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Joan Raridon

February 11, 1931 — December 16, 2019

Joan Raridon

Joan M. Raridon

(nee Parkinson)

Age 88 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 16, 2019 at her home.

Born February 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 December 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, Indiana. Upon her return to Wilmington, Joan drove a school bus for the Wilmington School District, and later worked as a secretary for the Army Procurement Services Agency (APSA). 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; daughter: Linda Raridon-Duke and granddaughter, Kaylin Duke, both 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, December 19, 2019 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow on Friday morning, December 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m in the funeral home. Burial will be 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, Illinois 60481, or to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 South Main Street, Wilmington, Illinois 60481.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Joan’s memorial page by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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