Joan Dandurand

December 3, 2018

Joan M. Dandurand, 80, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (Dec. 1, 2018) at Presence Merkle-Knipprath Countryside in Clifton. Joan was born Sept. 22, 1938, to Herman James Casey and Bernadette J. (Mulcahy) Westover in Kankakee. She married William Dandurand on Oct. 3, 1959, at the former St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee.

Joan was a licensed practical nurse who had worked at Bourbonnais Terrace and as a psychiatric nurse at Riverside Medical Center. She also had worked at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital as a clerk and in pastoral care. For many years, she was a school bus driver and crossing guard for the Bourbonnais school district. Joan and her husband were two of the co-founders of Bourbonnais Friendship Festival. She also was influential in establishing Harbor House in this area, and she continued to volunteer there.

Joan was a member of St. Joseph Church in Bradley. She enjoyed cooking, camping, traveling and playing cards and dice.

Joan is survived by two sons, James (Patti) Dandurand and Russell Dandurand, all of Bourbonnais; one foster son and two foster daughters-in-law, Larry (Rosie) Bayer of Bradley, and Kendra Whitcomb, of Wichita, Kan.; foster daughter, Donna Sandeno, of Kentland, Ind.; one sister, Mary Westover, of Kankakee; one brother, Russell Westover, of Kankakee; 13 grandchildren, Dawn (Casey) Raymond, Richard (Angel) Hedges, Mary Dandurand, Bernadette Dandurand, Jon (Brittany) Dandurand, Salina Dandurand, Dewey (Brooke) Whitcomb, Theresa Whitcomb, Amber (Calvin) Daughtry, Amanda Bayer, Michael Bayer, Kayleigh Sandeno and Dakota Sandeno; and 17 great-grandchildren, Steven, Adam, Daniel, Nathan, Anthony, Radley, Onyx, Shawn, Edward, Emerson, Jackson, Harlow, Christopher, Zyler, Aubree, Aryanna and Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother, Robert Westover; one son, John J. Dandurand; one daughter, Marie Dandurand; one foster son, Dewey Whitcomb; and two granddaughters, Autumn Bayer and Evelyn Dandurand.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. Joan’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery in Irwin.

Please sign her online guest book at clancygernon.com.


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