Joann M. Moles nee Miller, age 98, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 30, 2020. Born on Feb. 25, 1922, she earned a master’s degree in Entomology at the University of Illinois, including the honor of having a species of corn-borer, which she identified, named after her. She then went on to complete her medical training at the University of Illinois, followed by obstetrics and gynecology training at Harper Hospital in Detroit and finally entered clinical practice at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. She was a longtime volunteer at numerous organizations, including decades of service for the Infant Welfare Society. Having been stationed in Morocco with her husband as he served in the Air Force in Rabat during the Korean War, the couple continued to travel the world with their family, including extensive excursions across the American heartlands as well as southern and central Africa, Asia and South America. 

An engaging conversationalist, avid bridge player, and talented gardener, she sustained cultivars passed down to her from her mother.

Joann was the wife of the late Joseph B. Moles; the mother of Pamela (James) Mulshine, Richard (Heidi), Nancy (Thomas) McGarry, and Betsy (Jay) Tharp; the grandmother of Christine, Michael, Laura (Wilson Karalus) and Eric Mulshine, Joseph (Abigail) and Heather (Mitchell) Riederer, John McGarry, and Matthew (Lauren), Emily and Ellen Tharp; the great-grandmother of Otto James Karalus, Rowan and Willow Moles, Taylor and Jillian Riederer; and the sister of Richard (the late Helen) Miller.

Private interment took place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. A public memorial will be held later. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army ( are appreciated.

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