Joan Theresa “Joanie” Ward (nee Zidek), 55, of formerly of Riverside, Westchester and Muskego, Wisconsin, died Nov. 23, 2014 surrounded by family at her home in New Port Richey, Florida after a long battle with cancer.

Born June 23, 1959, Ms. Ward was raised in Riverside. Ms. Ward had a strong affinity for horses, which gave her purpose and peace. She loved to spend her time boating, swimming and enjoying the water. She never passed up an opportunity to take a road trip with her Harley friends, and she always loved to spend fun times with all her friends and family, creating many loving memories for all who touched her life.

Ms. Ward was the wife of Jeffrey Scott Ward, of Cicero; the mother of Nicole Elizabeth Ward of Greendale, Wisconsin; the daughter of Barbara Ann (nee Young) and Charles Edward Zidek; the sister of Mary (Kurt) Heinrich, Michael (Susan) Zidek, Thomas Zidek, Stephen (Susan) Zidek, Timothy (Mary) Zidek and Charles (Kathleen) Zidek; and an aunt to 13 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St. in Riverside. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Riverside.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Florida, 33760.