Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Joan “Tippy” Williams Passes Away

Joan Mary (Steiner) Williams was born March 15, 1937 in Wisconsin Rapids WI to Marie and Edwin Steiner; she was the youngest of five children. She was known to most as “Tippy”. She married Howard Williams April 19, 1958, moved to Hancock WI, and soon after started a family.

She lived all of her adult life on the farm. She loved gardening. Many of her stories were of working with her kids and parents in the fields and gardens. She worked hard to manage the family farm and even won Potato Industry Woman of the year in 2008.

She loved her grandchildren and was very proud of all of them. She bragged about how good they all were and enjoyed watching them in all their accomplishments. She was always willing to give them a hand up and a kind word.

In her early years, she loved to travel with both Howard and her friends. She traveled through Europe and the U.S. and loved to catch entertaining shows anywhere she could. She had a love for sports, whether watching them on TV or catching a game at the ballpark.

Tippy was incredibly generous to anyone in need, and she will be missed by many. She passed peacefully at her home on October 17th with her family around her. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to Hancock Community Center would be appreciated.

Preceded in death by: her husband Howard Williams, parents Marie and Edwin Steiner, sisters Joyce Vidal and Audrey Yanke, brother Jerome Steiner, son Lawrence Williams, son-in-law John Nelson, and special friends Shirley and Gerald Wittenberg, Romona Steiner and Donna Janicki.

Survived by: Sister Arlene (Thomas) O’Day, Children Lori (Richard) Beggs, Randy (Emma) Williams, Christy Nelson, and Daughter-in-law Rita Williams. Grandchildren Chad (Nicole) Williams, Casey Olson, Jami West, Lacee (Christopher) Griffin, Ashley (Bobby) Sanborn, and Tauren Beggs. Ten great grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews, special friends Lewis & Michelle Holmes, Mary Ann Muehe, and Karen Giese.

Donations may be made to:
Hancock Community Center
Hancock WI 54943

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