JoAnn M. Haring, 65, of Batavia, formerly of Lily Lake, passed away Nov. 15, 2013.
She was born March 11, 1948, in St. Charles, the daughter of Marvin and Josephine (Neri) Toppel.
JoAnn grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. She graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1966.
JoAnn and Richard “Dick” Haring were united in marriage on Dec. 17, 1966 and were married for 20 years.
They began their new life in Elburn for a time before moving to Lily Lake. While Dick worked outside the house, JoAnn worked to make their house a home. They welcomed a son, Klentin, in 1970, and made their family complete when their daughter Kelli was born in 1972. While the children were growing, JoAnn worked in the kitchen of the Lily Lake Elementary School for several years.
JoAnn’s hands were always full and busy. Whether it was knitting, doing jig saw puzzles or voraciously reading (sometimes finishing a book in a single day), JoAnn never stopped except when it came to her beloved Chicago Cubs. The sun rose and set with her boys in blue, and one of the highlights of her life came when she visited them during spring training. Her love for her children was never ending, and though she left without being able to say goodbye, her legacy of memories continue on in the hearts of all who loved her.
She is survived by her children, Klent (Michelle) Haring of DeKalb and Kelli Larsen of Sycamore; four grandchildren, Eathon Larsen, Logan Haring, Keagon Larsen and Skylar Haring; one brother, Mike (Debbie) Toppel of Arizona; one sister-in-law, Hollie Toppel of Arizona; several nieces and nephews, and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Josephine Toppel; and one brother, Tom Toppel.
A memorial visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 22, 4 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.
A memorial has been established in JoAnn’s name. Checks may be made to the “JoAnn Haring Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.