Mrs. Joan M. Husak, 82, of Huntley, passed away on December 29, 2018.

Joan was born in Chicago and resided in several suburbs including Palos Park, Wilmette, and Elmhurst.

After receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from Drake University (Des Moines, IA), Joan enjoyed a long and rewarding career teaching in the Palos Park School District 118. A life-long learner, she was awarded a Master in Education (DePaul University) in 1990, with a focus on science and outdoor education.

Joan was an accomplished musician, playing French horn with community symphonies, concert bands and ensembles. She generously provided piano accompaniment to many young musicians in competitions and concerts.

Joan was an active participant in her church, serving many terms as clerk, executive team member, pianist, Sunday School teacher and nursery committee chairwoman.

Joan was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, David A. Husak.

She is survived by her sister, Francine Moore, children Michael Wall, Leslie (Paul) Grant, JeanAnn (Dan) Nichols, Steve (Belinda) Husak. “Grandma” will be missed by her ten grandchildren who were a source of great joy in her life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

To continue Joan’s legacy of support for music students, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan Husak can be made to the Palos District 118 Education Foundation or Huntley High School Band Boosters.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation,
To make a donation online please click here, or go to, select Education Foundation, Giving Tuesday, and note “In memory of Joan Husak” under “Organization Name” in the donor form.
Or mail your donation to
Palos Education Foundation
District 118 Central Administration Building
8800 W. 119th St.
Palos Park, IL 60464

Huntley High School Band Boosters
To make a donation online please click here or go to and click the “donate” button in the middle of the page. Please add a “Note” that you are making a donation in memory of Joan Husak.
Donations are also welcome via mail:
Huntley High School Band Boosters
P.O. Box 504
Huntley, IL 60142-0504