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Joan H Fogelson

June 29, 1931 ~ July 15, 2018 (age 87)

Joan Helena Fogelson (nee Schmies) of Viroqua, and formerly of Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, passed away Sunday, July 15th at Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was 87 years old.  Joan was born on June 29th, 1931 at Woman’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan to John and Magdalena Schmies (nee Mushna). She grew up in the Lake View area of Chicago, graduated from Lake View High School in 1949, and attended the University of New Mexico until 1951. She married John Fogelson, also of Chicago, on September 7th, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts. They then moved to New York City where they had two children, eventually settling in Chicago and Evanston. Joan and John spent their final years in Viroqua, WI.

An avid movie buff in her youth, Joan was a truly warm, caring, loving person and mother, who loved to folk dance, cook German and Hungarian dishes, and laugh as often as is humanly possible. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her adoring husband, John. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Fogelson of Kenosha, and her son Adam Fogelson (Leigh Anders) of Viroqua, her grandsons Zach and Matthew Fogelson, as well as her former co-workers at Peggy Robinson Designs, and her lifelong pal, Doris Snyers of Ames, Iowa.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, July 20th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. A Memorial Visitation and Burial will take place on Wednesday, July 25th at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Joan will be laid to rest with her husband on the same day. Online condolences may be left for the family at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (, and/or the Southern Poverty Law Center ( The family would like to thank the staff of Bethel Home and Bland-Bekkedal Hospice Team for their wonderful care.

The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family.

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