It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joanne (Champeau) Taddy in Minneapolis, Minnesota aDer a long and courageous baFle with cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones and passed away on January 9, 2022, at the age of 78.
Joanne was born in Milwaukee in 1943 to Oliver and Jane (Vanic) Champeau and grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She attended Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where she earned her degree as a registered nurse.
Joanne was a loving wife and mother. For nearly 30 years she served as a dedicated military wife to her husband Peter A. Taddy, stationed in various locations including Heidelberg, Germany. She was a compassionate OB nurse at St. Mary’s hospital in Milwaukee for 10 years, often working the night shift while raising a young family. Years later she trained medical assistants in Marshfield, Wisconsin to enter the health profession. She has worn many other professional hats over the years, including instructor, real estate agent, and interior designer.
Joanne is remembered as a gracious host, a mother figure to many, and dedicated community leader and volunteer. In addition to her dedication to family, she served on many community boards, most recently as the President of the Howard Young Medical Auxiliary, in Minocqua, Wisconsin. As a tireless volunteer, she helped raise scholarship funds for college-bound youth, provide compassionate care for those who lost loved ones, and resettle refugee families from Southeast Asia. She was a member of P.E.O. (Marshfield and Minocqua, Wisconsin chapters).
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Peter A. Taddy, and her four children, ColeFe Hart (Denis), Sonia Taddy-Sandino (Manuel), Peter J. Taddy (Julie), and Christine Bloom (Erik) as well as nine grandchildren: Ethan Taddy, TrisUn Hart, Jack Taddy, Isabel Hart, Lucca Sandino, Alexandra Bloom, Sawyer Taddy, Sam Taddy, and Andersyn Bloom. She is survived by her brother, Oliver Champeau and sister, Carol Hoffman. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, David Champeau.
A Mass will be held in her honor at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Friday, March 11th in Medina, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 10am and mass will begin at 11am. Live video stream of the service for family and friends who are unable to attend in person is being reviewed. She will be laid to rest following the service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to the donor’s choice. She will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her.