JoAnn was born in Denver, CO to Joe and Hannah Reynolds on September 8, 1943. She was the oldest of two daughters. JoAnn married the love of her life Kenny Mendenhall. After Kenny passed away on August of 1999, JoAnn was lucky to find love once again. She married Frank Walczak on February 2, 2002. She was once again widowed on April 12, 2013. JoAnn began focusing her life on being the main support of her mother Hannah Reynolds and her sister Judy Reynolds. At this point the three were inseparable.
JoAnn lived and worked her entire adult life in Brighton, CO. In 1964, she started working for the Adams County Government and retired in March of 2002 as the Executive Director of retirement planning with 38 years of service. JoAnn lived at the same address on Central Ave. for over 50 years while having a house in Florida to relax for retirement. JoAnn wasn’t someone that was shy about attempting new things. She loved being on the water boating at Sterling, Boyd, and Jackson Lake. JoAnn was a member of Empire Reservoir. Activities JoAnn enjoyed were fishing, volleyball, softball and bowling in the leagues at Lucky Lanes for years. She also enjoyed riding snow mobiles in the dead of winter with all of her friends. JoAnn also participated in a Corvette Club and taking Bronco bus rides up to Central City.
JoAnn devoted countless hours with and for the Brighton Elks Lodge 1586. She was a pioneer in that she was the first female member and first woman Exhaulted Ruler in Brighton while she laid the groundwork for many women to follow in the Brighton Lodge.
JoAnn is survived by her sister Judy Reynolds. JoAnn was never blessed with any children but Jeff and Brad Ratliff always took great pride in knowing and loving that they had a second mom. JoAnn always spoke to Jeff and Brad as her own kids and trusted them with the responsibility to see her wishes be fulfilled till the very end. JoAnn is proceeded in death by Kenny Mendenhall (First Husband), Frank Walczak (Second Husband), and by bother her mother and father, Joe and Hannah Reynolds.
*Family and Friends of JoAnn, please take into consideration that her services are a private affair and that both of the locations her services are taking place at, only allow 50 people inside their facilities at a time. This is a Colorado, state ordinance due to COVID-19, we respectfully apologize for the inconvenience.*
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