Joann E. Bruce Montgomery, 84, of Oak Park, died on Aug. 20, 2013. Born on April 11, 1929 in Battle Creek, Mich., she was the daughter of Walter E. and Caroline Edna Bruce. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., and went on to attend the St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing (now part of Rush) in Chicago. Mrs. Montgomery subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Illinois Champaign and then continued her career at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She was always very proud of her training as a St. Luke's nurse.
She subsequently traveled to Boston, where she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years. During that time she served as the head nurse in charge of Mass General's Polio Care Unit during the nation's last major polio epidemic in the mid-1950s. Upon returning to Illinois, she met her future husband, a young medical student named Clark Montgomery, while working at the medical campus on Chicago's near West Side.
They were married in 1958 and moved to Oak Park in 1964, where they raised three children. Mrs. Montgomery was active for many years with the West Suburban Medical Center Women's Auxiliary, Chicago Commons, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed sailing, skiing, tennis, and gardening. Her greatest joy was her role as a grandmother.
She leaves behind two sons, Bruce (Xu) and Craig; a daughter, Susan; a grandson, Eric Montgomery; a sister, Carolyn (the late Jerry) Skiver; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark A. Montgomery, one sister, and two brothers.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joann's name to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by calling 312-294-3100, or online at www.cso.org/give.