ultimately began the process with Edwin to take over the family farm.

Joan loved the family farm and took pride in working the land and raising livestock. In addition to farming, she also was a licensed realtor, broker, and appraiser. She worked hard at everything she did, and always had an attention to detail. Joan also enjoyed playing bridge with her close friends and euchre with her family. She also took pleasure in traveling, gardening, and any activity with her grandchildren. She will be missed dearly.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin Strauss of Polo; two children, Susan (Jerry) Love of Gilbert, Ariz.; Steve (Janet Henning) Strauss of Polo; six grandchildren, Kailey, Mason, Jacob, Curtiss, Lauren, and Kate; and one brother, Elliot McCleary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert; and her sister, Jean.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Polo Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

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