Joan F. Shurtleff

Industrial designer

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Joan F. Shurtleff (nee Fagerburg), of Brookfield and formerly of Riverside, died on March 7, 2020. 

Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Ruby and Rudy Fagerburg, the family moved to Riverside when she was a young child. Ms. Shurtleff attended Riverside-Brookfield High School and, with a talent and love for art, she received a degree in industrial design from the University of Illinois in 1950. 

She met her husband, John, there, and they married in 1953. Ms. Shurtleff worked for Waltman and Associates for about a decade as one of the few professional women in industrial design. 

When she and John bought a home in Riverside, she became a full-time mom, raising her kids with love, ingenuity, poetry and art. She lived a full life with love and generosity for all.

Ms. Shurtleff was the wife of the late John Howard; the mother of Karin (Robert) Crain and Robert Scot Shurtleff; the grandmother of Michael (Shannon), Matthew, Margaret, Nathan, and Lorelei Crain; and the great-grandmother of Connor Crain.  

Visitation is on Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11:30 a.m., at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington Street, Riverside.

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