JoAnn Halls

ALPHA – JoAnn Halls, 82, of Alpha, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1930, in Alpha, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Gryskewicz) Burak.

JoAnn graduated from Alpha High School in 1948. She married Bob Halls on Jan. 31, 1953, in Florence, Wis. They resided in Alpha briefly, before moving to Mundelein, Ill. While living in Illinois JoAnn worked at various restaurants before going to work for the Ball Corporation, where she worked for more than 20 years. JoAnn and Bob moved back to Alpha in the early 1990s.

She enjoyed many hobbies, including crossword puzzles, canning and flower gardening.

JoAnn is survived by her loving husband of more than 60 years, Bob; one daughter, Nancy (Steve Martin) Lauer of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two sisters, Bernice Kambol of Springfield, Ore. and Maryn DalLago of Mundelein; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, JoAnn was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, John and Henry Burak; and three sisters, Stella O’Brien, Stephanie Lucas and Helen Boler.

Private family services were held.

Burial will be in Breitung Township Cemetery.

You may light a candle in remembrance of JoAnn or leave a condolence to her family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls to honor JoAnn’s legacy of life.