Joan A. Davis, 86, died on Feb. 15, 2013. Born in Chicago on Sept. 2, 1926, her mother moved the family to Race and Lexington streets in the Austin neighborhood after her father's death in 1928. She attended St. Catherine Parish School and loved ice skating at Stevenson Playground in Oak Park.
A 1945 graduate of Trinity High School in River Forest, she considered a modeling career and spent summers on Mackinac Island. In 1950, she married local shoe merchant, Robert Ragalie, whose family shoe store had been open since 1919 in the first block of Madison Street in Oak Park. She was involved with the Hatch PTA, organizing social events and talent-show fundraisers and was a cub scout Den Mother. She played competitive volleyball for the Oak Park YMCA and supported youth swim teams there.
In 1968, she went to work as a dental assistant/secretary for Dr. Del Rosso in Oak Park and three years later transferred to Drs. Metcalf Ltd. dental office in the Oak Brook Mall where she worked for over 20 years with three generations of Metcalfs.
In 1982, she married her second husband, Robert Davis, of Rolling Meadows, and moved to Arlington Heights. They were members of the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, and she participated in the Women's Golf and Bridge leagues, spending her winters in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Widowed in 1996, she moved to River Forest, spending time helping to care for her grandchildren. She remained a regular swimmer at the Oak Park YMCA and a bridge player. In 2000 she met Col. Jack Conway of Des Plaines at a grandson's youth baseball game and their friendship lasted until her death. They traveled extensively and were stranded on a cruise to Alaska for nine days as a result of the Sept. 11th tragedy. In 2005, she moved to Holley Court Terrace and served there on the Hospitality Committee for the past five years until her recent illness.
Joan Davis is survived by her children, Glenn (Betty), Diane "Dee," and Gregg (Jean); and her grandchildren, Bill (Marina) and Maureen and Bud, Stephen and Joanne. The day before her death, her first great-grandchild, Santino was born. Her greatest joys in life were sharing herself with others and spending time with her family.
Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7600 W. Lake St. in River Forest, with a brief visitation beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice, 1155 Honey Creek Pkwy., Wauwatosa, WI 53213 where she was cared for and spent her final days.
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