Joan R. Black
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Joan R. Black
  • September 22, 1945 - March 20, 2017
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois

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Joan R. Black, 71, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully March 20, 2017 in Barrington. Born September 22, 1945 in Chicago; she was the daughter of Olaf Mikal and Flora Lillian (Eliason) Rasmussen.
Joan was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A retired teacher and librarian, Joan had a deep passion for reading and inspiring children in their love of reading and learning. She was also a member of two longstanding book clubs and an active member of the RCLPC community. A proud Norwegian, Joan's passions included gardening, puzzles and games, and most of all, spending time with her family.
Joan was preceded in death by the love of her life, John H. "Jack" Black, Jr. and her parents, Olaf Mikal and Flora Lillian Rasmussen.
She is survived by her brother, Ralph (Dianne) Rasmussen; her two sons, Gardner (Stacey) Hjerpe and Adam (Heidi) Hjerpe; her nieces Tiffany (John) Kees and Lara (Roger) Anderson; three stepdaughters, Jackie Torres, Pat Breeding-Black and Laurie (Lewis Toda) Black; 10 grandchildren, Matt (Christy) Hjerpe, Megan, Rachael, Emily, Ella and Nicole Hjerpe; Renee Thomas; Chris Torres; Vicki (Mark) Gres; and Courtney (David) Tucker; 11 great-grandchildren, Leiah and Landon Hjerpe; Kendall Thomas; Chelsea, Wesley and Paige Torres; Taylor and Travis Walsh; Evan, Jolie and Eme Gres; and an immeasurable number of dear friends for whom she was extremely grateful.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on April 8 at Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, 8505 Church St., Crystal Lake, IL 60012. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joan's name to Stand Up to Cancer at www.standup2cancer.org or to Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, to the address above. Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer and Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake.