Joan Pauls, age 84, of Elgin, passed away on December 8, 2015 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.  She was born on December 10, 1930 to her parents, Victor and Benita Pemberton.

Joan was a lover of all animals, big and small.  She volunteered throughout her life with wildlife rescue centers as a certified wildlife rehabilitator.  She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Joan enjoyed the beauty of flowers, and enjoyed the many flower beds planted by her son, at her beautiful log cabin.  She enjoyed listening to classic Christmas music, cabaret and musicals, and songs by Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli and Michael Bublé.   She was also a strong supporter of many U.S. veterans advocacy organizations.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Pauls, and her son, Michael Volpert.

She is survived by her children, Vicki (Jeff) Ring, Mickey (Terry) McKee, John (Donna) Volpert, Jr., Rusty (Jane) Johnson, Ross Volpert, and Julie Volpert Augello; stepson Chris Pauls; daughter-in-law Marge Volpert; many nieces and nephews; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Interment will be private.  Arrangements are entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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