Obituary: Joan Ellen Golomski

Joan Ellen Golomski of Algoma, WI died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Monday morning, June 12th, 2023.

Joan was born on July 21st, 1931, in Neenah, WI to Oscar and Frances (McNulty) Hagen.  She attended Neenah High School, and as a teenager she and her brother Kurt were accomplished sailors with the Neenah Nodaway Yacht Club.   After graduating she went on to earn her BA degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She worked briefly for Carnation Milk and Kimberly Clark and as a teacher before marrying William A. “Bill” Golomski in 1960 in Milwaukee.  They moved to Wilmette, Illinois and had two children, Gretchen and William.  In later years, they moved to Algoma, WI where Joan found great joy in St. Agnes by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, the Peninsula Planters Garden Club, and the Algoma Library Friends, where she was recognized for outstanding service.  Her passion was gardening, and she spent many hours happily tending her extensive flower garden.  She loved reading cozy mysteries and volunteered at the Algoma Book Corner. 

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Bill.  Joan is survived by her daughter, Gretchen O’Connell and son, William A. Golomski, Jr., 4 grandchildren, William Z. Wilson, Robert T. Wilson, Eagan Golomski, Daisy Golomski and brother, Kurt Hagen.  The family will maintain the residence in Algoma.

 Schinderle Funeral Home in Algoma is assisting the family.  A Visitation will be held at St. Agnes by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, 806 Fourth Street, Algoma, WI on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM.  Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Agnes by-the-Lake Episcopal Church or the Algoma Library Friends. 

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