Joan McGavick, 85
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 5:17pm admin
Joan McGavick, 85
Mar. 5 1934 -- Jan. 4, 2020
IDAHO - Joan Ryan McGavick, age 85 of Hayden, Idaho, passed away on Jan. 4, 2020 at Honeysuckle Assisted Living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 13 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’ Alene.
Joan was born in Fremont Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa on Mar. 5, 1934 to Joseph ‘Gerald’ and Minnie (Broghammer) Ryan. She attended Cold Water Country School for a year and a half before moving to Ridgeway with her family in 1942. She graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class in 1951.
Following graduation, jobs took her from Decorah, to North Dakota, Wyoming and then Yakima, Wash. It was there that she joined the Sisters of Providence. She left the order in 1963 and by then was living in Anchorage, Ala. She worked for the Alaska Native Health Service for 22 years.
Joan married Leo McGavick on Jan. 17, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev. She retired in July 1987, but she and Leo continued with a home tax business and the management of many rental units. They moved into their new home in Hayden, Idaho in 1993.
Joan is survived by her stepdaughter, Sharon McGavick; stepson, John McGavick; stepgranddaughter, Doris Bell; siblings Anna Myers, Ridgeway; Tom (Elsie) Ryan, Cresco; Gerry Sorenson, Decorah; and Dean (Marcie) Ryan, Cresco; sisters-in-law, Ellen Ryan; Tish (Dr. Hugh) Toomey; brother-in-law, Virgil (Joan) Henry and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo McGavick; her parents, Gerald and Minnie (Broghammer) Ryan; siblings, Paul (Evelyn) Ryan; Mary Henry; Phil Ryan and Robert Ryan; brothers-in-law, Gene Myers and Lester Sorenson; sister-in-law, Rosalie (Jim) Hopper; niece, Diana Bruening; great niece, Jennifer Zweibohmer; and great nephew, Nicholas Sorenson.