Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf
April 8, 1949 - June 1, 2018
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Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf (Mikulic) age 69 of Appleton, passed Friday, June 1, 2018 at Froederdt Hospital in Milwaukee, following a very long illness. Joanne was born in Milwaukee on April 8, 1949, daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Heicher) Kluessendorf. On April 11, 1968, she married Don Mikulic, had a son, Scott. Joanne is…

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Rod Norby left a message on May 21, 2019:
I came to know Joanne and her husband Don when they first came to Illinois in the late 1970s – Don to work for the Illinois State Geological Survey and Joanne to continue her interrupted university studies. While completing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, she continued working with Don on the Silurian of Illinois and Wisconsin. It was in this context that I provided some biostratigraphic assistance for Don and Joanne’s research on the Silurian. I have some very fond memories of working with Joanne and Don in the field. Joanne, with her strong sedimentological background, often provided different viewpoints on the deposition of various rock units which led to some spirited discussions. Joanne was very dedicated in her research and was determined to try and understand all aspects of the geology of the Silurian. Joanne had many geologic strengths that complemented Don’s strengths and these led to their many accomplishments on understanding Silurian geology.
From early on, I believe that Joanne saw the study of geology and paleontology as a given in life – this is what she was meant to do. I don’t think that she ever wanted, or even thought about, any other sort of vocation.
It has never been easy for a woman to make her way in a man’s world, but Joanne showed that she had the qualifications, diverse knowledge and perspective to successfully manage the Weis Earth Science Museum. Through this opportunity, she had a chance to work with several aspects of geology and prepare exhibits that would make the public more aware of geology and how it affects their everyday life. In all of this, Joanne was a “hands on” kind of person who had a keen eye for detail and knew how to display specimens for the greatest scientific impact, but to also make it fun for everyone. She was able to put people at ease and communicate her love of all things geological.
Joanne successfully conquered most of her personal, physical and scientific problems that she faced throughout her life. I believe we are all unique to many ways, but Joanne was truly one of a kind. She wasn’t confrontational, but she would take a stand whenever the situation called for it.
To the Mikulic and Kluessendorf families, I offer my sincere condolences. Stay strong Don and continue with Joanne's and your combined research.
Markes Johnson left a message on June 20, 2018:
Don, I was so very sorry to learn this news through a posting from the History of Geology Division at GSA. We were, all of us, young lions once upon a time -- when you, Joanne, my ex-wife Martha, and I set off for Gotland, Sweden in 1976. It seemed, then, that we could do anything we set our hearts to. My memories of Joanne from that trip remain very vivid. You were a great team. Joanne certainly accomplished much during her all-to-short life. There is much to be proud of. You are in my thoughts. Markes
James Shea left a message on June 20, 2018:
Don: I am extremely saddened by the passing of your wife, Joanne. She was a marvelous spokesperson for geology and especially Wisconsin geology and I deeply appreciated her work on the Weiss Museum. Len was a good friend. Our thoughts are with you. Jim Shea
Michael L. Sargent left a message on June 16, 2018:
Our world has lost a great friend and contributor to geological understanding.
Rolf Johnson left a message on June 14, 2018:
I am so deeply saddened by this news, and send my sincere condolences to Joanne's family and to Don. Joanne always inspired me, and the wonderful years we worked alongside each other at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and for a short time when I was at the Neville Museum in Green Bay, made me a better museum professional. She will be missed for so many, many reasons. My thoughts are with all of you during this terribly hard time.
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Sharon Cybart left a message on June 14, 2018:
I served on the Board of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums with Joanne for more than ten years, first as we were both board members and later when she was elected President of the Board. I got to know Joanne as we worked on many projects together throughout the years. Joanne was a hard-working advocate for all types of museums and education, and her contributions were impressive. I observed Joanne's many talents, her commitment, and her dedication to advancing the museum field both in Wisconsin and on a national level. My sincere condolences go out to Joanne's family and friends.
Ken Bradbury, State Geologist and Director, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey left a message on June 11, 2018:
Those of us at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey valued our association with Joanne and will miss her very much. She was one of the Survey’s Research Associates and the long-time co-chair of the Survey’s Geological Mapping Advisory Committee, which helps direct our mapping programs, as well as co-author of several of our scientific publications. She was an advocate for our Survey and for geoscience in general, and excelled at earth science education and public engagement, as exemplified by her work at the Weiss Museum. On a personal note, Joanne was always extremely helpful to me both in responding to questions about Wisconsin geology and in providing advice about outreach and engagement. Our thoughts go out to Don, Scott, and her family and friends.
Mark Kleffner left a message on June 11, 2018:
Thank you Don for sharing such a great summary of Joanne's life. I think I first met Joanne when I too was a graduate student, albeit at Ohio State. I have been fortunate enough to work with you and Joanne on research projects on the Silurian, including a week back in 1993 when I helped collect samples from quarries in Waukesha. I had great respect for Joanne as a geologist, and considered her an extraordinary person, even before reading about all of her accomplishments. I will miss having the chance to continue to work with her, but I am glad to read that much of her uncompleted projects will be finished by friends and colleagues. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Mary Anne Holmes, an AWG friend left a message on June 10, 2018:
Joanne was an inspiration! How many women stayed in geology because of Joanne's kind ear and wise counsel? She will be sorely missed.
Kathy left a message on June 10, 2018:
Joanne was a neighbor, always friendly and smiling. She was often seen kneeling on the ground planting and caring for her flowers or sitting on her porch reading with her cat, Dudley, and later on with her caregiver and protector, her beloved son, Scott. No bird or critter in the area went hungry. She once rescued a little white stray cat that had roamed the neighborhood for over a year and had kittens in her back yard, and found it a forever home. No matter what she was doing, she always took the time to say "Hi" and visit with the neighbors and their dogs. Sometimes Scott would say "She's in the house painting," and said she created beautiful artwork. She was a very friendly and neighborly lady.
Tom Evans left a message on June 10, 2018:
My sincere condolences, Don. I have many memories of times spent in the field with you and Joanne, and I know how committed she was to sharing her passion for the rocks and the stories they had to tell. Her passing is a real loss to the geologic community, in general, and especially to those like me who learned so much from her over the years.
Zak Lasemi left a message on June 9, 2018:
Don, I am really sorry for your loss of Joanne. Joanne was a very nice person and well respected professionally; she will be really missed. I express my deepest sympathy to you and the rest of her family.
Joe & Carol (Mikul) Pedigo left a message on June 9, 2018:
Our deepest sympathy cousin Don.
Jim McGovney left a message on June 9, 2018:
Don, old friend, I know JoAnne so much better after reading the story of her remarkable life. Her living monuments are her gifts at and dedication to geological education, thru which she has and will continue to benefit thousands, her myriad good works, and her life example. The privilege was mine to have known her, and to have spent time in the field with you and her at Thornton. Take care of yourself.
Jim McGovney left a message on June 9, 2018:
Don, old friend, I know JoAnne so much better after reading the story of her remarkable life. Her living monuments are her gifts at and dedication to geological education, thru which she has and will continue to benefit thousands, her myriad good works, and her life example. The privilege was mine to have known her, and to have spent time in the field with you and her at Thornton. Take care of yourself.
Jim McGovney left a message on June 9, 2018:
Don, old friend, I know JoAnne so much better after reading the story of her remarkable life. Her living monuments are her gifts at and dedication to geological education, thru which she has and will continue to benefit thousands, her myriad good works, and her life example. The privilege was mine to have known her, and to have spent time in the field with you and her at Thornton. Take care of yourself. Jim McGovney
Sarah B left a message on June 9, 2018:
JoAnne was a fantastic mentor and all around amazing to work for. All the hugs and loves!
Jim McGovney left a message on June 9, 2018:
Don, old friend, I know JoAnne so much better after reading the story of her remarkable life. Her living monuments are her gifts at and dedication to geological education, thru which she has and will continue to benefit thousands, her myriad good works, and her life example. The privilege was mine to have known her, and to have spent time in the field with you and her at Thornton. Take care of yourself.
Jim Farlow left a message on June 8, 2018:
I met Joanne and Don many years ago, on a Silurian reef field trip of the Geological Society of America led by them, Bob Shaver, and Jack Sunderman. We immediately hit it off. From then on, I looked forward to seeing Joanne and Don at annual meetings of the North-Central Section of GSA. I always enjoyed being around Joanne. She had a quick wit and a sparkling personality, and any conversation with her was repeatedly punctuated with laughter. From a professional standpoint, I greatly valued the knowledge Joanne and Don generously shared about the stratigraphy and paleontology of the midwestern US. Joanne was a treasure to the geological community, and Don remains one. I will greatly miss Joanne. I will never be able to see a fossil reef without fondly remembering her as a great colleague and a good friend.
Patty Lipka left a message on June 8, 2018:
My deepest sympathy...Joanne was a colleague and a mentor in the museum field. May her memory be eternal. She will be missed, but her knowledge she shared with others will go on. She was a marvelous teacher. Patty Lipka Micanopy Florida
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David Sivill left a message on June 8, 2018:
Don: I am personally sadden by your loss. As well as anyone who had the honor of knowing Joanne. Her wit and wisdom was always welcome and appreciated during the many years I have known her. I am blessed to have had her as a friend.
Dave Mickelson left a message on June 8, 2018:
Dear Don- I was sorry to hear about your loss of Joanne. You have both been great contributors to our knowledge of Wisconsin geology over the years. Her efforts on behalf of the museum are greatly appreciated and will be remembered. It was a pleasure knowing her!
Carol McCartney left a message on June 8, 2018:
Joanne was a long-time friend of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and a leader on our Map Advisory Committee. She shared her time and expertise with us unsparingly. Both were deeply appreciated and she will be greatly missed. Please accept our condolences to her family and to the rest of her colleagues.
Nancy Mathews left a message on June 8, 2018:
I had the pleasure to work with Joanne on the Wisconsin Federation of Museums Board. I'm so shocked to learn of her passing. What a passion she had for her Museum, earth sciences and teaching! She will leave a major hole in the Fox Valley community, the Weiss Museum and the Wisconsin museums community in general.
Brenda Winkler left a message on June 8, 2018:
My condolences to Joanne's family and friends. I will miss her and the stories she shared. She always had a smile....I'll miss that the most.
John Luczaj left a message on June 8, 2018:
I'm so sorry to hear about Joanne's passing. My deepest sympathy to Don and Scott and other members of her family and her friends. I wonder if she's exploring and looking for fossils on the Niagara Escarpment right now. Her professional contributions will be remembered for a long, long time. She will be missed!!
Steve LoDuca left a message on June 7, 2018:
I knew Joanne long before I became a geology professor and she was always quick to lend a hand along the way. She will be profoundly missed. My condolences to Don and Scott.
Beth Johnson left a message on June 7, 2018:
Joanne has been and always will be my friend.
Dale and Kathy Peterson left a message on June 7, 2018:
Scott--In your time of sadness remember your mom and memories will always be carried in your heart.
Kathy Sylvester left a message on June 7, 2018:
Joanne was an amazing woman, and I am so glad our paths crossed, if only for a short time. She was a wonderful scientist who loved sharing her knowledge and experience, and I feel honored to call her a friend. She will be missed greatly.
Kyler and Melissa Arndt left a message on June 6, 2018:
We are so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful woman. She is one of the reasons why our home is being overrun with rocks and minerals! We regret that we will be traveling and cannot attend her celebration of life. We will be thinking of Joanne and all she would've taught us, while we hike in the Badlands and the Rocky Mountains.
Jan Smith left a message on June 5, 2018:
My most sincere condolences go to Joanne's family and close associates. While I served on the Wisconsin Federation of Museum Board with Joanne and as a fellow museum colleague in the Fox Valley, I knew Joanne as always a passionate leader and advocate for museums, the purpose, and the value they present to society. She worked tirelessly to ensure the continuation of a statewide organization that fulfilled that place. Her passion, work ethic and enthusiasm will me missed.
Chris and Lauri Gass left a message on June 5, 2018:
Don: I can’t imagine your feelings of loss. Joanne was always there for you. She will be missed by so many others too—especially those who she helped to understand and appreciate the world around us. For that and all she did to preserve what so many of us value, the world is a better place. Stay strong.
Greg Vadney left a message on June 5, 2018:
I served on the Wisconsin Federation of Museums board, for which Joanne was President. She was a hard working, enthusiastic advocate for museums and clearly loved her Weis Earth Science Museum. To those closest to her, my sincere prayers and deepest condolences.
Sarah Kapellusch left a message on June 5, 2018:
I served with Joanne on the Wisconsin Federation of Museums board for 6 years. Her passion and dedication to the museum profession was unparalleled and she will be deeply missed. My condolences and prayers to her loved ones.
Carmel Schramm left a message on June 4, 2018:
Joanne's passion for life was catching. The strong desire to share her knowledge of geology, minerals and fossils with the young and old was always evident. I am thankful she was a part of my life.
Linda Hiltabrand left a message on June 4, 2018:
Don, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Joanne will be deeply missed. I enjoyed her smile, sense of humor, and patient way of sharing her knowledge.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
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