Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens
5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL
February 7, 1939 – January 14, 2020
JoAnn Lewis Russell, 80, of Columbia, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. She was born February 7th, 1939 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Milburn and Mary (Rachel) Lewis.
She is preceded in death by her parents, children, James Russell, Janet Burns, and brothers, Charles, James, and Roy Lewis.
JoAnn is survived by significant other, Hank Huelsman, children, Judith Beard of Columbia, Illinois, Joseph (Grace) Russell of McKinney, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Brenda Russell of Millstadt, Illinois, grandchildren, Eric O’Connell of Chandler, Arizona, Jeana Russell-Rist of Millstadt, Illinois, Jamie Russell of Waterloo, Illinois, Ryan Burns of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Jillian Russell of McKinney, Texas, and great-grandchildren, Kayelyn, Jaidyn, and Josie. She is further survived by brothers, Robert (Pat) Lewis of Collinsville, Illinois, and Ray Lewis of Caseyville, Illinois.
JoAnn was a retired Bus Driver and had worked for Bi State Development in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Funeral will be Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 10:00 am at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.
- Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Funeral Friday, January 17, 2020
January 19, 2020
You helped making growing up on 75th St. in E. St. Louis memorable!
January 17, 2020
Oh so many fun memories of, Joann.
The bus stories could keep you busy for a lifetime. The laughters and tears were worth hearing it all.
I love you, Joann. RIP
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Mary June Madsen
January 15, 2020
I would like to extend my condolences to Hank, Judy, Joey, Eric, Ryan and the entire Lewis family.
I will always remember Aunt Joanne. I will smile when I think of the times I stayed with her while my parents were out of town. I will remember the special way she said my name and her funny banter as she drove me and my science project to St Louis when I was selected to compete in the regional science fair.
I will remember the kindness she showed my mother after my father's death. And I will remember her as 'one tough' lady with a strong will and strong opinions, the beloved sister of my father, Charles, and a woman who always kept things lively.
Mary June Madsen