Joan Raridon

WILMINGTON—Joan M. Raridon (nee Parkinson), 88, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at her home.
Born Feb. 11, 1931 in Chicago, Joan Marie was a daughter of John and Lucille (nee Bertino) Parkinson. She was raised and educated in Wilmington, and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1949. On Dec. 27, 1950, Joan married Dell Raridon in the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington.
She began her employment with the parts department of Hymes Plumbing, and then gained employment as a payroll clerk while Dell was stationed in Atterbury, IN. Upon her return to Wilmington, Joan worked as a school bus driver for the Wilmington School District, and for the Army Procurement Services Agency. She was most recently employed as a library assistant at Wilmington High School, from where she retired.
Joan was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, where she served as a Deacon and Elder, and was involved in the choir. She was proud to be the first honored Queen of Jacob’s Daughters in Wilmington, and was one of the pioneer organizers of the School Breakfast Program for the Wilmington School District.
Joan was very active in the community, and would often donate her time by volunteering at Kuzma Care Cottage. She was a very active person who enjoyed spending her time outdoors, especially at the Wilmington Recreation Club. Joan also enjoyed boating and motorcycling. She will be remembered for her pristine organizational skills and her love of spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Dell Raridon; her daughter, Linda Raridon-Duke, of Channahon; one granddaughter, Kaylin Duke, of Channahon; one sister, Jean (the late Harold) Stainbrook, of Wilmington and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Craig Raridon.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington from 3-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the services in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Joan’s memory to: Wilmington School District 209-U Foundation for Excellence, 209 Wildcat Court, Wilmington, IL 60481, or Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Joan’s memorial page by logging onto www.BaskervilleFuneral..
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.