MADISON-Joan Carol Wolf, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the Nazareth Nursing Home in Stoughton after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

She was born on July 9, 1930, in LaCrosse, the daughter of Sam and Gertrude (Merman) Thiel. Joan graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1948. She also graduated from the nursing program at Hamlin University in St. Paul, Minn. Joan began her nursing career as a register nurse at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital in obstetrics. She married Donald Wolf, her high school classmate, in 1957. In August of that year, they moved to Champaign/Urbana where her husband pursued graduate work in physical education at the University of Illinois. Joan continued her nursing career there at the Carle Clinic until the birth of their daughter on April 8, 1958.

The family moved to Madison in August, 1958, when her husband accepted a teaching position there. Joan was well known in the Madison area for conducting Tupperware home parties. She also was very active at the First United Methodist Church especially in the women’s circle and in the nursery. Joan was always more interested in doing things for others than for herself. She loved to cook and bake and her cookie jar was always full of tasty treats. Joan had a record number of cookbooks and had a passion for clipping grocery coupons that was passed on to her daughters.

Joan is survived by her husband, Donald; children, Tammy (Scott) Everson, Terry (Kris) Wolf, Todd (Becky) Wolf, and Tricia (Jason) Witt; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Gert Thiel. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack Thiel.

A Memorial Service will be held at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the First United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the staff at Nazareth for the care she received during her eleven year stay at their facility, especially during the last 2 weeks.Gunderson_Funeral

Memorials:
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the First United Methodist Church.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Service:
A Memorial Service will be held at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.