Joan Ellen McMullin nee: Palecek, 56, of Round Lake, IL, passed away suddenly November 4, 2016 at the Centegra Hospital, McHenry, IL. Joan was born August 23, 1960 in Oshkosh, WI to Ruben and Nina Eileen Palecek, She was the first member of her family to graduate college, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication. She worked at Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, IL for six years, before retiring due to health complications.
From living in a one-room cabin in Colorado, taking business trips to Switzerland, and relaxing on beaches all over the world, her taste for travel and adventure could not be contained. Her ability to see the humor in any situation provided her with a bright and optimistic view of the world, which she enthusiastically shared with those around her. Joan loved her family more than words can say, and put the happiness of others, family, friend, or stranger, before herself.
Joan is survived by her son; Bryce McMullin and daughter; Becca McMullin, her mother; Eileen Palecek, sister; Cindy Palecek, brother; Mark (Pat) Palecek, sister-in-law; Patti Palecek, nieces; Amy (Jeff) Hill and Erin Palecek, nephews; Kyle (Amanda) Palecek, children; Arlyn and Lucus, and Tim (April) Palecek, children; Alexis and Alana; and countless cousins. Preceded in death by father; Ruben Palecek and brother; Stanley Palecek.
Family and friends may gather for a public visitation from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Symonds Lakes Funeral Home, 111 W. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. A memorial mass will be celebrated on 11:00 AM visitation, 12:00 Noon mass, Saturday, November 12, 2016 St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 730 Madison Ave, Omro, WI 54963. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Omro Fire Department in memory of Joan.