Joan Marie Garrison
Joan Marie Garrison, nee Wichman, 93, died suddenly to continue with God on July 23, 2012. Joan was born Feb. 27, 1919 in Chicago, a child of Frank and Elsie Wichman. Growing up in Highland Park, IL, Joan showed her early talents in music and athletics, enjoying active sports, piano lessons (but not recitals), and playing harp in High School concert band and orchestra. At Oberlin College, she pursued her love of sports, graduating with a major in Physical Education in 1941. She was a respected and successful teacher at Geneva College, Indiana University, Westminster College, Washington University and Central Institute for the Deaf. Throughout her career, she loved teacher training. She also enjoyed teaching and coaching many sports.
At CID she found the challenge of teaching physical education to those who couldn’t hear a whistle absorbing and demanding. She loved seeing the students keying closely to visual clues and enjoying activities as diverse as basketball or dancing. She was a consummate fisherwoman, square/tap/swing dancer and harpist. Joan was the beloved wife of Thomas Stinchcomb and the late William Garrison, and dear mother of the late Kenneth Garrison. She was devoted to her sister the late Miriam Humble and to her brother, the late Dick Wichman. She was a deeply dedicated “Aunt Jo” to Anne Irons, John Wichman, James Humble, Carol Johnson and their families, and loving stepmother of James, William, David and Dan Stinchcomb and their families. Joan was a true friend and teacher to many; she will be sorely missed.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Joan’s life will be held on August 18 at The Kenwood of Lakeview, 3121 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO or Edgewater Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL. Info: 773-561-5147 or www.nelsonfunerals.com.