Joan Glaus

Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2014, 8:12 pm
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Joan M. Glaus, 78, of Coal Valley, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Avonlea Cottage, Milan, after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Coal Valley, with the Rev. Robert E. Hagen officiating. Burial is at Coal Valley Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a member, or the Quad-Cities Lyme Disease Network.
The former Joan Marie Baraks was born Oct. 21, 1935, in Moline, the daughter of Raymond and Nellie Maas Baraks. She was united in marriage to Keith Glaus on Feb. 17, 1952, in the home of her parents in Coal Valley.
She worked at Oak Glen Home and at the University of Illinois Home Extension Service before deciding to stay at home to raise her children. During that time, and for many years thereafter, she was a devoted babysitter to many children.
In 1987, she contracted lyme disease and suffered with it for the rest of her life. In 1989, she founded the Quad Cities Lyme Disease Support Group. She gave tirelessly of her time and energies to help comfort others suffering with the disease. She continued to lead the group until her retirement in 1996.
Joan loved to cook and bake for her family, enjoyed reading and playing scrabble with her mother, Nellie Fuelling-Baraks. She enjoyed picture matting, crocheting and visiting garage sales on the weekends. She was a member of the Valley Girls, a social group and card club for more than 50 years.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 62 years, Keith Glaus, Coal Valley; children, Debra (Gerald) Stahr, Coal Valley, Sandra Glaus-Wall, Vero Beach, Fla., Daniel Glaus, Davenport, and Rachel Glaus-Polak (Tom Polak), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; grandchildren, Andrew (Jennifer) Stahr, Nichol (Chuck) Ashmore, Bobby (Kim) Wall, Chantel (Andrew) Valente, Ryan Wall, Henry Glaus and Hannah, Luke, Sarah and Mary Polak; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Nancy (Roger) Smart, East Moline, Fred (Janice) Baraks, Warsaw, Mo., and David (Georgia) Baraks, Coal Valley; and many nieces and nephews.
Visit Joan's personal tribute page at to share stories and condolences, send flowers and light a free candle in her memory.


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