Joan Fern Stephenson

Joan Fern Stephenson, age 82, of Collinsville, IL, born August 18, 1934 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away June 10, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Joan was a 1952 graduate of Collinsville High School, and was a retired nursing home administrator for St. Mary’s Square. She enjoyed working with the developmentally disabled, was a master gardener, loved to travel and enjoyed cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gottfried “Fred” and Bernice (nee Blattner) Steinmetz;a son, Larry Stark; and a sister, Arline Whittington.

She is survived by two daughters: Wende (Richard) Rettle of Marine, IL, and Annette (Mark) Faerber of Glen Carbon, IL; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or the Edwardsville High School Band Booster Scholarship Fund.

Her wishes were to be cremated. Private services will be held at a later date.

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