Joan M. Idzik
Joan M. (Fitz) Idzik,
88, of Fond du Lac, Wis. and Tequesta, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday,
August 30, 2019 at Grancare Nursing Center in Fond du Lac. She was born in
Milwaukee, Wis. on Thursday, February 26, 1931 to Roland and Ruth (Vandabogart)
Fitz. Joan was a proud graduate of Washington High School and attended the
University of Wisconsin – Madison. On Saturday, July 25, 1953, Joan married
Donald “Don” Idzik in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on Friday, November
In 1963, Joan and
Don moved to Fond du Lac. Beginning in 1963, Joan assisted her husband in
developing Grancare Nursing Center, of which she was the Administrator for until
1976, as well as Grand Park Medical/Dental Center, both located in Fond du Lac.
In 1965, the second Grancare Nursing Center was built in Green Bay, Wis. Later,
in 1982, the Idzik’s completed a medical center in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Beginning in 1978,
Joan and Don spent their winters in Tequesta, moving there permanently in 2009.
In September of 2015, they moved home to Fond du Lac to reside at GranPark
Terrace Apartments, associated with Grancare Nursing Center.
Joan was a member of
Job’s Daughters International (JDI) and enjoyed tennis, golf and snow skiing.
From 1984 to 1987, she was Chairman of the Convention Committee for the
Wisconsin Association of Nursing Homes. Joan served as president for the Ladies
Golf Association, South Hills Golf and Country Club in Fond du Lac, Hobe Sound
Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., and the “Nine Holers” at Tequesta Country Club
Joan was an
incredible mother to her daughter, Cindy Idzik – Barber of Tequesta and her
son, Mark Idzik of Fond du Lac. Forever a loving and generous grandmother,
“Mimi” is further survived by her three grandchildren, Chad W. Barber of Port
St. Lucie, Fla., Tess A. Barber of Lake Park Beach, Fla. and Alicia Idzik –
Heifetz of Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband;
sister, Joyce Drudik; and nephews, John and James Schwartzburg.
of humor will be greatly missed by all “Taa Taa”!
are pending and will be announced the week of September 9th.
information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com