MATTOON -- Joan M. Stewart, 96, formerly of Mattoon, passed away Tuesday, January 30 at Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Advance, North Carolina. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Illinois.

Joan was born December 1, 1921, in Dixon, Illinois, daughter of Leo and Agnes Malach. She married James Stewart on December 18, 1948, who passed away November 26, 1983.

Survivors are three sons, William Lee of North Port, Florida, Larry James of Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Dr. Thomas Dale of Marion, Illinois, twelve Grandchildren, and twelve Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack, and sister Ara Lee Burns.

She was a teacher for 32 years, at Urbana Junior High (3 years) and Lincoln Grade School (29 years) in Mattoon. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Charleston Country Club, Ladies of the VFW Eagles Auxiliary, the Charleston Elks, and several bridge clubs in Mattoon.