Joanne Henry passed away peacefully at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, on Friday, July 8, with family at her side. She was 58 years old.
Joanne was born on Nov. 14,1946, in LaSalle, Ill., and was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School. She held a bachelor’s degree in business education from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado.Over the years, Joanne enjoyed hiking with family and friends, quilting with the Quilters’ Guild of Glenwood Springs, skiing with her husband Pat and reading. As a teacher for 22 years, Joanne inspired children throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to learn and be true to themselves. In 2003, Joanne retired from teaching at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek.
Joanne is survived by her husband, Patrick Henry, of Carbondale; her son, Greg Henry, of Lakewood; her daughter, Allison Brenzikofer and son-in-law Chad Brenzikofer of Littleton; her sister, Eloise “Dolly” Nekrosius of LaSalle, Ill.; her father, Thomas V. Ciesielski, of LaSalle, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joanne was also expecting her first grandchild in September. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Ciesielski.A visitation was held at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs yesterday. A memorial service is being held at the Church of Carbondale today at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aspen Community School in Joanne’s name.
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