Joan Marie Statz

May 12, 1933 - March 09, 2023


Obituary For Joan Marie Statz

MADISON – Joan M. (Farrell) Statz, age 89, died on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Joan was born in Madison, WI to James N. and Agnes J. (Walsh) Farrell.

She was proud to say she was the first student to receive an education through Edgewood from kindergarten through college. After earning her BS in Education at Edgewood College, Joan began her career as a high school teacher in Beaver Dam. Through her adult life, her priority was her role as mother and wife, although she found time to work in part-time roles outside the home including teaching evening classes at MATC.

After Joan’s high school sweetheart, Gregory Statz, returned from service in the US Navy, they were married in June of 1956, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. This began Joan’s life-long dedication to the Blessed Sacrament community, which included her many roles with the Rosary Altar Society.

Joan was very active in the Madison Catholic Woman’s Club, from which she will receive a Lifetime Achievement award in the coming months. She also was honored with the Dominican Award for Service to Humanity from Edgewood High School in 1984, and was a champion of Wisconsin Right To Life. She used her remarkable knitting skills to craft infant hats and dialysis sleeves for patients at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Joan loved being in the Northwoods with her family, spending time with her grandkids, and traveling to various locations as a fan of women’s college basketball over the years. She also served as an informal Madison and family historian and could readily connect most anyone to a common relative or acquaintance.

After leaving her Midvale Heights neighborhood home of many years in 2021, Joan joined the All Saints Senior Living community, forging new and wonderful friendships. Upon receiving her cancer diagnosis in late December 2022, she remained amazingly positive, drew peace from her lifelong faith, and treasured her remaining days with family and friends.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Kathryn (Drew Crowley; and family, Ethan, Emory and Caiden) and Sarah (Dana) Mattson; and family, Brenden (Deborah; children Joseph and Ellen), Reuben, Taylor, Maria, Trevor, Kiersten, Andrea, Elly, Bethany and Eva; as well as the remaining members of the “Farrell Four” - Jack, Bob, and Dan Farrell, and is further survived by other family and friends. Greg, Joan’s husband of 59 years, preceded her in death in 2015.

The family will be celebrating Joan’s wonderful life with a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2116 Hollister Avenue, Madison, at 11 am on Monday, March 20. Visitation will be at the church from 10 am to the start of Mass.

Our family deeply thanks Mom’s outstanding caregivers at All Saints Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice; the warmth and genuine care they showed was so impactful to all of us. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish, Edgewood High School, or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Madison. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road 608-274-1000


20 Mar


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 2116 Hollister Ave Madison, Wi 53726 Get Directions »
20 Mar

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 2116 Hollister Ave Madison, Wi 53726 Get Directions »
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  • 03/21/2023

    Our sympathy to Katherine and Sarah and all your family. Mrs. Statz was my bookkeeping teacher at Edgewood, went on to see her at MATC, and then as a parent sharing the same classes at Edgewood HS with our boys. She was always in my life, a great role model, and dear friend. I will miss her so much. Her laughter and smile and deep, deep faith will be our treasured memory. John and Mary Boschi Nordlie

  • 03/20/2023

    Dear Sara, Katherine and family, What a woman! Your mom was stupendous in every way.  I loved Joan's laugh and her kind nature was infectious. After a chat with with Joan my spirit was always uplifted.  I feel so blessed to have worked with Joan on projects over the last 17 years. I will deeply miss her. My condolences to you all. Francie Wesley

  • 03/20/2023

    Mrs. Statz was my bookkeeping teacher at Edgewood in 62-63. Great teacher as well as a nice person! She was special to me as she got her dad ( maintenance supervisor at St. Mary's) to give me a summer job after high school graduation. Plus one of the first people I saw to tell her about my becoming a dad! She also came to my mom's funeral. She was special!

  • 03/19/2023

    My dad, Dave Brown, went to school with Joan at Edgewood and I spent a few years getting to know Joan at the Blessed Sacrament Christmas markets. She would share Edgewood memories with me and always asked about my family. We were fellow knitters and shared a few patterns as well during our chats at the Christmas Market. She was always so friendly and kind. My sympathy to all of her family. Diane (Brown) Boddicker

  • 03/18/2023

    Joan was one of the original Funeral Luncheon Chairpersons. I model my care of this ministry after her wise, caring and thoughtful demeanor as well as her love of service.

  • 03/18/2023

    I am so sorry to lose such a good friend.Joan was one of the original Funeral Luncheon Chairpersons. I model my care of this ministry after her wise, caring and thoughtful demeanor as well as her love of service. Denise Buenzli

  • 03/17/2023

    Dear Kathryn, My condolences to you on the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Kevin McCann

  • 03/15/2023

    It was such a blessing for Joan to be able to come to MN for our daughter Deborah's marriage to Brenden Mattson! May the Lord wrap His mighty comforting arms around Joan's family and friends in the coming days as we await our Heavenly reunion!

  • 03/15/2023

    With deepest sympathy & prayers. Rhoda Kalscheur

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  • 03/14/2023

    This is from Joan's first cousin, Sandra (Walsh) Coyle. Sending my condolences to her family.

  • 03/13/2023

    Goodbye my friend. Sincerest sympathy to her daughters and their families. Her love for you was boundless.She leaves behind so many memories and smiles.


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