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Joan Andropolis

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

January 25, 1931 - June 2, 2024

Joan Andropolis Obituary

A Life of Selflessness, Courage, and Inspiration

Joan Andropolis (Greek name: Eoanna), age 93, departed this world on June 2, 2024, in her Sturgeon Bay apartment, surrounded by the loving presence of her devoted nephew Andre'. Her life, a tapestry woven with selfless acts, boundless energy, unwavering courage, and an enduring commitment to fitness, stands as an eternal source of inspiration.

Born on January 25, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Joan was the eldest child of Jacob Andrew and Hazel (Lallemont) Andropolis. From her earliest days, she exhibited a generosity of spirit and sense of responsibility that would define her remarkable life. Alongside her younger brother Andrew John "Jack", who preceded her in passing in 2013, Joan shared cherished tales of their strict yet loving grandmother Yaya, whose firm dinner call punctuated their childhood with warmth and discipline. When Yaya pulled the kitchen shade down, it meant dinner was served. Now!

Traditions were very meaningful to Joan, one in particular is the incredible run of continuous Andropolis family picnics held at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, starting in her youth - an event Joan rarely missed if ever.

Joan's journey was not without heartache and sacrifice. When her father passed at the tender age of 42, the petite but resilient Joan put her dreams on hold to help her mother run the family's Andropolis Pharmacy, ensuring its stability before returning to complete her teaching degree. This devotion to family was one of many instances displaying her unwavering commitment to loved ones. She also held the memory of her past love George, her special friend who succumbed to cancer at 32, dear until the very end.

Her 30-year professional life as an Elmbrook School District third-grade teacher was a testament to her passion for education and belief in the transformative power of knowledge. Joan nurtured countless young minds with kindness, wisdom, and ambitious, creative projects. Even after retirement, she continued mentoring and teaching reading, sharing her love of learning until the remarkable age of 89.

Joan's life was marked by adventure, travel, and treasured memories like reveling in the beauty of Greece alongside her mother, creating a deep bond. Numerous cruises with cousin Virginia Mattick brought her immense joy and companionship.

Summers in Door County were cherished, spent tirelessly helping at sister-in-law Annette and brother Jack's cottage resort and diner, where her hard work and generous spirit were appreciated by all who knew her. The cleaning lady! She helped at both businesses during the summer and was such a hard worker. Every one of the employees loved working with Joan. Some of the team stayed in contact with Joan for over 30 years.

For over 50 years, Joan was dedicated and very active with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee. She was in charge of organizing and baking the Greek pastries with all the dedicated ladies and friends for the annual Greek Fest. Denise Panos was a very dear friend of Joan's, and they worked together for many years on the Greek Fest, baking baklava and diples, staffing the food tent.

Joan's courage and adventurous spirit were lifelong - navigating Milwaukee's busy streets walking daily until 89, volunteering as a deckhand on a Lake Michigan tall ship schooner, participating in a dinosaur excavation, and gracefully facing challenges. Her nephew Perry described her as "fearless" - traits inspiring bold, intentional living. 

Joan's dedication to fitness was awe-inspiring. Through her 60s to 90s, she walked almost daily and attended weekly YMCA exercise classes, embodying a vitality that enabled independent living until 93. During Covid's first year, great-nieces Tiviana and Elliessa urgently created custom "Come to Door County and Retire" brochures, finally convincing her to relocate. Soon after Tobey and Andre led the move, she made new friends and enjoyed near-daily family visits.

Joan's legacy is one of selflessness, generosity, and commitment to making the world better. She stepped up when family needed her most, wholeheartedly gave back to her community, and lived with adventure and joy. Her story reminds us that true happiness and fulfillment come from serving others and embracing life's journey with love, courage, and a sense of adventure.

She was preceded in death by her father Jacob, who passed at age 42 in 1951, her mother Hazel at 73 in 1983, her brother Andrew "Jack" at 80 in 2013, one great niece, Elizabeth (Jacob & Susan) in 2020. Maternal grandparents were Annie Pfeil and John Baptist Lallemont. Paternal grandparents were Andrew and Bessie Polities Andropolis.

Joan is survived by her sister-in-law Annette of Sturgeon Bay, nephews Jacob (Sue) and their daughter Emily (22), Perry (Tracy) and their children Tiviana (17) and Elliessa (13), Andre', Tobey (Jody) and their children Mackenzie, Madison, and Harrison. She is also survived by, and was preceded in passing by many beloved relatives, including sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. She maintained wonderful relationships with many of these cherished family members throughout her life: Georgia (Andrew) Jimos, Catherine (Paul) Varnick, Aunt Helen (George) Georgatsos, Aunt Dorothy (Robert) Weyer, Jan (Charlie) Georgatsos-Hoppert and family, Elene (John) Rautmann and family, Parker, Thomas (Kim) Hoppert and family (Brylnee and Braelyn), Andrew (Robin )Hoppert, Faye (Allan) Weyer-Sippel and family (Becca Kohlman, Petra Gordon, Ryan Gordon), Phil Varnick and family, Irene (Neal) Gamsky, Elizabeth (Jeff) Rich and family (Andrew, Jacob, Josie), Trisha Gamsky and daughter Angelica, Georgia (Andrew) Jimos and family, Sandra, Molly (Lee) O'Day and family Kate, Cassie and Evie, Sophia (Bernie) Dunn and sons, Michael (Christine) Dunn and family, Benard J. Dunn and sister, Debra Dunn. Uncle John (Elsa) Andropolis. Cousins Laurie Andropolis Whitman (Owen), Sam (Bridget) Wheeler & family, Lizzie Wheeler (Adam Dremak) & family, Jay (Cindy) Andropolis, Kalista (Josh) Allen & family, Stephanie Andropolis, Marisa Andropolis (Alex Kelmendi), Jason (Ashleigh) Andropolis, Robert Andropolis. Hazel's family and cousins Ethel (Clarence) Campbell, Violet (Gus) Liber, Irene Marie Littlejohn, Mabel Lallemont, Pearl Lallemont, Virginia (Clarence) Mattick, Ronald Mattick, Dana Mattick, Gail (Skip) Orth, Stephanie Orth and Tim Blasier, Chrissey and Rick Orth-Eidemiller and family, Jayda, Nicole (Daniel) Schaeffer and family Madison Schaeffer, Austin Pillsbury, Corwin Schaeffer), Andrea Stamsta and family Cameron, Kyla and Cody, Jessica (Dex) Korri and family Mariah Tice, Hailey Tice, Jerome Krush, Autumn Korri, Brandon and Haley Orth, Gene (Carol) Campbell and sons, Brian (Peggy) Campbell and family, Scott (Sue) Campbell and family. Joan remained close with all these beloved relatives throughout her life.

A funeral service celebrating Joan's life will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 1425 S. 10th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081 with Fr. Leo Gavrilos officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Joan will be laid to rest beside her parents and other relatives in Wildwood Cemetery, 518 N. Wildwood Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 where her family will gather to honor and celebrate her remarkable life.

Luncheon to follow at Al & Al's Stein Haus, 1502 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice, reflecting Joan's generous spirit and lifelong dedication to helping others.

Joan Andropolis will be remembered as a beacon of love and generosity. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those she touched. May her life's story inspire you to live with selflessness, courage, and a spirit of adventure.

"A heartfelt thank you is extended to the nurses, and occupational/physical therapists at Ascension At Home Services and all the medical teams that helped our family."

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Andropolis family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Joan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.HuehnsFuneralHome.com.

 

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joan Andropolis hosted by Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC.

A Life of Selflessness, Courage, and Inspiration

Joan Andropolis (Greek name: Eoanna), age 93, departed this world on June 2, 2024, in her Sturgeon Bay apartment, surrounded by the loving presence of her devoted nephew Andre'. Her life, a tapestry woven with selfless acts, boundless energy, unwavering courage, and an enduring commitment to fitness, stands as an eternal source of inspiration.

Born on January 25, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Joan was the eldest child of Jacob Andrew and Hazel (Lallemont) Andropolis. From her earliest days, she exhibited a generosity of spirit and sense of responsibility that would define her remarkable life. Alongside her younger brother Andrew John "Jack", who preceded her in passing in 2013, Joan shared cherished tales of their strict yet loving grandmother Yaya, whose firm dinner call punctuated their childhood with warmth and discipline. When Yaya pulled the kitchen shade down, it meant dinner was served. Now!

Traditions were very meaningful to Joan, one in particular is the incredible run of continuous Andropolis family picnics held at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, starting in her youth - an event Joan rarely missed if ever.

Joan's journey was not without heartache and sacrifice. When her father passed at the tender age of 42, the petite but resilient Joan put her dreams on hold to help her mother run the family's Andropolis Pharmacy, ensuring its stability before returning to complete her teaching degree. This devotion to family was one of many instances displaying her unwavering commitment to loved ones. She also held the memory of her past love George, her special friend who succumbed to cancer at 32, dear until the very end.

Her 30-year professional life as an Elmbrook School District third-grade teacher was a testament to her passion for education and belief in the transformative power of knowledge. Joan nurtured countless young minds with kindness, wisdom, and ambitious, creative projects. Even after retirement, she continued mentoring and teaching reading, sharing her love of learning until the remarkable age of 89.

Joan's life was marked by adventure, travel, and treasured memories like reveling in the beauty of Greece alongside her mother, creating a deep bond. Numerous cruises with cousin Virginia Mattick brought her immense joy and companionship.

Summers in Door County were cherished, spent tirelessly helping at sister-in-law Annette and brother Jack's cottage resort and diner, where her hard work and generous spirit were appreciated by all who knew her. The cleaning lady! She helped at both businesses during the summer and was such a hard worker. Every one of the employees loved working with Joan. Some of the team stayed in contact with Joan for over 30 years.

For over 50 years, Joan was dedicated and very active with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee. She was in charge of organizing and baking the Greek pastries with all the dedicated ladies and friends for the annual Greek Fest. Denise Panos was a very dear friend of Joan's, and they worked together for many years on the Greek Fest, baking baklava and diples, staffing the food tent.

Joan's courage and adventurous spirit were lifelong - navigating Milwaukee's busy streets walking daily until 89, volunteering as a deckhand on a Lake Michigan tall ship schooner, participating in a dinosaur excavation, and gracefully facing challenges. Her nephew Perry described her as "fearless" - traits inspiring bold, intentional living. 

Joan's dedication to fitness was awe-inspiring. Through her 60s to 90s, she walked almost daily and attended weekly YMCA exercise classes, embodying a vitality that enabled independent living until 93. During Covid's first year, great-nieces Tiviana and Elliessa urgently created custom "Come to Door County and Retire" brochures, finally convincing her to relocate. Soon after Tobey and Andre led the move, she made new friends and enjoyed near-daily family visits.

Joan's legacy is one of selflessness, generosity, and commitment to making the world better. She stepped up when family needed her most, wholeheartedly gave back to her community, and lived with adventure and joy. Her story reminds us that true happiness and fulfillment come from serving others and embracing life's journey with love, courage, and a sense of adventure.

She was preceded in death by her father Jacob, who passed at age 42 in 1951, her mother Hazel at 73 in 1983, her brother Andrew "Jack" at 80 in 2013, one great niece, Elizabeth (Jacob & Susan) in 2020. Maternal grandparents were Annie Pfeil and John Baptist Lallemont. Paternal grandparents were Andrew and Bessie Polities Andropolis.

Joan is survived by her sister-in-law Annette of Sturgeon Bay, nephews Jacob (Sue) and their daughter Emily (22), Perry (Tracy) and their children Tiviana (17) and Elliessa (13), Andre', Tobey (Jody) and their children Mackenzie, Madison, and Harrison. She is also survived by, and was preceded in passing by many beloved relatives, including sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. She maintained wonderful relationships with many of these cherished family members throughout her life: Georgia (Andrew) Jimos, Catherine (Paul) Varnick, Aunt Helen (George) Georgatsos, Aunt Dorothy (Robert) Weyer, Jan (Charlie) Georgatsos-Hoppert and family, Elene (John) Rautmann and family, Parker, Thomas (Kim) Hoppert and family (Brylnee and Braelyn), Andrew (Robin )Hoppert, Faye (Allan) Weyer-Sippel and family (Becca Kohlman, Petra Gordon, Ryan Gordon), Phil Varnick and family, Irene (Neal) Gamsky, Elizabeth (Jeff) Rich and family (Andrew, Jacob, Josie), Trisha Gamsky and daughter Angelica, Georgia (Andrew) Jimos and family, Sandra, Molly (Lee) O'Day and family Kate, Cassie and Evie, Sophia (Bernie) Dunn and sons, Michael (Christine) Dunn and family, Benard J. Dunn and sister, Debra Dunn. Uncle John (Elsa) Andropolis. Cousins Laurie Andropolis Whitman (Owen), Sam (Bridget) Wheeler & family, Lizzie Wheeler (Adam Dremak) & family, Jay (Cindy) Andropolis, Kalista (Josh) Allen & family, Stephanie Andropolis, Marisa Andropolis (Alex Kelmendi), Jason (Ashleigh) Andropolis, Robert Andropolis. Hazel's family and cousins Ethel (Clarence) Campbell, Violet (Gus) Liber, Irene Marie Littlejohn, Mabel Lallemont, Pearl Lallemont, Virginia (Clarence) Mattick, Ronald Mattick, Dana Mattick, Gail (Skip) Orth, Stephanie Orth and Tim Blasier, Chrissey and Rick Orth-Eidemiller and family, Jayda, Nicole (Daniel) Schaeffer and family Madison Schaeffer, Austin Pillsbury, Corwin Schaeffer), Andrea Stamsta and family Cameron, Kyla and Cody, Jessica (Dex) Korri and family Mariah Tice, Hailey Tice, Jerome Krush, Autumn Korri, Brandon and Haley Orth, Gene (Carol) Campbell and sons, Brian (Peggy) Campbell and family, Scott (Sue) Campbell and family. Joan remained close with all these beloved relatives throughout her life.

A funeral service celebrating Joan's life will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 1425 S. 10th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081 with Fr. Leo Gavrilos officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Joan will be laid to rest beside her parents and other relatives in Wildwood Cemetery, 518 N. Wildwood Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 where her family will gather to honor and celebrate her remarkable life.

Luncheon to follow at Al & Al's Stein Haus, 1502 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice, reflecting Joan's generous spirit and lifelong dedication to helping others.

Joan Andropolis will be remembered as a beacon of love and generosity. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those she touched. May her life's story inspire you to live with selflessness, courage, and a spirit of adventure.

"A heartfelt thank you is extended to the nurses, and occupational/physical therapists at Ascension At Home Services and all the medical teams that helped our family."

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Andropolis family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Joan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.HuehnsFuneralHome.com.

 

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joan Andropolis hosted by Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC.

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