Joan Slattery -- Rochester

January 14, 2019 GMT

Joan Slattery, 80, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Cottagewood Senior Communities.

Joan was born Aug. 12, 1938, to Sturmi and Frieda (Wendling) Reinhard in Chicago. She graduated from Longwood Academy High School in Chicago and on Aug. 1, 1959, she married Ken Slattery. The couple started their lives together in Chicago and later moved to New Lenox, Ill.

Along with raising three children, Joan spent the majority of her career in various roles at a popular family restaurant. After retiring in 1998, Ken and Joan moved to Surprise, Ariz., but spent many of those first years traveling the country in their RV. They then moved further south to Sahuarita, Ariz., spending nearly a decade there. Joan’s final move was to Rochester in 2016 to enjoy her twilight years closer to family.


Whether going out on the town, playing cards or having coffee at home, Joan truly enjoyed spending time with her good friends. Joan also had an unshakable faith that was lived out in a variety of ways. She volunteered at the catholic high school her kids attended and at the various parishes she called home throughout her life. She was also quick to send a mass card, light a candle at church or pray the rosary for those in need.

In retirement, Joan continued making new friends and soaking up the warm Arizona sun. She enjoyed water aerobics and the other social gatherings her new retirement community had to offer. No matter where Joan lived, she always loved spoiling her grandkids.

Joan is survived by one daughter, Sherry (David) Nevins of Platteville, Wis.; two sons, Matthew (Beverly) Slattery of Channahon, Ill., and Mark (Angie) Slattery of Rochester; four grandchildren, Cody, Scott, Devin and Liam; and one great-grandchild, Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jay (Reinhard) Adams; and husband, Ken Slattery.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. NW. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Cottagewood Senior Communities (Attention Cottage #7).

The family would like to extend extra special thanks to all the staff at Cottagewood and Mayo Hospice for the loving care they showed Joan.

To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901. 507-289-3600.