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 Crystal Falls. They resided in Alpha for a brief period of time before moving to Mundelein, Ill. While living in Illinois, she worked at various restaurants before going to work for the Ball Corp., 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, Helen Boler.

Private family services were held.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec 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.