Joan “Joanie” Marie Antoinette Van Hoof, age 56, died suddenly on February 11, 2021, at her home in Oshkosh. She was born on July 14, 1964, in Green Bay, the daughter of the late Joseph “Joe” and Catharine “Katie” School Van Hoof.
Joanie grew up in Hollandtown, and lived with her parents, until moving to group homes throughout the Fox Valley, settling in Oshkosh for the remainder of her life. She had worked with Lakeside Packaging for nearly 30 years, where she developed close friendships among her associates.
Joanie had a deep spiritual life. She influenced and helped many with her devotion and prayer in their times of need. She had an uncanny connection with St. Anthony and was often called upon to assist in finding lost items, and aiding in unusual requests, like bowling skills. She appreciated these gifts and was always thankful for her abilities to help others.
Joanie had an affection for her favorite color orange, and she owned more orange clothing and personal items than most Wisconsin deer hunting camps.
Joanie was especially generous with hand-made greeting cards for birthdays and holidays and enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends.
Joanie didn’t get to experience the things many of us take for granted, but accepted life as it was dealt her, and always knew there would be much more to come in the spiritual afterlife. She was a lesson to all of us, her great smile and laughter will be deeply missed by her family, and friends.
Joanie is survived by her siblings: Dennis (Jean) Van Hoof of Sheboygan, Mary Borree of Point Pleasant NJ, Jim Van Hoof of Hollandtown, and Sue Van Hoof of Green Bay; her in-laws: Bill Borree of Guam, Lori Gehl Vandenover of Kaukauna, and Dan Voet of Kaukauna. Others include her nieces and nephews: Mike and Nina Van Hoof, Katie and Rolando Diaz, Max Borree, Hannah and Joe Van Hoof, and Jack and Mary Voet; a grandniece Mira and a grandnephew Miles. She is also survived by her three beloved aunts: Grace School, Lillian Van Wychen, and Marion Ragen.
Joanie was preceded in death by her parents: Joe and Cathy Van Hoof, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank dear friend, and Joanie’s personal angel Ellen Scheibe, for her sincere care and devoted friendship throughout the last fifteen years of Joanie’s life; along with, Sister Judy, special friends Charlotte, and Amy; Diane of Serenity Place Oshkosh, and her devoted and caring staff who made Joanie comfortable, and welcome daily. Furthermore, thank you to all the special care givers and friends that touched Joanie’s life over the years.
The funeral liturgy for Joan will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish – St Francis Church, located at 433 County Road CE in Hollandtown. Fr. David McElroy Presider will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date. Visitation will begin at the church at 1:00 PM Tuesday and continue until the time of the mass. Masks and social distancing will be required. For those not able to attend, the service will be recorded and can be viewed at Joan’s obituary page located at www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com beginning on Wednesday, the 17th.
In lieu of flowers, Joanie’s family would recommend during the pandemic, to take the time to hand write cards or create artwork to provide members of local nursing homes.