JoAnn S. Powers
JoAnn Scragg Powers, 85, of Campton Hills, Ill., passed away Aug. 31, 2019.
JoAnn was born on Jan. 24, 1934, in Sharon, to the late Thomas and Elizabeth Scragg.
JoAnn received her undergraduate degree from Seton Hill College, Greensburg, where she was awarded a fellowship to the University of Illinois in bio-chemistry. This is where she met her future husband.
Following graduation, JoAnn took a position with the University's Diary Science Department. Marriage took the young family to the Chicago area, where she worked at Billings Hospital in cancer research.
As their family grew, JoAnn spent more than 25 years deeply involved helping build the aquatic department at the Elmhurst YMCA.
Although always an avid reader, she had many other special interests, including: attending the Lyric Opera, playing tennis, backpacking, swimming, and ballroom dance. Her most cherished memories were of her extensive domestic and international travels with family and friends.
JoAnn will always be remembered as one of the kindest and most empathic women who has come into our lives.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James J. Powers; their six children: Frank, James, Robert, Lisa (Blizinski), Thomas, and Matthew; and 14 grandchildren.
JoAnn S., 85, of Campton Hills, Ill.
Memorial visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday (9-12-19) at YURS FUNERAL HOME, St. Charles, Ill.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Friday (9-13-19) at St. Patrick Church, 400 Cedar St., St. Charles.
For further information please call the funeral home at 630-584-0060 or
Published on September 9, 2019


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