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Joan Marie Nee

May 24, 2021 | 15 comments

Joan Marie Nee, age 70,  passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021, from cancer, at the home of a dear friend surrounded by family.

She was born Oct 24, 1950 in Appleton, WI to Allen and Arlene Kline (Kahler). She was a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison in Occupational Therapy. She married Patrick Nee in 1975 and they raised two sons. She worked more than forty years as a therapist in the greater La Crosse area. She was an accomplished watercolor artist who taught classes, workshops and retreats with her artist friend Pam Lee. She painted artwork for the Newman Center and was still painting up to her final days.

She enjoyed biking, hiking, canoeing, camping and ballroom dancing. She loved to organize outings, picnics, parties and events for family and friends.

Joan is survived by her loving husband Patrick, their children Brendan (Amanda) and Devin and their grandson Gus. She is also survived by her sister Darlene (Paul) Given, her brother Richard Kline, her brother Ted (Robin) Kline, one nephew and four nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents Allen and Arlene Kline.



  1. Joan Wolf

    So sorry for your loss Patrick. May she Rest In Peace. I am hoping that you will be comforted by family and friends as you continue your journey without Joanie.

  2. Rita and Rod Erlandson

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. While it’s been a few years, I have fond memories of working together and later seeing her beautiful paintings. You are in our thoughts.

  3. Gayda Hollnagel

    So sorry for your loss. Joanie will be missed by many. I enjoyed painting with her this past year via Zoom as did all of our class with Pam. Joanie always did such beautiful paintings and had such unique style. I admired her upbeat spirit as she struggled with treatments. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gayda Hollnagel

  4. Chrisanne M McGraw

    Dear Patrick and family…I knew you and Joan from years at Newman Center and am saddened to hear of Joan’s death. So very sorry…may she rest in peace, and may you all find comfort.

  5. Jeannie Nylander

    Dear Patrick and family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joanie, she was a wonderful friend and beautiful artist. May God help you through this challenging time, she will be Truly missed. Our prayers will always be with you
    With Sorrowful Hearts
    Jeannie and Jeff Nylander

  6. Diane Cunningham

    I worked with Joanie years ago as an OTR. I always remembered her love of nature and helping people. Prayers for your family.

  7. Jerry and Kristi Nelson

    What a heart-wrenching time for all of us! We loved Joan for her faith, friendship and fun! She will truly be missed in our lives!

  8. Whitney A Cox

    Dear Nee Family, we were so sorry to see Joan’s obituary today. We have lost touch with you, but will always remember the fun times we had in Wedgewood Terrace and other spontaneous outings along the way, not to mention your Christmas Caroling surprises and chili eating. We can only imagine what you and Joan have endured regarding her cancer battle. We have remembered you in our prayers already tonight and will continue. We send our love…Bill, Whitney and Family.

  9. Michael Nee

    Patrick, Brendan and Devin,

    So sorry to hear about Joan. I am so glad to have been able to get to know her (and you all) in the last few years.

    Michael H. Nee

  10. Betsy Gerdes

    I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with Joan at St. Francis in the early 1990’s. I so appreciated her encouraging attitude, her sense of humor and her creativity. You are all in my prayers.

  11. Karen Acker

    I am sorry to learn Joan has died. I enjoyed seeing her art at the Pump House and hearing about her painting pursuits. She’s gone too soon and will be missed by many.
    With sympathy,
    Karen Acker

  12. Michelle Goldsmith

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was my clinical level
    II – supervisor at Cesa 4, 23 years ago. I still incorporate the things she tought me when working with pediatric patients. She made such a positive impact on not only her students, but helped shape my career as well. Prayers to her family.

  13. Mike & Phyllis Martino

    Pat and family, we are sorry for your loss and and the loss to the arts community. We enjoyed knowing Joan through the La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts and the Roncalli Newman Parish. You are in our prayers.

  14. Cletus F Wolfe

    Pat, you and your family are in our prayers. I cannot imagine how it feels to loose half of yourself. She is in the Lords hands now and is happy and in no pain. Remember the good times and enjoy the rest of your family. When the Lord says come, we do not argue. It is so great to have FAITH.

  15. Kathleen Hench

    Dear Patrick, Tom and I were sad to hear yesterday at Mass that Joan is no longer with us. We remembered seeing you at Newman after your return from being on the road and admired your adventurousness but were sorry to hear of Joan’s sickness then. May the many fond memories of the good times you had together console you as you and your sons grieve in the days and months ahead. We will keep you all in our prayers, Kathleen and Tom.


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