Ireland, 83, of Rancho Bernardo, CA, left earth peacefully on Monday October
20, 2014, at home, with her husband holding her hand. She was born March 10,
1931, in Chicago, IL, to Raymond S. and Florence (Hemingway) Pruitt.
from the Latin School of Chicago, The Ethel Walker School (Simsbury, CT),
and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
She was an involved
Pi Beta Phi alum and a capable hand in two area bridge clubs. As a young
woman, she participated in charity and social organizations in Gary, IN to
make a difference in her world. As she encountered progressive hearing loss
she became a strong advocate in the hearing loss community, eventually
receiving two cochlear implants. She served as the CA President of Self Help
for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH), now Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA),
and provided leadership and support to local chapters.
Joanie was a
lifelong learner, returning to college in her 50s to study graphic design
(and applying those skills in work settings), adopting all things
technology, taking cooking classes, exploring nature, loving music, and
keeping up with the youthful culture of her grandchildren.
She was a friend to
many, and an inspiration to all. She lived her life with joy and purpose.
Discovering that her life had an end date, Joanie focused on writing
personal notes to those who had touched her life. She traveled back to
Indiana one last time to connect with old friends, welcomed her son David
back to Jamestown, RI, from his solo circumnavigation on the 40-foot sailing
yacht Bodacious Dream, and attended her final HLAA convention in Austin, TX.
Her family was grateful for the gift of time and the ability to help her do
the things she loved.
Joanie and Robert
H. Rearick had four children who survive her: Nancy (Rick) Usrey of Rowlett,
TX; Margery (Scott) Chellberg of Indianapolis, IN; David Rearick and Timothy
Rearick, both of Chesterton, IN, as well as grandchildren Tony (Kimesha),
Danni (Michael), Corin, (Devin) and great-grandchildren Jacob, Nikole,
Cameron, Gabriel, Riley Jo. She moved from Chesterton, IN, to Rancho
Bernardo, CA in 1978.
On April 9, 1994,
Joanie married UM alum Everett B. Ireland and happily made room in her heart
for his children. These are Gail (Bob) Boyle of Santa Monica, CA; Tom (Juli)
Ireland of Lansdowne, VA; and Bill (Ellen) Ireland of Venice, CA; and
grandchildren (Brandon (Hazel), Jordan, Griffin, Sarah (Jeremie), David,
In addition, she is
survived by her sister Barbara Siniscalchi (San Diego, CA), brother Raymond
A. Pruitt (Sparks, NV), and sister-in-law Joan W. Rearick (Chesterton, IN),
as well as five nieces and nephews.
Friends and family
will gather in her honor on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at
Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, 225 S Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. In lieu of
flowers, the family suggests contributions in Joanie’s memory to one of
these organizations: Pi Beta Phi Foundation (Emma Harper Turner Fund), PO
Box 801867, Kansas City, MO, 64180-1867,